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Out Now: Queer We Go Again!

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  466 ratings  ·  188 reviews
QUEER WE GO AGAIN! A follow-up to the critically acclaimed All Out anthology, Out Now features seventeen new short stories from amazing queer YA authors. Vampires crash prom, aliens run from the government, a president’s daughter comes into her own, a true romantic tries to soften the heart of a cynical social media influencer, a selkie and the sea call out to a lost soul. ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by Inkyard Press
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Larry H
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
What a great way to start off Pride Month and my month-long effort to read LGBTQ+ books for PrideReads!

Out Now: Queer We Go Again is a new anthology featuring 17 short stories written by queer YA authors. From names you may recognize if you're a YA fan (Julian Winters, Meredith Russo, Caleb Roehrig, Mark Oshiro) and names I wasn't familiar with, these stories run the gamut from tales of romance, friendship, and self-acceptance, to fantasy, sci-fi, and folklore, all with an LGBTQ+ angle.

My fa
Average Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

I was very much looking forward to reading this collection during Pride month but it took me a while to finish, both because I’ve been in a truly terrible reading slump and also this collection didn’t always manage to keep my interest. There are some amazing stories here, especially in the first half but once the book took a turn from contemporary to a bit more fantastical in the second half of it, I feel it lost a bit of its charm and I also wasn’t always able to und
Lea (drumsofautumn)
the cover of out now on an ipad on top of a grey blanket with fairy lights around it

Out Now: Queer We Go Again! Is an anthology that clearly did not learn whatsoever from the criticism of its predecessor All Out.

This is an anthology that features queer stories throughout all kinds of genres but that is about where the variety with this anthology stops. I read and loved All Out but one of the biggest criticism about that anthology was that it did not feature enough different identities on the sexuality and gender spectrum and sadly this anthology was the same.

Especially knowing
Jun 01, 2020 added it
🌤 read this review and others on my blog, pages left unread

was fulfilled by all the happy and casual queerness in this anthology, although many many stories were undeveloped and lacking

=(2.4 stars, rtc)
Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received an ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!


Alright, y'all! I read this and was super excited about it, but I didn't like this nearly as much as All Out. While I really enjoyed some of the stories, I wasn't into most of them for a variety of reasons. So, the above rating is an average for all the stories. Each story also includes a short review and CWs that I noted while reading. Some have none noted because I didn't write any down and couldn't remember them when I
Mini Rather Random Reviews™️

TW: homophobia, bullying, queer-phobia

Kick. Push. Coast by Candice Montgomery: 2.5 ⭐️
Rep: questioning
Ridiculously short synopsis: Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er boi” but make it queer.
Ridiculously short personal comment: Very short and very unremarkable. I liked the strong the emphasis on how gender/sexuality/personality all are fluid and can change throughout the years. The main character was questioning their identity, and I liked that representation. Also, the author
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: came-soon-18-20
Full review:

“And you hate that word. Control. You hate that word because it is so very rare that you have any. Over your life, your sexuality, your gender, your pronouns, your heartbeat when you’re around a beautiful girl.”

It’s hard to make generalizations for so many stories beyond the fact that they were all thoroughly entertaining, sometimes sweet, sometimes sexy, and brought endless joy and pride to my heart. While I’d love this series of LGBTQ+ antho
Overall thoughts:
What a heartwarming and important anthology!
However, there is a lot of LGB representation, a few trans characters stuck in towards the end (seriously, the first one was in story 14, the second and third are in story 16, and the fourth is in story 17, out of 17 stories,) three non-binary characters, and . . . what, one demisexual character, one ace love interest, and one asexual or gray-ace character whose asexuality is only mentioned in part of a sentence, and no arom
For an anthology that claims to be for all queer readers, this collection sure presents a very narrow view of what queerness is. While there were a couple of trans and nonbinary characters, on the whole, the large majority of these stories followed cis people. Additionally, I think we only got one asexual character in the collection as a whole, and most of these stories were centered around romance, which irked me because 1) aro people exist!! and 2) queer people are just as queer when they’re n ...more
3.5 stars

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I'm not entirely sure what I thought about this anthology, but I don't think I found it quite as strong as the first one. According to a calculator, my ratings for the stories average out to 3.625 stars, but I have to admit I was tempted to round my 3.5 stars down to 3 stars instead of up to 4, even though the technical average amount was closer to four

However, I appreciate the fact that this is an anthology dedicated t
Kick. Push. Coast. by Candice Montgomery
-Wonderful voicey stream-of-consciousness about skateboarding, the messy nature of figuring yourself out, and impressing the girl.

