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They were shot and killed and talk about their deaths and connections. In this story, a girl is afraid to have her grandma meet her girlfriend. She asks her grandma to teach her to cook and then invites her over. A girl's notebook is stolen and they boy who loves her goes after it. She ends up rescuing him. There were mentions of Gods and aliens, so it got confusing. A black boy leaves his farm and paints. His goal is to join the navy and go to school. He spends his time at a cafe that his friends caused trouble at. The cafe owner's wife tries to help these boys.

It's just so relevant to the time we live in right now. A girl is at Stanford. She found out that her family is undocumented and she is terrified of being deported. There is racist graffiti painted there and she has to explain to her boyfriend how that makes her feel. I honestly had a hard time reading it on my kindle, so it was a bit tough to rate. I'm hoping to reread it when the book is released. What I could see was decent, but not great. He is now competing on the boys swim team for the first time and using the boy's bathroom.

In this story, there is a black superhero that is giving up on humanity. The first girl he saved is asked to go speak to him and find out why. This is another story that is so relevant right now. Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the chance to read this early. Jan 04, Rachael rated it really liked it Shelves: This is chuck-full of beautiful and diverse short stories from all different genres and from so many OwnVoices authors.

I enjoyed almost every single story, which is so rare for me in anthologies. They were Average Rating: They were my faves, but honestly?? It was such a cute, kinda sad romance with characters that were more fleshed out over fifteen pages than some books manage over an entire series.

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It was also, like, twice as long as it needed to be. The writing style felt a little too mature for the age of the characters, but besides that I loved every bit of it. This was so adorable and sweet, and Francesca was a hilarious character. This is definitely up there with one as one of my new short stories, and I really need to see it on a stage now. Do I really need to say anything else? The super sweet ending is so inspiring and comforting, and this made me want to call my grandma and tell her that I love her.

Stop reading this review and go tell your grandparents that you love them. It literally took me four days of opening the book, reading the first line of this story, and immediately closing the book to finally sit down and force myself to read it. Who gave this story the right to rip my heart out?? This was such a bittersweet historical story about World War II and racism on the home front and it made me so emotional. It was cute and sad and the characters were so three-dimensional.

A little hard-to-follow sometimes, but still a worthwhile read. This is about a girl who is an undocumented immigrant and she goes to Stanford. It was informative, wonderfully written, and so, so important. And holy cow, it was a total tearjerker. If Schuyler Bailar ever retires as a swimmer, he could totally become an author and I would read every single one of his books.

This was a beautiful, sad, but ultimately hopeful story that every reader will enjoy. The c-slur is used twice, the t-slur is used once, and the f-slur is used liberally. Tommy is also deadnamed once in the story. I ended up giving it four stars instead of five because, plot-wise, I think this would work better as a full-length novel than a short story it was a little rushed , but besides that, it was perfect!

So there you have it! Both teens of color and lgbt teens will thrive at the opportunity to find main characters like themselves, and I really hope that this becomes a series, so that I can look forward to diverse short stories being published on the regular. Jul 25, Lauren Stoolfire rated it really liked it Shelves: Each contribution to this diverse collection will inspire you think outside of the box and dare to defy conventions. Short story anthologies regardless of the genre aren't usually my go-to, but lately I have to admit I've come across some pretty fantastic ones.

When I found this collection with so many brilliant authors contributing I knew I had to try it. Luckily this diverse collection didn't disappoint. The characters we're introduced to in this variety of shorts all felt quite authentic even though we're only wish them for a short time before moving right along. The topics covered are all timely and relevant issues, even though some are set in the past and have fantastic elements. Overall, the stories and voices of Fresh Ink edited by Lamar Giles are absolutely necessary.

While I may not directly relate to all of them, it's incredibly valuable to see writing that reflects all sorts of lives and experiences for young people. Plus, I think I've found some great new-to-me authors to explore. Feb 14, Alicia rated it really liked it Shelves: You can never go wrong with short stories in a collection focusing on diversity with talented and popular young adult authors who do what they do best- storytell in their own unique ways. Luen Yang does a graphic short story. There's romance and sentimentality, history, humor, and cooking.

Each is a powerful standalone but together is an epic collection and Giles hit it hard-- a fresh take, coo AH-mazing. Each is a powerful standalone but together is an epic collection and Giles hit it hard-- a fresh take, cool title, and awesome cover for a phenomenal collection. And you can't go wrong by making Reynold's "Eraser Tattoo" the first story in the colection but including the deceased and epic Walter Dean Myers too.

