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Proud by Juno Dawson
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bookshelves: lgbt, shortstories, young-adult, favourites

"Sing it in defiance of all the people who want you to be quiet. Sing it to lift your own soul from the depths. Sing it to be the music you want in the world." - David Levithan

Proud is an exquisite anthology of short stories, poetry and art about teenagers from across the LGBT+ spectrum. From gay penguins to lesbians with firebirds to campaigning for equality on the streets of Dublin, this is a stunning cross-section of life for LGBT+ teens in the UK and Ireland. My only qualm was that there no asexual characters.

A wonderful collection perfect for a pick-me-up.

- Dive Bar - 2/5 - I didn't completely understand this one but it had a nice atmosphere.

- Penguins - 5/5 - I exploded from the cute (and, of course, I loved Alice Oseman’s artwork). Kippie and Jingles are my new OTP.

- On the Run - 5/5 - Cute and sweet with a little dash of angst.

- The Phoenix’s Fault - 3/5 - Sweet disaster lesbians with an East Asian setting.

- As The Philadelphia Queer Youth Choir Sings Katy Perry’s “Firework”… - 5/5 - Absolutely beautiful. Always love David Levithan’s poetry <3

- Almost Certain - 5/5 - I’m crying. This one just hit something deep inside and resonated. Beautiful.

- The Other Team - 4/5 - Fun and sweet. Loved the soccer team setting.

- I Hate Darcy Pemberley - DNF - I’m sure other people would love a wlw retelling of Pride and Prejudice but it wasn’t for me.

- The Courage of Dragons - 4/5 - The best heist story I’ve read for a long time. Loved all the DnD references!

- The Instructor - 5/5 - Gays learning to drive featuring a chaotic good driving instructor and a peacock named Lionel. Fantastic!

- Love Poems to the City - 4/5 - Lyrical and lovely. Nice to get a look at the Irish LGBT+ landscape.

- How to Come Out As Gay - 5/5 - A beautiful closer reminding us once more that it’s okay to be proud.
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Reading Progress

September 29, 2018 – Shelved
September 29, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
March 11, 2019 – Shelved as: wishlist
March 20, 2019 – Started Reading
March 20, 2019 – Shelved as: lgbt
March 21, 2019 –
page 27
8.44% "Dive Bar - 2/5 - I didn't completely understand this one but it had a nice atmosphere."
March 21, 2019 –
page 59
18.44% "Penguins - 5/5 - I'm exploding from the cute!!!"
March 22, 2019 –
page 89
27.81% "On the Run - 5/5 - Cute and sweet with a dash of angst. Perfect."
March 23, 2019 –
page 119
37.19% "The Phoenix’s Fault - 3/5 - Sweet disaster lesbians with an East Asian setting :p"
March 23, 2019 –
page 141
44.06% "As The Philadelphia Queer Youth Choir Sings Katy Perry’s “Firework”… - 5/5 - Absolutely beautiful. Always love David Levithan’s poetry <3"
March 24, 2019 –
page 171
53.44% "Almost Certain - 5/5 - I’m crying. This one just hit something deep inside and resonated. Beautiful."
March 24, 2019 –
page 197
61.56% "The Other Team - 4/5 - Fun and sweet. Loved the soccer team setting."
March 25, 2019 –
page 229
71.56% "I Hate Darcy Pemberley - DNF - I’m sure other people would love a wlw retelling of Pride and Prejudice but it wasn’t for me."
March 25, 2019 –
page 271
84.69% "The Courage of Dragons - 4/5 - The best heist story I’ve read for a long time. Loved all the DnD references!"
March 25, 2019 –
page 303
94.69% "The Instructor - 5/5 - Gays learning to drive featuring a chaotic good driving instructor and a peacock named Lionel. Fantastic!"
March 25, 2019 –
page 318
99.38% "Love Poems to the City - 4/5 - Lyrical and lovely. Nice to get a look at the Irish LGBT+ landscape."
March 25, 2019 –
page 319
99.69% "How to Come Out As Gay - 5/5 - A beautiful closer reminding us once more that it’s okay to be proud."
March 25, 2019 – Shelved as: shortstories
March 25, 2019 – Shelved as: young-adult
March 25, 2019 – Shelved as: favourites
March 25, 2019 – Finished Reading

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