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Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  713 ratings  ·  186 reviews
The YA event of the year. Bestsellers. Award-winners. Superstars. This anthology has them all. With brilliantly entertaining short stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks, this all-new collection will show the world exactl ...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published April 24th 2017 by HarperCollins Australia
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
OMG this anthology makes me so proud of the amazing diversity and talent of our #LoveOzYA authors because I loved each and every one of the stories! I'm not usually one for anthologies, but all of the stories here were so good that they left me wanting more.

I loved how the stories covered a variety of genres, from the sci-fi space exploration ones, the fairytale inspired and the more slice of life contemporaries. Each story had something to add and contemplate when it came to the coming of age,
Trigger warnings: explosions, bullying, refugees, violence, blood, animal death.

I stand by everything I said last time. This is a delight from start to finish and I love it.

4.5 stars.

For those of you who aren't aware, this is a collection of short stories by some of Australia's best known YA authors, all writing on the subject of beginnings and endings. A bunch of my favourite authors are represented here, and this collection did not disappoint.

Brief thoughts on each of the s
Zitong Ren
This was just a really nice collection of short stories by Australian authors, most of which I have at least heard of if not have read books from before. I don’t have much experience reading or reviewing short stories, but essentially, I was pretty engaged with most of them and they were all pretty fun to read.
lauren ♡

Quick rundown of ratings:

One Small Step by Aime Kaufman - ★★★★★ - F/F romance on Mars? YES PLEASE.
In a Heartbeat by Alice Pung - ★★ - I appreciated the sentiment of this. Teen pregnancy is definitely something that deserves better rep, but there was SO MUCH GIRL HATE AND RACISM? NO THANK YOU.
First Casualty by Michael Pryor - ★★★ - K
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthology
First story: One Small Step by Amie Kaufman

Seriously how do you review a short story! It was cute, had an interracial love interest and lesbian main character. Seriously give me 300 more pages of adventures 20 is NOT ENOUGH I SAY!

Amie has an amazing way with words to get me loving a character after 20 pages 10 even! Witch craft I say 😂

Second story: I know how this ends by Will Kostakis

Sorry for repeating my self but IT WAS TO SHORT AND I WANT MORE
These shorts are going to be the death of me.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
With a few exceptions (see ratings below), I really enjoyed reading these. Some I would have loved to see continued while a few I felt were too short for me to really connect with them.

I hadn't heard of most of these authors beforehand... the main reason I picked this up was because of Ellie Marney :) (Highly recommend her stuff). Will definitely be reading her story again.

Will I check out more from these authors? One day:).
One Small Step... by Amie Kaufman
3.5 stars, that was cute:)

'You h
Ryan Buckby
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
if you are looking to read any samples of aussies authors this book is a perfect start for you to get into some authors that we have to offer. Australia has some of the best story tellers in the world and they do go unnoticed so if you ever wanna read more from aussie authors this book would be perfect for you.

One Small Step: Amie Kaufman: 4.5 stars

I can see the ending: Will Kostakis: 4 stars

In a Heartbeat: Alice Pung: 3 stars

First Casualty: Michael Pryor: 2.5 stars

Sundays: Melissa Kei
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to be shoving this anthology in everyone's face.

My personal highlights are the stories by Will Kostakis, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Danielle Binks and Jaclyn Moriarty.

Review to come on podcast (when I'm not drowning in uni essays)
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Total bias, but no BS :-)

I loved working with these authors, in a collection that celebrates Aussie YA - my reading home.
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ozya
I really just loved the experience of reading this- coming back to some of my favourite Aussie writers (and discovering new ones) with new short stories to read is such a wonderful time. They're all so creative and fun! ...more
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
↠ 4 stars

Many thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy of this lovely collection of stories!

This book is adorable guys. The stories are incredible; the idea behind it is touching (we all remember the #LoveOzYA hashtag from last year, right?) I will admit I don’t read anthologies much and whilst I do enjoy them (the YA Christmas-themed anthology My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins is great, just saying), I occasionally have trouble investing in the stories because they are short sto
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can we talk about how great Australian authors are? I don't remember the last time I was able to witness so much diversity in one book. Sexuality, time travel, family, identity. This collection of short stories has something for all readers, all connected by its overarching theme of "beginning, end, beginning." A really wholesome read. I don't think I can properly address this without going through it all story by story with mini reviews.

One Small Step
Kaufman offers a really interesting fantas
Michael Earp
This is a delightful collection of short stories that really is a celebration of Australian YA and its diversity. There's some space travel, time travel, magic realism and clairvoyance, but there's also plenty of contemporary realism. But, running through them all there's the precipice of what next, where to now, and new beginnings. Personal highlights are Lili Wilkinson's and Jaclyn Moriaty but each one has its appeal. Love that there's two #AusQueerYA stories too! ...more
Danielle Binks
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Total bias, but no BS :-)

I loved working with these authors, in a collection that celebrates Aussie YA - my reading home.
Loved all the stories.

Worthwhile for a library or a gift.
rachel ☾
Average rating = 3.1 stars

One Small Step by Amie Kaufman (★★★★☆):

Naww! This was such a sweet story. Usually, I am not a fan of sci-fi stories but I actually enjoyed the Mars setting. Kaufman did a great job of developing her characters over such a short page span, to the point where I would happily pick up a whole book about Zaida and Keiko's earthly adventures. Also, yay for all the diversity!

