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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  3,664 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Original stories by C. S. Adler, Marion Dane Bauer, Francesca Lia Block, Bruce Coville, Nancy Garden, James Cross Giblin, Ellen Howard, M. E. Kerr, Jonathan London, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Lesléa Newman, Cristina Salat, William Sleator, Jacqueline Woodson, and Jane Yolen

Each of these stories is original, each is by a noted author for young adults, and each honestly po
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 15th 1995 by HarperTeen (first published 1994)
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Dusty
This past week, while a lot of people carried on the social media debate about that Duck Dynasty patriarch's newest homophobic remarks, I found myself finishing Am I Blue?: Coming Out from the Silence. Yes, the two events are related.

Printed in the mid-1990s (but unfortunately unknown to me until just recently), the book is a collection of stories for, and about, gay, lesbian, and questioning teenagers. The editor, Marion Dane Bauer, points out in her introduction that "One out of ten teenagers
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Jill
Aug 28, 2009 Jill rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: GLBTQ groups/teens
Shelves: young-adult, glbtq
This book probably saved my sanity when, as a teenager, I realized I might be gay*. It has sixteen short stories about different aspects of being gay or knowing gay people - some sad, some happy, some in-between - and being a teenager. In addition to being a good book in itself, it is also a fabulous resource for finding authors who have written other books about gay teenagers, or at least who are sensitive to the issues. The book is also appropriate for adults, although the issues are going to ...more
Rachel
Two things bring down my opinion of this collection, one is personal, one is more objective.

The first, through no fault of its own, is my distaste for the short story. It's not that I don't think a good story can be told in 10,000 words or thereabouts, in fact many can, but most of this collection needed more fleshing out to really make any sort of impact on me.

The second, though, is how dated it seems. What was edgy and relevant in 1994 seems rather redundant and blasé in 2012. On the plus side
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Jess
it was a great read that is really inspirational to LGBTQ teens.
i almost complained to my school library for having this a senior fiction just because it had gay themes then i read "three mondays in july" and some of the others and kinda figured Senior Fiction might be a bit more apropriate.

it was an excelent read though and i would recomend it to everyone simply because it is educational for Gays as well as straight people.
Cheryl
Darned if I can find any flaws. Even the authors notes were well-written. Every story was a little different, but every one both acknowledged the potential issues a confused or queer teen might have and offered hope. Recommended, of course, not only for those of all ages coming to terms with their own or their loved ones' sexuality, but also for those who think they don't know anybody who is 'blue.'
Emily
This collection of short stories about homosexuality has something for everyone. This is not to say that one person can't enjoy all of it, though. As with most young adult fiction, these stories featured a teen or tween protagonist. But these are not all 'coming out' stories. Some characters are out and comfortable with that, some are struggling with coming out, and some are not even sure that they're going to. The collection, though variations on a theme, are quite diverse. I cannot name any st ...more
Avery Winston
"Am I Blue?" is a book filled with different stories about LGBT and what they go through because they're LGBT. The book starts of with a story of a young teen who is confused about this sexuality and is being bullied because he is suspected of being gay. He is visited by his fairy godfather who is there to grant him three wishes, so the teen wishes for a "gaydar". He wishes for this so he can see which people actually are gay and not. His "gaydar" turns people shades of blue to show how attracte ...more
Carmen
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Kricket
reading this for the second time. i got it from the public library when i was in high school. i thought the stories were about depression. instead it became the first piece(s) of gltbq teen fiction i ever read. in light of current events in my hometown, i'm amazed our library even owned this book back in 1998 or whatever. i wish i knew who the teen librarian back then was so i could track her down and hug her. (note to self: do this.)

ANYWAY. this is a terrific selection of stories that holds up
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Katja
I came across this book in library database: I was checking if Gregory Maguire's Wicked was in shelf and in the search I found this book too ('cause Maguire has written one of the stories in the book).

It's a collection of short stories with gay-theme for young adults. They were dealing with both gay teenagers and teenagers with gay parents. I liked most of the stories more or less. Only Jane Yolen's story I half-skipped. My favourite was probably Nancy Garden's "Parents' Night" which was about c
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Rll52014_mollyharris
Am I Blue? is a collection of 16 short stories for young adults by a collection of authors. The theme of this collection is "Coming Out from the Silence", each story is by a noted author for young adults. Some write from personal experience and some from extensive research, but all authors approach the topic with the respect and authenticity it deserves.

I really enjoyed this book and I thought Bauer's decision to publish a collection of short stories rather than an in-depth novel was a wise one,
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Kyle Moore
Having wanted to read so badly (as I hadn't in weeks), I found this in my school library, and thought, "well, why not." It is an LGBT anthology, and I am bisexual, so it might be something that I enjoy.

And I certainly enjoyed it.

