Lamar Giles ´ 3 read & downloadMore often than not if I ran across a character who shared my race and gender in a book he was a gross stereotype comic relief token sidekick or depending on the genre I m looking at you science iction antasy and horror there to die so the real hero could ight another day I love anthologies and I love getting the opportunity to promote authors of color and diverse books so as soon as I learned that the co ounder of the We Need Diverse Books movement was editing this anthology I had to grab it and I am so happy that I didBefore I get into the ull breakdown I d like to give shout outs to a ew of my The Forgotten Man favoritesrom the collection which were Why I Learned to Cook by Sara Farizan which gave me all of the happy cutesy eels One Voice by Melissa de la Cruz which broke my heart in the best way and Super Human by Nicola Yoon which reminded me that even bullet proof superheroes are capable of having their hearts broken by this world Eraser Tattoo Jason Reynolds No We were ive That ain t count You told everybody you loved them back then You used to kiss your juice boxes after you drank them and tell the straw the same thing What an absolutely precious beginning to the anthology a teen couple swapping eraser tattoos and memories before one of them is uprooted to another state with her The Resurgent Liberal and Other Unfashionable Prophecies family Not only is this story hilarious sweet and a little bit of a tearjerker but it also takes a moment to show the microaggressions black individualsace in even uiet moments like the general disregard and rudeness the characters are treated with by the white couple moving into Shay s ormer home I already knew I d love anything Jason wrote or this collection but this was honestly the most wonderful beginning to the bookRep black Meet Cute Malinda Lo That was the problem with being ueer You should never assume but if you didn t assume you had to ask And asking directly was so hard to do Okay no lie this geeky little Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan ff story about aandom convention just about made me sueal because one of the girls is cosplaying as a black Agent Scully and I grew up the biggest X Files an so I was automatically dying over the little inside jokes and references I m not a Trekkie at all but Malinda Lo goes easy enough on those bits that I didn t eel like I was missing the joke or anything and these girls are just so damn cute and geeky There s also some important internal monologuing about how hard it is to be a ueer person in the dating world especially when you don t know if the person you re into is ueer too While the title Sleepy Dog, Wake Up! for this story is perfect it s not insta lovey at all and overall my geeky little ueer heart was just so hereor this one Rep Asian american black f Don t Pass Me By Eric Gansworth This color I said tapping the box of Flesh on his desk Its name doesn t cover everyone After how cute and sweet the irst two stories were this one took me by surprise with how heavy and sad it was a narrative of a seventh grade Native boy in a school On Beyond a Million full of white kids in the 70s where he has to deal not only with microaggressions and outright racism but also theact that of the ew other Native kids in his school many of them are light skinned and passing enough to shun him too He stands up or himself and it is such an empowering story but it also hit me really hard on a personal note My grandmother rest her soul was half Native and not white passing I remember stories she told me about eeling excluded because of her skin color or her eatures and how disconnected and erased she The Womanizer: A Man of His Time feltrom her culture in a country that has tried so hard to That Takes Ovaries! Bold Females and Their Brazen Acts forget Native people It absolutely breaks my heart that Native people have been cast aside so much andor so long but stories like this and like hers truly need to be toldRep Native Be Cool So Much Love for Once Aminah Mae Safi Biohazard may cause heart to burst This wasn t myavorite story so ar but it was super cute and it perfectly captured the joys of concert going or music loving teens so that alone was Find Your Miracle: How the Miracles of Jesus Can Change Your Life Today fantastic Iteatures a Muslim girl and her best Trawling for Trouble friend who run into the main character s crush at a concert and she sorced to ace down her long held secret eelings The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art for him Not only is there some cute lesbian rep on the side with her bestriend but the whole scene is really sweet and humorous There are several references to Islamic practices too which I ound so interesting and precious Rep Muslim Japanese f side characters Tags Walter Dean Myers We got our tags on the wall and people can see we were real and they re thinking about us But we ain t resting because we got to stay ahead of people cleaning the walls This is