Unbroken
A YA Anthology of short stories featuring disabled teens, written by #OwnVoices disabled authors. The stories reflect a range of genres and disabilities; contributors include bestselling authors Kody Keplinger and Francisco X. Stork, as well as newcomers Fox Benwell, Keah Brown, and more.

Unbroken Details

TitleUnbroken
Author
ReleaseSep 18th, 2018
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN-139780374306502
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Short Stories, Anthologies, Contemporary, Disability

Unbroken Review

  • Corinne
    January 1, 1970
    I've got a story in this one! In the ARC it's called "One, Two, Three" but in the final edition it'll be titled "A Curse, A Kindness."It's my first queer autistic character, and probably the fluffiest YA story/novel I've written to date.I am absurdly excited about this anthology. <3
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    rating this a five because some asshole 1-starred, as usualbut basically, Marieke Nijkamp, Dhonielle Clayton, Corinne Duyvis, Heidi Heilig, and Kody Keplinger. And it's ALL ownvoices!!
  • Lala BooksandLala
    January 1, 1970
    need. this. now.
  • Aila
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful cover, and beautiful stories! While all the authors are disabled, I’m not 100% sure their characters follow the exact disability. Either way, I love the intersections of the characters and the vast range of writing styles. A more comprehensive review with opening lines will follow. While I’m giving each individual story a rating for my own notes, this whole book was a solid four from me and I highly recommend the anthology! Quick representation notes: (many of the disabilities are not Beautiful cover, and beautiful stories! While all the authors are disabled, I’m not 100% sure their characters follow the exact disability. Either way, I love the intersections of the characters and the vast range of writing styles. A more comprehensive review with opening lines will follow. While I’m giving each individual story a rating for my own notes, this whole book was a solid four from me and I highly recommend the anthology! Quick representation notes: (many of the disabilities are not labeled, so I will include descriptions!)1. The Long Road - historical fiction featuring a Chinese heroine with a mental disability. Lovely family dynamics. Wish it were longer, but loved the message! 3 stars2. Britt and the Bike God - super cute, contemporary story following a blind biker and her attraction to this fast POC biker. M/f ship. 4 stars3. The Leap and the Fall - haunting and eerie contemporary following a girl in a wheelchair and her friend who leads her to an abandoned carnival. F/f ship. 5 stars4. Per Aspera Ad Astra - exciting sci-fi where a girl with anxiety has to deal with an intergalactic war, when in fact maybe her coding can turn the tides. 5 stars. I loved this one!5. Found Objects - the more I think about this one, the more I really like it. A latinx narrator (their gender is never specified) leads a second person POV of their passion for theater and the magic they create from their idiopathic pain. They use a cane as well. 4.5 stars - it was so unique and gripping.6. Plus One - this one follows the spiritual journey of a Muslim girl undergoing her hajj, or pilgrimage. Along the trip comes “It,” a presence that causes her emotional, mental, and physical symptoms. How will It affect her journey? 3 stars7. The Day the Dragon Came - reads like a fantasy, where a crippled girl who uses a cane dreams of escaping the city she lives in, while a carpenter boy (I believe he is trans) helps the city he loves build a pillar for a dragon to come. I also loved this one - it’s so sweet and has great plot elements despite being a short story. M/f ship. 5 stars8. Captain, My Captain - follows a Latino boy who moved from Mexico for a better life but starts hearing a voice - Captain America - in his head that starts dictating his actions. Super interesting, and I wish we got to see more! 4 stars9. Dear Nora James, You Know Nothing About Love - contemporary story about a black girl with irritable bowel disorder who writes a love column, despite never being in a romantic relationship. Honestly I related to Nora James so much. It has super cute vibes from start to finish. 4 stars10. A Play in Many Parts - refreshing writing told through narration and screenplay. Could be a bit confusing at times, which is why I think readers will be conflicted. But I for one really enjoyed this theater outlook on the play Doctor Faustus and how to emanate his character. Follows a non binary mc who has chronic pain. 4 stars11. Ballad of Weary Daughters - sweet and quiet contemporary following a girl who has way too much responsibility on her shoulders taking care of her siblings and finding solace with a beautiful and supportive Cuban girl. F/f ship. Mc is biracial (half Native American) and has bipolar II disorder. 