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Fresh Ink: An Anthology

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In partnership with We Need Diverse Books, thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors come together in this remarkable YA anthology featuring ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print.

Careful--you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding
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Hardcover, 198 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Melanie

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

First off, I’m a cis, extremely white passing reviewer. I have been able to see myself in literature and media my entire life, regardless of how much my Filipino culture means to me and how proud of it I am. So even though all of these stories are ownvoices, this review you are about to read is not. After publication, I will feature some actual ownvoices reviews here because this anthology was created to support and boo
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
More often than not, if I ran across a character who shared my race and gender in a book he was a gross stereotype, comic relief, token sidekick, or, depending on the genre (I’m looking at you, science fiction, fantasy, and horror), there to die so the real hero could fight another day.

I love anthologies, and I love getting the opportunity to promote authors of color and diverse books, so as soon as I learned that the co-founder of the We Need Diverse Books movement was editing this anthology,
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Cheri
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sometimes I wonder where I've been,
Who I am,
Do I fit in.
I may not win,
But I can't be thrown,
Out here on my own,
Out here on my own

-- Out Here on My Own, Irene Cara, Songwriters: Lesley Gore / Michael Gore

Lamar Giles, editor of this YA anthology, and in partnership with We Need Diverse Books wanted, wants more stories about diversity, more stories where more people can see themselves, especially for our youth. In his youth, he says in the Foreword, that “book after book, adv
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Laura
I really wish there was more of a variety of genres, but this was a great collection of short stories featuring diverse characters written by some of the biggest YA contemporary authors.

I think I expected more than just contemporary fiction stories because in the foreword, the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres are all specifically called out for their killing off of minority characters. However, the majority of these stories are contemporary with romance being a key plot point. Out of t
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CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
My full review can read at my blog, The Quiet Pond.

A wonderful and diverse anthology of ownvoices stories. I enjoyed this so so much, and particularly so as an audiobook, and I highly recommend this anthology to everyone.

- Explores a diversity of topic through a variety of genres: contemporary slice-of-life sort of stuff, romance, science-fiction, and historical fiction.
- Also explores a variety of themes that are guaranteed to pull you in. To name a few, what 'humanity' is, the power of solida
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Jes Reads
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley for sending me this book for review!

I'm taking the time today to finally sit down and review Fresh Ink. I had a lot of fun reading this book, which surprised me considering it was a compilation of short stories and frankly me and short stories do not get a long very well (see example: me and every single Neil Gaiman compilation I've ever read). 

Fresh Ink as I said is a collection of short stories, but it goes beyond so much more than that. Each story was written specifica
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Monica
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: give-aways, netgalley
In the introduction of Fresh Ink, it's stated many reasons that we need short stories such as these. Even though I did not relate directly to many of the stories, I completely agree that we need more diversity in all writing, especially the young adult genre. All the tales had a very genuine feel to the characters and discussed extremely relevant issues facing our society today. I recommend this book to adults and young adults alike!

Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for providing an advanced c
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Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
Average Rating: 3.58 Stars

Stories I Was Most Excited For: Eraser Tattoo by Jason Reynolds; Super Human By Nicola Yoon

Favorite stories: Be Cool For Once by Aminah Mae Safi; Why I Learned to Cook by Sara Farizan; Super Human by Nicola Yoon

Least Favorite Stories: A Stranger at the Bochinche by Daniel José Older; Paladin/Samuari by Gene Luen Yang

Fresh Ink is a vibrant collection of diverse stories that share personal truths, hopes, fears, and dreams. Told in short stories, a one act play, and a gra
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McKinlay Dennis
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
*i received a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher.*

Eraser Tattoo by Jason Reynolds: I have read all of Jason's books and I don't think he's ever written a strict love story before and now i NEED a full length love story from him!... 5 stars

Meet Cute by Malinda Lo: So cute and nerdy! The middle kinda dragged for me, but all in all i loved it!... 4 stars

Don't Pass Me By by Eric Gansworth: This is a story about an American Indian boy letting him
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Kiera
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, ya
I'm not really one for anthologies but I thought I'd pick this one up. Most of the stories were pretty good. I really enjoyed a lot of them ecspcially Melissa De La Cruz's short story. 3.5 stars
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
This was a great book full of short stories, a comic, and play.  I'm not going to talk much about each story since they are not very long.  But I will say a little and rate each one below.



