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  • 352 pages
  • PROUD
  • Juno Dawson
  • English
  • 01 March 2015

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PROUDAs if you all didn't tell me this was coming I don't even know you any A stirring bold and moving anthology of stories and poetry by top LGBT YA authors and new talent giving their uniue responses to the broad theme of pride Each story has an illustration by an artist identifying as part of the LGBT community Compiled by Juno Dawson author of THIS BOOK IS GAY and CLEANA celebration of LGBT talent PROUD is a thought provoking funny emotional readContributors Steve Antony Dean Atta Kate Alizadeh Fox Benwell Alex Bertie Caroline Bird Fatti Burke Tanya Byrne Moïra Fowley Doyle Frank Duffy Simon James Green Leo Greenfield Saffa Khan Karen Lawler David Levithan Priyanka Meenakshi Alice Oseman Michael Lee Richardson David Roberts Cynthia So Kay Staples Jessica Vallance Kristen Van Dam and Kameron WhiteFollowing A CHANGE IS GONNA COME winner of the YA BOOK PRIZE SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2018 I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes but all opinions are my own I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did but holy crap this really was a great anthology And this is coming from someone who usually has the hardest time getting into anthologies and reading them fast but I just couldn't put this downAll stories are set in modern day UK with the exception of one set in Ireland and one set in fantasy China Apart from being ueer I feel like they were pretty diverse although I can't help but feel like they could have been One thing I found particularly lacking was the representation of aro and ace and aroace characters There were exactlyzero? unless I missed something and in an otherwise diverse anthology when it comes to sexualities and genders it was very noticeableAll stories come paired up with art The ARC also had them but I don't know if they were all final versions they were also pretty small and had to be zoomed in which of course made the uality suffer but I'm confident in the final version this will be fixed In any case of course I liked some pieces better than others but I'm not going to rate themI changed some of the immediate ratings I gave to each story as I was writing reviews for them which now makes an average of 43 which would be closer to 4 than to 5 Since Goodreads doesn't allow me to give half stars and I didn't feel like this deserves 4 stars I rounded it up Generally speaking this is probably my favorite ueer anthology I've read so far not that I've read many I loved the theme of pride and I loved that there was no ueer pain or even where there was discrimination and hardship it was always challenged and always overcomeI hope this book gets hype because it's really everything it promised to be with the exception of the lack of aroace rep and Here's my individual ratings and reviews ⮚ Dive Bar by Caroline Bird no ratingI've read this three times and I still don't understand it I've never been the best at reading poetry and I've never learned to read it in English so maybe that's why but I just have 0 idea what this is about⮚ Penguins by Simon James Green 5 starsWe've all heard of those gay penguins successfully hatching an egg right? This story was featured here and it follows a gay boy whose coming out to his family is interrupted by people being excited about gay penguins Also prom night I loved the humor and the cuteness in this⮚ On the Run by Kay Staples 45 starsTwo teens won the lottery and are trying to run away As I was reading this I was a bit anxious that they wouldn't get the money but when I realized that of course this would have a happy ending The POV character is trying to figure out their gender identity and we don't know their pronouns I'm only using they here for clarity ⮚ As The Philadelphia ueer Youth Choir Sings Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’ by David Levithan 4 starsThis was very short and mostly just the messy internal monologue of a ueer teen as he sings with his ueer choir and thinks about people in his life I feel like for such a short story a lot of meaning was packed into it and it was cool to see⮚ The Phoenix’s Fault by Cynthia So 45 starsThis was set in a fantasy Chinese setting where dragons and phoenixes are real and symbolize heterosexual marriage The MC owns was chosen by a phoenix and all girls who have one have to go to the Emperor's palace and if her phoenix and the Emperor's dragon choose each other the girl will have to get married to him The MC doesn't want that because she's in love with another girl and I'm not spoiling it but I loved all the symbolism and how fucking gay everything was⮚ Almost Certain by Tanya Byrne 35 starsThis was kind of sad and I felt like it didn't fit much with the other stories It wasn't the ueer pain kind of sad though and I actually really liked the ueer theme in it just not the story itself⮚ The Other Team by Michael Lee Richardson 45This is about an all ueer football team from the perspective of a trans guy who's just joined it I loved how everyone on the team was fleshed out even with so few pages⮚ I Hate Darcy Pemberly by Karen Lawler 5 starsThis is a modern Pride and Prejudice retelling with two lesbians as Lizzie and Darcy I'm not a huge PP fan but I seriously loved this so much that after finishing it I had the biggest smile on my face and I immediately went to watch the PP 2005 movie for the first time because it put me in such a mood I also LOOOOVED what it did with the LydiaWickham storyline Anyway this is easily my absolute favorite out of all these stories⮚ The Courage of Dragons by Fox Benwell 45 starsThis was a story without romance and about a ueer found family DD group who become modern day heroes The protagonist is a trans nonbinary person and he with the help of his group hack the school to genderneutralize it I didn't get all the DD references but it was still cool to read and the plot was my favorite It's also probably the story that made me feel the most sense of pride⮚ The Instructor by Jess Vallance 4 starsI liked this and its writing style a lot but I wish there had been a little balance between the plot driving lessons and the romantic plot line I do understand why it was structured like this though and maybe it's just a matter of wrong expectations from my part Anyway I still loved it and it made me smile so much when I least expected it⮚ Love Poems to the City by Moïra Fowley Doyle 3 starsThe lowest rating out of all these stories even though it's still a good rating I don't know I didn't really connect to it and I felt like it was about a single event legalizing gay marriage and about a city Dublin than about the single people in the story Which might have been the intention of the author I guess but I still didn't find myself caring a lot even though I loved Dublin and it made me nostalgic of the city⮚ How to Come Out as Gay by Dean Atta 5 starsThis was a poem I like how the anthology was bracketed by poems and it's pretty self explanatory if you read it so yeah just look at my rating for it Juno Dawson pulls another dazzler with Proud “Welcome to being LGBT Your life is inherently political Politicians all over the world are still discussing whether or not you should have the same fundamental human rights as straight or cisgender people” Dawson provides a wonderful and emotive forward and introduction reminding us how far things have come in 30 years but also the challenges still faced Including the fact that many LGBT authors and stories have their books banned and challenged Yet these are how many young LGBT people find the language to talk about what they are feeling and who they are these works are so important The introduction felt like a call to action to encourage and support all of the wonderful LGBT authors and writers and to ensure that these books continue to succeed and reach all the people that need them and just those that need to see themselves on a page and know that they are normal and right “If we live in stories it means we live in the real world too We are claiming our space claiming our oxygen” This anthology has a wonderful selection of LGBT authors and writers covering both short stories and poetry who provide the reader with so many different ways to feel proud of who they are covering a wide range of experiences The collection is heart warming engaging sensitive funny powerful and personal and made me proud to be LGBT As with all anthologies there are some contributions that stand out than others For me they would be Penguins by Simon James Green and The Phoenix’s Fault by Cynthia So However I enjoyed all of the contributions and there wasn’t a single on that let the collection down I cannot wait to get a physical copy of this book and dip in and out of the different stories depending on what I need at the time More than that I am going to be tracking down other works from all of these writersOverall 5 stars for Proud and I cannot recommend this highly enough Go out and get it for your shelf get it for friend’s shelf your family’s shelf give it as a gift to everyone Original Review I have just been approved for an ARC copy of this and excited does not sufficiently cover how I am feeling Juno Dawson has never let me down if I see her name attached to a book I have to read it The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I could not be happier to have gotten the chance to review this book in advance This anthology contains twelve short stories and each of this story has an illustration created especially for it The authors and the illustrators are all part of the LGBT community Plus there is also a foreword written by Juno Dawson the author who compiled this entire anthology The hard work put into this book is clear and everyone has done an excellent job In this book there is a good variety of short stories that explore several different parts of the LGBT community I truly believe that this anthology has something to offer to everyone Out of the twelve stories my favourites were Penguins by Simon James Green illustrated by Alice Oseman; The instructor by Jess Vallance illustated by Kate Alizadeh; The other team by Micheal Lee Richardson illustrated by David Roberts If you get a chance get yourself a copy of this beautiful anthology I highly recommend it This is DNF in a good way I'm coming back to it on release as I just can't read ebooks without migraines and I really want to enjoy this oneI am SO EXCITED for thisJust look at the contributors This is going to be another excellent anthologyHaving to read this a little at a time when all I want to do is devour it at once but hey ho my body won't let me so I'll update as I goThe forward had me in tears The introduction had me in tears Someone send tissues pleasePenguins is just adorable and urgh my heart hurts This book is sooooo good I almost cried several times and probably would have shed some actual tears had it not been for me sitting on the subway reading There are just so many beautiful affirmations of the ueer community and the artwork was A Gifted A joyous brilliantly curated collection of short stories highlighting the full range and breadth of LGBT diversity in the UK and Ireland My first publisher event of the year was Stripes’ EualiTea I was excited to be given a copy of LGBT anthology Proud edited by Juno Dawson It’s full of stories art and poems from authors and illustrators who are part of the community including Tanya Byrne Moïra Fowley Doyle David Levithan Simon James Green and many Continue reading this review over on Pretty Books #gifted Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book for free in exchange for an honest review A beautiful and important collection of work I loved almost every piece and the few that I didn't love as much were still moving and important in their own right I recommend this book to everybody who is LGBT or a true ally who wants to support writers and artists who are


