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Ry to any anthology every Nicola Yoon just teleports me with her writing every time and I need a full length story to this immediately Oh my gosh But this is a powerful story about how no black person is safe from police brutality in America not even superheroes And one black girl unfolds the story and has her eyes opened This story is so elevant 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 for the est of the world to fall in love with it Out of a possible 60 stars 5 stars possible for 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 five star Psychiaters op de sofa read and I implore you all to preorder andeuest at your libraries Everyone deserves to see themselves and their experiences Arrivederci Swansea: The Giorgio Chinaglia Story represented in book and Fresh Ink is the anthology that the world needs Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch The uote above was taken from an ARC and is subject to change upon publication 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 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 featuring 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 friends found a story that they could find themselves in iteinforced their love of The Adventures of Taxi Dog reading With that in mind this collection includes heroes of all kinds for all kinds of young adulteaders 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 full of sounds and smells and they must say goodbye The girl along with her family is moving away Eraser tattoos are exchanged as a eminder of their love Meet Cute Malinda LoAt the Denver Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention in line for a preview screening of ueen of the East Nic sees a young girl ed 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 The Compass (One Year Adventure Novel) realized says Gender flipped Sulu Cosplay Star Trek X Files and a power failure make 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 aeservation has to attend a Jr High comprised of mostly white students 900 white kids a handful of black kids a few kids who were a blend of Edelweißpiraten: Roman races and one other Native American kid He tries to make others understand how their avoidingecognizing who he is makes him feel Be Cool for 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 first kisses Tags Walter Dean Myers 5 starsA one act play with four boys Big Eddie Jones aka SMOKE 17 Willie Jiminez 16 aka 2 SOON121 D Mario Thompson aka DATRUF Frank Watkins 17 aka J BOY It s Willie s first night in this new state of being their new objective to keep their tags looking good it is their memorial the way to keep their memories alive to others to be The Kennedy Debutante remembered If you onlyead one story in this anthology make it this one Why I Learned to Cook Sara Farizan 5 StarsYasi is Persian bi sexual and is still in the giddy stages of early love with Hannah when Hannah declares she would like to be invited to Friday night dinner with Yasi s grandmother Yasi s been learning to cook the delicious meals her grandmother prepares all the while trying to get up the nerve to share about who she is sexually to her grandmother A lovely message with a sweet ending A Stranger at the Bochinche Daniel Jos OlderA beautifully written if strange story A stranger in a bar the mysterious appearance of overwhelming smoke and a missing notebook that holds secrets designs for flying machines ising fears that things may become very dire indeed A Boy s Duty Sharon G Flake 5 for flying machines ising fears that things may become very dire indeed A Boy s Duty Sharon G Flake 5 father blamed his teachers for giving him dreams that extended beyond the boundaries of their farm But it was my father s binoculars and the almanac that pulled me away from the farm first It s how I got the notion I wanted to be a mapmaker plotting out every planet and star in the sky Four years later I m sitting at the Lucky Linda Caf homelessLoss homelessness bittersweet and lovely One Voice Melissa de la Cruz It begins with a young Filipina girl s car being tagged A big middle finger and a particularly shocking phrase smack in the middle of my Monday morning Frevel im Beinhaus reminding me that even at a prestigious cosmopolitan university the one you had worked so hard to attend someone will try to make you feel like youe an imposter In part this is about the effect this has on this girl how difficult it can be to eclaim that feeling of safety where safety is your normal frame of mind where walking across a parking lot or across a campus doesn t make your heart leap in fear at each sound In part it is about the differences in elationships with the police or security authority figures that non white people have vs whites In part it tackles the way Asian women are viewed and objectified by men Paladin Samurai Gene Luen YangI m not much for graphic stories but I know there is an audience for this This is about a young Japanese boy who wants to be a Samurai in his DD campaign but it is not allowed Reading this on my kindle since this is an ARC the font is Vom Winde verweht really tiny about this big so trying toead this was difficult for me Catch Pull Drive Schuyler Bailar 5 StarsIt s in those few sacred moments before he enters the school as a new person that he hesitates Born female but having just announced to the world via Facebook that from here on he will now be male and his new name is Tommy The first thing he sees walking into the building are two doors marked with words that identify not just the doors but the people who enter them MEN WOMENThis was written by