Eraser Tattoo by Jason Reynolds   This was a sweet story about a girl who was moving away.  She was giving her boyfriend an eraser tattoo to remember her by.  4  1/2 stars



Meet Cute by Melinda Lo   Two girls meet at a con.  The power goes out and they get lost, but form a connection right away.  4  1/2 stars



Don'
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Biz (Formerly Rachael)
Average Rating: 3.96.

what an anthology!! This is chuck-full of beautiful (and diverse) short stories from all different genres and from so many #OwnVoices authors. I enjoyed almost every single story, which is so rare for me in anthologies.

If you want to read it but don’t want to read every story, my personal recs from this collection are “Eraser Tattoo” by Jason Reynolds, “Tags” by Walter Dean Myers, “Why I Learned to Cook” by Sara Farizan, and “Catch, Pull, Drive” by Schuyler Bailar. They were
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Lauren Stoolfire
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Fresh Ink, an anthology edited by Lamar Giles, features short stories, a one-act play, and a short graphic novel from thirteen top YA contemporary authors including Jason Reynolds, Gene Luen Yang, Nicola Yoon, Walter Dean Myers, Daniel José Older, Melissa de la Cruz, and Malinda Lo. Each contribution to this diverse collection will inspire you think outside of the box and dare to defy conventions.

Short story anthologies regardless
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Alicia
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
AH-mazing. You can never go wrong with short stories in a collection focusing on diversity with talented and popular young adult authors who do what they do best- storytell in their own unique ways. Luen Yang does a graphic short story. de la Cruz continues a story of immigration that was a previously-published book and so on. There's romance and sentimentality, history, humor, and cooking. Each is a powerful standalone but together is an epic collection and Giles hit it hard-- a fresh take, coo ...more
Heather Taake
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An awesome anthology! As a teacher, I really appreciate having short, high interest texts for my students. Love that this includes a short screenplay and a graphic novel! Perfect for teaching fiction structures! :)
Eri
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an e-galley off of netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

First off, I can't even give the stories individual ratings because they each earned between 4 to 5 stars from me so collectively this book was just five stars.

I loved each of these stories for different reasons, a couple of them were by authors I already liked so I didn't expect anything less. When I read the intro by Lamar I never felt so connected with a fellow reader. I am a black girl and when I was reading bo
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
In the introduction, Lamar Giles, editor of FRESH INK: AN ANTHOLOGY, talks about not finding himself represented in literature as a child. Or when black young men were characters, they were stereotypes, sidekicks and murder victims. I grew up in a very white small town, never thinking about race until I saw the miniseries Roots. Like Giles, I was a voracious reader. I remember seeing the book ROLL OF THUNDER HEAR MY CRY in the library, passing it over because I had no interest in reading about a ...more
Victoria
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Typically, I only make an annual reading goal not giving a second thought to much else. This year, I've really been making an effort to track the books that I'm reading in order to open myself up to more diversity. As a multi-racial woman, you would think I have been exposed to many different authors from diverse backgrounds, but surprisingly I haven't.

I was thrilled to come across this anthology because it combines all kinds of diversity into one beautiful book. These short stories deal with v
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Laura (bbliophile)
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Currently working on my review, but this was a really good one.
Taylor Wilson
Fresh Ink is a collection of short stories with diverse characters by popular young adult authors such as Jason Reynolds, Nicola Yoon, Sara Farizan and Sharon G. Flake. Lamar Giles composed this collection of stories because the characters are not the norm. This book contains African American, lesbian, and transgender main characters, which would be the meaning of this collection of stories. In the foreword, Lamar Giles explains his feeling towards reading, and how with every book he read, he co ...more
Ana
Thanks to this collection a lot of authors have been added to my TBR.

