Arc Review: Fresh Ink


Title: Fresh Ink

Authors: Schuyler Bailar, Melissa De La Cruz, Sara Farizan, Sharon G. Flake, Eric Gansworth, Malinda Lo, Walter Dean Myers, Daniel José Older, Thien Pham, Jason Reynolds, Aminah Mae Safi, Gene Luen Yang, Nicola Yoon

Genre: YA Anthology; Short Stories; LGBTQIA+

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Publication Date: August 14, 2018

Links: Amazon | Goodreads 

Source: NetGalley

Rating: ★★★★★


SynopsisIn 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-print.

Careful--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 you.

Because these stories are meant to be read. And shared.

Thirteen 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.

Review: The cover, was what first grabbed my attention with its beautiful colors and a brightness that made you want to grab it straight away. What made my think about this book, weeks after I read it, were the stories inside. The stories in this book were so good that I still think about them from time to time, reflecting on their meanings. I want to talk about a couple of my favorites that have stuck with me.

Why I learn to Cook by Sara Farizan - This beautiful story made my heart full of happiness. The relationship is so cute. I was very happy to read a story that featured LGBTQIA+ and the worries of family members opinions when you share more of yourself with them.

Catch, Pull, Drive by Schuyler Bailar - In this amazing story, I wanted to jump through the book and stand with Tommy. It made me feel emotional but also realize that this is something the LGBTQIA+ go through weekly… daily… hourly… be. an. ally. 🌈 

Super Human by Nicola Yoon - The last story in the book really makes you think about humanity and the reality of the climate of the world we live in. As a white girl, it puts into perspective what people of color must live.

As you can tell, I really enjoy this anthology!


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Samantha McCombs | BookishStateofMind