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All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages

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Take a journey through time and genres and discover a past where queer figures live, love and shape the world around them. Seventeen of the best young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens.

From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
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Sarah Not really. There's Benjamin in "Willows" who remembers past lives in which he was a girl, but that's as close as anyone gets.

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Emily May
Rosa was a summer girl, and I was a winter girl, but that fall we made magic.

You know, back when I was in my early teens, I once heard this old guy say “there weren’t all these queers around when I was younger”. Oh, but there were, sir. And long long before that, too.

All Out is a great fictional companion to last year's Queer, There and Everywhere. While the latter works to uncover the real queer - gay, bi, trans, genderqueer, nonconforming, intersex, asexual - people who have been erased t
chai ♡
I was put on this earth to be gay and to read this anthology
Elle (ellexamines)
Listen, I’ve been anticipating this anthology for months now, but this was so much better than I expected - I want to put this down as my favorite YA anthology I have ever read, and the ratings support that. Of the seventeen stories in this book, I gave nine five stars [holy shit], three four stars, three three stars, and only two two stars, for my highest rating ever - an average rating of 4.12. This is a true anthology. All other anthologies can leave.

Okay, so what is this book? All Out is a c

This was a blessing to read. This is a historical literature short story collection, showcasing LGBTQIAP+ characters. And all of the authors that contributed to this collection are LGBTQIAP+ and that is something that I don’t even have words for. I am forever thankful that Saundra Mitchell curated this, that Harlequin published this, and that kids and teens everywhere are going to be able to pick this up and know that they are never alone and that they have never been alone, throughout history.
may ➹
Reading this anthology was such a cathartic experience. Getting to read a whole book full of short stories telling the experience of queer teens? In historical fiction, where a lot of people believe diversity can’t exist? It meant so much. I love reading about queer characters, of course, but there was something so validating about this anthology, especially since it was historical fiction. Even though I hate historical fiction.

Overall, the stories were really, really good. I’m actually not muc
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
For those of you who don't know, I have been anticipating this book since the very first Publisher's Weekly announcement almost two years ago. Since that time, I have read more books by more of these authors, worked shortly for the agency that represents many of them, and generally fallen into a rabbit hole of anticipation that I can't believe I've finally pulled myself out of. It has been a long journey. And now I'm thrilled to talk more about each of these stories and my overall thoughts on th ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
His heart had been a boy’s heart, throwing itself against his rib cage with each set of white gloves for mass.

→ Roja – Anna-Marie McLemore ★★★★★ ←
What a killer of a beginning to this collection. Anna-Marie writes so beautifully, and this little magical realism story will be sure to please anyone who enjoys her novels. It follows a young woman with a curse of poisonous rage, seeking to free her lover from the local police before he is executed as a prisoner of war. It is so lovely, and lyrical, a
Caidyn (he/him/his)
This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.


I have a very specific number for my rating, don’t I? That’s because I totaled up all of my individual ratings to see how it evened out over the whole book. And I think that basically describes my thoughts about it.

It started off with a bang, but I thought it cooled quickly with some good stories in the middle. A lot of the stories actually blended together for me. I thought there were a lot of F/F stories. I expected to have a ton of
vic (indefinite hiatus)
holy shit

an anthology??? written by LGBTQIA+ authors? with LGBTQIA+ characters in it?

hah let's be honest this has been on my wishlist for a concept for years so let's see 'em slay it
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
All Out is an anthology of historical fiction stories told from the point of view of queer characters. As a concept, I loved it, but the execution could have been better.

