A Diary and a Memoir

by Emily Lindin


When Emily Lindin was eleven years old, she was branded a “slut” by the rest of her classmates. For the next few years of her life, she was bullied incessantly at school, after school, and online. At the time, Emily didn’t feel comfortable confiding in her parents or in the other adults in her life. But she did keep a diary.

UnSlut presents that diary, word for word, with split-page commentary to provide context and perspective. This unique diary and memoir sheds light on the important issues of sexual bullying, slut-shaming, and the murky mores of adolescent sexual development. Readers will see themselves in Emily’s story—whether as the bully, the shamed, or the passive bystander. This book also includes advice and commentary from a variety of distinguished experts.

About the author: Emily Lindin is a Harvard graduate, PhD candidate, and suicide prevention activist living in Southern California. The UnSlut Project was inspired by her own experience. It began when Emily, as an adult, chose to publish her own middle school diaries online in response to learning about the suicides of several teen girls who had experienced similar slut-shaming and bullying. Emily had a strong desire to reach out to others who still suffer such abuse. Her diaries have been read by hundreds of thousands of people and have brought much attention to the practice of slut-shaming and the harassment of young women. Now the project expands to include UnSlut as well as a documentary film. Emily has appeared on dozens of TV and radio shows including “The Katie Show” with Katie Couric, and she was recently named one of Glamour magazine’s “Heroes of the Week.”


Product Details

  • Ages: 14+
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zest Books; Original edition (December, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-942186-00-7

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Praise for UnSlut

*Feature interview on NPR’s national Here and Now with Robin Young on 1/4/2016

“Raw, illuminating, and frequently painful”—Refinery 29

“ [I]t’s crucial to see present-day Lindin speak out for her past self and, in turn, speak up for young people reading her book.”—Bitch Magazine  

“UnSlut can be found in the young adult section, where it belongs—not because the book isn’t a worthwhile read for adults (it is) but because preteens and teens need to be educated on the reality of social, emotional, and sexual trauma while they’re in the thick of it.”—Baltimore City Paper

“[A] powerful and timely study for adults and their daughters or for counselors to use in groups.”—VOYA

“[A] sometimes tender, sometimes painful look at the stigmas that surround girls growing up in modern society.”—Booklist

“[F]ounder of an advocacy program The UnSlut Project, Lindin’s analysis of her younger self definitely adds valuable context, levity, and keen insight into a number of different issues. “—Kirkus Reviews

UnSlut takes a stand against sexual bullying.”—Publishers Weekly

“Every young person and everyone who works with young people, I think this should be required reading for them. I think it’s going to be a game changer.” –Emily Crowe Odyssey books shop on WAMC’s the Roundtable

“Lindin shared her story to reassure other girls suffering from sexual bullying that they’re not alone and this time will pass and their lives will get better. Definitely a message that needs to be heard.”—Write On Sisters


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