What Happens in the Closet by Caleb Roehrig
-Oh I need to read more Caleb Roehrig because this is hilarious and full of vampires.

Player One Fight! by Eliot Schrefer
-i was never that into fighting games.

Lumber Me Mine by CB Lee
-Extremely adorable, no permanent damage is done in woodworking class, and ace love interest!

Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy, lgbtq
A collection of short stories all featuring characters who aren't straight cis people. Very lovely and would make a really nice present for a young person any time of the year, but particularly leading up to Pride and particulary during the present difficult times when many LGBTQ+ people may need a little extra support.

Kick.Push.Coast. - by Candice Montgomery
Dustyn is an avid skater, and falls for a girl at the skate park, leading them to question their sexuality and labels.

What Happens in the
Rhian Pritchard
Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I did enjoy a lot of these stories. I just wish it had been more diverse - which is going to sound weird because there were a lot of sexualities and ethnicities represented, and represented well, but stick with me. This is not a big of an issue as that kind of diversity, but the English language is vaguely insufficient - this is more of a nitpick. It’s hella gay, that’s hella important, but all but maybe two of the stories were set in an American high school. Which is a genre of YA I usually do ...more
So many casually queer short stories! Loved all the diversity + inclusion of authors of color.

Personal favorites: Victory Lap by Julian Winters (for the wholesome father/son relationship) and One Spell Too Many by Tara Sim (for the queer desi rep).

Kick. Push. Coast. by Candice Montgomery ★★★☆☆
CW: unaccepting family

What Happens in the Closet by Caleb Roehrig ★★★☆☆
CWs: parental pressure, internalized homophobia (challenged)

Player One Fight! by Eliot Schrefer ★☆☆☆☆
CW: cheating

Lumber Me Mine by C.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I'll post that review upon publication.

Updated 5/27/20:

Nearly 4 stars

Overall, I really enjoyed this collection of stories for their varied focus on LGBTQ+ identities.

As is the case with most anthologies, there are some stories that resonated with me more than others; they weren't all equally compelling for me.

That noted, I enjoyed the distinct identities and circumstances as a whole and onl
Dec 31, 2019 marked it as to-read
Queer we go again!!!

Have you ever seen a more delightful tagline?
Kick. Push. Coast. by Candice Montgomery ★★☆☆☆
told in the 2nd person point of view, dustyn is at the skate park and sees the pretty girl that shows up at the bus stop there at the same time every day. dustyn has never spoken to her, but is in love with her nonetheless. dustyn wants to talk to her, but isn’t sure how to because they(?) are confused about how to identify. dustyn is nonbinary, but can’t figure out their sexuality.

