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Color Outside the Lines Originally published on The Nerd Daily Review by Mimi KoehlerListen, I m usually not the biggest fan of anthologies Most times, there are two short stories that I really love and the rest, I just feel meh about Sometimes, I feel obliged to review every single story on its own, while other times I feel like the stories only work as a whole It s a complicated thing.But Color Outside the Lines has my whole heart.This collection of stories approaches interracial and LGBTQIA relationships in va Originally published on The Nerd Daily Review by Mimi KoehlerListen, I m usually not the biggest fan of anthologies Most times, there are two short stories that I really love and the rest, I just feel meh about Sometimes, I feel obliged to review every single story on its own, while other times I feel like the stories only work as a whole It s a complicated thing.But Color Outside the Lines has my whole heart.This collection of stories approaches interracial and LGBTQIA relationships in various ways, addressing a plethora of topics connected to it Love, culture, family, expectations, prejudice, discrimination, and barred communications are just a few that are explored There are stories about trying to find common ground between cultures, facing the challenges of the privileges of being colorblind and understanding that to be equal is not the same as to simply say the words and be done with the topic There are stories challenging stereotypical points of views, stories about kids who just want to find themselves in popular culture, stories about fierce people who just want to be heard and seen, who just want to be able to say, I matter I deserve to take up space It s a kaleidoscope of voices that illuminate how much we needdiverse literature and just how important these voices are.I contemplated reviewing the short stories individually, but I feel like it would be doing this book a disservice I went into the stories not knowing anything besides the title and it made the exploration of the previously mentioned topics all themagical The vibrant mix of stories is what makes this anthology so accessible Truly, there is a story for everybody within these pages whether it s about not being aware of the monumental differences between cultures, the way one kindhearted person can change your life, or the female female Hades Persephone reimagination you ve always wanted Moreover, every single story left me wantingand it is my hope that this anthology is one of the necessary steps to get young readers to pick up diverse stories and find acceptance in them.So what can you expect to get if you pick up this book You will get a Jewish girl and an Indian boy discussing their outsider status and the worry of not fitting in You will experience a world in which everybody has a ghost as their sidekick A story in which colonialism separates two people who might have had one of the most epic love stories of their time A tale about a daughter of a poisoner and a boy shunned for his scars finding common ground And so muchWhat you can expect most of all is finding new authors to obsess over For instance, I ve been following Eric Smith on Twitter for ages, but I ve never read any of his works After reading his contribution to this fine collection, Sandwiched in Between , that tragic mistake will be remedied immediately These authors put so much soul into these stories and it transpires beautifully onto the page Whether it s the lush descriptions of a fantastical land in which a girl gets to decide where and when her story begins or the realistic, no nonsense prose that follows a boy wanting to find a book at the store that gives a queer character a happily ever after there is care behind these words Care to give teens a voice And it is so, so encouraging, I can t even find words for the wholesome feeling in my chest, closing this book.All in all, I m so happy this anthology exists and my hope is that every young individual who is craving to see themselves represented in stories will find they are very welcome in this world to quote this anthology Stories belong to everyone, not just the ones telling them The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Full review HEREThis anthology was quite well done First of all, there were a lot of different genres included, which is something I did not expect I thought it was going to be only YA contemporary and so I was pleasantly surprised.The main theme of this anthology is interracial relationships and so there were lots of interracial couples or families and a lot of good diverse representation I alThe ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Full review HEREThis anthology was quite well done First of all, there were a lot of different genres included, which is something I did not expect I thought it was going to be only YA contemporary and so I was pleasantly surprised.The main theme of this anthology is interracial relationships and so there were lots of interracial couples or families and a lot of good diverse representation I also appreciated how some queer couples were included in some of the stories.As always I did not love every single stories, but there are some that I truly enjoyed.Here are my ratings for every storyTurn the Sky to Petalsby Anna Marie McLe 3 5Promby Danielle Page 3 5What We Loveby Lauren Gibaldi 3 5Giving Up the Ghostby Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas 4 5Your Life Mattersby L.L McKinney 3.5 5Starlight and Moondustby Lori M