Eraser Tattoo by Jason Reynolds - girl is moving across country leaving her boyfriend behind ★★★★
Meet Cute by Malinda Lo - two girls are stuck together during a convention power outage ★★★
Don’t Pass Me By by Eric Gansworth - in a majority white school, some can pass others won't ★★★★
Be Cool for Once by Aminah Mae Safi - while attending a concert, a girl meets up with the boy she has a crush on ★★★★★
Tags by Walter Dean Myers - s
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Catie
Middle school teachers and librarians got a lot of mileage from Flying Lessons & Other Stories last year, and we devotees of We Need Diverse Books have been eagerly anticipating this collection. I had the opportunity to see Lamar Giles speak recently, and I was inspired by his passion to ensure that all children have the experience of seeing themselves in literature. He and the diverse collection of authors represented in Fresh Ink have curated a gold mine of stories in all genres. For those ...more
Jazmen
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eraser Tattoo- Jason Reynolds- 3 stars
I’m not quite sure I understood the intent or the point of this short story. It was however of course well-written but too short for me to grasp its greatness.

But in this case, let’s hope young love wins.

Meet Cute Malinda Lo- 3.5 stars
Another story that’s strong point is diversity. It’s short but lengthier than the first story. An LGBTQ story that tackles the nervousness of two teens who share a love of things comic con related, but on a quick chance meeting
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Lauren
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I wanna marry all of Jason Reynolds' stories.
Daniela Ark's Bookiverse
This a was precious diverse gem!

If you are curious about YA literature or if you are already fan you should read this book!

These thought-provoking and beautifully crafted stories about YAs dealing with gender identity. sexual orientation, race, prejudice and discrimination will warm your heart and soul!

Since I’m a SFF reader I especially loved “Tags” and “A Stranger at the Bochinche” but all the stories were fantastic!

I discovered great authors in this anthology and cannot wait you read all the
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Sam (AMNReader)
Sep 30, 2018 marked it as today-is-not-that-day
Eraser Tattoo: 3.75
Meet Cute: 3
Don't pass me by: 4
Marina
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
I received an ARC of Fresh Ink from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

This anthology is too short. I need more and I need these stories to be longer. Most of the stories were fantastic and even the weaker ones were good. All of these stories are wonderfully fresh, unique, and tell a story that needs to be told. They range from love stories to stories dealing with hate and bigotry, poverty, phobias, coming out, and simply being different. This is a fantastic collection and I would recommen
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Meaghan
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
First off, I would like to thank the publisher and author for providing me this ARC to review. Please note that the version I read was an advanced copy, and certain events/language may be changed in the published edition.

Stars (Out of 10): 7/10 Stars

Since this is an anthology, I’ll be writing a short review for each individual story!

As a whole, this was a pretty good anthology. Most of the stories seemed to fit the theme, and there was a variety of characters and stories. While each story did h
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ElphaReads
You all know that when I'm picking up a collection of short stories, I'm gambling a little bit. While I'm always down with expanding my personal reading horizons, short story collections are hit or miss for me. But when I saw the varied and amazing number of authors in FRESH INK, I knew that I had to give it a try. After all, I really love Jason Reynolds, Nicola Yoon, and Gene Luen Yang, and so an anthology with all of them with a focus on Diverse/Own Voices in YA literature was going to be on m ...more
Nashaly
Fresh Ink is a solid anthology featuring diverse teens of different backgrounds. Like with any anthology, there were stories I thoroughly enjoyed, and others I enjoyed less. The stories feature black, Asian, Native American, Latinx, Persian, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and Filipino characters.

Mini review of each story:

Eraser Tattoo by Jason Reynolds
Representation: Black characters
Rating: 2/5 stars

This story is about Shay and Dante talking about their relationship on the day Shay is moving to a dif
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Lamar "L. R." Giles writes books for teens and adults. FAKE ID, his debut Young Adult Thriller, will be published by HarperCollins in 2014. He is represented by Jamie Weiss Chilton of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency and resides in Chesapeake, VA with his wife.
“You don’t apologize for who you are. I’m an old lady now and perhaps that doesn’t mean much in the world we live in, but I exist and I shouldn’t have to be sorry for that. As a woman, you have to know that. Don’t ever apologize for who you are,” 2 likes
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