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Lamar Giles ↠ 7 SummaryOne 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 rising fears that things may become very dire indeed A Boy s Duty Sharon G Flake 5 StarsHis 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 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 you re an imposter In part this is about the effect this has on this girl how difficult it can be to reclaim 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 relationships 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 now 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 indle since this is an ARC the font is really tiny about this big so trying to read 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 read BLACK SUPERMAN SAVES GIRL which incites a flurry of commentaries CNN decides he should be referred 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 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 ve read 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 reflect on and while this is targeted for Teens YA I think it could be enjoyed by almost all ages I haven t rated all of these individually but I ve noted the ones I considered 5 Stars but none are 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 House Children s Crown Books for Readers ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange
For An Honest ReviewFirst Offan honest reviewFirst off 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 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 you 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 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 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 SWEETstories play acts fantasy stories historical stories sweet 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 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 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 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. 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. ,
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 reservation 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 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 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 iss 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 grandparents immigrated to The United States After reading this I instantly added Not the Girls You re Looking for to my TBR because this was such an addicting read 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 recounting the reason they died while hoping their tags will Save the Cupcake! 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 differentind of slavery and police brutality and internalized racism 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 read Not just from this collection but 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 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 romance 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 then spends the next two months learning everything her grandmother Tressed to Kill (Southern Beauty Shop, 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 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 it felt like such a fantastic 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 from 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 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 homelessid 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 emotions from 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 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
Happen If They Out And This Story Perfectly Talksif they speak out And this story perfectly talks 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 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 new from the first 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 feel like such a fool for 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 appreciate 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 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 really wanted to love this Catch Pull Drive by Schuyler Bailar Schuyler Bailar is the first openly transgender NCAA Division I swimmer He was first recruited in 2013 to Harvard s Women Swimming and Diving team but after his transition he was recruited to the men s team And his success is such an inspiration that I honestly was crying reading his Wiki And just nowing 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 room and new reactions 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 read 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 story 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 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 for the rest 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 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 taken from an ARC and is subject to change upon publication. 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. 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 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 ids 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 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 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 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 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 vein exchange for this honest review NOW AVAILABLE Sometimes I wonder where I ve 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 The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev 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 it reinforced their love of reading With that in mind this collection includes heroes of allinds for all inds 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 full of sounds and smells and they
must say goodbye The girl along with her family is movingsay goodbye The girl along with her family is moving Eraser tattoos are exchanged as a reminder 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 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 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 a reservation has to attend a Jr High comprised of mostly white students 900 white ids a handful of black ids a few ids who were a blend of races and one other Native American id He tries to make others understand how their avoiding recognizing 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 isses 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 The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School keep their tags looking good it is their memorial the way toeep their memories alive to others to be remembered If you only read one story in this anthology make it this. 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.