3.5 stars12. Mother Nature - really cool contemporary where a girl with cerebral palsy gets back at her high school bullies by using her mysterious powers of nature. Definitely a story I want more of. Really awesome sibling dynamics are featured. 4 stars13. One, Two, Three (will be renamed in final version) - magical contemporary where an autistic girl gets cursed to grant three wishes of people who are kind to her. This next girl though, is ready to find a way to free her from this curse. Super cute f/f ship and satisfying ending. 4 starsSome Trigger Warnings to note: self harm, manipulation, abusive relationship, anxiety, mention of panic attack, misgendering
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  • Yiling
    January 1, 1970
    1. The Long Road by Heidi Heilig - 3 starsOk overall - a lot of setup and but not much occurred 2. Britt and the Bike God by Kody Keplinger - 4 starsCute!! - If you like Kody's other work (like The DUFF), you'll enjoy this story.3. The Leap and the Fall by Kayla Whaley - 3 stars~Creepy~4. Per Aspera Ad Astra by Katherine Locke - 3 stars5. Found Objects by William Alexander - 2 starsTbh I'm not too sure what happened6. Plus One by Karina Piazi - 2 stars7. The Day The Dragon Came by Marieke Nijkam 1. The Long Road by Heidi Heilig - 3 starsOk overall - a lot of setup and but not much occurred 2. Britt and the Bike God by Kody Keplinger - 4 starsCute!! - If you like Kody's other work (like The DUFF), you'll enjoy this story.3. The Leap and the Fall by Kayla Whaley - 3 stars~Creepy~4. Per Aspera Ad Astra by Katherine Locke - 3 stars5. Found Objects by William Alexander - 2 starsTbh I'm not too sure what happened6. Plus One by Karina Piazi - 2 stars7. The Day The Dragon Came by Marieke Nijkamp - 3 stars8. Captain, My Captain by Francisco X. Stork - 3.5 stars9. Dear Nora James, You know Nothing About Love by Dhonielle Clayton - 4.5 starsthis was cute!!10. A Play in Many Parts by Fox Benwell - 2 starsehh not for me11. Ballad of Weary Daughters by Kristine Wyllys - 2 stars12. Mother Nature's Youngest Daughter by Keah Brown - 2 stars13. One, Two, Three by Corienne Duyvis - 4.5 stars
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  • Monique
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t know I was waiting for this, but I so was. Finally, protagonists with a disability! 13 stories, so there must be a lot of diversity... I seriously can’t wait!!!!!! ((I know it’s bad but I’m really hoping autoimmune disease and/or dysautonomia are featured, especially how the stigma affects you; that it’s all in your head, you can get no medical care at all, etc. I know that’s probably not gonna happen and that’s ok, I’ll write it myself one day))ALSO WHO DARES TO GIVE THIS ONE STAR????? I didn’t know I was waiting for this, but I so was. Finally, protagonists with a disability! 13 stories, so there must be a lot of diversity... I seriously can’t wait!!!!!! ((I know it’s bad but I’m really hoping autoimmune disease and/or dysautonomia are featured, especially how the stigma affects you; that it’s all in your head, you can get no medical care at all, etc. I know that’s probably not gonna happen and that’s ok, I’ll write it myself one day))ALSO WHO DARES TO GIVE THIS ONE STAR?????? This book is not published, there’s not even a cover and there are 13 DIFFERENT authors. The only common thing is disability, and if you don’t like that WELL I DON’T BLOODY LIKE IT EITHER BECAUSE IT IS A LIVING HELL.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    As a young person with a disability themselves, I am so glad this exists. I cannot wait to read this and I need it NOW.
  • Teddy Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Holy shit holy shit holy shit, a book of MULTIPLE STORIES about DISABLED TEENS?????? I'm literally sitting in the library rn crying of disbelief & happiness, I cannot WAIT for this!!!!!!!
  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent book of short stories for the Y.A market. Only one story i didn't care for (never set a table for 13, but i guess that was the point.) Some of these i don't think of capital D disabled, but are shown to clearly be crippling. Much of this book is designed to open eyes, and some is to challenge the reader. Fortunately are are well written, even the one i didn't like.This was a NetGalley.com advanced reader
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  • Brooke
    January 1, 1970
    I'm putting this on hold for now but I'm planning to pick it back up in the near future.
