Growing up 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 meVery few 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 the eightiesThankfully this generation desires
a turnaround With anthologies like Black Enough Stories of Being Young Black in America ids and teens begin to see themselves turnaround With anthologies like Black Enough Stories of Being Young Black in America Problem Solving in Data Structures Algorithms Using C++ kids and teens begin to see themselves 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 issuesids of color or disenfranchised voices faceBe mindful that with anthologies you will find 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 face uprooted as one moves with her family They create eraser tattoos and face microaggressions from a white couple moving into Shay s former house Sweet funny 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 fan of cosplaying I enjoy reading about two girls usually displaced in cosplay and Sci FiFantasy While not a big fan of cosplaying I enjoy reading about two girls usually displaced in world find each other with many possibilities ahead in love and fandom 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 favorite 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 food as her grandmother shows her support for 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 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. In partnership with We Need Diverse Books thirteen of the most recognizable diverse authors come together in this remarkable YA anthology featuring ten short stories a graphic short story and a one act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in printCareful. .
Are about to read is not After publication I will feature some actual ownvoices reviews here because this anthology was created to support and boost diverse and marginalized voices therefore we should also be supporting and
BOOSTING DIVERSE AND MARGINALIZED REVIEWERS IF diverse and marginalized reviewers If re a PoC who would like to have your review listed on mine please DM me on any platform It became pretty freaking clear that book after book adventure after adventure the heroes weren t like me at
I don mean short and moderately athletic with severe seasonal allergies because I m aware those traits might hinder one s ability to save the cityworldgalaxy I mean black boys More 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 genre I m looking at you science fiction fantasy and horror there to die so the real hero could fight another day Next friends this was amazing Like go get your preorders ready This is so worth every single penny And if you have some extra money maybe you d be interested to donating to We Need Diverse Books as well And hopefully one day we will live in a world where every child can easily see themselves in all media And the first step to that is showing the world how important books like Fresh Ink are and how these stories are uite literally life changing This book has so much Black stories Asian stories Native stories Persian stories Latinx stories Muslim stories Bi stories Trans stories Contemporary stories play acts fantasy stories historical stories sweet stories heavy stories superhero stories And every single one is ownvoices What a damn blessing in 2018 I m not sure I ve ever been as proud reviewing a book as I am reviewing Fresh Ink My personal favorites were Meet Cute by Malinda Lo Why I Learned to Cook by Sara Farizan One Voice by Melissa de la Cruz and Super Human by Nicola Yoon but I promise there is so much to love on every single page of this anthology I have no word combination to let you all now how powerful and amazing this collection is I m going to break down each short story with my thoughts opinions and individual star rating Eraser Tattoo by Jason Reynolds This was so beautifully written and it was able to evoke so many emotions from me despite this being so shortall i don
This Is A Storyis a story a girl and boy who have grown up together and who having fallen in love over the years having to say goodbye because one of them is moving away But while the girl and her family are moving we also get to see a white family moving in and their disregard for the black family packing up and leaving the home they ve nown for most their lives This was a perfect opener to this collection Meet Cute by Malinda Lo This was perfection in every single way Like to genderbend and racebend cosplays to living that constantly ueer life of always uestioning if the person you are currently flirting with is also ueer to all the nerdy references to the call out of me never being able to hide my blushing to the feeling of claustrophobia and anxiousness in hectic crowd settings This felt like a love letter to myself in ev. 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 is fresh ink. .
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dealing with racism on the homefront Cute bittersweet at the same timewith racism on the homefront Cute and bittersweet at the same time One Voice by Melissa de la Cruz A young Stanford student finds out that her family s undocumented and with racial graffiti painted nearby she s anxious and feels like she should not suffer in silence She s angry and I m glad to read 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 comic format we see a group of Dungeons Dragons friends visit a party next door Awkwardness ensues I failed to connect with this story Japanese Catch Pull Drive by Schuyler Bailar A trans boy handles his first swim practice after coming out as trans We feel his struggle with his decision concern about using the boy s bathroom and how he circumnavigates bigotry from 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 first save Police brutality racism and other societal ills find 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 full 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 for difference 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 feel to the characters and discussed extremely relevant issues facing our society today I recommend this book to adults and young adults alike Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for providing an advanced copy of the book in exchange for this honest review NOW AVAILABLE Sometimes I wonder where I ve beenWho I amDo I fit 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 for our youth In his youth he says i ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewFirst off I m a cis extremely white passing reviewer I have been able to see myself in literature and media my entire life regardless of how much my Filipino culture means to me and how proud of it I am So even though all of these stories are ownvoices this review you. You are holding fresh ink And not hot off the press still drying in your hands ink Instead you are holding twelve stories with endings that are still being written whose next chapters are up to youBecause these stories are meant to be read And sharedThirteen.