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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.