  • alex
    January 1, 1970
    i n e e d t h i s(five- starring bc people are one-starring for no reason)
  • Ava
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars because a bunch of people gave it 1 star :( haven't actually read it yet
  • Marilla
    January 1, 1970
    It's hard to put a star rating on an anthology. Some of the stories were really good, and some just didn't hold my attention, so take this rating with a saltshaker.I appreciated from the moment I heard about it how there was an anthology of stories solely focused on teens with disabilities, but not that their disabilities were the entire plot. (Honestly, I sort of freaked out from excitement when my email told me I won it.) I also liked how the disability wasn't the only unique part about them. It's hard to put a star rating on an anthology. Some of the stories were really good, and some just didn't hold my attention, so take this rating with a saltshaker.I appreciated from the moment I heard about it how there was an anthology of stories solely focused on teens with disabilities, but not that their disabilities were the entire plot. (Honestly, I sort of freaked out from excitement when my email told me I won it.) I also liked how the disability wasn't the only unique part about them. Kids with disabilities can be LGBT and POC and have their own interests and quirks, but so often authors just dole out one thing per character to make them "different" from the stupid white, cis-het, able-bodied default. "Oh, this one is the lesbian, this one is dyslexic, this one is Latina." Shannon Hale, in a blog post once, wrote about how "we (in the US) easily accept a certain kind of character as Neutral. Neutral is white, male, able-bodied, straight, not too young (in children's) and not too old (in adult), and not especially extraordinary in any way." And then she talked about how many "steps" she took her characters away from them and how it made people uncomfortable when Shannon was just making people real.But people are more than just one thing and while it's sad this needs to be celebrated and isn't just how things ARE, I am celebrating this book for its diversity.So now onto the actual stories, which I shall go through one at a time.THE LONG ROAD by Heidi HeiligNot much happened...?BRITT AND THE BIKE GOD by Kody KeplingerUpon reading the title, I assumed they meant "bike" as in "motorcycle" but when it turned out to be actual bikes, everything improved. I liked how Britt found ways to keep biking and how everyone was helping her and that she was actually a really good biker. (I bike too, but there's no way I could handle 50 miles or even 20.)THE LEAP AND THE FALL by Kayla WhaleyThis one was creepy but I liked it. Eloise was very good at thinking in the heat of the moment and bore everything insanely well and managed to get through it all. I was very impressed.PER ASPERA AD ASTRA by Katherine LockeI really liked this one! Tech genius Lizzie braved her anxiety to go to the place where the computers were sourced to fix the shield as they were being attacked? I was thrown right into the middle of the action and this author did a good job of making me feel absorbed in a short amount of pages and getting all the necessary background. Ros was very sweet and helpful to Lizzie as she did her genius work. One of my favorite stories.FOUND OBJECTS by William AlexanderI liked the whimsical magic. Someone could play music to make things happen, another danced, they could talk to the dead on their cell phones. The MC used their chronic pain to make things.PLUS ONE by Karuna RiaziI don't know why other reviewers don't like this one! I did. Hafsah battles her It and goes on hajj (which I found interesting in and of itself) and the ending was very satisfying. I liked the writing style here too? Apart from being a little rambly. But it was a good story?THE DAY THE DRAGON CAME by Marieke NijkampI didn't really see a plot and I wished there was, you know, an actual dragon, but it was okay. A little disappointed by the ending.CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN by Francisco X StorkIt was eh. I like how the situation/world the main character lived in was built through little observations and connections inside the MC's head. That was well done.DEAR NORA JAMES, YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT LOVE by Dhonielle ClaytonIt was cute. Marcus was cute too. That's all I really have to say about it.A PLAY IN MANY PARTS by Fox BenwellI could not even wrap my head around this. I'm sorry. I don't know what happened at all.BALLAD OF WEARY DAUGHTERS by Kristine WyllysThis one was sad and touching and I liked it even though there was not a plot. It was a small heavy piece of story.MOTHER NATURE'S YOUNGEST DAUGHTER by Keah BrownEh. It did nothing for me.ONE, TWO, THREE by Corinne Duyvis (to be called A CURSE, A KINDNESS in the final version)I was excited for this story coming in because Corinne Duyvis and it was a good story to end the anthology on (it helped that I was anticipating throughout the entire book, I guess?) But anyway it absolutely did not disappoint and was probably my favorite story in here. The ending was bittersweet but happy and I connected with Sienna's tapping and being bugged by the organization of the bookshelves and trying to be casual when really you just wanted to be friends with the other person but being nervous about it. (But mostly the tapping of fingers because I DO THAT and Sienna's fidgets are my fidgets and it hit me harder than I realized to see someone like me in a book when I hadn't realized I'd been missing it before.In Summary: LOTS of diversity and disability rep and a Very Important book. Some of the stories were really good! Would recommend to just about anyone, because anthologies have lots of different things to offer.