a uniue piece of the collection as it s actually a play and man did this one hit me hard It s a story of a ew dead young black men tagging walls in the afterlife as they discuss their memorials how they died and how they keep their own memories alive with their tags There s a devastating twist at the end and a lot of subtle commentary on the way a corrupted and damaged justice system terrifies and warps the psyches of marginalized individuals particularly black men When I inished reading the story and realized where I knew the name rom and remembered that this author actually passed away a ew years ago it added some sort of extra heartbreak to think that even in his seventies Walter was still having to write about the same injustices and cruelty he d witnessed his entire lifeRep black Why I Learned to Cook Sara Farizan You never apologize Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty?: And Other Notorious Nursery Tale Mysteries for taking up space Yasaman Okay this might have been THE cutest sweetest and happiest story soar Yasaman is a young Iranian bi girl who wants to introduce her girlfriend to her immigrant grandmother but has been too scared to do so In hopes of preparing herself Seal Team Seven 11: Flashpoint: Flashpoint for the big event she has her grandmother teach her how to cook vegetarian versions of authentic Persianoods and the entire story is just An Innocent in Cuba filled with grandmothergranddaughter bonding and important lessons about never apologizingor who you are and what your culture is With how much I miss my own grandmother I m such a sucker or grandmotherly igures in stories so this actually brought a ew happy tears to my eyes Rep Iranian f A Stranger at the Bochinche Daniel Jos Older He let another silent prayer rise inside him the one said to call on one s warrior spirits before battle and we gathered in the thick air around him Sadly this is the Matka alkaa (Etsijät first story I haven t enjoyed in this collection and I genuinely did not like it at all It s a scii short but it doesn t eel like a short story instead it elt like I was just reading a passage taken out of context Too Big for Diapers (Sesame Street) from a larger novel There s no explanation to any of the action going on you re just dumped right into the center of it and I had no chance of connecting with the plot or characters in any way There s war rival groups guardian spirits and suddenly aliens It didn t workor meRep Latinx A Boy s Duty Sharon G Flake What s a boy s duty to himself Unfortunately this historical Seven Nights to Forever fiction story made two in a row that I just couldn t uite connect to while the last one was too much this one was just a mixture of boring and plotless A young man sits in a caf observing the people around him and thinking about hisather s arm the thieving boys he s riends with and his dreams of joining the Navy and becoming a sailor during WWII There s just not much of anything going on the characters are mostly wholly unlikable and I wasn t a an sadlyRep black One Voice A Something in Between Story Melissa de la Cruz I wanted America to want me because I was already a part of the abric of the country My god you guys this story is heavy and relevant and so so good The narrator is a Stanford student whose Carvalho und die Meere des Südens family moved to Californiarom the Philippines when she was a child and she lives in constant The Science of Single: One Woman's Grand Experiment in Modern Dating, Creating Chemistry, and Finding L ove fear of deportation She talks about how she didn t know her documentation wasn t proper until she appliedor college and she had to jump through hoops to be allowed to stay including Sarah Conley forfeiting her rights to a scholarship she had worked hard to earn The plot of the storyollows her throughout a Ninja Slice few days at her college in which racial slurs are spray painted on buildings and vehicles and she laments theact that her white passing boyfriend isn t able to understand why she Inbox feels so unsafe at their school It s just a tremendously sad and realistic depiction of something that so many people in the US are going through right now and if there is one story in this collection soar that I ind to be the most relevant to 2018 s sociopolitical climate it s this oneRep Filipinx black latinx PaladinSamurai Gene Luen Yang This little story is told through a comic strip which is a neat addition to the anthology and a un break A Touch of Gold from the standard textormatting It s about a Japanese American teen who aces erasure rom his group of Hunch: Turn Your Everyday Insights Into the Next Big Thing friends while playing Swords and Spells essentially DD While it s a cute short I wish had taken place to address what legitimately jerks hisriends were being instead of it being swept under the rug at the endRep Japanese Catch Pull Drive Schuyler Bailar Beneath the surface I am not the girl everyone says I m supposed to be in act I m not even sure I m a