Lee 2 5Five Times Shiva Met Harryby Sangu Mandanna 4 5The Agony of a Heart s Wishby Samira Ahmed 4 5The Coward s Guide to Falling in Loveby Caroline Tung Richmond 4 5Death and the Maidenby Tara Sim 3.5 5Faithfullby Karuna Riazi 2 5Gilman Streetby Michelle Ruiz Keil 3 5The Boy isby Elsie Chapman 3 5Sandwiched in Betweenby Eric Smith 4 5Yuna and the Wallby Lydia Kang 3.5 5Something Gay and Magicalby Adam Silvera 3 5 This is the book of my heart Love is diverse, and I m so happy this book celebrates that I absolutely loved this collection of stories, and I hope that it paves the way forinterracial relationships in fiction that explore the complexities and dynamics of interracial couples Some of the stories you might find the interracial relationship between a Black and white f f couple in the context of BLM, an Asian teen who grapples with her Asian fever white boyfriend, and a Hades Persephone This is the book of my heart Love is diverse, and I m so happy this book celebrates that I absolutely loved this collection of stories, and I hope that it paves the way forinterracial relationships in fiction that explore the complexities and dynamics of interracial couples Some of the stories you might find the interracial relationship between a Black and white f f couple in the context of BLM, an Asian teen who grapples with her Asian fever white boyfriend, and a Hades Persephone retelling where Hades is a woman and Persephone is an Indian MC Explores a range of interracial relationships and the different challenges associated with them From communication, to finding common ground, to being separated by differences, only for love and hope to bring them together, to differing expectations Offers a range of genres, from mythology retellings, historical fiction, superhero sci fi in a contemporary context, paranormal urban fantasy Honestly I loved it I think this is the sort of stories we needof, and I m so so happy that this exists.Full review to come, closer to release date Thank you so much to the publishers, Soho Press, for giving me a DRC of Color Outside the Lines This book has been on my tbr for a very long time, probably since the day it was announced And I was so happy the day I got approved for the ARC This is such a delightful read, full of adorable meet cutes and chance encounters and every story in its own way emphasizes that our differences can bring us closer and it s so much better to learn from each other, than letting the color of our skin divide us Really a nice set of empathetic stories and I would definitely recommend it to everyone My This book has been on my tbr for a very long time, probably since the day it was announced And I was so happy the day I got approved for the ARC This is such a delightful read, full of adorable meet cutes and chance encounters and every story in its own way emphasizes that our differences can bring us closer and it s so much better to learn from each other, than letting the color of our skin divide us Really a nice set of empathetic stories and I would definitely recommend it to everyone My experience was also enhanced by the fact that I buddy read it with my dearest friends Below are my individual reviews for the stories Turn the Sky to Petals by Anna Marie McLe It s always jarring when the first story starts off in second person, but this one turned out to be easy to adjust to This is the story of a Latina girl who loves dancing and a Romani boy who s very passionate about playing the cimbalom, who bond over the fact that the thing they love so much is also the reason for their body getting battered and having to live in constant pain Their dread of maybe having to give up their art for the sake of living a relatively less painful life was very palpable and I could totally feel it But what made this story was the descriptions of the amazing variety of flowers which made this a very atmospheric experience Rating.5 Prom by Danielle Paige Another little story in second person, this was about two childhood friends who feel it s just inevitable to be together, but one of them is a bit worried what others will think of their relationship I m actually unsure how I feel about this because it was too short to form an opinion Rating What We Love by Lauren Gibaldi The story of a Jewish girl and an Indian boy, this one quickly took a dark turn with a white girl continuously bullying the protagonists And while they wanted to fight back, I thought it was both cute and awesome that they took inspiration from Star Wars to make their point but also not take revenge, deciding that they were better than the bully I found the development of friendship andpretty adorable Rating Giving Up the Ghost by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas A world which has ghost mentors for each person, this story was hilarious I loved how snarky and bitchy Sanjiv s ghost Ching was, but it was nice discovering she was a softy inside probably inside isn t a valid term for a ghostAnd the resolution of Ching s centuries old heartbreak against the backdrop of Sanjiv reconnecting with his childhood best friend was both extremely funny and sweet Rating Your Life Matters by L.L McKinney It was awesome seeing a black female superhero in this story, set against the Black Lives Matter movement while also dating a white girl who s father is a racist cop This one dealt with heavy themes like police brutality and racism and microaggressions, but ended on a hopeful note And I loved the message that all black folks lives matter, not just that of a black superhero