For one, I loved how realistic of it all. I could relate to all the characters, and especially the one from "Three Mondays in July". I could relate because in a similar fashion, I had learned that I was into my own gender, and I could relate to how he was scared to tell
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Julie Decker
These stories all contain gay characters, though not all of them are written from gay characters' point of view. It's an important collection that shows such a variety of experience--gay boys, gay girls, teens with gay parents, various genres to tickle various fancies. The title story contains a humorous approach to the prevalence of homosexuality--everyone wakes up one day having turned as blue as they are gay, and both the number of people who are blue and how blue they are surprises some of t ...more
Snarky's
I picked this up a couple of months ago. I haven't read it in over a decade. I didn't expect the stories to illicit any emotional response from me. But I was wrong. They are still so moving, so true and so diverse. My favorite is still the title story "Am I blue?".
Shannon
Nov 14, 2008 Shannon marked it as to-read
Shelves: ya-books, queer
I'm re-reading this.
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Cacy Thomas
I was first attracted to, “Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence,” when I was looking through my 9th grade English teacher’s bookshelf. I saw the title and thought, “That’s different,” and picked it up. Well I was right, it is different, but it’s a beautiful kind of different! “Am I Blue?” is written by various authors as it is a collection of stories. Each one has a common theme: adolescence and sexuality. I was expecting serious stories of tormenting teens because of their life choices and th ...more
Ari
Thoughts:

It is hard to read a queer lit book that was written in the early 90s. Put differently: I was born in '92 and my views/opinions/understandings of what it is to be queer have changed dramatically in the course of 20 years. So a book that is as old as I am will, naturally, feel a little dated. It was hard to read in that respect, but the existence of such a book in the 90s makes up for it. It takes astounding courage - just as much courage as Ellen coming out on her show. Even if the auth
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Jolanda
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

Written over ten years ago, AM I BLUE? is still as important today as it was then. A short-story collection dealing with GLBT (gay/lesbian/ bisexual/transgender) issues by some of 1995's top authors, this book is a true gem for teens searching for their identity--or just looking for a good read. With stories ranging from contemporary paranormal, to ones set in the 1950's, to one based during the Vietnam War, and even one in another world of Amazon warriors, the
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Stephy
Oct 10, 2008 Stephy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young Adult readers, PFLAG members
This a an excellent (and one of the first) collections of stories about being young and gay or lesbian in America. All the stories were commissioned from a notable Young Adult or children's writer. Every story features at least one character who is gay or lesbian.

For kids in the 90's, coming to understand their sexuality was a lot easier than it had been for me twenty-five or more years earlier. I was impressed by the fact that even straight kids were reading it, and becoming more accepting of
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Heidi
Have I mentioned before that I love my employer library? High School library, in Regional/Rural Australia, with a fabulous collection of YA queerlit. Including this collection.

I don't think I outright disliked a single story. In the end my favourites were probably Gregory Maguire's "The Honorary Shepherds" (because it dealt with queerness and faith, as well as religious art and had a Quirky Narrator); Lois Lowry's "Holding", because of its difference; CS Adler's "Michael's Little Sister", for be
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Madeline
A collection of short stories by a variety of different authors), all focusing on teenagers coming to terms with either their own homosexuality or that of a friend or relative. A lot of the stories involve the teenager getting guidance from an older (or more experienced) person who guides them through the experience of coming out. Sometimes this is sweet, like in the story where a girl is counseled by her older sister's gay friend; and sometimes it's hella creepy, like the story involving a teen ...more
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I like some of the short stories. Like, We Might As Well All Be Strangers by M.E Kerr, The Honorary Shepherds by Gregory Maguire, Three Mondays in July by James Cross Gilbin, Michael's Little Sister by C.S Adler, and In the Tunnels by William Sleator. I didn't even get through Blood Sister by Jane Yolen.

I liked it though! Oh, and Bruce Coville's title story Am I Blue? !
Jean Marie Angelo
I loved this. Released in 1994, this was a ground-breaking collection of pro-LGBT stories for young adults. I wish there had been something like this when I was a teen. This was a recommended read from a friend who once shelved books at the library in his small, Louisana town. It was the book that affirmed for him that he wasn't alone. There were others like him and they were surviving and thriving. This has me recall the wonderful quote from Jeanette Winterson, "Every book is a message in a bot ...more
Carmela
This was a really quick read, and while I appreciate the attempt to represent and tell the stories of queer youth, the collection was mostly sprinkled throughout with sub-par writing and contrived depictions of gay romance/lust. I really, really enjoyed The Honorary Shepherds, and a couple of others were rather well done, but as a whole, it didn't really resonate with me. (And that's okay!)

I wish I could be less harsh about it, but when it comes to queer story-telling, I am incredibly picky. Th
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Jonah
When I was a queer preteen, around 1997-2002, this was the ONLY book I found in my library about being a queer kid that was at a level where I could understand it. For that alone, I would offer my thanks to all of the contributors to this book. I have read and reread the entire book over a dozen times, and certain stories I have read more than a hundred times.
This book was never inspirational to me; it didn't give me role models. I am neither gay nor lesbian, and neither are my parents or frien
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Amanda
I read this book back in middle school, and it came along at just the right time. As I hit one of the first major periods of time spent questioning my sexual and gender identities, my teacher introduced the class to a couple of LGBTQI anthologies which were available on our classroom shelves for anyone to borrow. Reading the stories contained within was a huge influence on me at the time, and I am shocked that I only just remembered it recently upon reading about the gay YA fiction publication i ...more
Melanie Andrango
This book was great. It had many chapters with different stories behind them. The book was very interesting because all the chapters had stories that had a problem and they were we'll describe. The book was very detailed and if made me feel like I was in the book. Like I was watching everything happening.
Rll52014_lori Nolan
Am I Blue?: Coming Out from the Silence puts a bunch of short stories together on what life is like of different realistically fictionalized characters that are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or who are just questioning their sexual identities. One of my favorite stories of this book involved the fairy godfather who came down to this boy and showed him all the people (who the boy thought was completely straight) who were blue (or who were gay). It was a real "don't judge a book by its cove ...more
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