person I m just swimming I am a singular action proof that I am alive and powerful Oh my god I love this story so much It s a irst person narrative of a trans teen who is at his Cancer Has Its Privileges: Stories of Hope and Laughter first swim meet after coming out to his team and all hisriends There are a lot of transphobic terms and homophobic slurs in this one so trigger warnings abound but it s such a beautiful narrative It meant even to me once I Az éltető étkek arany szutrája found out that the author is a swimmer himself and than that is theirst openly transgender NCAA Division I swimmer ever and the A Grid for Murder first publicly outed trans men to compete in any NCAA men s sport He s kind of my new hero The last thing I want to point out about this story is that it alsoeatures some amazing parental love and acceptance regarding his coming out which was so sweet Side note This is the Painted Desert first story in the collection to not make any reference to the protagonist s race so I didn t mention that in the rep section below but the author is Korean AmericanRep trans Super Human Nicola Yoon Always the wrong place Always the wrong time A country that did not value his life Okay this story I knew Nicola s story would be good I don t think her novels are perfect but she has a way of writing that is always capable of hitting me hard and I expected this to be no exception but I didn t think it would break my heart so much It tells the story of a seventeen year old black girl who is sent to attempt to reason with X nicknamed the Black Superman who has decided toorsake his humanity saving tactics in avor of wiping out the population instead When she learns what changed his mind it s absolutely shattering I m choking up just writing this review thinking about the society that I live in and how utterly and completely broken this system is I don t want to spoil the surprise only because this is a story that you need to soak in to allow it to hit you in the chest the way it did
FOR ME BUT I WILL SAY THAT IT WASme but I will say that it was perfect ending to this anthology and I will carry it with meRep blackFINAL AVERAGE RATING 405My star ratings or each individual story averaged out to a perfect 4 out of 5 but honestly this is the best anthology I ve read in my life It is so poignant and haunting and gorgeous and solidly written that I have to bump it up to 5 stars It deserves nothing less All uotes come rom an advance copy and may not match the inal release Thank you so much to Crown Books Cooking the Whole Foods Way: Your Complete, Everyday Guide to Healthy, Delicious Eating with 500 Recipes, Menus, Meal Planning, Techniques, Buying for Young Readersor providing me with this ARC in exchange Pure Grit for an honest reviewYou canind this review and on my blog or you can Apple-Picking Day! follow me on twitter bookstagram oracebook My ull review can read at my blog The uiet PondA wonderful and diverse anthology of ownvoices stories I enjoyed this so so much and particularly so as an audiobook and I highly recommend this anthology to everyone Explores a diversity of topic through a variety of genres contemporary slice of life sort of stuff romance science iction and historical Ajax is All About Attack fiction Also explores a variety of themes that are guaranteed to pull you in To name aew what humanity is the power of solidarity how perceptions shape who we are colourism racism sexism and gender Has characters of colour ueer characters a trans character all of the perspectives were wonderful candid and genuine and there s guaranteed to
a story everyoneNotable stories Meet Cute by Malinda Lo Follows two girls Asian and Black who meet at a con and shenanigans ensue The writing was compelling the romance and chemistry undeniable and with sharp jabs at how women of colour are treating in geek culture Catch Pull Drive by Schuyler Bailar This was brilliant and a highlight of the book America the Philosophical follows a trans boy whoaces anti trans discrimination shortly after coming out to everyone so the book is based on the author s experiences Super Human by Nicola Yoon This was probably my The Northmans Bride (Sons of the North favourite book of the whole anthology and a perfect way to end the collection It s about a black girl who gets chosen to convince a superhero who has decided to destroy the world Thank you to Netgalleyor sending me this book or review I m taking the time today to inally sit down and review Fresh Ink I had a lot of The Northman's Bride fun reading this book which surprised me considering it was a compilation of short stories andrankly me and short stories do not get a long very well see example me and every single Neil Gaiman compilation I ve ever read Fresh Ink as I said is a collection of short stories but it goes beyond so much than that Each story was written specifically in mind or representation and diversity It overflows with it but not in a painful orced kind of way We have Indian African American