the first openly transgender NCAA Division I swimmer per Wikipedia and thecrimsoncom as well as the first publicly documented NCAA D1 transgender man to compete as a man in any sport he also served on the Transgender Visibility Panel to advocate for the Trans Bill MA before the Massachusetts State Senate Super Human Nicola Yoon 5 Stars The Los Angeles Times headline the day after he saved her ead BLACK SUPERMAN SAVES GIRL which incites a flurry of commentaries CNN decides he should be eferred to as African American another points out that if he was like Superman he was from another planet and therefore not human never mind African or American Meanwhile two years passes and the seventeen year old black girl is convinced that she must be the one to The Light Between Oceans reason with this Black Superman as he his vision of saving humanity has become darker and he s no longer sure they deserve saving Another one I loved just enough superhero fantasy story to appeal to a large group of people with a story that was heartbreaking I veead other books by Nicola Yoon and enjoyed her writing before so I expected this to be good and it surpassed my expectationsAltogether a fine collection of stories to enjoy and Judo from the Beginning, Volume One: Revised reflect on and while this is targeted for Teens YA I think it could be enjoyed by almost all ages I haven tated all of these individually but I ve noted the ones I considered 5 Stars but none are The Velveteen Rabbit really less worthy it s just a matter of what types of stories you prefer Overall I consider this a 5 star collectionPub Date 14 AUG 2018Many thanks for the ARC provided by Random House Children s Crown Books for Young Readers In the introduction of Fresh Ink it s stated manyeasons that we need short stories such as these Even though I did not Hitler and the Nazi Darwinian Worldview: How the Nazi Eugenic Crusade for a Superior Race Caused the Greatest Holocaust in World History 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 extremelyelevant issues facing our society today I ecommend 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 eview Growing up finding stories I could elate to euire 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 The Rebel of Rangoon: A Tale of Defiance and Deliverance in Burma 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 Iead these books in the eightiesThankfully 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 Blutrote Schwestern review you ll see particularepresentation in bold parenthesis eg Black TransThe stories discuss poverty same sex crushesrelationships colorism Tuin racism and other issues kids 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 enjoyeading about two girls usually displaced in that 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 Vigilance: A Heroics Novel (Heroics, racial microaggressions and how they affect him and other Native students in a predominantly white school Light skinned Native childreneceive 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 eal boys tag on walls and elive their stories of their deaths Myers presents this story as a play My heart hurt as "I Discovered Each Story Within " discovered each story within play This one stayed with me for a while so much so my husband Dragons In Chains 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 magicalealism Don t hate me but I skipped this one No The Gordian Knot Vol. 4 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 withacism on the homefront Cute and bittersweet at the same time Black One Voice by Melissa de la Cruz A young Stanford student finds out that her family s undocumented and with The Longevity Solution: Rediscovering Centuries-Old Secrets to a Healthy, Long Life racial graffiti painted nearby she s anxious and feels like she should not suffer in silence She s angry and I m glad toead 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 eaching him is his first save Police brutality acism and other societal ills find themselves discussed If a superhero decides to destroy us because we Narratives of Human Evolution 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 aead especially in a time begging for difference. 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 ules and color outside the lines All you need is fresh ink.
Lamar Giles ✓ 2 ReadNd try to steal a design notebook that can help them And there s maybe aliens or demons I wasn t sure Like I said I was confusedA Boy s Duty by Sharon G Flake This story follows a young black boy in WWII who Report on Radiation and the Quantum-Theory, 1914 ran away from home and wants to join the Navy I liked seeing the life he s built in New Orleans and the vibrant culture present in the city Ieally liked seeing his artistic talent displayed and his genuinely good heart This story eally was about following your dreams but not putting yourself above other One Voice by Melissa De La Cruz Jas is a Sanford college student who s entire college experience shifts when she sees acists graffiti spray painted across campusJas lives in fear of her family getting deported and this graffitti starts taking over all of her mind space It What Do Grown-ups Do All Day? really shows how harmful and deeply painful discrimination andacism is But I Non Censure really loved seeing Jas talk with other minority students and finding a power in their shared experiecesPaladinSamuari by Gene Luen Yang and Illustrations by Thien Pham I m noteally a fan of graphic novels I just haven t found one that s clicked with me yet It also didn t help that this was about a faux Dungeon and Dragons campaign game where a guy wants to play as