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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 personally, this was a 5 read The whole packaging design of the book desevers an award It s cute, it s colorful, vibrant basically the best way of in your face you could imagine Most importantly tho, the stories featured in this book are amazing They re fluffy, honest hearfelt tales of what it s like to be queer, why intersectional identities within LGBTQ community are so important One of my favorite parts was Benjamin Laws essay Questions to Ask Straight Relatives I found his thoughts on how queer people should handle nosy straight people internalized homophobia quite empowering. Marlee Jane Ward Rats 4 5This first story is set in the near dystopian future, from what I could tell The world building is subtle but interesting, and mostly made clear through details rather than explanations This works really well, especially since it gives the subtle exchanges between the characters weight as well.The story has a meet cute between a tunnel rat , aka a girl who lives in the tunnels of the Melbourne station, and a girl who crashes her bike into her when someone shoves her They go out for breakfast together and the story further unfolds from there I rather liked the idea of two worlds meeting.Rep f f romance, non binary side character, side character with prosthetic legCWs police raid Erin Gough In Case of Emergency, Break Glass 3 5I feel a little conflicted about this story While I love quiet stories, I don t love a quick resolution So while it was amazing to see a girl realize kissing boys bores her, I was excited to see a main character questioning her sexuality And it was great that she figured out she s a lesbian But I think this process was resolved rather hastily and that took away from the impact of the story.Rep questioning lesbian MC, queer side character, Black side character Michael Earp Bitter Draught 5 5A medieval world with zero homophobia Count me in I loved this story so much It s well written and emotional, and it s about trying to save someone but losing someone else in the process.Rep m m relationship, non binary side characterCWs ill sibling Jax Jacki Brown I Like Your Rotation 5 5 It s radical to feel, to really feel, and to allow our bodies to move and be how they need to be, you know I absolutely loved this story It s about the intersectionality between disability and queerness, and it s about a girl making a new friend who s also queer and disabled.If you liked this story, I would also really recommend the Unbroken anthology, which has short stories with disabled main characters, and several of them are queer as well.Rep sapphic disabled MC in a wheelchair, sapphic disabled side character in a wheelchair CWs internalized ableism, homophobiaClaire G Coleman Sweet 5 5I was drawn into this story right away, starting off with a walk down the street that s written in such flowing language that it read like a dance And it got even better from there, because the concept of this story is so interesting The story is set in a futuristic society where everyone is agender Gender being gendered is seen as an old fashioned concept of the past that s antisocial and even illegal This makes for a thought provoking read, and I loved how it was executed.Rep Black MC, Black side characters, agender society, use of they them pronounsCWs transphobia Nevo Zisin Light Bulb 3 5I loved parts of this story The contemporary storyline about the main character as a child was fantastic But overall, the story was incohesive and it felt as if the author had forgotten the story was supposed to be gay until the last moment Essentially, this felt like three stories in one, without anything to tie them together.CWs death of a parent, depression, homophobia homophobic slurs Jen Wilde Waiting 5 5As a massive fan of Jen Wilde s books, this story was one of the biggest reasons I bought this anthology in the first place But I didn t even know it would have an autistic main character I literally gasped when I read that.This is such a great story about Audrey, who brings her toxic friend Vanessa to a pride convention and finally realizes how bad of a friend she really is Rep bisexual autistic MC with anxiety, bisexual side character, brown non binary side character, autistic side characterCWs homophobia, toxic friendshipChristos Siolkas Laura Nyro at the Wedding 3 5This story is about a same gender couple deciding to get engaged, which I absolutely loved to read It s also very morally gray the main character s father abused a minor years previous to the story, and he is thinking about forgiveness, and about inviting him to the wedding I m not actually sure how I feel about this aspect Because of course forgiveness is important, and it s important to acknowledge that you can t necessarily stop loving a parent even if you want to But it s also such a clearly wrong thing that I m not sure it s something that could or even should be forgiven At least it s a very thought provoking story in that sense Let me be clear though, that I didn t feel the story was trying to apologize for the dad s actions It s just a tricky thing to write about nevertheless, I think.Rep m m coupleCWs pedophilia, past war memories, past death of a siblingEllen van Neerving Each City 2 5Parts of this story were really good, but I just couldn