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  • Brandi
    January 1, 1970
    This collection of stories all feature teens with various disabilities. As an added bonus these stories are #ownvoices. As with any anthology this one has some great stories and some that this reader didn't connect with. Regardless, the level of representation in this collection for teens with disabilities makes it a must purchase for high school libraries. Highly recommended. Standouts: The Leap and the Fall by Kayla Whaley was a standout story that was part love story, part horror tale complet This collection of stories all feature teens with various disabilities. As an added bonus these stories are #ownvoices. As with any anthology this one has some great stories and some that this reader didn't connect with. Regardless, the level of representation in this collection for teens with disabilities makes it a must purchase for high school libraries. Highly recommended. Standouts: The Leap and the Fall by Kayla Whaley was a standout story that was part love story, part horror tale complete with an abandoned carnival, ghost possession, and tarot cards. I loved it. One, Two, Three by Corinne Duyvis was another beautiful story about a girl who freezes during a pivotal moment as a child and fails to take action, in her defense, she had just experienced a traumatic event and is on the autism spectrum. In return she is cursed to grant three wishes for anyone who does her a kindness, no matter how small. After years of living a solitary life and trying to avoid kindness from strangers at all costs, she meets a girl and they fall in love. As an additional plus both of these stories as well as a number of the others feature LGBTQ+ characters. Starred Ratings for Each Story:The Long Road by Heidi Heilig 3 starsBritt and the Bike God by Kody Keplinger 4 starsThe Leap and the Fall by Kayla Whaley 4.5 starsPer Aspera Ad Strata by Katherine Locke 4 starsFound Objects by William Alexander 3 starsPlus One by Karuna Riazi 2 starsThe Day the Dragon Came by Marieke Nijkamp 3 starsCaptain, My Captain by Francisco S. Stork 3 starsDear Nora James, You Know Nothing About Love 4 starsA Play in Many Parts by Fox Benwell 4 starsThe Ballad of Weary Daughters by Kristine Wyllys 4 starsMother Nature's Youngest Daughter 2.5 starsOne, Two, Three by Corinne Duyvis 4.5 stars
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher.This was diverse. It was intersectional. It was an Own Voices collection. And it was great to read stories where individuals with disabilities are portrayed positively and actively and normally. As with any short story collection, some stories will be more engaging to certain readers than others. (One of the things that makes these hard to shop during Reader’s advisory interactions.) For me, someone who lives daily with a fairly severe healing impairme ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher.This was diverse. It was intersectional. It was an Own Voices collection. And it was great to read stories where individuals with disabilities are portrayed positively and actively and normally. As with any short story collection, some stories will be more engaging to certain readers than others. (One of the things that makes these hard to shop during Reader’s advisory interactions.) For me, someone who lives daily with a fairly severe healing impairment (and never gets a great HH or deaf character in a book because they are always written by hearing authors) really missed that in this anthology.This is going to speak to a certain population of teen readers. It’s going to make a difference. And it’s a strong short story collection to add to a Teen or YA library collection.
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  • Christine Brunt
    January 1, 1970
    I will write a more comprehensive review closer to the anthology’s expected release date in September. For now, here is my star rating for each short story. My average star rating was 2.46 stars. I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher via NetGalley.The Long Road - 3 starsBritt and the Bike God - 4 starsThe Leap and the Fall - 1 starPer Aspera Ad Astra - 2 starsFound Objects - 1 starPlus One - 2 starsThe Day the Dragon Came - 1 starCaptain, My Captain - 2 starsDear Nora James, You I will write a more comprehensive review closer to the anthology’s expected release date in September. For now, here is my star rating for each short story. My average star rating was 2.46 stars. I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher via NetGalley.The Long Road - 3 starsBritt and the Bike God - 4 starsThe Leap and the Fall - 1 starPer Aspera Ad Astra - 2 starsFound Objects - 1 starPlus One - 2 starsThe Day the Dragon Came - 1 starCaptain, My Captain - 2 starsDear Nora James, You Know Nothing About Love - 4 starsA Play in Many Parts - 1 starBallad of Weary Daughters - 3 starsMother Nature’s Youngest Daughter - 3 starsOne, Two, Three - 5 stars
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    Like many short story collections, there are the fantastic and the flops (personally) for short stories, especially when it comes to speculative short stories that take a lot of brain power to try to figure out. I'm not becoming a super-fan of Dhonielle Clayton and I found her short story fabulously positive and well-written, likewise I also enjoyed the romance and biking (don't see much biking in YA) in "Britt and the Bike God". Can't wait to share the stories with students and staff with a ran Like many short story collections, there are the fantastic and the flops (personally) for short stories, especially when it comes to speculative short stories that take a lot of brain power to try to figure out. I'm not becoming a super-fan of Dhonielle Clayton and I found her short story fabulously positive and well-written, likewise I also enjoyed the romance and biking (don't see much biking in YA) in "Britt and the Bike God". Can't wait to share the stories with students and staff with a range of characters and storylines in between though as a collection "starring disabled teens" I found myself distracted in reading the story by trying to suss out the disability of the character rather than simply enjoying the storytelling and character development.
