Color Outside the Lines: Stories About Love

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by Sangu Mandanna | Teens |
ISBN: 9781641290463 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 1/19/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, January 19, 2021
I got this hardcover at a local Savers thrift shop. It's a YA anthology (shading towards the younger end of YA) about interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships. (Contributors include Adam Silvera, whose novel They Both Die at the End was among my favorite books of 2020.)

Later: I really enjoyed this collection, which features tales of interracial and/or multicultural and/or LGBTQ+ characters, in real-world or fantasy settings. Some of my favorites include:

"What We Love" by Lauren Gibaldi, in which a Jewish girl and a boy from India team up against the school's mean-girl - planning to humiliate her by revealing her cheating on her boyfriend. But they eventually choose to take the high road (though not without giving the girl quite a scare!). And I enjoyed the way they got to share their favorite fandoms while they were getting acquainted.

"Giving Up the Ghost" by Tarun Shanker adn Kelly Zekas is a delightful tale set in a world where each person is always accompanied by a Ghost Mentor - usually an ancestor - though they can choose to break the tie when they reach 17. Sanjiv is turning 17 in less than a day and looks forward to ditching his mentor, who's the ghost of a "murdurous nineteenth-century pirate", a woman who's very tough but is perhaps not the best mentor for a modern-day teen. And then Sanjiv finds that his ghost-mentor has been urging him to talk to Addy, his crush - because Addy's ghost mentor was a bounty hunter who betrayed Sanjiv's mentor back in the day... Turns out things are a bit more complicated than that, but the result is really amusing and sweet.

"Your Lives Matter" by L. L. McKinney in which girlfriends Ari (white) and Candace (black) have to deal with a lot of things, including Ari's policeman father and his prejudices - and the fact that Candace is a superhero. This one has a direct racial-profiling element, and what might be an eye-opening (and mind-changing) experience for one racist father.

"Something Gay and Magical" by Adam Silvera, about 18-year-old Oliver, who's irked that the bookstores only have small shelves for LGBTQ books while all the other kids get the whole YA section. When a very cute young man named Winter asks him if he can help him find a book, Oliver says he wants one "with a gay hero who saves the day and flies off into the sunset with a beautiful boy" - and Winter takes him to a fantasy title that looks to meet his requirements. And the couple on the cover look a lot like Oliver and Winter...

Other tales include things like getting up the courage to admit one's feelings for a friend - and being shot down; connecting with a stranger from a different culture even when you know you have to part; and more.

Released 1 mo ago (6/25/2022 UTC) at Main Street (See Release Notes For Details) in Nashua, New Hampshire USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

I plan to leave this book on one of the benches along Main Street, ahead of today's Pride parade; hope someone enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in NH here.]

** Released for the 2022 Allergic to A challenge. **

** Released for the 2022 June Brides challenge. **

*** Released for the 2022 June Pride LGBTQ+ challenge. **

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