It means coming of age online in a hypersexualized culture that has normalized extreme behavior, from pornography to the casual exchange of nude photographs; a culture rife with a virulent new strain of sexism and a sometimes self-undermining notion of feminist empowerment; a culture in which teenagers are spending so much time on technology and social media that they are not developing basic communication skills. With extraordinary intimacy and precision, Sales captures what it feels like to be a girl in America today. Mortally bleeding from the neck, Guzman-Feliz ran toward nearby St. From beauty gurus to slut-shaming to a disconcerting trend of exhibitionism, Nancy Jo Sales provides a shocking window into the troubling world of today's teenage girls. Barnabas Hospital but collapsed just feet away, police said. They have to stay in jail forever. From the Hardcover edition. The stories these girls tell, and the facts that Sales provide are shocking and depressing. American Girlsprovides a disturbing portrait of the end of childhood as we know it and of the inexorable and ubiquitous experience of a new kind of adolescence-one dominated by new social and sexual norms, where a girl's first crushes and experiences of longing and romance occur in an accelerated electronic environment; where issues of identity and self-esteem are magnified and transformed by social platforms that provide instantaneous judgment. The senseless, unexplained slaying of a good kid who had never been in trouble, and who in fact had dreamed of becoming a cop, has tormented his wide circle of family and friends — and no one harder than his mother. Why kill him like that? I doubt I'll bother to And be a police. From Montclair to Manhattan and Los Angeles, from Florida and Arizona to Texas and Kentucky, Sales crisscrossed the country, speaking to more than two hundred girls, ages thirteen to nineteen, and documenting a massive change in the way girls are growing up, a phenomenon that transcends race, geography, and household income. Surveillance video from the Cruz and Chiky grocery shows Guzman-Feliz being dragged out of the bodega by his hood. The violence and hate needs to stop.