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OMGQueer

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Hope. Fear. Desire. Despair. Promises. Betrayals.

Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual. Transgender. Questioning. Intersex.

This anthology of short stories gives voice to the rising generation as they define what it means to grow up queer in the twenty-first century. What is it like to grow up in a society that embraces you in certain ways but discriminates against you in others? How do y
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Bold Strokes Books
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Jennifer Lavoie
This is a much different book review from what I’ve written before, because I’m writing my reactions to each of the stories as I go.

OMGQueer is an anthology of short stories by queer youth that has been put together by Radclyffe and Katherine E. Lynch, PhD. The stories are varied in content and voice, and for that reason I chose to write about my reactions to each one. I felt there was no way to justify just saying the book was amazing and leaving it at that.

These authors are young. Some may be
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Random Jordan
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I know, it may come as a total shocker, but in light of Anderson Cooper coming out finally, I just have to confess… I am absolutely and totally queer. And yes, I have no problem using that word, because it describes me the best! For those who may not know what Queer actually means, it just means you are out of the normal, something about you is slightly different, and in this day and age, it often has to relate to your gender identity or your sexuality. I’m explaining this because this next book ...more
Jenny
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty amazing collection of stories. Like an anthology, there are always several stories that I lose interest in or don't finish; there was only 1 story I didn't particularly enjoy in OMGQueer and it wasn't because it were badly writen. Each story was very honest and unique in the story it was telling. Here are my thoughts on each of the stories.

"Jelson"- This was my favorite short story by far. In this one, Jelson is a "swop" meaning he switches from acting like a female to male at
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Nina (Death, Books, and Tea)
Review: I find that LGBT fiction tends to be of a high quality. Anthologies tend to be a mix of bad and good fiction of the chosen genre. This should be quite good then, but...yeah. I like that it’s all done by young people, but sometimes, it’s not amazing. It covers a nice lot of topics, and ACTUALLY INCLUDES THE T OF THE COMMUNITY (It really irritates me when something says it’s LGBT and ends with “gay men and lesbians”.) Unlike with other anthologies, the final tea score isn’t an average of a ...more
Sally
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
All up, this was a pretty good collection of short stories - there were WAY more that I liked than didn't like, and only one which I disliked so much that I didn't bother finishing it.

The first story, Jelson, was my favourite. It was a really good start to the collection and really got me excited to read more - I was just a little sad that the first one ended up being so very definitely my favourite! Nothing else quite lived up to it. In short, Jelson is what is known as a "swop", meaning that a
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Sarah
I have half a list written in my notebook, a sentence or two for each of the short stories featured in this anthology, but it's been a while since I read them and at the time I couldn't conjure up my final thoughts on each one before I jumped into the next. So I decided to just do a mini overall review as well as a couple thoughts on my favorites.

First off, I knew one thing I was going to include in my review no matter what: I'm disappointed that there wasn't more diversity. While there was a st
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L.E.Olteano
I loved this anthology. More thoughts to come.

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I loved this anthology, it was just so...magnificently queer! :D
So, the stories in the anthology are sort of genius, for the basic reason I find many if not all things genius: they promote diversity. This must be the most diverse thing I have ever read, if it's not the most diverse then it's the most outstanding with its diversity. Does that make sense? Heat stroke is bashing me over the head, any nonsense I may utter - it's the heinous heat's fa
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Mrs. S
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Let me get two things out of the way up front: I don't often have the patience for short story collections (seems like an oxymoron, but somehow is also true) and I went into this thinking that "queer youth" meant high school students, but in fact it seems to be a mix of HS and young adult writers, with the result that the stories range from solid YA to solid NA, emphasis on the "A" part. However, I did make it through the entire collection, and there were some stories I really enjoyed. One of my ...more
Kewpie
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it

Overall, the stories were all very well written. Jelson, the first, was my favorite. I'm glad I read most of them so I could get a good description of characters and setting stuck in my head.


I think the editors and I have a different idea of what constitutes as "youth." I was expecting to read books written by writers in their teens and early 20s. This seemed to be a book written by adults about characters in their teens or early 20s. It reminds me of when I was a kid, and someone gave me a boo
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Alicia
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
A series of short stories that focus on the GLBT community is put together well, though it could stand to have more variety. Most of the stories focused on lesbian couples rather than gay couples and transsexual and transgendered. It does run the gamut of issues and emotions, from homophobia, parent issues, dating, love at first sight, and more.

Though, it's something I could suggest to students, I debate whether to have it in our high school library because of its blatant sexuality. While other
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