trans LGBT and so many I Cherry Bomb felt myself smiling at almost every single on of these stories My personalavorite was about a super hero When it comes to my usual reviewing system I Leading the Way feel like it would be a bit convoluted if I tried to review every single story in this novel I will say that I onlyaintly disliked a couple of the stories however Overall the writing styles or most of them was done so well I hadn t heard of almost any of these authors and I m excited to have a taste of what I think will become some of my new avorite authorsI think this book provides so much than it s marketed as I think it s a great collection The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace full of diversity as I stated but it s also a great way to get a tasteor authors you may not have known about that are also a part of a very important group of authors that need attention I hear all the time about people who wish they knew where to start to When Red Cried Wolf find diverse reads and I think this collection will give people a great jumping off point I rated this book essentially on enjoyment alone and I ended up giving it a 4 star review I think that overall most of the stories were written well theylowed well and bonus points or the diversity that didn t eel The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing forced orake I couldn t give it 5 stars because two of the stories I didn t like at all not because of plot but because of writing Reading this Song of the Forest feels like I got to choose some of myavorite authors and ask each to tell me a story I loved that the collection included a play as well as a graphic short While every story stood on its own with uniue subjects and topics I really wish there was of a variety of genres but this was a great collection of short stories eaturing diverse characters written by some of the biggest YA contemporary authorsI think I expected than just contemporary iction stories because in the A Constellation of Vital Phenomena foreword the scienceiction antasy and horror genres are all specifically called out or their killing off of minority characters However the majority of these stories are contemporary with romance being a key plot point Out of the twelve stories there is one historical Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights fiction one scii and one Still Life with Chickens fantasy story. In partnership with We Need Diverse Books thirteen of the most recognizable diverse authors come together in this remarkable YA anthologyeaturing ten short stories a graphic short story and a one act play rom Walter Dean Myers never before in printCareful. How some choose to hide their heritage and how some stand out now regardless of their wants or wishes This also heavily talks about how white is the norm in most classrooms and how hurtful that can be to teens who are proud of who they are and their beautiful not white skin color Be Cool or Once by Aminah Mae Safi Friends this was just written completely captivating Paradox Bound for me The conversations the setting theeeling of having a crush this was just such an accurate depiction of my high school experience and I loved it I legit giggled tears over the Anne Boleyn conversation Also ull disclosure here my irst kiss was at a similar concert experience as this so this story was just completely perfect STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare for me All theeels And this story s main character is a Muslim American teen whose parents immigrated to The United States and the boy she is crushing over stated that his grandparents immigrated to The United States After reading this I instantly added Not the Girls You re Looking or to my TBR because this was such an addicting read I truly ell in love with this author s writing Tags by Walter Dean Myers This was beyond words powerful This story is told by one act in a play that I wish the world could actually see We get to see Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays four boys recounting the reason they died while hoping their tags will keep them remembered Systemic oppression is highlighted in this story and how we allow black men and women to die because of the broken cycles we ve never abolished It s a different kind of slavery and police brutality and internalized racism enforce it This script evoked so much emotionrom me and seeing these young men s stories cross is something I don t even have words Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All for Seriously this is a must read Not justrom this collection but What a Lass Wants from all the works being published in 2018 Also I m reporting this with a very heavy heart but the author of this story passed away aew years ago But I am orever thankful that his beautiful work was still incorporated into this anthology Why I Learned to Cook by Sara Farizan This story has a Persian bi main character and I ve never elt so blessed This ww romance was also the damn cutest Yasi also