so… i didn’t realize people still think that if you’re attracted to a
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Out Now by Saundra Mitchell is an anthology collection of seventeen YA LGBT+ short stories that run the gamut of genres from fantasy, sci-fi, to realistic from queer authors. While I may not have loved each and every story, I really still particularly appreciated what the collection is trying to do which is uplift queer voices. The variety within the stories is pretty great when it comes to genre, style, and identity, but on that
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
probably a 3.5⭐️
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
thank you so much to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC! after reading and loving All Out, i knew i had to give Out Now a try & i was definitely not disappointed. the book as a whole is a satisfyingly sweet collection celebrating queer kids and their lives as they figure out the world they're meant to be in, whether it revolves around a familiar high school experience or a fantastical adventure, and each one was so lovely!! a few stories were a little confusing at first, but the majority of ...more
I'm not sure how to rate this short story collection because the stories were all of different quality. Instead, I'll list my favourites:
- What Happens in the Closet by Caleb Roehrig (mlm + vampires)
- Lumber Me Mine by CB Lee (wlw pining)
- Follower by Will Kostakis (mlm + social media)
- Victory Lap by Julian Winters (mlm + pining and interfering dads)
- Seditious Teapots by Katherine Locke (figuring out (possibly non binary) gender identity)
- Star-Crossed in DC by Jessica Verdi (wlw Red, White an
Stella ☆Paper Wings☆
Jan 27, 2020 marked it as to-read
Hopefully this book will have all the wonderful elements of All Out with more cultural diversity and broader representation of the letters after the + in LGBT+. Then it's basically a perfect anthology. 🤷‍♀️ I don't make the rules. ...more
After LOVING All Out so much, Out Now was unfortunately a bit of a disappointment for me. I ended up with a lot of mediocre 2-2.5 stars and middle-of-the-road 3-3.5 stars, with only a couple short stories that I really enjoyed. My average rating across the board was 2.94 stars. My favorites were "A Road of One's Own" by Kate Hart, "Starcrossed in DC" by Jessica Verdi, and "Far From Home" by Saundra Mitchell.

I was also surprised because I apparently never read the synopsis for this anthology. Sin
Elliot A
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publisher, Inkyard Press, for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I have seen people rave about the first anthology of this collection and I wish I could have checked it out before diving into this one, but since the lockdown is still going strong in my neck of the woods, I am dependent on the digital books my library has to offer. Unfortunately, All Out was not listed in its database.

So, I’m putting a pin in reading it
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2-ish stars?

For the most part, the writing styles featured in this collection didn't click with me. I greatly appreciated the diversity & high levels of casual queerness, but there were very few stories that actually managed to hold my attention. Out of the 17 selections, I only kinda liked 5 of them. I truly wish I enjoyed this anthology more than I did. I heard the first book, All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages, was better than this one. Hopefully that col
Estance DH
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: k-delightful
Pretty unequal. Some amazing stories, some I'm mot ambiguious about.
It was a delight to see myself in more than one character for once, as a asexual NB. Very delightful so see multiple aspects of my identity being represented.
Talia Walters
Average rating of all the stories: 3 stars

Corrected rating: 2 stars

Okay,'s the thing. I wanted to like this. A lot. It seems fun. Super into queer stories, and I tend to like short story anthologies, but this just....was long and hard to get through.

Some of the stories were super cute, and I liked them a lot. 5-star stories were: Lumber Me Mine, Victory Lap, and The Soft Place. Most of them were 3+ stars. They weren't all hard to get through.

But some were long and kinda weird, and it
After doing the math, my average rating for this book is 3 stars. Overall, this is a fun anthology. Not every story did it for me, but there were a few that I truly loved.

1. Kick. Push. Coast: 2 stars.
This story did not make much of an impact on me. I did not come out of it with any solid opinions. The romance was there, but it was more of an underlying thing, and the characters were not developed. It was just okay.

2. What Happens in the Closet:3 stars.
I found this story to be really cute. I
Aug 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 10-and-11
Out Now: Queer We Go Again! is the first anthology I've read since deciding to rate and review everything I read and I'm not quite sure how to do this.

I loved two or three stories in here, but a lot of them also fell really flat. I also feel like the decision to start off mostly contemporary bar 1 vampire story and then transitioning into the fantastical made this a worse experience for me, I would have preferred the genres more interwoven.

I adored where we started with Kick. Push. Coast., a st
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Short story collections can be so hard to rate because some stories are standouts and have all my favorite things, but others are just not at all for me. This collection had more of the not for me variety. It's a fine collection and it does cover pretty much all sexual orientations and gender identities so the importance of the rep can't be understated. But having said that, I did enjoy the first collection much better, but this is all personal preference. I much prefer fantasy and this
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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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