HOW BEAUTIFUL THE ORDINARY by Michael Cart

HOW BEAUTIFUL THE ORDINARY

Twelve Stories of Identity
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Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Twelve renowned authors, some of whom contributed to the classic YA collection Am I Blue?: Coming Out from the Silence, use diverse points of view, settings and characters to bring readers stories of sexual and gender identity. Standouts in this collection include Eric Shanower’s “Happily Ever After,” a graphic-format story of two boys granted wishes that go horribly wrong, and Francesca Lia Block’s “My Virtual World,” in which social networking enables two troubled teens to form a bond of friendship. Three stories include transgender characters, further expanding this subgenre. In another two, nationality and language barriers serve as a vehicle for a meaningful exploration of sexuality. This collection focuses on older teen and 20-something characters, with even one character in her 40s, meaning that most are solid in their sexuality and gender identification and are exploring what it means to be part of a family, form different kinds of loving relationships and exist as they’ve accepted themselves. Provocative, quality content. (Short stories. 14 & up)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-115498-0
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2009




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