has anxiety and is Mexican Hooker feeling a little anxious to come out to her Grandmother who immigrated to the United Statesrom Iran seventeen years ago And every Friday night Yasi has dinner with her and on this particular Friday she asks her to teach her how to cook She then spends the next two months learning everything her grandmother knows while also not being sure how to come out You all this story had the best one liners in the collection The beautiful writing and important messages were the perfect combination You don t apologize The League for the Suppression of Celery for who you are And the ending was the cutest thing I ve ever read All the happy years This was such a bright shining light in this collection I loved this with my entire heart A Stranger at the Bochinche by Daniel Jos Older This one had a little difficult of a learning curve I think just because itelt like such a antastic SFF world But I still really enjoyed this one with a Latinx main character and I also think there was a very important discussion on how white people have stolentaken a lot of things rom people of color and try to make it their own while also stealing credit I also really liked how this was so very different than everything else in this anthology A Boy s Duty by Sharon G Flake I really enjoyed this historical story that starred a black homeless boy who s trying to not give up on his dreams or his love Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery for astronomy And even though this story has its sweet moments it was a very heavy one too From just reading a book about a homeless kid to seeing everyday racism to learning about a side character who is grieving the worst loss in this world This was able to evoke a lot of emotionsrom me And honestly This is the type of story you read and immediately want to go out in the world and do better One Voice by Melissa de la Cruz I loved this short story so very much This story centers around a string of hate crimes that are happening on Stanford s campus and we get to see how it s impacting a Filipina girl whose amily was undocumented This story talks heavily on the privilege that white and white passing people take or granted when they are doing something as simple as walking back to their dorms How white people can use police and authority The Day Fidel Died figures as a convenience where people of color not only can t but theyeel afraid of what will happen if they speak out And this story perfectly talks about how hard it is to reclaim your space once it has been violated and deemed unsafe And this also even discusses how we sexualize Asian woman and how so many men etishize them Like I said above I am so very white passing but this is a book about a Filipina girl studying microbiology what I got my degree in at UofM Like I knew rom the irst page I was going to completely love this novella the most in this collection But as I read I realized how I wish I could give this short story to every student and make it reuired reading This was a masterpiece and now I eel like such a Gulp!: The Seven-Day Crash Course to Master Fear and Break Through Any Challenge foolor never reading Melissa de la Cruz before Beautiful important and completely moving PaladinSamurai by Gene Luen Yang I loved how a graphic work was #incorporated into this anthology but I just didn t completely love this one But I did # into this anthology but I just didn t completely love this one But I did it starting out with a DD campaign I also think this one didn t pack a punch like all the rest in the collection but it s about a Japanese boy wanting to play as a Samurai in his DD campaign but his DM will only allow them to be one of ive classes which is absurd so he is trying to get to be a Paladin But that s just the DM being bad because Paladins and Samurais are nothing alike Just because they both use melee weapons I m sorry I really wanted to love this Catch Pull Drive by Schuyler Bailar Schuyler Bailar is the irst openly transgender NCAA Division I swimmer He was irst recruited in 2013 to Harvard s Womenbe a story
swimming and diving team but after his transitionand Diving team but after his transition was recruited to the men s team And his success is such an inspiration that I honestly was crying reading his Wiki And just knowing this makes this story even beautiful and powerful This story is about a trans boy who has Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War finally come out to his school via Facebook and is now having hisirst day on his school s swim team as a boy And with that comes a brand new locker room and new reactions rom his peers TWCW or bullying hate speech transphobic slurs use of dead name all of these are challenged and none are in a positive light but it can be hard to read This was easily one of my Stories for a Kindred Heart: Over 100 Treasures to Touch Your Soul favorites stories in the collection even though an ethnicity andor culture is never brought up but the author is a PoC Super