Before starting with the reviews of the individual stories, I want to say two things I didn't like about the anthology as a whole.
There was only one story set outside the US and Europe, and all European stories were - with one exception - set in Northwestern Europe. I don't know, as someone who is not American, I think this felt
Helena of Eretz ✰
Special thanks to Tabi for bringing this to my attention! You're the best, girlie! <3

Now, typically anthologies aren't my thing. The only reason I admittedly picked this up was because I was promised a wonderful Robin Hood retelling in Elliot Wake's Every Shade of Red. ...And I have to say that Wake delivered on that promise. A transgender Robin Hood is such an interesting concept! :D

“If I must lie to the world to be true to my heart, then I'll lie. I'll cheat, I'll steal and I'll do it with a s
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it

This is a collection of short stories about queer teens. It was really interesting and fun to read, and also a good way to discover new authors.
One of my favourites was definitely Burnt Umber by Mackenzie Lee. Let me tell you, if she wants to write an entire novel about two gay painters in Amsterdam, just know I will buy that book without a second thought. It was so cute and so well done, I really wish there was a novel all about these two lovely painters.
Another favourite was The infe
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, 2019
In 2019 we all deserve and get our happy endings and boy did this deliver. Thank you for coming to my TED talk.
rin ( ̄ヘ ̄)	 read/watch mo dao zu shi
why does it always take me 200 years to read an anthology not matter how much i like it

anyway, there were so many sapphic stories

ill probably write something more later
Enne (they/he)
Actual rating: 3.882352941176

Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore - 4 stars
El Bajio, Mexico, 1870
I really enjoyed this one!!! I found the writing to be a bit simple, at times, but it was also threaded through with vocabulary that added to the whole atmosphere of the 19th century. I absolutely loved Emili and all that she stood for, and Leon was just so adorable. What romance we got to see between the two of them was really satisfying, and that ending was great!! 
Representation: latinx girl, transgender
kav (xreadingsolacex)
how I rate anthologies: in-depth thoughts about each story first, then my thoughts on the anthology as a whole

Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore: 5 stars
What a brilliant way to start this anthology. The only story set in a non-Western country, Roja is the story of a romance between a Latina girl and a trans boy. Anna-Marie McLemore is one of my favorite authors of all-time, and this story just emphasized that. The romance in this story was EPIC, and I love how McLemore always incorporates cultural
3.5/5. I love the idea behind this collection (queer YA authors give voice to fictional queer teens throughout history) and I enjoyed jumping between different historical periods within this collection (ranging all the way from the Middle Ages to 1999). However, lots of stories weren't particularly memorable to me personally and some I didn't like at all. My favourite stories were Burnt Umber by Mackenzi Lee, The Inferno & The Butterfly by Shaun David Hutchinson and The Dresser and the Chamberma ...more
prag ♻

the finest of the bundle:
the dresser & the chambermaid by robin talley (aka the CUTEST short story on this planet)
● the fucking king walking in on mary & susanna kissing AND SAYING HE'S SORRY HE DISTURBED THEM
● ngl I laughed so hard at this part
“He said—” Susanna choked “—he said, ‘Right then, girls. Carry on.’”
Mary lost her composure all over again, collapsing against Susanna in a heap. T
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
“That is the secret to survival. Teach fear to those who taught you to be afraid.”

This was another book on my most-anticipated books for 2018 list. Did it live up to it? Well let's let's get right into it.

I was so excited to hear that this anthology was being made. A historical fiction anthology with all LGBTQIA+ own voice rep - plus all the stories have LGBTQIA+ rep PLUS lots of other diversity, am I dreaming? Thank you 2018 for coming far enough where we can have a treasure like
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All Out: The No Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages is spectacular anthology! Easiest 5 stars I've given this year so far. Highest praise to Saundra Mitchell for editing the anthology! The book turned out to be a kaleidoscope of diverse stories about queer teens, different in mood or genre, but all filled with power, hope and finally acknowledgement that we've been here all along, look at us.

Memorable and beautiful stories of queer teens by queer authors.

Stats about the anth
Lea (drumsofautumn)
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This anthology was everything I wanted and more. I'm gonna reread so many of these stories again and again and I can't wait for this to be out in the world. I'm sure y'all will love it!

