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Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

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Black Enough is a star-studded anthology edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi that will delve into the closeted thoughts, hidden experiences, and daily struggles of black teens across the country. From a spectrum of backgrounds—urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more—Black Enough showcases diversity within diversity.

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Published January 8th 2019 by Balzer + Bray
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Jay Coles
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Average of all stories: 3.9/5

Final rating: 4/5

Full review of all stories to come later!
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
I read Young Adult (YA). Yes, I know. I'm someone's parent and should have left the subgenre behind. But, you know what? I enjoy stories - period - and many of them come from YA.

However, there's an issue plaguing YA's publishing - the lack of young adult and teen voices within non-stereotypical stories. Readers often see stories featuring Cis-gendered (those born where their bodies match their gender), straight, white males and females. Sadly, this behavior leads to cliched stories recycled and
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America is a young adult short-story anthology edited by Ibi Zoboi. In the introduction, Zoboi expresses her vision for this collection. She writes,
“What are the cultural threads that connect Black people all over the world to Africa? How have we tried to maintain certain traditions as part of our identity? And as teenagers, do we even care? These are the questions I had in mind when inviting sixteen other Black authors to write about teens
Karima chermiti
I'm reading this book for CONTEMPORARY-A-THON Day #2 and For the Challenge " Read a book with blue or purple on the cover "

I think this is the best collection of short stories I’ve read in a very long, seeing how it shows the diversity in the black community by depicting the lives of different characters with care and honesty. The stories are all different but feels connected somehow, from ones who deal with serious problems like racism, sexual assault, Homophobia and the loss of a loved one
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Black Enough, a compendium of seventeen short stories from a plethora of critically-acclaimed authors, is a bit of a mixed bag for me, and as a reader who appreciates and longs for more diversity throughout the book world, I was more than a little excited to dive right into this collection of which the objective was to illustrate the life experiences of many black youngsters. Not only that, but each story is written by some of the most-read black American authors of the last few years.

As usual
So, so many standout authors in this collection of stories of black teens by black authors. Some of the highlights in this collection for me were Renee Watson's "Half a Moon," Kekla Magoon's "Out of the Silence," "Oreo" by Brandy Colbert, "The Ingredients" by Jason Reynolds, "The (Re)volution of Nigeria Jones" by Ibi Zoboi (hello, black girl in a religious cult seeking an escape!), "Into the Starlight" by Nic Stone, and "Whoa!" by Rita Garcia-Williams. I guess that's half the anthology!

Black Enough is an anthology of short stories written by Black authors about young Black characters living in the Unites States. It follows characters from many different backgrounds – there are stories about rich Black people, Black immigrants, biracial Black people, queer Black people – with very different living experiences, because as Ibi Zoboi says right from the introduction, there isn’t just one way to be Black.

First, I want to say that this review is from a perspective who is neither
Kaz brekker  Stan Account
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an beautiful amazing book filled with beautiful amazing stories!!
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been black the entirety of my life. I knew I was inherently different just by walking down the streets and doing quick visual comparisons of my skin next to someone's much lighter skin. Or the fact that my hair needed to be straightened to cooperate in the way I needed it to--while everyone else seemed to possess the hair I had to fight for. Or, how I couldn't walk into a store without "covertly" being asked if I needed help--or blatantly followed by security guards that were darker than ...more
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
A brilliant anthology that should be recommended reading for everyone who wants to read more diversely.

- Packed with an excellent range of stories, told my fantastic Black writers, and celebrates the diversity Black identity itself can be.
- Most of them are contemporary (with one example, which has elements of fabulism), but there were some stories with romances, about friendships, classism, racism, sexism, growing up, and the juxtaposition of history and the present.
- My favourite story is
Angela Auten
Since this is an anthology I'm going to review each short story separately!

Half a Moon: Renee Watson
4 stars
Short Review: This story was a good start. Raven's half sister, Brooke, is at the same camp as her. Raven blames her for her father leaving. While Brooke is bullied by other girls Raven stays quiet. She doesn't so much to help her half sister. When Brooke goes missing she is the first to act. I enjoyed the ending very much. Family is family no matter what. I'm glad they formed a bond at
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Black-A-Thon February 1, 2019 - February 28, 2019

Challenge Hear Us (Read any work by a Black/African author

Contemporary-A-Thon February 11, 2019 - February 17, 2019

Challenge # 6 - Read a contemporary in a non-traditional format (anthology)

Authors I’m looking forward to Jason Reynolds, Brandy Colbert, Liara Tamani, Jay Coles, Dhonielle Clayton, Justina Ireland, Nic Stone, and Ibi Zoboi

Half a Moon by Renee Watson
5 Stars

Black Enough by Varian Johnson
4.5 Stars

Warning: Color May Fade by Leah
Stella❤️ 孔凡星
Half a Moon by Renée Watson
3.5/5 stars
I liked how the character grew and learned to accept her half sister. Enjoyable but nothing outstanding.

Black Enough by Varian Johnson
3/5 stars
This started off like your typical YA romance and evolved into something a little more.

Warning: Color May Fade by Leah Henderson
5/5 stars
This story was wonderful; I would definitely read a full novelized version. It was very powerful. I just love any story about art, really.

Black. Nerd. Problems. by Lamar Giles
Absolutely one of the best YA anthologies I've ever read. Jason Reynolds and Kekla Magoon in particular absolutely knocked it out of the park for me, but there are a LOT of great stories.
chantel nouseforaname
There’s an underlying thread of what seems to be class privilege in these stories. The way that black class privilege feels and is presented in some of these stories is odd to me. Even though I think it‘s a necessary thing to see black teens filling all the various spaces we fill and not having to deal with poverty in every single situation or every story.