only because she did something good Rating.5 Starlight and Moondust by Lori M Lee I can t say I fully understood this story of Hlee, who belongs to the Hmong community and Argus, a white boy But what affected me about it all was how much non western cultures and stories are treated as weird, Hlee bullied just for believing what she does, and the journey it takes for her to realize that she has every right to believe what she wants and she doesn t need to be the sidekick in anyone s story The whole atmosphere of this story was also quite amazing Rating.5 Five Times Shiva Met Harry by Sangu Mandanna Firstly, I love the author a lot so I m a bit biased The meet cute happens in a library and there s a hint that it might become , which I completely loved And the underlying theme of history being written by victors and colonizers, and how we are never taught both sides of the story in school was presented very well The idea that it s important for us to try and learn from multiple sources to get the whole picture is very relevant and I think it was told in a very relatable manner Rating The Agony of a Heart s Wish by Samira Ahmed This story set in 1919 pre independence India is full of fire, passion and longing, and the beautiful connection that forms between a young Indian Muslim woman and an Irishman who happens to be a soldier in the British army I adored how they bonded over their love for poetry and the wish for their countries to be free But that ending just about killed me and I can t stop crying Rating The Coward s Guide to Falling in Love by Caroline Tung Richmond The setting of this story is the National Gallery of Art in DC and I read this exactly a day after I visited it, so I felt very very excited to see some familiar names And it s about Juliet who s got a huge crush on her best friend and is feeling very anxious about expressing them to him I loved the idea of the story that we should seize the moment and not take too long to tell what we feel, or we might lose the opportunity to ever do it Rating Death and the Maiden by Tara Sim A sapphic Hades Persephone retelling, this story features Parvani who decides to give up her life of earth and become Hades s wife for the sake of vengeance This is a tale of a woman in despair finding purpose in her life and trying to do something beautiful to better the lives of others The descriptions of the underworld were beautiful and eerie and I loved the amalgamation of cultures Rating Faithfull by Karuna Riazi Featuring a Christian girl who is unsure if she wants to be part of a new community after her mom marries a Muslim, this story is about finding your people among those who might dismiss you and trying to form new bonds I m not sure I understood the whole emphasis on food, but it was a good read Rating Gilman Street by Michelle Ruiz Keil This story had so many elements in it, I was surprised by the skill with which the author managed to fit everything in The sadness of not being close to your best friend any, the thrill of the kiss that makes you question your sexuality, feeling lost because you feel you don t belong completely to either part of your heritage and finally feeling joy when you meet someone who is pretty similar to you this story which is set in the 80s has it all and it s sweet and beautiful and very thoughtful Definitely on point with the biracial and bisexual rep too Rating.5 The Boy Is by Elsie Chapman Between a mom who just wants Holly to fit in with the white majority of America and a dad who wants her to meet his Chinese friend s son, all she wants is actually the chance to make her own choice This is a cute story about all the possibilities that open when one decides to make their own choice and allow ourselves to make our own mistakes Rating Sandwiched in Between by Eric Smith The story of a Palestinian boy adopted by a white couple and a young middle eastern girl, this is about how differently each of them perceives their identity and how despite both of them being brown, their attitude towards race isn t the same because of their upbringing I think there were some valid points but I also didn t completely understand it Rating Yuna and the Wall by Lydia Kang I somehow wasn t expecting a kind of fantasy story, so this was a surprise A girl who is misunderstood because her father is a poisoner, and a boy who is ostracized because he is scarred due to a childhood occurrence of pox this is the story of both these unlikely people trying to find their voice and fighting against prejudices in whatever little way they can Rating.5 Something Gay and Magical by Adam Silvera This was again very very short but I m happy that Silvera didn t make me cry It has a very adorable meet cute in a bookstore and some very important commentary on the need for representation I particularly connected with the thought that not all LGBT books have to be issue books and non straight kids should have the opportunity to see themselves in happy and regular stories Rating This book is a blessing and I never thought that I needed to read this until I did While it depicts if not all, most of the facets of diversity, Color Outside the Lines blends in various narratives from acceptance, revenge, passion for the arts, kinship, familial matters, and a whole lotI ve read this anthology slowly from last month until this day, and I guess it s safe to say that it s by far my most favorite one of all time PLEASE DO YOURSELF THE FAVOR OF READING THIS.Here are all my This book is a blessing and I never thought that I needed to read this