I Can See The Ending by Will Kostakis (★★☆☆☆):

I did not enjoy this one, unfortunately. It had a great
Aimee Ferguson
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This review can also be found here, on my blog!

Short story anthologies are notoriously hard to rate, because each of the stories kinda needs to be considered alone, so I'm going to do just that. Overall, though, stories like that make me pretty proud to call #OzYA my YA. I mean my country has got some pretty incredible voices, and honestly they deserve a lot more attention...

One Small Step by Amie Kaufman - ✩✩✩✩
Okay but this was a pretty incredible way to kick off the stories - first kid born o
Nadia King
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology celebrates the #LoveOzYA movement which began when like-minded people came together to garner attention for YA fiction in Australia. In a nutshell, the movement is about helping Australian teens discover oft-neglected Australian YA fiction.

Begin, End, Begin is a highly entertaining collection of short stories from some of Australia's best-known YA authors with stories based on the theme 'begin, end, begin'. The anthology gives readers a vast selection of
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Graded By: Mandy C.
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The Most Familiar: “Missing Persons” by Ellie Marney and “One Small Step …” by Amie Kaufman
The Most Noteworthy: “Oona Underground” by Lili Wilkinson
The Most “Australian”: “Last Night at the Mount Solemn Observatory” by Danielle Binks, “Sundays” by Melissa Keil
Bonus Factors: #LoveOzYA, Diversity
Break Glass In Case Of: Looking to Expand Your Horizons

Read the full book report here.
Brooklyn Tayla
This has left me with such glorious emotions, and I'm grinning so hard right now! every one of these stories were so wonderful, my heart felt so elated! I found myself getting attatched to each character and loving what was happening in each story! I loved the diversity to these stories too, and I wish they were all full length novels, truthfully! but no, I know they've made their mark as some of the best short stories I've read, and this is definitely a celebration of Love Oz YA! These are the ...more
Clair Sharpe
Thank you Harper Collins YA for sending me a copy of this book. This is a collection of short stories by Australian young adult writers. All were good stories. My favourites were probably One Small Step by Amie Kaufman which is set on Mars, I Can See the Ending by Will Kostakis, a love story where the boy is psychic and In a Heartbeat by Alice Pung about a teen pregnancy. Some good quality writing and some imaginative stories.
Really solid collection! I wasn't a huge fan of the Jacklyn Moriarty and I thought the Michael Pryor was heavy handed, but nothing was BAD. And nicely diverse in terms of race, sexuality, and genre.

Plus, the story I wanted to read it for--Ellie Marney's story of how Watts and Mycroft meet--was fabulous.

That was fun and exactly what I needed.
Emma Gerts
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this anthology. I find it's very unusual to have an anthology where every story is as strong as the last, but that's what #LoveOzYA has given us. This is a great collection of Australian authors and stories that have a distinctly Australian feel, even when they're set in space. A great read and a great contribution to YA literature in Australia. ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was dying to read this anthology since it was announced last year but unfortunately, when it came out I couldn't find it anywhere in my local area for weeks until I went a little further into a Dymocks and finally found that beautiful, limited edition foil covered beauty of a book! I'm really happy to support #LoveOzYA because Young Adult books have become so popular in the past few year which is fantastic but Australian Young Adult fiction is still not as popular even in our own country. That ...more
Jessica M
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I love this anthology! All of the stories (and the chosen writers) gel really well together and it’s really nice to see a focus on Australian young adult fiction. This anthology features some really well-loved Aussie writers, well-known for their novels and their trilogies. I would’ve liked for it to feature perhaps one more debut writer (in addition to Danielle Binks) because this anthology would’ve really helped them kickstart their writing career and would be a great w
Ghostly  Writer
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-reads
OK. So, I know that I didn't read many of these stories in full, as I became disinterested pretty quickly. I gave some of them a chance, by reading the first couple of pages.

Disappointedly, the only story that made me think and feel WOW was 'In a Heartbeat', by Alice Pung. Her writing style is extraordinary! Unfortunately, with the other writers', the genres of these stories weren't suited to my personal taste. For example, space travel, science-fiction, etc.

I would mainly recommend this to rea
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Each and every story in this anthology was a complete delight. I dragged the reading out over a full day and paused to appreciate the diversity, humor and heart. Danielle Binks's story was my stand out favourite. Which takes nothing away from my love for them ALL! ...more
Margot McGovern
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Before I launch into the fanfest that’s about to ensue, I feel I need to be upfront: My intent in writing this post is 100% to make you go out and buy Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology (Harper Collins, May 2017). It’s FABULOUS. And while I haven’t been paid, bribed, cajoled, blackmailed, coerced, or, you know, asked to write about Begin, End, Begin (I didn’t even request a review copy because I so wanted to have the experience of buying this book from my local bookshop), I am ever so slig ...more
Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
Wonderfully diverse, Begin End Begin showcases so many different ways to tell an Australian story. If you are a #LoveOzYA fan you'll spot stories from authors you love. If you've never read a modern Australian YA book, this is the perfect place to dive in.

Danielle Binks has done an excellent job of curating a selection of very different stories that are all united in their strength as narratives for young adult readers. There is contemporary, a little bit of YA romance (a love story or two), plu
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Danielle Binks is a Melbourne-based author, and literary agent.

In 2017, she edited and contributed to Begin, End, Begin, an anthology of new Australian young adult writing inspired by the #LoveOzYA movement, which won the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children (Ages 13+).

The Year the Maps Changed was Danielle's debut middle-grade novel, and The Monster of Her Age will be her first fo

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