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  • Rece Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    I won an ARC of this through a Goodreads giveaway, and was excited because it was on my list of anticipated releases this year. The representation in this book are great, the thing that caused me to lower ratings on each story was the writing style used which could make them flow beautifully or require numerous rereading of the same paragraph before moving on.Average Rating: 3.5/5The Long Road- 3.5/5Britt and the Bike God- 4/5The Leap and the Fall- 4/5Per Aspera and Astra- 3/5Found Objects- 3.25 I won an ARC of this through a Goodreads giveaway, and was excited because it was on my list of anticipated releases this year. The representation in this book are great, the thing that caused me to lower ratings on each story was the writing style used which could make them flow beautifully or require numerous rereading of the same paragraph before moving on.Average Rating: 3.5/5The Long Road- 3.5/5Britt and the Bike God- 4/5The Leap and the Fall- 4/5Per Aspera and Astra- 3/5Found Objects- 3.25/5Plus One- 2/5The Day the Dragon Came- 2.5/5Captain, My Captain- 4.25/5Dear Nora James, You Know Nothing About Love- 5/5A Play in Many Parts- 3.25/5Ballad of Weary Daughters- 3/5Mother Nature's Youngest Daughter- 3.25/5One, Two, Three- 4.75/5
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  • Jenni Frencham
    January 1, 1970
    Nijkamp, Marieke. Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018This is a collection of #ownvoices stories featuring teens with various disabilities. The stories are intersectional as well, featuring queer teens, teens of color, etc. etc. The stories span a wide variety of genres, lengths, and styles. Highly recommended addition to most public and high school libraries.Recommended for: teensRed Flags: noneOverall Rating: 4/5 starsRead Alikes: All Out: The No Longer Nijkamp, Marieke. Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018This is a collection of #ownvoices stories featuring teens with various disabilities. The stories are intersectional as well, featuring queer teens, teens of color, etc. etc. The stories span a wide variety of genres, lengths, and styles. Highly recommended addition to most public and high school libraries.Recommended for: teensRed Flags: noneOverall Rating: 4/5 starsRead Alikes: All Out: The No Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages; A Thousand Beginnings and EndingsI received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley for the purpose of review.
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  • Destiny Bridwell
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this for a fair and honest review. I love reading anthologies. It allows one to hear from many different voices with some common theme. In a world where we need more diverse book this book is welcomed. It is 13 stories of disabled teens. That is not something that you will find much for no one really wants to talk about it. I am glad that I came across this book. I mean it has it issues but not enough where I could not finish it. I this is was a brave and bold choice and enj I received a copy of this for a fair and honest review. I love reading anthologies. It allows one to hear from many different voices with some common theme. In a world where we need more diverse book this book is welcomed. It is 13 stories of disabled teens. That is not something that you will find much for no one really wants to talk about it. I am glad that I came across this book. I mean it has it issues but not enough where I could not finish it. I this is was a brave and bold choice and enjoyed the stories. Something I will definitely will read again when I need to be inspired. 
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    In this entire collection, I only came across one story I just felt 'meh' about, and that is a great ratio. These are stories about characters with disabilities and the authors and characters are incredibly diverse. Hooray! The disabilities are varied and include physical, emotional, and mental. The stories encourage the reader to think outside of the little boxes we fit people in.My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    This is a GREAT collection of short stories! When I began reading it as an advanced copy, the subtitle was not visible, so I kept thinking, "How neat that all the kids have some sort of issue." (duh) I liked all the theater relations, and I particularly liked the futuristic teen with severe anxiety. I think we assume that at some point we will have all problems of a mental or physical disability solved in the future.