until I did While it depicts if not all, most of the facets of diversity, Color Outside the Lines blends in various narratives from acceptance, revenge, passion for the arts, kinship, familial matters, and a whole lotI ve read this anthology slowly from last month until this day, and I guess it s safe to say that it s by far my most favorite one of all time PLEASE DO YOURSELF THE FAVOR OF READING THIS.Here are all my mini reviews of each story, I also listed the reps here for reference Turn the Sky to Petals by Anna Marie McLe 5 STARS Goddamit, this was beautifully written and is the perfect opening story Lyrical writing, delves on the intensity of our passions and the great lengths we go through to achieve mastery, kindred spirits Prom by Danielle Paige 2 STARS Hmmm, not gonna lie, Paige s stories always suck in every anthology I ve read with her high school sweethearts What We Love by Lauren Gibaldi 2.5 STARS This just wasn t fit for my taste but some would probably love it though Star Wars fans, Jewish rep Giving Up the Ghost by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas 5 STARS This was an absolute favorite I really love the concept of this story and how things turned out by the ending ghosts as guardians every person has one , childhood friends, witty banter Your Life Matters by L.L McKinney 3 STARS This was pretty great at first but I guess it just wasn t really my cup of tea Nevertheless, it executed its message pretty well Black lives matter narrative, LGBTQ rep Starlight and Moonlight by Lori M Lee 4 STARS Awww this was such an enchanting and lyrical tale shamans and magic, myths Five Times Shive Met Harry 4.5 STARS I really love how cute and simple this story was I can t help but smile giddily while reading this Indian rep The Agony of a Heart s Wish by Samira Ahmed 4 STARS Another lyrical tale It s set in a wartime era and has definitely a lot of historical romance vibes Bittersweet love, South Asian rep The Coward s Guide to Falling in Love 5 STARS AAAAAHHHH I REALLY ADORE THIS ONE It s such a cute and carefree story and I really felt the tension bubble huhuh I pined so hard in this one best friends, Asian rep Death and the Maiden by Tara Sim 4 STARS Just imagine this Hades as a sultry woman and Persephone as a South Asian There you go Revenge, South Asian rep, LGBTQ rep Faithfull by Karuna Riazi 5 STARS I kind of teared up in this story tbh I really love how this revolvedon the possibility of romantic love andon friendships and family Muslim rep, South Asian rep, traditional religion practices Gilman Street by Michelle Ruiz Keil 5 STARS This one resonated so much for meso because it dwelled with punk rock and the Riot Grrrl Revolution GIRLS TO THE FRONT This is also very easy to read and quite lyrical in such a unique flavor LGBTQ rep, Mexican rep, Filipino rep The Boy is by Elsie Chapman 5 STARS I love Elsie so freaking much and this story is not an exception Chinese rep, debunking tradition Sandwiched in Between by Eric Smith 4.5 STARS This story made me crave for moussaka and hoagies HAHAHAH Brown rep, Palestinian rep Yuna and the Wall by Lydia Kang 5 STARS This is such a wholesome tale and kind of reminded me in a way the vibes of the first story I really love how it wrapped up PWD rep Something Gay and Magical by Adam Silvera 2.5 STARS I personally wish the anthology ended with the previous story since it circled back to the first one While this was just pretty okay for me it felt a little lacking LGBTQ rep Color Outside the Lines is an anthology about interracial relationships across time and genres It s about the ways these relationships are both different and the same as the ones that aren t interracial it doesn t only talk about love, culture, and prejudice, but also about family, friendships, communication, expectations and legacies, from many different points of view.I thought this was a solid anthology As usual, I didn t like every single story, but while the ending was a bit weak, I foun Color Outside the Lines is an anthology about interracial relationships across time and genres It s about the ways these relationships are both different and the same as the ones that aren t interracial it doesn t only talk about love, culture, and prejudice, but also about family, friendships, communication, expectations and legacies, from many different points of view.I thought this was a solid anthology As usual, I didn t like every single story, but while the ending was a bit weak, I found some favorites in here Turn the Sky To Petals by Anna Marie McLe 5 starsThis might be my favorite McLe short story I ve loved Roja from All Out and Glamour from The Radical Element too, but not as much as this one, and I don t think this even had magical realism elements the atmosphere and themes made this perfect and just as magical as her stories that actually had magic in them.It s a story about a Romani boy who once played the cimbalom and a Latinx girl who liked to dance, brought together by their experiences with chronic pain They meet while they re helping their town to prepare for a rich man s wedding, and said wedding includes the most beautifully described rain of flowers ever.TK by Danielle Page no rating, not in the review copy What We Love by Lauren Gibaldi 2.5 starsThis story is about a Jewish girl and an Indian boy, and it talks about what it s like to not fit in and be othered, and how people who are from different backgrounds can experience this in different yet similar ways It also talks about familial expectations and about legacies the