a samurai instead of the traditional Paladin There was also something about a part at a girl he likes house The story felt disjointed to me and I didn t enjoy it as much as some of the othersCatch Pull Drive by Schuyler Bailar This was an amazing story that featured a trans boys who s finally come out to his school and is at his first swim practice since coming out We see the challenges he faces a new locker Herrin der Schmuggler room ignorant comments from teammates but also see his loving parents and a friend on the team who supports him as well This was such an inspirational story that moved meSuper Human by Nicola Yoon I have never been disappointed by a Nicola Yoon short story and Super Human was definitely a standout for me We follow Syrita as she s chosen to convince disillusioned superhero X toestore his faith in humanity because she was the first person he saved years ago But X a black superhero has lost his faith no longer thinks that humanity is saving The Hope and Glory reason he s changed his mind is a punch to the gut and is best uncovered whileeading the story But this story was just so powerful and a perfect way to conclude this anthology Fresh Ink is a can t miss collection of stories from some of YAs hottest authors that allows these diverse characters to have their truths told in their own way I eceived a copy og the book from Crown Books for Young Readers via Netgalley in exchange fro an honest eview ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest eviewFirst off I m a cis extremely white passing eviewer I have been able to see myself in literature and media my entire life Der Flügel des Engels : Autobiogr., Selbstzeugnisse, Briefe an Jack Kerouac 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 thiseview you are about to ead is not After publication I will feature some actual ownvoices eviews 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 eviewers If you e a PoC who would like to have your Love and Its Place in Nature: A Philosophical Interpretation of Freudian Psychoanalysis 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 all I don t 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 Ian across a character who shared my Special Agent Francesca race and gender in a book he was a gross stereotype comicelief token sidekick or depending on genre I m looking at you science fiction fantasy and horror there to die so the Triskell Tales: Twenty-Two Years of Chapbooks real hero could fight another day Next friends this was amazing Like go get your preorderseady 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 Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie reviewing a book as I ameviewing 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 know how powerful and amazing this collection is I m going to break down each short story with my thoughts opinions and individual star Mein wildes Geheimnis 03 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 short This is a story about 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 known 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 andacebend 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 eferences 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 every way and it was easily the story I most connected to This also has such an important discussion about geek culture and how toxic it can be and how gross dudes can be towards girls And this story stars two girls whose paths happen to cross at a convention center while a big storm causes the power to go out And if you like The X Files and Star Trek you have to buy this anthology for this story alone I can t stop smiling just thinking about this one I loved it And give me all the ww stories Masterpiece Don t Pass Me By by Eric Gansworth This was an amazing short story that packed such a powerful punch We follow a Native boy who lives on a eservation but is forced to go to a Junior High where he is in the vast minority This story talks about how some people of color are white passing or people who are biracial or how some choose to hide their heritage and how some stand out now egardless 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 for Once by Aminah Mae Safi Friends this was just written completely captivating for me The conversations the setting the feeling 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 full disclosure here my first kiss was at a similar concert experience as this so this story was just completely perfect for me All the feels 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 States and the boy she is crushing over stated that his immigrated to The United States After eading this I instantly added Not the Girls You e Looking for to my TBR because this was such an addicting ead I truly fell 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 four boys A London Home in the 1890s recounting theeason they died while hoping their tags will keep them The Geology And Landscape Of Santa Barbara County, California, And Its Offshore Islands 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 internalizedacism enforce it This script evoked so much emotion from me and seeing these young men s stories cross is something I don t even have words for Seriously this is a must Biopower: Foucault and Beyond read Not just from this collection but from all the works being published in 2018 Also I meporting this with a very heavy heart but the author of this story passed away a few years ago But I am forever 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 felt so blessed This ww omance was also the damn cutest Yasi also has anxiety and is feeling a little anxious to come out