t follow the plotline at all It wasn t until around halfway through the story that I figured out it s set in a dystopian future, and the setting kept changing This made for quite an unclear story, and the writing was quite hard to follow as well.Rep queer MC, queer side charactersCWs racism, homophobia, transphobiaOmar Sakr An Arab Werewolf in Liverpool 3 5Parts of this story I loved, and parts of it I found very hard to follow It s a pretty slow story, and it took a while to become clear But I did like the ending, and the representation Rep gay Muslim MC, gay Muslim love interest, multiple Muslim side charactersCWs homophobia, racism, abuse by a family member, descriptions of a dead dogAlison Evans Stormlines 2 5This story just wasn t really for me I couldn t get into it, unfortunately Benjamin Lan Questions to Ask Straight Relatives 5 5This was both funny and an interesting discussion of dealing with homophobia from family members, as well as internalized homophobia.Rep gay Chinese MC, lesbian Chinese side characterCWs internalized homophobia 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 like an essay or personal reflection But for all of that, some of these were BRILLIANT Some of them were absurd, some wonderful, some touching and sweet, and all of them Australian YAS for Aussie fiction And, importantly, all of them queer Gay, lesbian, NB, Trans, these stories had a bit of it all and a wonderful range of intersectionality as well I highly recommend this collection and all of the LoveOzYA collections This is a great initiative and I look forward to what comes out of it next. 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. [ EPUB ] ⚆ Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories ☦ 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 UsCompelling Queer Short Fiction By Bestsellers, Award Winners And Newcomers To The LoveOzYA Community Including Jax Jacki Brown, Claire G Coleman, Michael Earp, Alison Evans, Erin Gough, Benjamin Law, Omar Sakr, Christos Tsiolkas, Ellen Van Neerven, Marlee Jane Ward, Jen Wilde And Nevo Zisin 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 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 mineIt s not the dark I find scary It s the light In the light, you can see everything Even the things you don t want to136.The thing about sexuality for me is that it s so hard to pinpoint Where did this start Why did this start Is it real Am I faking it What will people think Goodreads acts as a shadow for me I m googling if I can hide reviews from family because twenty three doesn t mean ready There s so much that ties into my identity, we are multi faceted humans who have embraced so many things Considering this Kindred is essential reading Showcasing sexuality, gender, pronouns, disability, race, religion, hope, futures this is something that might have made the path easier for me when I was younger This is a collection that will make the present easier for so many young readers To be able to identify yourself in a text is a truly incredible and necessary thing Kindred Stories is a collection of Australian LoveOzYA voices that have come together to create a collection of diverse tales There s the dystopian with Rats and Each City , the eerie coming from Light Blub and the heartwarming with I Like Your Rotation and Waiting Each story offers something new, there is no way that queer youths will finish the book without finding at least one story that they identify with, or are inspired by That s impossibleI m not sure if it s an I want to be you or an I want to bed you crush98.I found myself finding familiarity in lines, and characters Understanding my bisexuality is taking a long time But overwhelming questions of what constitutes a crush and how do I ensure that I look the part, should I even look the part were met within the stories Over and over again I found something to relate to, something to make me laugh, and something to make me cry I think that this is an important collection, for all people to read To understand the risks posed to our community even today To understand how human we all are at our very core As a collection, I think it s important to also share thoughts and feelings for all of the pieces Giving back to the authors that are helping to build us up and represent us Rats Marlee Jane Ward Within this story, readers are met with dystopia, underground worlds and the opportunity to embrace Open Air Michelle is one of the rats and indicates how chilling being yourself in public can be, a loss of personal security When Michelle is pushed into Maita, a studying above ground, worlds transform We are met with cheeky crushes and the reality that not every fight can be won alone, Michelle needs Maita s help We need each other to survive In Case of Emergency, Break Glass Erin Gough Break Glass hit all my cafe and catering feels Amy is struggling with her boyfriend, kissing him just isn t fun and she s late for work again But arriving at the function, Amy is left to work out what really is going on in the world when she meets Regi, dozens of birds tattooed on her arm I would ve loved a full feature novel of this story, was definitely necessary Bitter Draught Michael Earp So different to Earp s story in Underdog I wasn t excepting the fantasy within this story Simeon s sister is sick and if he can find the witch he may be able