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Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Short tales from the Australian writers of tomorrow.

#LoveOzYA celebrates the best of new Australian writing for teenage readers. It has grown from a humble hashtag into a movement, reflecting the important role young-adult fiction plays in shaping our current generation of readers. This anthology collects, for the first time, some of the tremendous work from the #LoveOzYA
Paperback, First Edition, 280 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Underdog Books
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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What a fantastic collection of diverse stories! Underdog really captures what it means to be Australian, through different voices, themes and genres. Reading it felt both familiar and new, as these stories highlighted beautiful places in our country but also the wonderful diversity that we have here - from LGBTQIA+ voices, to those across cultures, minds and stories.

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Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The #LoveOzYA anthology holds a collection of worlds and experiences by fantastic debut authors that Australia is in desperate need of. In her foreword, Fleur Ferris explores how everyone's publication story is different and highlights that there is no set path or story for each author. 'Underdog' however marks the beginning of writing careers for these young Australians that should not be ignored.

"Take a deep breath. Close your eyes, and let it settle all around you. Smell the beery wash of eu
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
#LoveOzYA celebrates the best of new Australian writing for teenagers. This book has a bunch of short stories that deal with a wide range of topics from sexuality, suicide, homophobia, grief and love!

Great book for a young adult. Tackles some difficult topics!
Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
A delightful and diverse #LoveOzYA collection. I loved the vast majority of these stories, and still enjoyed the ones that weren't really my thing. It's so great to see such wonderful examples of emerging talent, with many of these stories the first published work of fiction by the author.

I will be looking forward to seeing what the future hold for all these authors.
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Wow, I'm BLOWNNN AWAY. A strong and incredible YA anthology of Australian stories!!
And if these stories are any indication of the future of Australian literature, then the future is bright.

- Features 12 stories that all center on Australian teens -- and the cool thing is that Underdog showcases the diversity of the teenage and Australian experience.
- The stories featured are the authors' first published work, and if there's a message you should take away from this anthology, it is that new voic
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was just so incredibly impressed by all the short stories debuted in this anthology!! Each were written so incredibly well, all of them so exciting and insightful to read and what really impressed me was how diverse this anthology is - no two stories are the same and you can really hear the voice and the passion speaking up through the pages by each contributing author. It was very difficult to choose a favourite as each was so unique I loved each story equally but for different reasons. I bel ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished my final proofreading notes! I can't believe how far all of these stories have come since the submission stages. It's been an absolute pleasure to work as assistant editor. ...more
Emma Gerts
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful collection of short stories, these from previously unpublished Australian authors. They were fresh and exciting and many of them about contemporary issues like climate change. My only complaint was that there weren't enough of them. ...more
Sofia Casanova
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, 2019
Loved everyone's stories and I can't wait for the world to read them! ...more
Cathal Reynolds
Yes good this is good
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow what a great & diverse collection of stories; very eclectic & holistic:

There were LGBT protags
There were ethnic protags
There was angst
There was grief
There was contemporary setting
There was magic
There was magical realism
there was a lot more than I could ever fit here

There is basically everything to have in this anthology. An absolutely top job by editor, Tobias Madden (his story is also in there and just so heartbreaking - most especially so since I heard it was inspired by his own experience
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks so much to the Underdog team for sending me a copy of this collection! I loved these stories so much! There was a good mix of different kinds of stories - mostly contemporary with some specific too , and told from perspectives of all kinds of people. Each one of them felt really personal, and I'm looking forward to reading what these writers all do next!
Tash Broom
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very good book! Loved nearly all of the stories 😍 I think the final one was my favourite!
3 1/2 stars. I always enjoy reading new Australian authors, and this was an interesting collection of YA stories. Those I particularly enjoyed were: Meet and greet, Mediocre heroes, Variation, and Living Rose
Lexi // libraryoflexi
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Tobias for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A consistently well written collection of stories
Michael Earp
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Taking my own story out of the equasion, this is a fantastic collection of really varied and great short stories that I enjoyed immensely. It's exciting to hear from new voices. If you want a good mix YA stories, then give this one a go. ...more
Tobias Madden
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
As the editor of this anthology, I've had to read all 12 short stories countless times. I can safely say that they STILL manage to make me laugh and cry! ...more
Julie Garner
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, dnf
Short stories are just not my thing. I get too involved and then they stop. I did enjoy the first story Meet & Greet by Michael Earp.
Ms Warner
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-ya
I love the variety that a short story compilation usually offers. It’s a bit like an Allen’s Retro Party mix- you usually get some awesome stuff like pineapples and raspberries but then you might get a few black cats as well 🤢. But at least the black cats make you feel something.