Sep 25, Heather Taake rated it it was amazing. As a teacher, I really appreciate having short, high interest texts for my students. Love that this includes a short screenplay and a graphic novel! Perfect for teaching fiction structures! Jan 11, Eri rated it it was amazing. I received this as an e-galley off of netgalley in exchange for an honest review. First off, I can't even give the stories individual ratings because they each earned between 4 to 5 stars from me so collectively this book was just five stars.

I loved each of these stories for different reasons, a couple of them were by authors I already liked so I didn't expect anything less. When I read the intro by Lamar I never felt so connected with a fellow reader. I am a black girl and when I was reading bo I received this as an e-galley off of netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I am a black girl and when I was reading books growing up, I had the same feelings. I always saw black girls as either stereotypes in books or the first person to killed off. I never saw a black heroine or a black main character where they were the hero or struggling with their identity or anything like that.

So it was refreshing to read these stories and I didn't just see my black characters, I saw all kinds from Asian to Indian. I even saw queer characters as a queer girl of color I was so happy to see that and I just couldn't put the book down and this is one of my most anticipated releases of the year so I didn't expect anything less. I love that I have another book in my collection where I see myself the collection is growing now and I hope everyone goes and picks up this anthology when it's released. Or when black young men were characters, they were stereotypes, sidekicks and murder victims.

I grew up in a very white small town, never thinking about race until I saw the miniseries Roots. Like Giles, I was a voracious reader. A metaphoric lightbulb flashed in my head, as I wondered how black kids felt always reading about white kids.

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Readers are treated to stories of minority in the USA races, religions, sexual orientations and gender expressions in genres from contemporary to historical fiction to fantasy. Feb 13, Victoria rated it liked it Shelves: Typically, I only make an annual reading goal not giving a second thought to much else. This year, I've really been making an effort to track the books that I'm reading in order to open myself up to more diversity.

As a multi-racial woman, you would think I have been exposed to many different authors from diverse backgrounds, but surprisingly I haven't. I was thrilled to come across this anthology because it combines all kinds of diversity into one beautiful book. These short stories deal with v Typically, I only make an annual reading goal not giving a second thought to much else.

These short stories deal with various topics: I had only read books by Nicola Yoon and Melissa de la Cruz, but I was excited to get snippets into new authors as well. I'm sure many readers can agree that it is difficult rating an anthology regardless of the subject matter. There are many different authors, different writing styles, different characters and plot lines.

Each one is its own entity and while I may love one story, I may feel unenthusiastic about the other. That pretty much sums up my rating for this book. There were some stories that enraptured me and had me flipping the pages excited to see what was next and there were other stories that just didn't stir up much of a reaction in me.

I am happy to say that I did encounter some new authors that wrote intriguing stories and I'd love to read more books from them. I can see this anthology being very helpful to teens in high school who may be experiencing some situations similar to the characters in these stories.

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I can only hope that it inspires more authors of various backgrounds to begin writing characters that all people can relate to. Aug 02, Laura bbliophile rated it really liked it. Currently working on my review, but this was a really good one. Feb 12, Taylor Wilson rated it really liked it Shelves: Lamar Giles composed this collection of stories because the characters are not the norm. This book contains African American, lesbian, and transgender main characters, which would be the meaning of this collection of stories.

In the foreword, Lamar Giles explains his feeling towards reading, and how with every book he read, he co Fresh Ink is a collection of short stories with diverse characters by popular young adult authors such as Jason Reynolds, Nicola Yoon, Sara Farizan and Sharon G.

In the foreword, Lamar Giles explains his feeling towards reading, and how with every book he read, he could never find a relatable main character, which led him to compose this book. Everone can relate to at least one character from one of these stories.

I think this book was done wonderfully and the stories in it were great. May 24, Catie rated it really liked it Shelves: I had the opportunity to see Lamar Giles speak recently, and I was inspired by his passion to ensure that all children have the experience of seeing themselves in literature. He and the diverse collection of authors represented in Fresh Ink have curated a gold mine of stories in all genres.

For those of us who teach in secondary education, this collection represents an opportunity for all of us to bring more diversity and representation into our classrooms. How much do I think students will get excited about this story? What content can I teach using this story? If I were to read this aloud to the class, how likely would I be to get fired? Here are my ratings for the stories in Fresh Ink: It has a subtler message, which makes it ideal as a teaching tool.

