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Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  23 reviews
What does it mean to be queer? What does it mean to be human? In this powerful #OwnVoices collection, twelve of Australia’s finest queer writers explore the stories of family, friends, lovers and strangers – the connections that form us.

Compelling queer short fiction by bestsellers, award winners and newcomers to the #LoveOzYA community including Jax Jacki Brown, Claire G
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2019 by Walker Books Australia
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Emma Gerts
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A really enjoyable collection of stories. As with all short stories, some were better than others - after attending the Sydney Writer's Festival panel on this book, I know some of the authors here hadn't written fiction before or hadn't written short stories before, and in a couple of cases it was quite obvious - either in a somewhat juvenile writing style or in a couple of cases the story feeling more like an essay or personal reflection. But for all of that, some of these were BRILLIANT. Some ...more
10 were good, one was…okay, and one was frankly horrible. Video review up on my channel tomorrow.

Review copy kindly provided by AusYABloggers and Walker Books as part of the Kindred Blog Tour. My review is entirely honest.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
NOTE: I received 'Kindred Stories' as part of the AusYABloggers Kindred Book Tour. You can follow this tour on instagram through the hashtags: #KindredStories #AusYaBloggers #AusQueerYA #LoveOZYA #OwnVoices. As well as through the accounts: @ausyabloggers @walkerbooksaus @littleelfman.

I no longer know the lines between literary analysis, review and emotive response. This review is going to be a mess but at least it's mine.

"It's not the dark I find scary. It's the light. In the light, you can
Brooklyn Tayla
Review to come upon my posting date for the upcoming AusYABloggers blog tour of this amazing book! Thank you Walkers Books & AusYABloggers for having me on the tour 🏳🌈 ...more
Bee (Vellichorbee)
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to attend the launch of this anthology at the Sydney Writer’s Festival and purchase my copy early. After hearing some of the authors talking about their stories (and getting to meet some of them!) I knew I had to read this one right away. The central theme of the stories was ‘connections’ and it tied all the vastly different short stories together in a wonderful way.

In the introduction, Michael Earp describes the word kindred as “an encapsulating word that places “me” next to
Ashleigh | Wild Heart Reads
Kindred is a collection of brilliant queer #LoveOzYA short stories. This anthology is a must read and one that I wish I had when I was younger, but one I am glad is here now because at any age it’s wonderful to see this out in the world and be able to connect to it. From a little bit futuristic to a little bit dystopian to a little bit magic, these stories cover a range of elements and there’s something for everyone.

What I really love about Kindred is the representation. Whilst the range of quee
Sarah Fairbairn
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loveozya
I was super excited when I first heard about Kindred. It’s always fantastic seeing queer fiction make it’s way out into the world. Even better when it’s a Aussie anthology with a diverse range of #OwnVoices authors. I was over the moon when Micheal Earp and Walker Books excepted our (the other #AusYaBloggers & readers group mods and I) pitch for hosting a queer only tour.

I made my way down to the Sydney Writers Festival’s YA day at Parramatta’s Riverside Theater buzzing with excitement to at
Trinity Fordham
Pride Month 2019 - Reading Challenge - Book 1

I received a free copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for an honest review and giveaway hosted on my instagram account @axiejadereads from the 14th of June to the 30th of June.

Kindred is a collection of Own Voices Australian LGBT+ short stories. It contains a total of 12 different stories, ranging in genre from contemporary to fantasy to dystopia. The authors vary in popularity, but each one brings a unique take on the experienc
Em The Reading Challenge Challenge
An excellent LGBT+ short story anthology with heaps of diversity not just in gender and sexuality but in race, religion and ability as well. My only qualm was that, like Proud, there were no asexual characters.

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- Rats by Marlee Jane Ward - 2/5 - Not quite my thing but an imaginative way to start the anthology. (wlw)

- In Case of Emergency, Break Glass by Erin Gough - 4/5 - disaster lesbians ruining parties to save endangered birds? love it. (wlw)

- Bitter Draught by Michael Earp - 3/5 - A bitt
Amy Woods
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookshelf
Review to come on both here and my instagram: @amysbooksandbrushes


This anthology is a group of own-voices queer stories that include many other intersections that are also often own-voices. They each show queer characters that are faceted and complex, where their queerness is just a part of their whole.