Maybe I’ve read too many #loveozya books recently because I feel like, with Underdog, I’m getting a bag full of milk bottles. You know what I mean, they’re not particularly unpleasant, but they’re not extremely satisfyi
Meet and Greet by Michael Earp – 4 stars

Breathe Me In by Sophie L. MacDonald – 5 stars

Remnants by K.M. Stamer-Squair – 4.5 stars

Mediocre Heroes by Sarah Taviani – 5 stars

The Swan by Felicity Martin – 5 stars

The Chinese Menu for the Afterlife by Vivian Wei – 3.5 stars

Variation by Tobias Madden – 4 stars

Chemical Expression by Jes Layton – 4 stars

The Bees by Stacey Malacari – 5 stars

The Gap Between Us by Sofia Casanova – 4 stars

After Death by Cassi Dorian – 3 stars

Living Rose by Kaneana May – 4.5 s
Milly Bob
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a perfect introduction to short stories! This is my first and I was unsure if I'd be into it. But I found it fascinating. The stories in here really give you a vast look into different points of view. Some were sad, some were hopeful, the first story I found absolutely adorable! Just made me go aawww! Through most of it.
Fascinating is how I sum this book up.
Thank you to all the new authors in there and I hope to see some more books from you!
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved Underdog. LOVED IT. I don’t usually read short stories because I thought I preferred full-length novels but this book single-handedly converted me to the short side.

I am not even sure where to begin with this review but this #LoveOzYa collection of short stories was well thought-out, the stories were all totally unique but cohesive and the writers impeccably chosen.

So many important topics were included – sexuality, friendship, depression and drugs and a combination of styles from dystop
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Average of 3.5 rounded up.

The Favourites:
Mediocre Heroes - 4 stars
The Chinese Menu for the Afterlife - 4 stars
Variation - 3.75 stars
The Gap Between Us - 4.5 stars

Overall a good round up of entertaining #LoveOzYA short stories. While some could have benefited from being novellas, there were some fantastic stories that really bloomed in this format.
Ghostly  Writer
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
Overall, there were several stories that I really connected with and felt were executed effectively. However, there were also several stories that were repetitive in their plot, which I didn't enjoy. This may have also been due to the fact that the subject matter did not interest me (i.e. something about space). ...more
✨ emma ✨ RiverReeds
A good collection of writing that explores a range of topics relatable for the teenage reader. Grief. Comedy. Dystopia. Queer romance. Friendship. Family. All packaged up into a short story, clever titles, with right-now-and-trending contemporary metaphors and language. An easy one to fly through, but a good breakthrough for young Australian writers.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are so many wonderful stories in this anthology!
I won a proof copy on Instagram and have finally (!!!) finished it just now.

It was so great to see such a collection of #LoveOzYa short stories in an awesome book!

I'm really intrigued to see what these authors write next!
Poppy Nwosu
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really thoroughly enjoyed reading this! I never thought I was into short stories so it surprised me how into this I got. The beauty of it is there is something here for everyone and I definitely found quite a few of these really spoke to me! 😻😻 I'd definitely recommend!! ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although I really loved all 12, I particularly loved Chemical Expression (Jes Layton), Meet and Great (Michael Earp), and Living Rose (Kaneanna May).

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Tobias is an author and editor from Sydney, Australia. Originally from Ballarat, Tobias worked for ten years as a performer, touring Australia and New Zealand with musicals such as Mary Poppins, CATS, Singin' in the Rain, and Guys and Dolls. In 2019, he edited and published UNDERDOG, the first #LoveOzYA short story anthology for previously unpublished Aussie young adult fiction writers. Also in 20 ...more

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