to her Grandmother who immigrated to the United States from 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 "how to cook She 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 for who you are And the ending was the cutest thing I ve ever ead 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 it felt like such a fantastic SFF world But I still eally 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 from people of color and try to make it their own while also stealing credit I also eally liked how this was so very different than everything else in this anthology A Boy s Duty by Sharon G Flake I うそつきリリィ 3 [Usotsuki Lily 3] really enjoyed this historical story that starred a black homeless boy who s trying to not give up on his dreams or his love for astronomy And even though this story has its sweet moments it was a very heavy one too From justeading a book about a homeless kid to seeing everyday acism to learning about a side character who is grieving the worst loss in this world This was able to evoke a lot of emotions from me And honestly This is the type of story you ead 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 family was undocumented This story talks heavily on the privilege that white and white passing people take for granted when they are doing something as simple as walking back to their dorms How white people can use police and authority figures as a convenience where people of color not only can t but they feel afraid of what will happen if they speak out And this story perfectly talks about how hard it is to A Bold Carnivore: An Alphabet of Predators 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 fetishize 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 from the first page I was going to completely love this novella the most in this collection But as Iead I Goodbye Sarajevo: A True Story of Courage, Love and Survival realized how I wish I could give this short story to every student and make iteuired Lifting reading This was a masterpiece and now I feel like such a fool for nevereading 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 appreciate it starting out with a DD campaign I also think this one didn t pack a punch like all the est 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 five 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 eally wanted to love this Catch Pull Drive by Schuyler Bailar Schuyler Bailar is the first openly transgender NCAA Division I swimmer He was first ecruited in 2013 to Harvard s Women Swimming and Diving team but after his transition he was ecruited to the men s team And his success is such an inspiration that I honestly was crying eading his Wiki And just knowing this makes this story even beautiful and powerful This story is about a trans boy who has finally come out to his school via Facebook and is now having his first day on his school s swim team as a boy And with that comes a brand new locker oom and new eactions from his peers TWCW for 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 ead This was easily one of my 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 sto. 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 ead And sharedThirteen. More often than not if I an across a character who shared my The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field race and gender in a book he was a gross stereotype comicelief token sidekick or depending on the genre I m looking at you science fiction fantasy and horror there to die so the The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division real hero could fight 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 founder 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 full breakdown I d like to give shout outs to a few of my favorites from the collection which were Why I Learned to Cook by Sara Farizan which gave me all of the happy cutesy feels One Voice by Melissa de la Cruz which broke my heart in the best way and Super Human by Nicola Yoon whicheminded me that even bullet proof superheroes are capable of having their hearts broken by t My full Pimpinella Meerprinzessin 1: Ankunft im Muschelschloss (German Edition) review canead 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 Das kurze Leben der Sophie Scholl recommend this anthology to everyone Explores a diversity of topic through a variety of genres contemporary slice of life sort of stuffomance science fiction and historical fiction Also explores a variety of themes that are guaranteed to pull you in To name a few what humanity is the power of solidarity how perceptions shape who we are colourism Défendre Jacob 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 be a story for 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 theomance 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 follows a trans boy who faces 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 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 Netgalley for sending me this book for eview I m taking the time today to finally sit down and eview Fresh Ink I had a lot of fun Black Gold in North Dakota reading this book which surprised me considering it was a compilation of short stories and frankly me and short stories do not get a long very well see example me and every single Neil Gaiman compilation I ve everead 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 for epresentation and diversity It overflows with it but not in a painful forced kind of way We have Indian African American trans LGBT and so many I felt myself smiling at almost every single on of these stories My personal favorite was about a super hero When it comes to my usual