However, I would definitely offer this as a short story book club selection. My disinterest in the overall story here is crushing my will to teach it. However, I do think that there are already plenty of stories out there featuring people of color who are criminals or of lower economic status. Certainly these stories are important, and the struggle against systemic racism and a biased justice system is very real, but I would still hesitate to use this in class. I have plenty of those stories to offer, and my students deserve to see that they can be more than that.

Whenever I book-talk any story that features a person of color as the romantic interest, a driven student, or an accomplished athlete, there is this immediate spark of interest because they so infrequently get to see themselves portrayed in a positive light. I wish I had had this story at the beginning of this year, because I absolutely would have included it in my short stories book club. Flake 2 stars 1. However, I found it pretty dry. Give this to your students who follow the news. Be ready to mediate if you use this in class. This would be a great introduction to personal narrative writing, where students craft a story about their own personal struggles.

Offer this as an option to your older secondary students with plenty of trigger warnings first. Sep 11, Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: I wanna marry all of Jason Reynolds' stories. Thanks to this collection a lot of authors have been added to my TBR. It was however of course well-written but too short for me to grasp its greatness. Meet Cute Malinda Lo- 3. An LGBTQ story that tackles the nervousness of two teens who share a love of things comic con related, but on a quick chance meeting find they like more than just their shared similarities.

For its length, it was pretty entertaining and the ending was pretty adorable. When he mentions being darker in certain areas because he tried to scrape the color off, as a younger child—I felt that. The painful joys of having a crush on the boy that seems unattainable.

Thoroughly impressive and well flushed out for a short story. Another five star read. Tags Walter Dean Myers- 5 stars This was the most heartbreaking and current of the bunch. Gritty and raw with a sharp edge, Tags was not what I expected and would love more of. It brought to mind the recent black lives matter-esque novels recently released. I liked what he did with this one, alternating conflicting and powerful voices. The writing was pretty stellar. It tried so hard to depict the struggles of colored people struggling against the consistent presence of racism but it failed, terribly.

Not only did it feed the stereotypes it was claiming to rebuke, it was not engaging or realistic. It was unnecessarily angry and aimless. But I knew he was gay without him uttering a word. He was a person who would later become my person. When he came out to me he was nervous and cautious, and I was no one to fear. But we later laughed about it when I told him I knew and brushed him off to discuss a more impeding topic, like what we should have for lunch. It was the fact that we were still friends and that I reiterate that, that seemed more important than harping on the fact that he preferred men over women.

But it did perfectly capture the stereotyped reactions of ignorant and non-understanding teens. Beautiful, succinct—to the point. I really would have loved to see this story fleshed out or even written as a series. This story is what I expected this anthology to capture. As a whole, the anthology attempts to teach us about diversity, to implore inclusion. While I didn't find that all of the stories did this well, some of them did, really well.

I would definitely recommend even if just for some of the stories. I think this is something that should be ongoing--and is worth reading. Jan 05, Marina rated it it was amazing Shelves: This anthology is too short. I need more and I need these stories to be longer. Most of the stories were fantastic and even the weaker ones were good. All of these stories are wonderfully fresh, unique, and tell a story that needs to be told.

They range from love stories to stories dealing with hate and bigotry, poverty, phobias, coming out, and simply being different. This is a fantastic collection and I would recommend it to anyone, especially younger readers. Mar 15, Meaghan rated it really liked it Shelves: First off, I would like to thank the publisher and author for providing me this ARC to review. Stars Out of As a whole, this was a pretty good anthology. Most of the stories seemed to fit the theme, and there was a variety of characters and stories.

While each story did h First off, I would like to thank the publisher and author for providing me this ARC to review. While each story did hinge on the idea of diversity, they focused on a variety of other things as well, making the stories much more fleshed out overall. Lastly, the message in each of the stories usually came across quite well, except in some cases where it may have been too hidden or too forced.

I haven't read any if Jason Reynolds full novels have seen them around though! It was fairly simple, but in the few short pages it lasted, I was already loving the characters. The message in this one was also fairly obscured, but I think the small references to the unfairness of the situation only added to the overall effect of the story. Exactly fits the name! The setting was interesting too, since it's during a con and there's quite a few references! I think story fits my expectations for this anthology more than the other two so far.