This book was so different to anything I've ever read and in such a good way. For once, I never once picked apart the LGBTQIA2+ representation. It was so wonderful to
Claire McKinley
I’ve been excited for this book for so long and I was so happy when I was able to get a copy of it early at the Sydney Writers Festival. This is a really wonderful book. I felt so represented while reading it in a way that I haven’t felt from other books before. The stories were all different from each other in a lot of ways; they featured a diverse array of genres, characters and writing styles, yet they all felt so nicely connected, they all made you feel a similar way after reading them, and ...more
Chent Higson
This book made my heart so HAPPY!!
Moderately-full review coming soon.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer
Something I've really needed to read for a while. An awesome collection, I loved every story.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: ⭐⭐⭐.5 Stars

This review can also be found on Dusk Angel Reads

Rats by Marlee Jane Ward


This story wasn’t my favourite out of the book. It took me until about half way through the story to realise that this is set in either the future or an alternate Australia. There was some mention of robots and things, so that’s what gave it away eventually. My favourite part of this story was Maita! She was an interesting and fun character and I enjoyed her part of the story. The world & co
Review also posted to my blog.

This is an Australian YA anthology collection that features 12 different stories about queer people. As an Australian teen who's queer, it means a lot to me that this even exists, and even more that it was really good. I'll go into it more with my thoughts on each individual story but there genuinely wasn't a single story I didn't enjoy. My individual thoughts are as follow:

1. RATS - Marlee Jane Ward ★★★
TW: mentions of child slave labour | Rep: f/f main focus
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, arc
Average Rating: 3.5
My Rating: 4

A good mix of genres, with contemporary stories at the lead. Was surprised by the few darker stories in this collection, based on the cover I thought this would contain a lot of light and fluffy content (but don’t worry - there’s definitely that too!) felt like this could’ve benefited from some trigger warnings prior to some of the darker stories. As per usual with an anthology, there were a mix of ratings within this collection for different reasons. I’ve provided
Laura Altmann (laurabookish)
So the lovely people at Walker Books were kind enough to send me a copy of Kindred for review, however, I was only about half way through the book when my water bottle leaked all over my back and pretty much destroyed the book! I was very angry with myself, as I'd been looking forward to reading the rest, and was especially excited for the Benjamin Law story (which is unfortunately last in the book). As such, I won't give it a star rating, but I will share my thoughts on the stories I did read.

Gotherella BioVenom
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So much amazing between a single set of covers.
I enjoyed all of the stories, each bringing different feelings, each exploring different aspects of the world of queer diversity.
I thoroughly enjoyed each one, but I will acknowledge I had already formed a bias towards a story in particular, and I was right to do so.
"I like your rotation" by Jax Jackie Brown.
Seeing myself reflected in this story in a number of ways, firstly the secondary character being a green haired power chair user, also green.
Kyle LJ
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Queer fiction exclusively written by Australian authors, tackling multiple perspectives within the LGBTQIA+ community? Um, yes please!

I loved this book! I was lucky enough to be apart of the AusYABloggers and Walker Books tour for this beautiful collection of short fiction, and I couldn't get enough! This anthology brings together so many 'own-voices' from within the wider LGBTQIA+ community that challenged my own perspective, even as a member of the community myself! Not only dealing with topic
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You're still looking for the perfect book to read during #pride? Look no further!
The 12 stories in this book are brimming with queerness, diversity & each & every one of them will show you, why representation matters. Why it is important for everybody, to see themselves (or someone like them) in a book. Why we should keep on fighting & push those boundaries in literature.
This anthology features queer authors of all genders/identities. Authors of color & disabled authors.
To me
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read more of my review at Lost In Literature

"‘Kindred’ is an encapsulating word that places ‘me’ next to ‘you’ and ‘us’ next to ‘them’ in such a wonderful way. It speaks to the connections between us and ignites a sense of community. You know that feeling of warmth you get when you walk into a room that’s filled with your people?"

Michael Earp the Editor and Contributor sums Kindred up perfectly in the introduction as above. And every story in this Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories builds upon
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book content warnings: homophobic language, homophobic slurs.
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I read this as a part of the Aussie YA Bloggers book tour.

The moment I heard about Kindred, I pre-ordered it (which was back in January). I KNEW that I had to
Bree (jasperandspice)
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr
Amazing. Sensational. Brilliant. Everything I had hoped for and more 😇
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Michael is a Children's and Young Adult bookseller and writer. The editor of the collection Kindred: A Queer #LoveOzYA Anthology which will be published by Walker Books Australia in June, 2019. He is also a contributor to Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories which is out in March, 2019 through Black Inc.

Repped by Linda Epstein at Emerald City Literary Agency.