Welcome to my blog for the blog tour for Out Now by Saundra Mitchell! I was so excited when an opportunity came up to read this book! I was kindly sent an e-arc via netgalley to read!
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. Teapots and barbershops, skateboards and VW vans, Street Fighter and Ares’s sword: Out Now has a story for every reader and surprises with each turn of the page!
I love an anthology especially a queer one! This book sounded like it would be so much fun!
I am excited that we are continuing to see more LGBT content in YA. Also, we had more trans and non-binary characters in this volume, and even some mention of asexuality and pansexuality.
Like the first anthology, these stories were hit or miss for me. Some standouts were What Happens in the Closet, Lumber Me Mine, and One Spell Too Many. But just because I didn’t like some stories doesn’t mean other readers won’t!
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 Closet – by Caleb Roehrig
A very sweet story about two guys who are into each other – one is fully out, the other isn’t ready – oh, and vampires attack the Prom.
Player One Fight! – by Eliot Schrefer
A cute gaymer story.
Lumber Me Mine – by CB Lee
A girl who has just gone through a break-up with her boyfriend meets a cute girl in her Woodwork class. This is a cute story with some ace representation.
Follower – by Will Kostakis
A cute story about a young guy who meets a famous online influencer at a beach and finds out that reality is v different from what you see online.
Refresh – by Mark Oshiro
A really sweet story about two plus-sized guys who meet online, but one isn’t being completely honest about his physical appearance.
Victory Lap – by Julian Winters
A very, very cute story that centres around the relationship between a Dad and his son, with the Dad encouraging the son to ask a cute boy to Prom.
A Road of One’s Own – by Kate Hart
Eliza has broken up with her boyfriend and has gone on a trip to the woods with a group. She’s questioning her sexuality and falls for a girl at the camp.
Seditious Teapots – by Katherine Locke
Rory collects unusual teapots and meets Lane while buying one at a tea shop. Lane encourages Rory to meet up with a local group who help Rory to realise that labels aren’t for everyone.
Starcrossed in DC – by Jessica Verdi
The President’s bi daughter accidentally makes a public statement saying that she supports his enthusiasm for a harmful bill that will have an atrocious impact on the LGBTQ+ community.
Floating – by Tanya Boteju
Literally no idea what’s happening in this one, but the writing is dreamy.
The Soft Place – by Hillary Monahan
Kimber & Shyanna adore each other but their parents keep them apart. Kimber takes drugs to escape and ends up having a hallucination where she meets a woman at the centre of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.
A Pound of Flesh – by Kosoko Jackson
Years ago, Theo made a deal with the Goddess Aphrodite to keep bringing him back from the dead to life a new life so that he can continue to be with his love, the God Ares.
One Spell Too Many – by Tara Sim
A very, very cute story about a girl named Anna who is a magical baker. Her friend asks her to cast a love spell, but she accidentally gives it to the guy she likes.
Far From Home – by Saundra Mitchell
Wade & River love each other. They’re on the run from someone who wants to catch Wade after discovering he has special abilities.
The Coronation – by Meredith Russo
A very sweet trans fantasy story where the new King and Queen must come to terms with their destiny and decide whether or not they are happy as things are, or if they can risk giving everything up.
Once Upon a Seastorm – by Fox Benwell
A beautifully written magical story set in the same universe as Harry Potter, featuring a trans boy who falls pregnant. Stunning writing.
I think that LGBT teens will be able to read these stories and feel like they are being represented here and that they are valid and loved.