Me, Not Me, Zhanna

Text by Alexandra Zaytseva

A common conflict between teens and their parents gets a new environment – it goes online! The daughter’s blog vs her mom’s blog! Who will win?

Zhanna is a popular blogger who suddenly decides to shift her focus from travelling to writing about parenting a difficult teenager. Zhanna’s daughter Polina is that difficult teenager. Though, maybe not so difficult but an ordinary one, with all those inner conflicts, first love, and problems at school, one who doesn’t like being exposed by her mom online? They don’t understand each other anymore, no matter how forward-thinking and creative Zhanna is. Polina decides to start her own blog so as to resist her mom online, but she doesn’t expect that their family confrontation would resonate with other people so much, both online and offline.

2021Shortlisted for “Kniguru” –an annual Russian award for the best teen fiction

  • Modern parent-child disagreement and coming-of-age.
  • Spotlight on a new generation of parents: young and trendy, who treat their children as equals.
  • Online environment makes this story familiar to readers from all over the world.
  • Step-siblings, parental depression, first love, online life vs. real life, online hate and support, school.
  • A novel by a young award-winning author Alexandra Zaytseva.

Age: 14+
Pages: 176
Size: 140*200 mm
Published in 2020 by Samokat
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