Look at all these cute queer short stories

Proud by various authors, compiled by Juno Dawson
Genre: LGBT | Young Adult | Anthology
Length: 320 pages
Published March 7th 2019 by Stripes
Purchase: Amazon | BookDepository

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A stirring, bold and moving anthology of stories and poetry by top LGBTQ+ YA authors and new talent, giving their unique responses to the broad theme of pride. Each story has an illustration by an artist identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Compiled by Juno Dawson, author of THIS BOOK IS GAY and CLEAN.

A celebration of LGBTQ+ talent, PROUD is a thought-provoking, funny, emotional read.

Contributors: Steve Antony, Dean Atta, Kate Alizadeh, Fox Benwell, Alex Bertie, Caroline Bird, Fatti Burke, Tanya Byrne, Moïra Fowley-Doyle, Frank Duffy, Simon James Green, Leo Greenfield, Saffa Khan, Karen Lawler, David Levithan, Priyanka Meenakshi, Alice Oseman, Michael Lee Richardson, David Roberts, Cynthia So, Kay Staples, Jessica Vallance, Kristen Van Dam and Kameron White.

Hello it’s your friendly neighbourhood queer, here with another LGBTQ+ recommendation. Yeah you heard it, recommendation! Though I didn’t give it a full five stars, I did love this book! Let’s dive into why I loved it (and also why I didn’t).

So, Proud is an anthology, which means it’s not just one story, but instead contains multiple (shorter) stories. This book basically coupled writers with illustraters in order to let you feel even more connected to the story and it’s characters.

I haven’t made it a secret that I absolutely adore LGBTQ+ books and I was super excited when I got approved for an ARC on Netgalley! I didn’t have the time to read it in one go, but since the book comes out tomorrow (!!) I knew I had to finish it and write a review soon. Which wasn’t a problem since I loved it so much.

Every story is centered about different character with a (mostly) different sexuality. it covers m/m and f/f relationships, trans characters (enby included), a bi character, and coming out of the closet in general. See what’s missing? Exactly. I didn’t notive it t the time, but a conversation with a friend made me aware that it doesn’t cover asexuality. This anthology, which covers multiple sexualities, some even multiple times, doesn’t have an asexual character (honestly I wasn’t happy with how was dealt with the bi character but that’s a whole other story). I get that in a normal book, with a minimum of 200 pages, you can’t cover every sexuality. But this book has 12 stories!! It’s unacceptable to me that none of them are about an asexual character.

It’s not just because I want to have my friends represented in this book, or just any gay book. But think of the people that don’t know how they identify, that read these books to figure out who they are, and I don’t think any asexuals will find out they’re actually asexual without having proper representation. Fix this people! It’s 2019! Can we have an anthology that actually covers all big sexualites? And if possible also some smaller ones?

But to go back to what was in the book, I really enjoyed all the different stories, as well as different styles and the amazing illustrations. I think my favourite story is eiter ‘I hate Darcy Pemberley’ or ‘The Instructor’. But all of the stories are sweet and carry a strong message. The last story is about coming out and it resonated so much with me. I might dedicate a whole post to it and mybe talk about how I came out and how I dealt with my family. I really think this is an incredibly important book, I really hope you all read it.

Proud comes out on March 7th (tomorrow aaaaah, also, pun intended) and I recommend you all buy it. Even if you’re not part of the LGBTQ+ community (no the A does not stand for ally), the stories are amazing and there’s even a story for the people that don’t agree with same sex marriage.

13 thoughts on “Look at all these cute queer short stories

  1. Sam || Fictionally Sam says:

    I absolutely Love Juno as her previous book “This Book Is Gay” really helped me solidify my own sexuality and coming to terms with being bisexual. So when I heard there was going to be a new anthology with Juno involved, I got really hella pumped! I’ve heard great things about the rep that it gives, but oof to it not have Asexuality rep. Like I get you can’t tell them all in one book (we’d be reading for ages) but hot damn, you could have at least had one instead of multiples of the rest. Welp. Great review though Michelle, thank you for bringing the rep to my attention!


  2. adeleisreading says:

    Wow, great review. I’m definitely going to recommend PROUD as a purchase to the library!

    I’m guessing that the “A” that you’re referring to is an Asexual story? If not, either way I definitely have my eye on PROUD.


  3. TheCaffeinatedReader says:

    Hopefully, there’ll be another book of short stories and this time it will have more Asexual representation! I am still excited about this book, and I realllllly hope I get a chance to read it. I mean more diverse reading AND short stories, it sounds amazing! Also now I need to read ‘I hate Darcy Pemberley’ because I feel like I would love that one now. I love anthologies, I hope there are more to come and they just keep getting more diverse


  4. Clo @ Book Dragons says:

    I literally saw this book yesterday in Waterstones so they may have put them out early? But I remembered you mentioning it although I erm didn’t buy it I definitely will be buying it at some point. (yes I’m buying it because of you hehe) also because I’ve been meaning to read some more anthologies too.


    • Michelle says:

      Yeah if it’s not embargoed they can sell it as soon as they get it. But yes! buy it! And thank youuuuu I hope to hype up some more queer books/anthologies since I love them myself so much 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Olivia-Savannah says:

    It sounds like for what it was, this is a brilliant book and it does an awesome job (excepting the bi story) with the sexualities it includes! It’s just a shame that it doesn’t include more – especially asexual rep. I didn’t even know asexuality was a thing until I read about it last year, in a YA book. So we definitely need more ace rep! And as you said, some of the smaller and less well known sexualities should be heard and represented too. Glad you still enjoyed it though!


    • Michelle says:

      Yeah they really missed out on a great oppertunity! I feel like books like this could be a really great learningmoment for young kids. Hopefully there will be more books like this that do represent these sexualities

      Liked by 1 person

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