Human by Nicola Yoon This was probably the most perfect concluding story to any anthology every Nicola Yoon just teleports me with her writing every time and I need aull length story to this immediately Oh my gosh But this is a powerful story about how no black person is safe rom police brutality in America not even superheroes And one black girl unfolds the story and has her eyes opened This story is so relevant so important and is honestly a short masterpiece I loved this so much and it is such a shining star in this collection I can t wait or the rest of the world to Speak Through the Wind fall in love with it Out of a possible 60 stars 5 stars possibleor each of the 12 stories this collection accumulated 51 stars 85% But these numbers mean nothing because Fresh Ink means to me than any amount of math This collection is so damn important and I truly believe is life changing This a Stories for a Teen's Heart five star read and I implore you all to preorder and reuest at your libraries Everyone deserves to see themselves and their experiences represented in book and Fresh Ink is the anthology that the world needs Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch The uote above was takenrom an ARC and is subject to change upon publication NOW AVAILABLE Sometimes I wonder where I ve beenWho I amDo I it inI may not win But I can t be thrownOut here on my ownOut here on my own Out Here on My Own Irene Cara Songwriters Lesley Gore Michael GoreLamar Giles editor of this YA anthology and in partnership with We Need Diverse Books wanted wants stories about diversity stories where people can see themselves especially or our youth In his youth he says in the Foreword that book after book adventure after adventure the heroes weren t like me at all For him as a child that meant stories eaturing black boys who were not portrayed as a stereotype of one kind or another Still that didn t just apply to him and when he or one of his riends ound a story that they could ind themselves in it reinforced their love of reading With that in mind this collection includes heroes of all kinds or all kinds of young adult readers There are ten short stories one is a graphic short story and a one act play Eraser Tattoo Jason ReynoldsA story about young love a boy Dante and girl Shay who have grown up or less together in Brooklyn alive ull of sounds and smells and they must say goodbye The girl along with her The Best Canadian Animal Stories: Classic Tales by Master Storytellers family is moving away Eraser tattoos are exchanged as a reminder of their love Meet Cute Malinda LoAt the Denver Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention in lineor a preview screening of ueen of the East Nic sees a young girl red wig black pantsuit FBI badge get in line behind her looking angrily at her cell phone texting and asks her if Mulder pissed her off The girl scowls asking who she is then as though she s just realized says Gender The Vagabonds flipped Sulu Cosplay Star Trek X Files and a powerailure make The Gilgul of Park Avenue for an entertaining story Don t Pass Me By Eric Gansworth This color I said tapping the box of Flesh on his desk Its name doesn t cover everyone A young Native American boy living on a reservation has to attend a Jr High comprised of mostly white students 900 white kids a handful of black kids aew kids who were a blend of races and one other Native American kid He tries to make others understand how their avoiding recognizing who he is makes him The Last of the Renshai feel Be Coolor Once Aminah Mae SafiA Muslim American teen girl and the boy in the band she is crushing on her parents immigrated to the US His grandparents were immigrants A crush School supplies and irst kisses Tags Walter Dean Myers 5 starsA one act play with our boys Big Eddie Jones aka In the introduction of Fresh Ink it s stated many reasons that we need short stories such as these Even though I did not relate directly to many of the stories I completely agree that we need diversity in all writing especially the young adult genre All the tales had a very genuine eel to the characters and discussed extremely relevant issues acing our society today I recommend this book to adults and young adults alike Thanks to NetGalley and publishers or providing an advanced copy of the book in exchange or this honest review Growing up At Sixes and Sevens finding stories I could relate to reuire Sherlock Holmes level detection While I enjoyed your typical stories aimed at middle schoolers and teenagers they had something in common that bothered me a bit They excluded meVeryew books I read including black girls When they did however they were stereotypical and unbelievable Yes the last sentence is still a problem today in 2019