While the beginning it was difficult to follow since I had to orient myself in a culture I didn't necessarily have experience with, that quickly resolved itself. Overall, this story just made me angry at the white teacher and the white students and ugh Be Cool For Once: Overall I thought this was a super cute story, but it didn't seem to fit in the anthology as well as others Tags: I really liked the format and idea behind the story, but I wasn't the biggest fan of the story myself.

It felt a bit short and all over the place, and I only really sympathized with one or two of the characters Why I Learned to Cook: This story was super cute! I love how it blended both diversity in sexuality and in culture! I especially liked that this story fostered a love both between acceptance and family, as many stories involving sexual diversity focus on the hatred from the parents. A Stranger at the Bochinche: While I liked the premise, the story felt as if it was trying to accomplish too much in too few pages, and it left me feeling lost at points.

I wasn't as big a fan of this story, as I felt it dragged a bit and took a while to get to its point, but I still enjoyed it. If anything, I think I liked the characters the most. Okay, so don't read this if you haven't read Something In Between because this basically spoils the entire book. Also, I'm never really a fan of short stories in anthologies being from other series: This one would have to be my least favorite. I get why the comic book story was so short, but it almost felt waaay too short.

However, it still was able to carry a message more subtle than One Voice, so for that I applaud it Catch, Pull, Drive: I really loved this one! Not only the message, but the way it was written as well! Having it set during the middle of a swimming race heightened the tension dramatically, and the inner thoughts complimented that really well also.

I really really enjoyed this one.

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It seemed one of the only stories that didn't have a positive ending, and the openness of the ending combined with the lack of positivity made it all the more powerful. Overall, it feels as if this story carries the message of the anthology the most. Oct 25, ElphaReads rated it liked it Shelves: You all know that when I'm picking up a collection of short stories, I'm gambling a little bit. While I'm always down with expanding my personal reading horizons, short story collections are hit or miss for me. But first let's focus on the stories that stood out in a positive way for me!

It's the story of Shay and Dante, two teenagers who are about to be separated by Shay moving away. As they sit on the stoop and give each other eraser tattoos as a goodbye, they face the changes that are coming to their lives, and the lives of the people around them. This was a simple and sweet and bittersweet story that felt very relatable, with nuanced characters who I was fully invested in. Reynolds is also so good at nuance, as the microaggressions towards Shay and Dante by some new white neighbors moving into Shay's old home as the neighborhood starts to gentrify are present and unsettling without being spoon fed to the reader.

Reynolds trusts his readers, and I love that about his works. This was the first story in the book, and it was quite the one to follow in spite of the fact it was so quiet. A few young black men have all passed away too soon, and have gathered in the afterlife to tag their memorials. As they do so they share their stories with each other. This story about death, racism, systemic discrimination, and societal ills was a gut punch, and sadly it remains far too relevant today, in spite of the fact it was written before Myers died a few years ago.

The raw emotion of this story was palpable. X has been labeled the 'Black Superman' by the world since he arrived on the scene, and has been lauded as a hero by society. But then one day he says that he is not only done saving the world, but is going to destroy it now. His first 'damsel in distress' aka the first girl he ever saved is sent to see why he has given up, and what she finds out is devastating. Yoon is the queen of making me cry, and she kept the streak alive with this one.

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The rest of the stories were fine, bordering on 'telling rather than showing' more often than not. I always have to remind myself that sometimes this is necessary for YA literature, as yeah, sometimes teens may need things to be laid out a bit more bare, but on the other hand I think that sometimes authors don't give teens enough credit. There were definitely some cute and strong moments in the other stories, but these three are the ones that REALLY hit hardest.

Like with any anthology, there were stories I thoroughly enjoyed, and others I enjoyed less.


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The stories feature black, Asian, Native American, Latinx, Persian, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and Filipino characters. Mini review of each story: Eraser Tattoo by Jason Reynolds Representation: In the meantime, Shay gives Dante an Eraser Tattoo. This story feels like the wrong one to start off the anthology because nothing happens.

The story takes place within minutes and it's mostly just a conversation. It was too short and I still don't know what the point of it was, aside from Shay physically scarring Dante. Meet Cute by Malinda Lo Representation: Asian and sapphic main character. Black and sapphic love interest. They meet at a convention and keep each other company during a blackout caused by a storm. It's cheesy and cute, with a lot of cosplaying and awkwardness. At some point, I couldn't tell if this was a contemporary or paranormal story, which was fun to try to figure out.