focus on what we leave behind was what I appreciated the most about this story and if you like Star Wars references, read this However, I found this story disappointing, because the antagonist is the stereotypical Blonde Mean Girl Who Wears Revealing Dresses she s wearing a short, tight dress and grinding on a boy It s not that racist bullies who are also attractive white girls don t exist, but the problem is that she s racist and a bully, not her clothes Giving Up the Ghost by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas 2 starsThis is the story that worked for me the least It s about a world in which everyone has a ghost who is one of their ancestors, and it follows a South Asian boy I think , whose ghost is probably the most successful pirate in history, Ching Shih I loved the worldbuilding here and how it talked about communication and history, but sadly the fearsome Ching Shih read like a bratty ten year old and this ended up not being enjoyable at all Your Life Matters by L.L McKinney 4 starsThe first f f story It s about a black superheroine, her white girlfriend sidekick, the Black Lives Matter movement, and people changing for the better It deals with some heavy themes like police violence and dating someone from a racist family and at its heart is an hopeful story, which I really appreciated It made me want to try McKinney s novels, even though Alice in Wonderland retellings have never been my kind of thing Starlight and Moondust by Lori M Lee 5 starsThis is one of the most beautiful things I ve ever read It follows Hlee Khue, a Hmong girl, and it s a story about stories I always love those It s not just about Hlee, even though she s the main character it also talks about an old woman who is a healer, and a boy with a mysterious past It talks about the way non western stories and beliefs are held to different standards from western ones, seen as sillierabsurd just because they re not western.It s a magical story full of beautiful descriptions the atmosphere the food the dragons and now I want to readfrom Lori M Lee, since I never had before Five Times Shiva Met Harry by Sangu Mandanna 4 starsA not always lighthearted but cute story about an Indian girl and a white boy who start dating almost by accident It s about how sheltered, privileged people can grow up without ever challenging racist and imperialist assumptions but they can also change once that s brought to their attention I liked how this story casually mentioned that Shiva s brother is dating a boy who is Zimbabwean American The Agony of a Heart s Wish by Samira Ahmed 4 starsThis was heartbreaking It s a story about colonialism, following an Indian girl and an Irish boy as they meet on a train in colonial India, and bond over Yeats poems They never meet again, but meeting each other changed their lives The Coward s Guide to Falling in Love by Caroline Tung Richmond 4.5 starsNot a Romeo and Juliet retelling I loved the setup in this one, the themes, and the main character s voice It s the kind of lighthearted contemporary I love fun and never lacking in depth It follows a Chinese American girl who has a crush on a boy of Montenegrin descent I remember that I also really liked another short story by this author a few years ago, The Red Raven Ball from A Tyranny of Petticoats, so I can t wait to read her story in Hungry Hearts too Death and the Maiden by Tara Sim 5 starsAn f f Hades and Persephone retelling with an Indian main character This story was beautifully written and it made me want to readof Tara Sim s books even though I didn t love Timekeeper This had the best aesthetics, atmosphere the writing reminded me of Strange Grace, which is one of the most atmospheric books I ve ever read , themes I loved it s about life, death, and growth I want this to become a full length so badly Faithfull by Karuna Riazi 3.5 starsA story about a girl and her complicated relationships with her self absorbed mother, who is now marrying a Moroccan man This is mostly about friendships, food so many food descriptions and what makes a family I didn t feel strongly about it but I liked the message Gilman Street by Michelle Ruiz Keil 3.5 starsThis is a story about self discovery following a biracial, bisexual Mexican girl as she meets a biracial boy who is Filipino, kisses a Mexican girl, and discovers that some people are better left behind This is historical fiction set in 1980, I think and now I want to see what the author will do with her debut novel this year, as I ve heard it s historical fiction too The Boy Is by Elsie Chapman 3.5 starsThis is about dating as a Chinese American girl It talks about the conflicting expectations of family members, yellow fever, and pros and cons It was an interesting read, if really short Elsie Chapman was also a new to me author, and I think I like her writing, so maybe I ll try her novel Caster when it comes out Sandwiched in Between by Eric Smith 3 starsI don t think Eric Smith s writing is for me, and that s the main reason I m not rating this story high I like what this said about family, adoption, communication and colorblindness , but I just can t get into his books Yuna and the Wall by Lydia Kang 3.5 starsA fantasy story following the daughter of a poisoner and a boy who is hated for his scars It s about people finding each other when society doesn t accept them I liked its message and what I saw of this world Like Kang s Toxic, this story almost read like middle grade, but this time I didn t have any problems with that because I expected it.TK by Adam Silvera