eviewing system I feel like it would be a bit convoluted if I tried to eview every single story in this novel I will say that I only faintly disliked a couple of the stories however Overall Reading this feels like I got to choose some of my favorite 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 the thread of authentic brilliance brings them together beautifullyI loved it so much I ve donated Fresh Ink to two of my favorite HS classrooms I eally wish there was of a variety of genres but this was a great collection of short stories featuring diverse characters written by some of the biggest YA contemporary authorsI think I expected than just contemporary fiction stories because in the foreword the science fiction fantasy and horror genres are all specifically called out for their killing off of minority characters However the majority of these stories are contemporary with omance being a key plot point Out of the twelve stories there is one historical fiction one sci fi and one fantasy story Four of the contemporaries have a main focus of omance Maybe I just needed a bit of a mix and Wicked City: The Other Side romance is my least favorite genre so this was a disappointment Regardless some of these stories are very thought provoking some will make you feel emotional and some are just greatelatable storiesI especially appreciate that a one act play and graphic short story were included in this collection It s Officer, Surgeon…Gentleman! refreshing to see different formats of writingNow for the breakdownEraser Tattoo by Jason ReynoldsThis was one of the captivating of the contemporaries with a focus onomance Shay is moving from her childhood home in Brooklyn to Wilmington leaving her first love Dante behind She s giving him an eraser tattoo of her initial There are small moments with big meanings behind them like the white family moving into the home Shay s family is moving out of and the lack of Barefoot through Mauretania respect they showMeet Cute by Malinda LoFans of X Files or Star Trek will love this one It is set at the Denver Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention and features a girl named Tamia cosplaying as a black Agent Scully and Nic is a gender flipped Sulu The power goes out during a storm and the two go looking for Nic s brother while wondering if the other is gay It s cute Againomance isn t my thing And I never watched X Files or Star Trek so the Dude, You're a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School references weren t that exciting for me This is probably of a personal preference thing I can see othereaders eally loving this one because again it was cuteDon t Pass Me By by Erik Gansworth This color I said tapping the box of Flesh on his desk Its name doesn t cover everyone This was one that was powerful A native American boy has to leave the eservation to attend a predominantly white junior high just beyond the border because the eservation school only goes up to 5th grade The message present here is strongBe Cool For Once by Aminah Mae SafiBack to the contemporary omances This one is set at a concert and features a Muslim American girl who sees the boy she likes and decides to tell him how she feels Meh This is one of my least favorites And that s even with the What fresh hell is this statement which is a direct line from the tv show Scream ueens Even with that eference on top of the Anne Boleyn ones I still wasn t into this oneTags by Walter Dean MyersThis was definitely one of my favorites In my top 3 for sure No omance involved This is the one act play Four boys are tagging walls We find out they are dead and are tagging to be emembered They discuss how they diedWhy I Learned To Cook by Sara Farizan You don t apologize for who you are I m an old lady now and perhaps that doesn t mean much in the world we live in but I exist and I shouldn t have to be sorry for that As a woman you have to know that Don t ever apologize for who you are I enjoyed this than the other contemporary omances so far A Persian bi girl is learning to cook Persian food from her grandma and is nervous to introduce her girlfriend to her This one was very sweet with a great message to itA Stranger at the Bochinche by Daniel Jos OlderHere is the science fiction of the collection Unfortunately this one was lacking and is probably my least favorite of them all This is merely for the confusion It feels like an excerpt from a much longer book leaving me feeling like I m missing tons of information about the world and characters Thus I felt like there was no science fiction in this collection at all because I want to forget about this one entirely I was lostA Boy s Duty by Sharon G FlakeSet during WWII Zakary leaves his father s farm to paint becoming homeless He wants to join the Navy He spends his time at Lucky Linda s Cafe a 247 cafe where the owner doesn t uite approve of him being there The owner s wife does what she can to help Zakary out This one is sad but also on the slow moving sideOne Voice by Melissa de la CruzThis is one of the topical of the stories in this collection A girl attending Stanford s whole world shifts when acial slurs are graffitied on walls cars etc She talks about discovering her family wasn t documented in the last year and the fears she faces This one is powerful and is very elevant to today I wasn t aware that this was a short story that takes place after the events of Something in Between but it didn t harm my Spring Cleaning (Virago Poetry) reading experience If you are planning toead that book maybe wait to Classic Sunil Gangopadhyay read the short story after because it takes place afterwardPaladinSamurai Written