Native American main character Rating: I don't have many opinions about this one. It was a little boring, though there was a scene that I really liked in which Hubert confronts one of his teachers. Muslim main character, Japanese love interest, black and sapphic side character. Shirin's crush, Jeffrey, shows up, and joins them. I thought this was fun and cute, though I couldn't believe that Shirin would do something while her favorite band was giving a concert.

This was still one of my favorite stories in the anthology, though. Tags by Walter Dean Myers Representation: African American main character Rating: They can stay in the world as long as people remember them. I didn't like the play format of this, though it would probably be a lot better on stage rather than on the page. It was interesting to read about how they died but, at the same time, I also didn't like reading about their deaths.

If I remember correctly, all of them died unexpectedly, which was sad. Persian and bisexual main character and sapphic love interest Rating: The exploration of the relationship between Yasaman and her grandmother was my favorite thing about the story, though the ship was also very cute. This is my favorite story in the anthology. A Stranger at the Bochinche Representation: Latinx probably Puerto Rican characters Rating: I couldn't get into it and had to skim read in order to be able to finish it.

This is the second story I've read by Older, and by now I know that I don't enjoy his work at all. I was confused the entire time I was reading this. A Boy's Duty by Sharon G. Black main character Rating: They have a conversation about the war, and some trouble tries to find Zakary. This was another of my favorites. Filipina main character Rating: I didn't read that book, but this was still easy to follow it does contain spoilers for the novel. The main character and her friends stand up against racism at her university.

It felt a little short, but maybe that wouldn't be the case if I had read the book before reading the short story. Japanese main character Rating: He wants to be a samurai because he's Japanese, but one of his friend insists he can't call himself a samurai, because the right term in the game is paladin. In the middle of this discussion, the main character goes to his neighbor's birthday party.

I got a little confused once the main character and one of his friends go to the birthday party, but overall it was a sweet and nice story about acceptance. Trans boy main character Rating: The story takes place during his first swim practice as an out trans boy. I loved this one, especially for the friendship aspect of it. Also, for some reason, I like books about characters who swim.

I don't even know why. Super Human by Nicola Yoon Representation: Black main characters Rating: No one knows what happened to make him go from the world's savior to the person who wants to destroy it. It's a story about racism, specifically anti-blackness. It was so powerful and the best story to end the anthology.

The stories were hit or miss for me, but the ones I liked were a huge hit. I wouldn't mind having a full-length of a bunch of the stories. I'd recommend Fresh Ink to anyone who loves anthologies or is looking to read more diverse stories. Sep 22, Shorouk Abd Elhamed rated it liked it.

All the meaning is in the last statement and the story delivered the meaning well. Meet cute -- 1 stars I didn't like this story. It took time doing nothing. It was just description of the place and costumes. Don't pass me by -- 3 stars This story delivered its meaning well. I didn't like all of it but it was good. Be cool for once -- 4 stars I loved this one. I love people meeting in Contemporary-a-thon: I love people meeting in a concert in any story. The girls were cute and Jeffrey was nice. I need a full novel of this story. Tags -- 2 stars This was weird. I didn't get a thing from it and the conversation between them his was weird,too.

Why I learned to cook -- 4 stars This was a cute little story. I loved the grandmother alot. The writing style was beautiful,too. A stranger at the bochinche -- 1 star I didn't like this at all. I think this world couldn't be a short story. I think the writing style was so good. The characters were very good even only dozen pages or so. One voice - a something in between story -- 3 stars If it wasn't such an important topic,it would be 2 stars but this was actually a very important topic.

I couldn't even sympathize with her. The characters here were so good. I'd love to read the rest of a story like that. Aug 30, Stephanie Ward rated it really liked it Shelves: What I liked the most was that they were a diverse collection of characters and the stories ranged in type as well. Most were regular prose, there was a play and even a short comic. Each gave an inside look into the lives of their main characters, who were all different in most ways - but, more importantly, the same in the ways that matter the most. Praise for Fresh Ink: Buy the Audiobook Download: Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks.

About Fresh Ink All it takes to rewrite the rules is a little fresh ink in this remarkable YA collection from thirteen of the most recognizable diverse authors writing today including Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, Melissa de la Cruz, and many more, and published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. About Fresh Ink All it takes to rewrite the rules is a little fresh ink in this remarkable YA anthology from thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors writing today including Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, Melissa de la Cruz, and many more, and published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books.

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