no rating, not in this copyMy average rating is 3,80, which is pretty good for an anthology and I think that if the Adam Silvera story had been there, the rating would have been even higher Overall rating 3.9 stars Turn the Sky to Petals by Anna Marie McLe 4 starsThere s always something magical about Anna Marie s writing that makes me fall in love and this story was no different I absolutely loved the concept and I loved that this was written in the second person The only thing was that I found myself sometimes confused by what was going on, but I got used to it soon enough Prom by Danielle Paige 4 stars Despite the fact that this story was only two pages long, I thoug Overall rating 3.9 stars Turn the Sky to Petals by Anna Marie McLe 4 starsThere s always something magical about Anna Marie s writing that makes me fall in love and this story was no different I absolutely loved the concept and I loved that this was written in the second person The only thing was that I found myself sometimes confused by what was going on, but I got used to it soon enough Prom by Danielle Paige 4 stars Despite the fact that this story was only two pages long, I thought it managed to convey its message very well and it was also absolutely adorable There s not much else I can say about this, since it was only two pages long, but I did really enjoy it What We Love by Lauren Gibaldi 3 starsI could not get past the writing with this one The story on itself wasn t that bad, even if I did find the concept somewhat questionable But the writing felt really juvenile and repetitive and it really hindered my overall enjoyment of the story Giving Up the Ghost by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas 5 starsThis was such a fun story Not only was the concept something that I would genuinely read a full length novel on because it was really fun, but the characters added a lot to my enjoyment of this The dynamics between the main character and his ghost I love them Your Life Matters by L.L McKinney 4.5 starsI love reading about queer kids of color who are superheroes In fact, one of my favorite series, The Sidekick Squad, is about queer kids of color who are superheroes So I was bound to love this story And I did I absolutely loved the main character and I loved the relationship and all of it was just so incredibly written and I m absolutely in love Starlight and Moondust by Lori M Lee 2.5 starsI was just not a fan of much about this story I thought the concept on its own was interesting, but there were parts that I wish the story had focused on instead of focusing on the romance Also, the writing really didn t do it for me with this one and definitely negatively affected my enjoyment of the story The ending also felt a bit rushed to me, but that could be just because I m not used to short stories Five Times Shiva Met Harry by Sangu Mandanna 3.5 starsI thought this was really cute, but it didn t have much substance beyond that I did like how it started the discussion on the British colonialism and the way it s not widely acknowledged, especially by white people I really liked Shiva s character, too The Agony of a Heart s Wish by Samira Ahmed 5 starsThis was one of the most beautiful short stories that I think I ve ever read Samira Ahmed really knows how to tug at those heartstrings and make me feel a million things in the span of twenty pages I loved this story ended and I loved the message and I loved both of the lead characters so much Within such a short span of time, Samira Ahmed managed to get me completely invested in their story This was absolutely delightful The Coward s Guide to Falling in Love by Caroline Tung Richmond 3 starsI don t have any thoughts about this story because it wasn t bad and it wasn t good, either For the most part, I was just very indifferent to anything that the main character was going through I didn t mind the concept of the story and I really appreciated the message that it was trying to send, I just did not care Death and the Maiden by Tara Sim 4 starsI love modern takes on mythology and this one is absolutely no exception Tara Sim s writing is just as exceptional in this short story as it is in her longer works and I was in love from page one I loved the concept and I loved the world that was established And I especially loved the f f romance Faithfull by Karunma Riazi 4 starsThe way this short story manages to cover so many important topics and somehow gives them all the time they deserve This is the one story in this anthology that brought me to tears and, to be honest, I m still impressed While I wasn t necessarily the main character s biggest fan, I really appreciated the struggles that she went through and the way she dealt with them I liked how this was about family relationships and friendships and finding a place where you belong It was an absolutely beautiful story and if you re going to read any story from this anthology, have it be this one Gilman Street by Michelle Ruiz Keil 5 starsThis was So good I wasn t expecting to be as enad by it as I was It takes place around where I live and I loved hearing about a similar setting, but I also really loved the way this was historical fiction I loved the romance in this and I also loved how it centers around the music scene in Berkeley Everything about this story was just DelightfulThe Boy Is by Elsie Chapman 3.5 stars This is another one of those stories that wasn t very memorable I really appreciated the way this one had an open ending, but other than that, I didn t really care about anything