mind you i read these books in theyou I read these books in the this generation desires a turnaround With anthologies like Black Enough Stories of Being Young Black in America kids and teens begin to see themselves not as marginalized stereotypes but as young people with voices deserving of hearingFresh Ink is an anthology published August 2018 and unlike Black Enough it s not just about black teens it includes the LGBTA Native Middle Eastern Asian teen community In this review you ll see particular representation in bold parenthesis eg Black TransThe stories discuss poverty same sex crushesrelationships colorism racism and other issues kids of color or disenfranchised voices The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole faceBe mindful that with anthologies you willind stories you enjoy and those you dislike Nevertheless you get a multitude of different voices with one goal of being heard Stories InvolvedEraser Tattoo by Jason Reynolds Two teens The Last Honest Man: Mordecai Richler: An Oral Biography face uprooted as one moves with heramily They create eraser tattoos and The Catholic Home face microaggressionsrom a white couple moving into Shay s Sarah Binks former house Sweetunny at times and tender this story s a good start BlackMeet Cute by Malinda Lo Nic and Tamia are two girls trapped by a power outrage as they discover than a love of cosplay and Sci FiFantasy While not a big an of cosplaying I enjoy reading about two girls usually displaced in that world ind each other with many possibilities ahead in love and andom Asian American Black FF Don t Pass Me By by Eric Gansworth A young seventh grader in the seventies discusses passing along with racial microaggressions and how they affect him and other Native students in a predominantly white school Light skinned Native children receive better treatment than their darker skinned classmates Native American Be Cool For Once by Aminah Mae Safi One concert enables a Muslim girl to check out her crush Cute but not a avorite Muslim Japanese FF peripheral characters Why I Learned To Cook by Sara Farizan A young bisexual girl wants to invite her girlfriend over to meet her grandmother They cook vegetarian versions of Persian The Wanderers food as her grandmother shows her supportor her granddaughter s life and love Big lesson Never Apologize For Who You Are Adorable tale Iranian FF Tags by Walter Dean Myers Devastatingly haunting and real boys tag on walls and relive their stories of their deaths Myers presents this story as a play My heart hurt as I discovered each story within this play This one stayed with me The Last Dickens for a while so much so my husband read it too to see why I was emotional Black Best StoryA Stranger at the Bochinche Daniel Jos Older Okay so Older tends to write magical realism Don t hate me but I skipped this one No ratingA Boy s Duty by Sharon G Flake A young man chooses between art and doing his duty Whatever that means to several people in his life in WW2 America while dealing with racism on the homefront Cute and bittersweet at the same time Black One Voice by Melissa de la Cruz A young Stanford studentinds out that her Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes family s undocumented and with racial graffiti painted nearby she s anxious andeels like she should not suffer in silence She s angry and I m glad to read Takedown: The Fall of the Last Mafia Empire female characters angry at their circumstances without worrying about how some love interest or their parents see them I like seeing them take action Filipinx Black Latinx PaladinSamurai by Gene Luen Yang illustrations by Thien Pham Written and drawing in comicormat we see a group of Dungeons Dragons riends visit a party next door Awkwardness ensues I ailed to connect with this story Japanese Catch Pull Drive by Schuyler Bailar A trans boy handles his Diamantmysteriet first swim practice after coming out as trans Weeel his struggle with his decision concern about using the boy s bathroom and how he circumnavigates bigotry rom team members Trans Super Human by Nicola Yoon A black superhero decides it s time to end the world as his disappointment in humanity crushes him and the only one reaching him is his irst save Police brutality racism and other societal ills ind themselves discussed If a superhero decides to destroy us because we re not saving any what have we become Another good Yoon piece I would have preferred a ull novel because of the plot s weight Black Rating I gave a half star based on the strength of Tags alone I hope to see this play on stage It s heart wrenching and powerfulWhat I love best about these anthologies is that they make you want to seek out every novel these authors create So do it While varied in style voice too short and not as airtight as Black Enough each story s worthy of a read especially in a time begging Torrent of Portyngale: Re-Edited from the Unique Ms. in the Chetham Library, Manchester (Classic Reprint) for differenc. Of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label defying anthology that includes ten short stories a graphic novel and a one act play This collection will inspire you to break conventions bend the rules and color outside the lines All you need isresh ink.