to save her His boyfriend Wyll is there by his side, but the witch warns him, there is always a cost This story explores privileging of love, and I would adore reading even similar things from Earp in the future I Like Your Rotation Jax Jacki Brown I think this was one of my favourites in the collection Jem and Drew are both wheelchair users who connect through swimming and the necessity of disabled representation within pride The characters are both so real and made me cry I think another important aspect of this is the reality that not all crushes eventuate, there s always hope, but contemporaries where our protagonists remain single are always incredibly interesting to me This is one of the most important stories in the collection and I will definitely be looking for of Brown s work Sweet Claire G Coleman Claire Coleman is undeniably one of the most incredible speakers I ve witnessed She understands the links between luck and hardwork within the publishing industry I definitely look up to her in many ways Discussing her story with a few other readers, I ve reached the opinion that it did not achieve what Coleman had hoped for A role reversal story, this one can be considered problematic for some readers and should contain content warnings for transphobia I do still hope to read of Coleman s work and look forward to her other writing Light Bulb Nevo Zisin I still don t understand this story completely but that s part of it s charm Our protagonist loves the dark, it s safer there Zisin explores the realities of concealing and revealing our true selves This entire story speaks on another level and I can guarantee I will be rereading it Truly gorgeous I love this and its darkness Another favourite Waiting Jen Wilde I love my bicons Waiting in line for PrideCon, Vanessa makes Audrey put her jumper on to hide her Rosa Diaz tee Wilde shows us what friends can do, and the kindness of strangers It had all the cheese and honest truth telling necessary of a YA story and was just super great I am also in love with Josie now Laura Nyro at the Wedding Christos Tsiolkas This is the one that made me cry the most which by default means it s good Jack and Paul have decided that they re going to get married But Jack wants to invite his father, accused of sleeping with a minor, to the wedding This story navigates some really difficult territory, showcasing discussions of trauma, identity and family I ve also discussed this one with a number of readers, and have established that it may not have been a great fit for the collection and required further closure and perspective on the pedophilia in the story Not necessary the best fit for a collection for teens Each City Ellen van Neerven I just finished Heat and Light for one of my university subjects so I was definitely ready for the dystopian world that van Neerven provided Our protagonist and partner, Talvan live in a futuristic world where activism is still risky Their home is robbed and our anonymous protagonist is forced to flee the country, hoping for any communication possible with family van Neerven consistently tells chilling and honest stories.An Arab Werewolf in Liverpool Omar Sakr You can feel the poetry in Sakr s voice and tone This story follows Wafat and Noah s secret loves and relationships as they face homophobia I really loved the innocence of it all, teenage sexual urgency There s an underlying sense of humour in this piece I wanted to have of this.Stormlines Alison Evans I follow Evans on multiple social media platforms and they re always impressing me with stories and knowledge I haven t yet read their other works, but if this is anything to go off, I am so keen This piece explored Marling finding New in a mangrove after a storm Marling is forced to consider loneliness and how it affects ver Where we create homes is important.Questions to Ask Straight Relatives Benjamin LawI m also familiar with Law s online presence and was really excited to read this piece As a nonfiction piece, I think this was important to include and even important to have at the conclusion of the collection Discussing cultural differences in sharing sexuality and affection is incredibly interesting and reminds you to stop and take a second to consider the world, what really underpins the gay voiceGrowing up and having to question yourself while everyone else asks invasive and hurtful questions is painful At the same time, it also means you ve asked some of the most important questions before anyone else will Queer isn t just a sexuality It s a fundamental viewpoint and different way of looking at the world283.At its core this collection is just really damn pure I often found myself wanting a bit fleshing out of narratives and time spent on certain stories but at the end of the day this is something incredible The collection s conclusion includes a variety of resources for teens and showcases the authors properly, reminding you where to find them and what they ve written before Kindred does incredible work in reinforcing ownvoices within Australian Young Adult Fiction Congratulations team, you ve done amazing Happy Pride x 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 you and us next to them in such a wonderful way It speaks to the connection between us and ignites a sense of community This anthology certainly meets that definition of kindred and the overall