Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories
Author: various authors edited by Michael Earp
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Pages: 295 pages
What does it mean to be queer? What does it mean to be human? In this powerful #OwnVoices collection, twelve of Australia's finest writers from the LGBTQIA+ community explore the stories of family friends, lovers and strangers- the connections that form us.
This inclusive and intersectional #OwnVoices anthology for teen readers features works from writers of diverse genders, sexualities and identities, including writers who identify as First Nations, people of colour or disabled.
Compelling short fiction by best sellers, award winners and newcomers to #LoveOzYA including Jax Jacki Brown, Claire G Coleman, Michael Earp, Alison Evans, Erin Gough, Benjamin Law, Omar Sakr, Christos Tsiolkas, Ellen van Neerven, Mar,we Jane Ward, Jen Wilde and Nevo Zisim.
Includes a foreword by anthology editor Michael Earp, resources for a queer teens, contributor bios and information about the #LoveOzYA movement.
Thoughts in the book: A massive thank you to Walker Books for sending me a review copy of Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories to read and review and for the fantastic team at AusYaBloggers for organising this fantastic blog tour and allowing me to be apart of it. Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories is the new anthology from some very amazing award winning, bestselling and newcomer authors who have each written their own short story. Each story is uniquely different yet keeps you enthralled and works well with each of the others in the anthology. There is definitely a story in there that everyone one will either really identify with, a story that may help you in the future or just find a new author that you may not have heard of before.
Personally I found that I could really identify with Audrey in Waiting by Jen Wilde. In Waiting Audrey is so excited to go to PrideCon but her friend that she begged to go with her just doesn't seem to understand how big of a thing this is for Audrey and so she hides how excited she is and how much this actually means to her. Eventually she stands up for herself after getting to know some of the other people in line and discovering that she shouldn't have to hide who she is from the world. I find that I don't openly talk in my everyday life about how much I love reading and about this blog that I run and the passion I have with books but now that I have discovered the bookstagram community I feel I can talk more openly about books that I love and discover new authors, bloggers and bookstagramers to follow and I feel free to be myself and express my opinions without feeling like I'm going to be judged.
I may be straight but these stories still had a huge impact on me and opened my eyes to alot of issues that I believe need to be discussed more openly throughout the community. Despite not being LGBTQIA+ I felt it was important for me to be apart of this blog tour because I have children myself and I want to be as informed as I can be incase one day one of my children turn around and say mum I'm questioning my sexuality and feel I can now give them some amazing books, likes Kindred, that will help them in understanding what they may be feeling and letting them know that they aren't the only people feeling these things and that it's perfectly OK. I think the resources in the back of the book will help so many people and I know I will definitely be keeping these handy.
If people purchase the book from The Little Bookroom they can have it signed By Michael Earp. All they have to do is mention in the order notes that they followed the Kindred Tour and would like their copy signed by Michael.
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