COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES by Sangu Mandanna

COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES

Stories About Love
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Age Range: 12 - 18
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Multigenre short stories filled with romance and diverse characters who cross boundaries.

Representing interracial and cross-cultural relationships, this anthology takes readers to new worlds. The need for queer, ethnically diverse fantasy protagonists is answered by Tara Sim’s (Firestarter, 2019, etc.) “Death and the Maiden,” in which the Indian heroine weds Hades. In L.L. McKinney’s (A Dream So Dark, 2019, etc.) “Your Life Matters,” an interracial lesbian couple struggles with family dynamics while watching the latest reports of a protest of the police shooting of an unarmed black man. From dealing with a racist bully to facing the impact of colonialism and handling Asian fever, the authors delve into a number of cultures, races, religions, and ethnicities: Moroccan, Indian, black, Hmong, Chinese, Jewish, Latinx, Palestinian, and Irish, among others. A pirate ghost mentor, a poisoner, and a superhero add fantastical elements. Some stories with abrupt revelations and rapidly resolved arguments would have benefited from additional plot and character development, but for the most part the discussions of identity and messages of cultural acceptance and recognition of inequality are well executed. The LGBTQIA+ stories, about one-third of the collection, particularly shine. Readers who enjoy romance and exploring questions of community and belonging will find much to savor in this collection, which contains works by some of the leading voices in YA today, including Anna-Marie McLemore, Samira Ahmed, Adam Silvera, and more.

Entertaining and inclusive. (editor’s note, author bios) (Anthology. 12-18)

Pub Date: Nov. 12th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-64129-046-3
Page count: 312pp
Publisher: Soho Teen
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2019




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