Fresh Ink Anthology Edited by Lamar Giles

Fresh Ink

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-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. (Goodreads)

This anthology was so solid. It starts with a Jason Reynolds’ story, which we all know I love him, and throughout there are some of the most well know YA authors. Additionally, in this anthology there is a one act play by Walter Dean Meyers and a graphic story by Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham. What I really enjoyed the most about this anthology is that the characters were not only racially diverse, but also there was gender diversity, sexual orientation diversity, religious diversity and diversity in the writing of each story. I think a lot of time we talk about diversity and we tend to zone in on one underrepresented group. This book does not do that. This book definitely put a lot of authors on my radar that I want to read their longer works.

Also, I enjoyed the somewhat common thread through the book of young people just trying to find their place in the world or find love with who they want to love. This is something that many people can relate. Some of the stories are even go into how do you understand what a minority group is going through, when you are not a minority. I felt that was handled really well.

One thing that is common with anthologies and short story collections is that you don’t always like all the stories. There were some that were to me kind of lackluster and there were some stories that I would read a whole story about. This is common but I did like more stories than I didn’t like.

Overall, I highly recommend this anthology for everyone. For it to have so many stories, it is a very short book and an easy read.

****I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a free and honest review.  Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher.******

Fresh Ink was released on August 11th.

Much Love,
Tasha

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