The title story Black Enough by Varian Johnson was dope! Black. Nerd. Problems. was also a great contribution and felt very much like the
JM Cabral
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 4.5

It was only a few months ago that I first heard about this anthology that Ibi Zoboi was working on, and I wasted no time in wanting to check it out. After a thorough Goodreads search, I easily got intrigued with BLACK ENOUGH, seeing that a lot of my favorite, powerhouse authors have contributed to it. I saw that there’s going to be a story about a girl dating a guy that her mother would never approve of from Nic Stone, two cowboys kissing in the South from Jay Coles, sisters
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog!

CW: racism, sexism, sexual assault, abandonment, homophobia, and others

I was recommended this book by someone on Instagram after watching their story and seeing them gush about it. So, I mentally filed it away as a book to read. The thing that that bookstagrammer, an ownvoices reviewer for this book, lauded this book showing authentic black voices in ways that weren’t depressingly sad.

Basically, this book shows black life in America. The good, the bad,
rachel ☾
Jan 15, 2019 marked it as zzzz
Half a Moon by Renée Watson //

“Most times we only see part of a thing, but there’s always more to see, more to know.”

Trigger warnings for abandonment, fatmisia, and body shaming.

Black Enough by Varian Johnson //
Warning: Colour May Fade by Leah Henderson //
Black. Nerd. Problems by Lamar Giles //
Out of the Silence by Kekla Magoon //
The Ingredients by Jason Reynolds //
Oreo by Brandy Colbert //
Samson and the Delilahs by Tochi Onyebuchi //
Stop Playing by Liara Tamani //
faith ✨
You know what, I have reviews for all of the stories in this anthology—but I have no motive to type them up and edit them to make them actually look like they're part of the English language. Oh well, this book was like that one disappointment of a child anyway

review to come
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: black-authors, lgbtq
This is a wonderful anthology of stories about the diverse experiences of black teenagers. Individually, some stories are (of course) better than others, but as a whole the collection paints a beautiful and compelling picture that should be read widely. Girls, boys, heterosexual, gay, lesbian, privileged, poor, immigrants, the descendants of former slaves, rural, urban, artists, nerds, activists, religious, non-religious and more. This book offers an intersectional look at what it means to be ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reading Black Enough was like taking a sip of refreshing lemonade. This anthology was so original, in the fact that it was centered around multiple facets of being a Black teen and each story was written by Black authors. So conceptually, I loved it.

Half a moon by Renée Watson: 4/5

I really liked the idea of having a wilderness camp for Black girls and I liked the sister dynamic between Raven and her younger half-sister, Brooke. Super original, albeit the ending was a bit rushed.

Black Enough by
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a time to be a reader of young adult fiction! Something seismic has shifted in publishing. Perhaps the uprising of writers and readers demanding more diversity in publishing, coupled with the astronomical success of Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give, hand in hand with powerhouse writers like Jason Reynolds scooping up one shiny sticker after another, the recent accolades and awards being showered, oh so deservingly so, on books like Elizabeth Avecedo's The Poet X, alongside a grassroots ...more
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
Thank you HarperCollins for blessing me with an ARC of this lovely book!
Celie (OrangeOrange)
I liked EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of these stories.
What a great book :)
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
Normally I would give my thoughts on each story for an anthology. But I didn't take good notes this time, so I figured I would just mention some of the standouts for me. Overall, I thought this was a great book and I liked every single story.

Half a Moon by Renee Watson This story just made me realize how much I enjoy Renee Watson's writing. This is only the second thing I've read from her, but it was a great start to this anthology. This story is about a teenage girl who was a camp counselor for
Richelle Robinson
I was at my local library and this book was on display at the Black History Month section.

The book features 16 contributing authors and I have read three of the authors separately so I decided to check the book out. I’m over 100 pages in and these are some really good short stories. Even though this book is targeted for young teens I think adults will love it as well.

I found myself nodding in agreement as I read. When I was teen I was told “I don’t act black” and I wish I had this book back
Roda Mohamed
Damn, I was hoping for a lot from this. But many of the stories felt rushed and lacked fleshing out? Being a short story doesn't excuse the weakness of the stories. Did it cover a variety of topics that may affect a black youth in America? Yes but very few of the topics were handled well. For example, one of the stories is dealing with a young girl who has an ex trying to pressure her into sending a nude. A relevant topic for all teens in this day and age with technology, right? The way this was ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: coming-soon-19
I enjoyed most of these stories, but a few in the middle didn’t hold up compared to the others. That said, this was my first anthology of 2019, and I really enjoyed it.
Sam toer
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Black Enough" is a beautiful selection of powerful 17 short stories told by talented Black writers that shatters the myths and stereotypes surrounding race, gender, sexual orientation and class. In her introduction Ibi Zoboi hopes "that 'Black Enough' will encourage all Black teens to be their free, uninhibited selves without the constraints of being Black, too Black, or not Black enough. They will simply be enough just as they are." I highly recommended it.
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Ibi Zoboi holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her award-winning writing has been published in Haiti Noir, the Caribbean Writer, The New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine, and The Rumpus, among others. Her debut YA novel AMERICAN STREET, a National Book Award Finalist and New York Times Notable Book of 2017, is published by ...more
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