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  • Rach
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Got to support #OwnVoices (Each author identifies as disabled along a physical, mental, or neurodiverse axis—and their characters reflect this diversity.)*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley!Average Rating: 2.9 starsThere is a mix of types of stories, from fantasy to contemporary, even a science fiction & a horror one. Also appreciated the diversity of the characters. Decent collection that should have at least one story that appeals to each reader.1. The Lon Got to support #OwnVoices (Each author identifies as disabled along a physical, mental, or neurodiverse axis—and their characters reflect this diversity.)*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley!Average Rating: 2.9 starsThere is a mix of types of stories, from fantasy to contemporary, even a science fiction & a horror one. Also appreciated the diversity of the characters. Decent collection that should have at least one story that appeals to each reader.1. The Long Road by Heidi Heilig - ★★★☆☆2. Britt and the Bike God by Kody Keplinger - ★★★★★-OMG this story was the best - LOVED it!!!3. The Leap and the Fall by Kayla Whaley - ★★★★☆-Creepy!!!4. Per Aspera Ad Astra by Katherine Locke - ★★★☆☆Cool science fiction story 5. Found Objects by William Alexander - ★★☆☆☆-strange...6. Plus One by Karuna Riazi - ★★☆☆☆ 7. The Day the Dragon Came by Marieke Nijkamp - ★★★☆☆8. Captain, My Captain by Francisco X. Stork - ★★★☆☆9. Dear Nora James, You Know Nothing About Love by Dhonielle Clayton - ★★☆☆☆-I wanted a better ending than that.....10. A Play in Many Parts by Fox Benwell - ☆☆☆☆☆-DNF; this was not for me. I was so confused by the format too. 11. Ballad of Weary Daughters by Kristine Wyllys - ★★★☆☆12. Mother Nature’s Youngest Daughter by Keah Brown - ★★★☆☆-Great short story with a fantasy element 13. One, Two, Three by Corinne Duyvis - ★★★★★-OMG this was adorable.
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  • Keah
    January 1, 1970
  • Arlen
    January 1, 1970
    Unbrokenby Marieke NijkampPub Date: 18 Sep 2018 Thanks to netgalley.com for access to this bookThis is a hot topic for our YA readers - diversity... finding oneself in society. "Unbroken" will surely fill this need. In addition to disabilities, subjects of race, sexuality, and nationality all play a part in these stories. I only gave it 3 instead of 5 stars, however, because there were some stories I found myself plodding through instead of absorbing. Suffice it to say that there is some really Unbrokenby Marieke NijkampPub Date: 18 Sep 2018 Thanks to netgalley.com for access to this bookThis is a hot topic for our YA readers - diversity... finding oneself in society. "Unbroken" will surely fill this need. In addition to disabilities, subjects of race, sexuality, and nationality all play a part in these stories. I only gave it 3 instead of 5 stars, however, because there were some stories I found myself plodding through instead of absorbing. Suffice it to say that there is some really great storytelling in here, and some that are 'meh.' I do think the book should be given a chance because the disabilities are diverse - although sometimes difficult to decipher. I suppose that's purposeful in some ways, since we don't always blatantly know what's going on in others' lives.The first two stories grabbed me right away, and I found myself looking forward to the whole book: "The Long Road" (good characters and believable ending) and "Britt and the Bike God" (multi-leveled story with a non-human character element -- I can't explain further without a spoiler). I also really enjoyed "The Day the Dragon Came," "Dear Nora James, You Know Nothing about Love," and "Ballad of Weary Daughters." However, the fantasy-based stories didn't work for me; they're just not my genre of interest: "The Leap and the Fall," "Found Objects," and "Mother Nature's Youngest Daughter." Yet in spite of elements of fantasy - I'll call it wishful thinking instead - making it into my top 3 is "One, Two, Three" because of the deep thoughtfulness into which the author brought the characters. "Per Aspera Ad Astra" realistically portrayed school anxiety. I enjoyed the main character in "Captain, My Captain," but the story was one of my mehs, and I'm on the fence about "Plus One."With 13 stories, one's bound to be a miss instead of a hit; I found this to be true for "A Play in Many Parts." For me, it was a DNR (a 'did not read'). I couldn't wrap my head around the format enough to understand the story, plot, or message. This is one story that maybe someone can help me to understand.
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  • Heidi Heilig
    January 1, 1970
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