About the Author: Juno Dawson

James Dawsonueen of Teen 2014 Juno Dawson is the multi award winning author of six novels for young adults In 2016 she authored the best selling World Book Day title SPOT THE DIFFERENCEHer next novel is the beautiful and emotive MARGOT ME Jan 2017 which will be followed by her adult debut the memoir THE GENDER GAMES Jul 17Juno also wrote the bestselling non fiction guide to life for young LGBT people THIS BOOK IS GAY In 2016 a follow up MIND YOUR HEAD featured everything a young person needs to know about mental healthJuno is a regular contributor to Attitude Magazine Glamour Magazine and The Guardian and has contributed to news items on BBC Women’s Hour Front Row ITV News Channel 5 News This Morning and Newsnight concerning sexuality identity literature and educationJuno’s titles have received rave reviews and have been translated into than ten languages around the worldJuno grew up in West Yorkshire writing imaginary episodes of Doctor Who She later turned her talent to journalism interviewing luminaries such as Steps and Atomic Kitten before writing a weekly serial in a Brighton newspaper In 2015 Juno announced her intention to undergo gender transition and live as a womanJuno writes full time and lives in Brighton In her spare time she STILL loves Doctor Who and is a keen follower of horror films and connoisseur of pop music In 2014 Juno became a School Role Model for the charity STONEWALL