experience of reading it is like a warm hug from an old friend These stories speak to the queer community, specifically here in Australia But I don t think the only people who are going to love these stories are members of our queer community These stories all speak to relationships and the connections between people and in that way are reflective of the human experience in general So many of these stories are intersectional and it was wonderful to read about the queer experience from such vastly different perspectives than my own I ll go into a little detail about the individual stories below and given them each star ratings I ve tried not to give too much away in terms of spoilers but as the stories are quite short it s difficult to talk about them without spoiling a few small things so bear that in mind Before I get into that, however, I d like to finish this part of the review with a beautiful quote from Benjamin Law s short story Most of the time, being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer doesn t especially feel like a superpower However, I ve learned that it gives you one default advantage in the world Perspective Rats by Marlee Jane Ward Michelle is a Rat who lives in the tunnels underneath Melbourne The story follows her first meeting with Maita and a daring escape from the Feds.The amount of world building that Ward packed into this short story was so impressive Michelle was a wonderfully honest character and I think I ll always wonder about the rest of her adventures with Maita and the other Rats.In Case of Emergency, Break Glass by Erin Gough Amy is late to a catering gig because she doesn t like kissing her boyfriend Steven and he s started to notice At the party, she runs into the mysterious Reg and magical chaos ensues.I love Erin Gough s work so much and her ability to create beautifully real and relatable queer characters was in no way hindered by the short format of this story This story was deliciously weird with an important environmental message.Bitter Draught by Michael Earp Simeon and his boyfriend Wyll travel into the forest to find a non binary witch who has a cure for Simeon s sick little sister, with an unexpected cost.This story will break your heart into pieces and you ll thank it for doing so Simeon was such a great character that you find yourself immediately rooting for him and becoming invested in his journey How Michael Earp built up his characterisation and showed his relationships with his parents and Wyll in so much depth in so little time, I have no idea but it makes for an incredible story I Like Your Rotation by Jax Jacki Brown Jem is the only disabled queer in her small town Until green haired and fascinating Drew arrives on the scene in her power wheelchair, that is This story was honest and sweet Jem was so relatable in practically melting every time Drew referred to her as babe Maybe others wouldn t agree but I thought the overall message of the ending of this story view spoiler that Drew just wants to be friends for now and values their friendship over a relationship hide spoiler 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.Rats by Marlee Jane WardI thought this was a great story to kick off the anthology with It was cute, fun and exciting I would love to read about this world.In Case of Emergency, Break Glass by Erin GoughAnother great read Short and fun.Bitter Draught by Michael EarpThis story was not at all what I expected Kindred has such a cheery looking cover that I thought it would be full of cute, uplifting stories This one was heartbreaking and emotional, but probably my favourite of the stories that I read.I Like Your Rotation by Jax Jacki BrownGreat disability rep This story felt very realistic to me.Sweet by Claire G ColemanTBH I didn t really get this story, or what it was trying to say It s set in sort of a dystopian world where everyone appears gender neutral, and to identify as male or female is a crime I ve seen other reviewers describe the story as transphobic, but I m really not sure what to think about it.Light Bulb by Nevo ZisinFor me, this was one of the most memorable stories of the book It had a darker tone than most of the rest, but that worked really well I d love to check out of this author s work.Waiting by Jen WildeI liked this story, and I loved the pop culture references I ve read a couple of Wilde s books and really enjoyed them, though she can be a bit preachy at times.Laura Nyro at the Wedding by Christos TsiolkasI enjoyed this story, but it didn t feel very YA to me As you can probably guess from the title, it s mostly about an engagement wedding, which felt adult to me. 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 queer ownvoices fiction is growing, white cis fiction does seem to hold the bulk of the attention That s not to say that those stories aren t important there are other queer voices that need to be heard and this anthology brings together so many wonderful and needed voices.Though I thoroughly enjoyed all of them I do want to give a special mention to Waiting by Jen Wilde, An Arab Werewolf in Liverpool by Omar Sakr and Light Bulb by Nevo Zisin.There s funny moments, painful ones and poignant ones I cannot recommend Kindred enough All 12 of these writers contributed stories that are truly fantastic and it makes for a beautiful anthology.This review and can be found at