by Gene Luen Yang illustrated by Thien PhamThis is the graphic short story of the collection Easy toead and well illustrated This one has a group of friend playing Swords and Spells which is the book s version of Dungeons and Dragons The dungeon master won t let his Japanese friend call himself a samurai because it s not one of the 5 classes of the game The DM insists he call himself a paladin This one is The Unemployed Guy's Guide to Unemployment really short and has a storyline involving the girl across the street tied in I liked it for the message it carriedCatch Pull Drive by Schuyler BailarIeally love this one Also in my top 3 Set in 1st person it tells the story of Tommy s first day on his swim team as a boy after having just come out as trans on Facebook This was a very moving story It captured Tommy s emotions very wellSuper Human by Nicola YoonThis was my favorite of the collection This is also where the fantasy comes into play also where the fantasy comes into play the world s one and only superhero has decided to give up on humanity and destroy it unless someone convinces him otherwise The US sends 17 year old Syrita to do just that I m going to withhold all other details because you The Patriots Club really shouldead this one It s heartbreaking and not one I ll forget for a long timeSo there you have it A diverse collection of short stories Some were okay some were excellent It s a bit across the board but I did like this overall Average Rating 358 StarsStories I Was Most Excited For Eraser Tattoo by Jason Reynolds Super Human By Nicola YoonFavorite stories Be Cool For Once by Aminah Mae Safi Why I Learned to Cook by Sara Farizan Super Human by Nicola YoonLeast Favorite Stories A Stranger at the Bochinche by Daniel Jos Older PaladinSamuari by Gene Luen YangFresh Ink is a vibrant collection of diverse stories that share personal truths hopes fears and dreams Told in short stories a one act play and a graphic short these stories give voice to characters whose stories are not often given the space to shine But these author craft complex characters in dynamic A Brief History of Imbecility: Poetry and Prose of Takamura Kōtarō relationships that draw you inEraser Tattoo by Jason Reynolds 35 StarsJason Reynolds can do no wrong in my eyes Long Way Down is one lf the best books I ve everead I loved the sentiment of the story and the Border War: Fighting Over Slavery Before the Civil War rich history you can feel between childhood best friends Shay and Dante Shay is giving Date an eraser tattoo of an S toemember her by because she s moving I loved the focus on the importance of their Käse relationship but the story didn t pull me in Meet Cute by Malinda Lo This was a fun and cute story about a girl named Nic who is cosplaying at a Denver Con when the lights are knocked out by a storm she a fellow cosplayer Tamia go looking for Nic s brother I loved seeing Nic and Tamia handle the can gatekeepers who suck the fun out of everything But I had some personal preference issues that lowered my overall enjoyment of the story Meta pop cultureeferences always pull me out of stories and the heavy Hired Girl references in the beginning didn t help I also think I would have liked the story if it was written in first person But again those are personal issues and I stilleally liked the story overallDon t Pass Me By by Eric Gansworth This story was much grounded than the first two We follow Doobie a Native student who is going to a white school We see Doobie discuss passing because many of the other native kids at school are white passing and not picked on gentrification and the dismantling of native culture and white washing history This was such a powerful and impactful story and I loved itBe Cool For Once by Aminah Mae Safi My first five star The Service of the State: The IAS Reconsidered read and it was so adorably cute I couldn t handle it Shirin is a Muslim American teen having the time of her life at a concert for one of her favorite bands and she sees her crush Jeffery show up and this is the point I got giddy Shirin is worried about the spotlight andecognition that comes with dating Mr Popular This was just so cute and fluffy and perfectTags by Walter Dean Morgan This is a truly uniue story told in a one act play about a group of young black boys who ve died tagging a wall I loved framing tagging as a way to immortalize themselves and create a lasting legacy where they e not forgotten But I was confused at parts of the story which is why it got a lower atingWhy I Learned to Cook by Sara Farizan This was one of the cutest things my eyes have ever witnessed
This Was Such A Happywas such a happy that put me in the best mood Yas wants to learn to cook Persian food to share with her girlfriend Hannah and gets lessons from her unapologetic grandmotherYas grandmother was amazing She is such a fierce lady and I aspire to be her I loved seeing Yas gain an
appreciation for her culture and seeing her grandmother love and acceptfor her culture and seeing her grandmother love and accept It was just greatA Stranger at the Bochinche by Daniel Jos Older This was probably my least favorite story in the anthology because I was so confused eading it Set in Brooklyn this scifi story went over my head I felt like there wasn t context for what was happening we just see this cult like group that want their god to come down to Earth In partnership with We Need Diverse Books thirteen of the most ecognizable diverse authors come together in this emarkable YA anthology featuring ten short stories a graphic short story and a one act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in printCareful.