that happened in it And the plot wasn t very coherent, to be honest Sandwiched in Between by Eric Smith 3.5 starsAnother one of those not memorable stories I think this one tried to do a lot of things and explore a lot of topics in a very short span of a time and as a result of that, a lot of thebasic story elements weren t as developed as they could be Which isn t necessarily a bad thing, I was just expecting something different from it I do appreciate that this explores a very important topic and one that isn t touched on often, though, and I m grateful that it does Yuna and the Wall by Lydia Kang 5 starsI don t think I can even articulate why I loved this story as much as I did, but I absolutely fell in love with it from page one I loved our main character I loved the world I loved the relationship that was being set up I loved the themes that were being explored And to top it all off, the writing was absolutely gorgeous Something Gay and Magical by Adam Silvera 3 starsWe all know that I love Adam Silvera But unfortunately, I really didn t enjoy this one as much as I wish I had I thought it was cute and it sent a nice message, but it didn t have much substance beyond that and I didn t care about any of the characters enough to care about the outcome I received a DRC of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review cries and chants Will I ever find an anthology that I genuinely love I mean, I have a few still on my TBR that I have faith in before I give up all hope of ever loving an anthology But unfortunately, Color the Lines wasn t the anthology to prove my unlucky strike wrong Although I loved a couple stories and liked a couple others, most of them were either forgettable, outright not good in my opin I received a DRC of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review cries and chants Will I ever find an anthology that I genuinely love I mean, I have a few still on my TBR that I have faith in before I give up all hope of ever loving an anthology But unfortunately, Color the Lines wasn t the anthology to prove my unlucky strike wrong Although I loved a couple stories and liked a couple others, most of them were either forgettable, outright not good in my opinion or I failed to see their purpose in the context of this anthology Color Outside the Lines is supposed to explore and celebrate interracial relationships and although most of the stories fit the bill, some of them just didn t, and I was confused as to why they were included here But I digress, let s do a run down of all the stories, the good, the bad, and the one that made me cry.Full review posted on my blog Word Wonders Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestI loved the idea behind this anthology so much that I had to get it COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES is a collection of short stories that are all about diversity interracial relationships, LGBT relationships, and even a couple with both and some of the challenges and delights and obstacles that occur within these relationships, while also celebrating them wholeheartedly well, mostlyon that to come.Short story collections are alwa Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestI loved the idea behind this anthology so much that I had to get it COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES is a collection of short stories that are all about diversity interracial relationships, LGBT relationships, and even a couple with both and some of the challenges and delights and obstacles that occur within these relationships, while also celebrating them wholeheartedly well, mostlyon that to come.Short story collections are always hard to rate because they tend to be uneven It s inevitable that you ll like some of the storiesthan other ones, which is why I tend to rate each story individually and then average my rating out over the whole collection I think that s the fairest way to rate books like these since the editors are on the hook for the authors they chose to be included to represent them, and a bad fit is a bad experience.Last note before I dive in is that this is an ARC, and two of the marquee authors in this collection Danielle Paige and Adam Silvera didn t have their stories included in this collection for some reason, so I won t be talking about or rating those stories at all and they won t be included in the average rating.Turn the Sky to Petals Anna Marie McLeThis is a really great story about two people in Mexico who end up bonding over the pain in their art against the backdrop of flower gathering for a rich man s wedding The writing is poetic and brilliantly evocative and I loved this story so much This is definitely an author whose work I would want to explore , because I loved their writing so muchTitle to Come NO RATIN G Danielle PaigeWhat We Love Lauren GibaldiThis story was okay but kind of heavy handed It s about a Jewish girl and an Indian boy who find romance when they unite together against a bullying classmate I like the idea but the bully was such a laughable caricature of evil, and the premise so forced, that I just couldn t get into itGiving Up the Ghost Tarun Shanker and Kelly ZekasThis one was just weird First, it s kind of a paranormal AU type story where everyone is haunted by ghosts only they can see The main character is Indian and haunted by a Chinese ghost who plays matchmaker for him This matchmaking is the focal role of the story It s weird Your Life Matters L.L McKinneyThis is a story F F about a black white interracial couple trying to