While my average rating is way below 5 stars, I just love this concept and the overall way it was done so it deserves every star it can get. It was just incredible to read so many HAPPY QUEER STORIES all in one place. My favourite by far was the story by Elliot Wake but I also really loved Anna
Dec 20, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
VERY excited to be a part of this one, and can't wait to read everyone else's stories!
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
average rating: 3.8 stars
my rating: 5 stars for gayness and awesomeness and emotions

This is the book that I didn't know I needed or that I've been waiting for my whole life. It restored my faith in anthologies (and in humanity, a little bit). I don't think I've ever read anything quite like this; it's a big "fuck you" to anyone who negates diversity in historical fiction because of so called "accuracy", and it's another big "fuck you" to anyone who has tried to actively silence and erase our voi

Probably the most beautiful anthology I've ever read. Bar none.
Representation matters, we all know that but so does the type of representation. Of course we need literature to be honest about the hardships of not being a cis heterosexual individual, but occasionally some positive, uplifting literature is nice too. Stories where the protagonists actually get a shot at happiness, where they aren't doubted and condemned and have to prove themselves to the whole world and all the deities you ca
Well that was disappointing.

I first found out about this collection of short stories through Tumblr and one would think that I learned my lesson after Milk and Honey, but nope. Gotta torture myself again. I was soooo hoping I would love this (I mean lgbt+ and historical fiction?! sign me the f* up!), but with the exception of Burnt Umber by Mackenzi Lee which I absolutely loved and And They Don't Kiss at the End by Nilah Magruder, Molly’s Lips by Dahlia Adler and probably Every Shade of Re
I loved this and everyone should read it

•°• gabs •°•
I loved this so much!!!! I'll rate each story at some point but I need to stop screaming first, this is everything I could've hoped for and more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i can't believe this is A Thing™ and i am JUST finding out about it I FEEL ON TOP OF THE WORLD i need to read this fiGHT ME I'M SO EXCITED


i finished it and i cannot stop screaming.



I am SO GLAD I read this

rating: 4.5 stars
format: ebook

THIS is what I came here to read. THIS is what a true anthology looks like. I AM FLOATING WITH HAPPINESS RIGHT NOW. My expectations were SO HIGH and I am NOT DISAPPOINTED. I want to go to the top of the city's highest building and start screaming "READ ALL
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommended to TL by: Caidyn (he/him/his)
Not good at averaging (if anyone wants to, feel free).. I would say right now a 3.5 stars overall, with two stories I couldn't get into it (in one case, I'm wondering if this author isn't for me).

A few stories I loved and wished I could keep following the people afterwards... misssd them when they ended.

Some were good but not great and a few kept my interest enough to get to the end.

Definitely at least one author I want to read more of(Robin Talley) :).

My ratings for each story are in status upd
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Lalathon November 1, 2018 - November 9, 2018
My Star Rating: 3.75 Stars
Lala’s Star Rating: 5 Stars

Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
4 Stars

The Sweet Trade by Natalie C. Parker
2.5 Stars

And They Don’t Kiss At The End by Nilah Magruder
3 Stars

Burnt Umber by Mackenzie Lee
4.5 Stars

The Dresser & The Chambermaid by Robin Talley
2.5 Stars

New Year by Malinda Lo
2.5 Stars

Molly’s Lips by Dahlia Adler
3.5 Stars

The Coven by Kate Scelsa
2 Stars

Every Shade Of Red by Elliot Wake
2 Stars

Willows by Scott Tracey
1 Star

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Saundra Mitchell is the author of SHADOWED SUMMER, THE VESPERTINE, THE SPRINGSWEET, THE ELEMENTALS and MISTWALKER. In non-fiction, she’s the author of the THEY DID WHAT!? series for middle grade readers. She’s also the editor of the YA anthology DEFY THE DARK. IN 2018, HarlequinTEEN will publish her next anthology, ALL OUT.

Writing as Jessa Holbrook, she published her first romantic contemporary YA

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