Book Review: Can Your Smartphone Change the World?

It’s easy to feel helpless with all the dire news coming at us almost every day.  Many of the problems seem unsolvable, especially by yourself.  Even if you want to make a change, it’s hard to know where to start.

Erinne Paisley has written a book that could be just the ticket to give you or the teens in your life a starting point.  Can Your Smartphone Change the World? is filled with inspiring stories of how everyday teens and celebrities have used social media to affect major changes or raise awareness for causes they are passionate about.  Erinne herself became famous for wearing a paper dress to her Victoria, British Columbia prom on which she had written, “I’ve received my education.  Not every woman has that right.”  She posted the pictures on social media and soon it went viral.  She was featured on sites such as,, Huffington Post, and many more.  She was even asked to write an article for the Malala Fund.  Erinne outlines her success and the successes of many other people like her and explains ways that you can do the same.

Some of the ideas she mentions are very broad such as brainstorming a topic that you care about with your friends and thinking of ways to make it into a bigger conversation.  Others are more concrete such as going to Amnesty International’s website and seeing what urgent action is needed.

This is the first book in the Pop Activism series written by Paisley.  Two more books are set to release in the coming months.

Hand this book to your teens or anyone who could use some positive inspiration on how to make a difference in the world.

Double Page Spread.


Can Your Smartphone Change the World? by Erinne Paisley. 9781459813038. 2017. Gr 7-12.

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