navigate their brand new relationship while also dealing with the white character s racist dad ugh Also deals with activism and the BLM movement, and it has a nice ending I was worried I thought this one was cute Starlight and Moondust Lori M LeeStory about a Hmong girl and a white guy with magic realism I didn t get understand like this one Five Times Shiva Met Harry Sangu MandannaThis story is REALLY short which is a shame because it has an important topic at its heart the lingering pain caused by the British occupation of India Being so short made it seem superficialThe Agony of a Heart s Wish Samira AhmedSet in India when it is being occupied by the British, and is a romance between an Indian girl and an Irish guy serving in the British army SUPER DOWNER story with no HEA Very preachy, too, and seemed rushed, like the emotionally manipulative ending was supposed to compensate Bleh The Coward s Guide to Falling in Love Caroline Tung RichmondThis story also doesn t have an HEA but I actually really liked the theme of empowerment, so it didn t leave a bad taste in my mouth like the previous story did The heroine in this one reminded me of me it s always important to remind teens that they need to take risks to see change Death and the Maiden Tara Sim A super erotic F F fantasy romance between an Indian girl and a female personification of Hades, Greek god of the underworld Hi, this is the gender flipped Persephone retelling I didn t know I needed but loved to pieces anyway The writing is gorgeous, the romance is so nicely fleshed out, and it has a fantastic sub theme about justice, revenge, and also consent I really wish that this had been a full length book instead of a short story because it was absolutely amazing Faithfull Karuna RiaziMeet cute between I think an Indian Muslim girl and boy that focuses heavily on family, which I loved It kind of reminded me a bit of LOVE FROM A TO Z This is another story that I think would have worked really well as a full length novel, which the author hopefully considers doing Gilman Street Michelle Ruiz KeilBisexuality rep, Mexican heritage, fun hookups, and rockabilly punk culture in Berkeley, CA Do I need to say any I don t think so This one was fantastic The Boy Is Elsie ChapmanI knew this author sounded familiar, and it turns out she wrote CASTER, which I loved I really liked this story, too Like her other book I read,The Boy Is features a strong Asian heroine This one opens with her breaking up with her creepy white boyfriend who, it turns out, treats her like she s a fetish and not a person The rest of the story is about her finding herself and what she wants Love it Sandwiched in Between Eric SmithI actually low key hated this oneSo, if I m rating off the technical elements, yeah it was written fine It s about two Middle Eastern teens who are dating and the girl is raised with her culture in the home but the boy was adopted by white parents and has adopted siblings of other various ethnicities The execution was totally horrible The boy s girlfriend does nothing but berate him about his privilege and how white he is throughout the whole book and when she meets his parents for the first time, and the mom serves hummus, she explodes with rage.It ends on a happy note with the girl calling him a jumbled mess and they laugh and I m just sitting here like, wait, she is gatekeeping his ethnicity and actually being really offensive and this is a toxic relationship, but it s being written like she s so woke and in the right and what even Yeah, this one definitely made me the angriest and I kind of hated it Yuna and the Wall Lydia KangI love Lydia Kang I ve read three of her books and they were all amazing, and I m happy to say that this short story didn t disappoint It s a fantasy story with characters who seem to be coded as East Asian and South Asian, and there s beauty and the beast elements, but it s also about overcoming stereotypes and learning not to be prejudiced, and I really thought it was a nice closeTK NO RATING Adam SilveraOverall, this is a pretty decent collection I think there s something for everyone in here, and even though the stories are uneven in quality, there are some pretty standout ones and Tara Sim totally needs to make Death and the Maiden into a full length book so I can throw my money at her.Averaged rating 3.1 rounded down to an evened out 3 stars Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 3 stars This Modern, Groundbreaking YA Anthology Explores The Complexity And Beauty Of Interracial And LGBTQ Relationships Where Differences Are Front And CenterWhen People Ask Me What This Anthology Is About, I M Often Tempted To Give Them The Complicated Answer It S About Race, And About How Being Different From The Person You Love Can Matter But How It Can Also Not Matter, And It S About Chinese Pirate Ghosts, Black Girl Vigilantes, Colonial India, A Flower Festival, A Garden Of Poisons, And So, So Much Else Honestly, Though I Think The Answer S Much Simpler Than That Color Outside The Lines Is A Collection Of Stories About Young, Fierce, Brilliantly Hopeful People In Love Sangu Mandanna, Editor Of Color Outside The Lines


About the Author: Sangu Mandanna

Sangu Mandanna was four years old when an elephant chased her down a forest road and she decided to write her first story about it Seventeen years and many, many manuscripts later, she signed her first book deal Sangu now lives in Norwich, a city in the east of England, with her husband and kids.


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