All Out
Take a journey through time and genres and discover a past where queer figures live, love and shape the world around them. Seventeen of the best young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens. From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain, forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent or an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, All Out tells a diverse range of stories across cultures, time periods and identities, shedding light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten.

All Out Details

TitleAll Out
Author
ReleaseFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherHarlequin Teen
ISBN-139781335470454
Rating
GenreShort Stories, Lgbt, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Anthologies

All Out Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    Rosa was a summer girl, and I was a winter girl, but that fall we made magic. You know, back when I was in my early teens, I once heard this old guy say “there weren’t all these queers around when I was younger”. Oh, but there were, sir. And long long before that, too. All Out is a great fictional companion to last year's Queer, There and Everywhere. While the latter works to uncover the real queer - gay, bi, trans, genderqueer, nonconforming, intersex, asexual - people who have been erased thr Rosa was a summer girl, and I was a winter girl, but that fall we made magic. You know, back when I was in my early teens, I once heard this old guy say “there weren’t all these queers around when I was younger”. Oh, but there were, sir. And long long before that, too. All Out is a great fictional companion to last year's Queer, There and Everywhere. While the latter works to uncover the real queer - gay, bi, trans, genderqueer, nonconforming, intersex, asexual - people who have been erased throughout history, All Out is a collection of fictional stories that puts queer people into the Middle Ages, Victorian era, Gold Rush-era and more, where of course they were all along.Most of these are adventure stories with positive representation. Adversity does rear its head, and some of the stories are a little bloody and unfair, but they nearly all leave us with a sense of hope. Though romance is a common theme throughout, not all the stories are love stories. The authors explore young adults coming to understand and accept themselves, or others, and some who still haven't quite worked it out. "All I'm saying," said Vince, "is we don't need to have ourselves figured out in one night. You know?" The anthology begins and ends with two of my favourites, each with especially lush, evocative writing. Anna-Marie McLemore retells Red Riding Hood with a transgender spin and a 19th-century Mexican setting. As expected from the author of When the Moon Was Ours: A Novel, the writing is gorgeous and the story beautifully-imagined. The last story is by an author I was previously unfamiliar with - Tehlor Kay Mejia - and she writes a dreamy gay romance between two women in 1930s New Mexico.I also particularly enjoyed Elliot Wake's "Every Shade of Red" about a transgender Robin Hood, and "The Inferno & the Butterfly" by Shaun David Hutchinson in which two gay magicians' assistants fall in love, though all of the stories had something important to offer. Nilah Magruder's "And They Don’t Kiss at the End", about a black teenager coming to terms with her asexuality, was another highlight.If anything, I wish the stories could have been a bit more geographically diverse. The vast majority take place in the United States, and there are no stories set outside of North America and Europe. This is not a criticism of any individual story, but rather what I would have liked to see from the anthology as a whole. Still, with so much great writing and imagination in one collection, it is difficult to complain too much.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    does anyone else ever feel as if they won't have a corporeal body until this releases
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    January 1, 1970
    a short story anthologypositive portrayals of LGBTQIA+ characters in historical fictionwritten by LGBTQIA+ authorsI NEEEEED IIIIIIT
  • vic
    January 1, 1970
    holy shitan anthology??? written by LGBTQIA+ authors? with LGBTQIA+ characters in it?hah let's be honest this has been on my wishlist for a concept for years so let's see 'em slay it
  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    VERY excited to be a part of this one, and can't wait to read everyone else's stories!
  • Sarah is back to reading!
    January 1, 1970
    My queer ass is so excited.
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    January 1, 1970
    I AM THE LUCKIEST MOTHERFUCKER ALIVE!!!!
  • sofia (sam willows)
    January 1, 1970
    i... got... AN ARC !!!!! brb when finish screaming
  • Haley
    January 1, 1970
    Tess Gratton, Natalie Parker, AND Elliot Wake in one anthology??
  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    I just requested this book on NetGalley and then I realized that Mackenzi Lee has a short story in here???? I needed this yesterday
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Harlequin Books for the ARC of this collection of short stories! I was so excited to receive it and to read it before it's even released!I definitely liked some of these stories more than others, but on the whole this is a great compilation. Stories from different cultures and time periods, about teens with a variety of identities. Burnt Umber by Mackenzi Lee, about a 1600's painters apprentice who struggles with his feelings for the male model the group is to sketch, was among my favo Thank you Harlequin Books for the ARC of this collection of short stories! I was so excited to receive it and to read it before it's even released!I definitely liked some of these stories more than others, but on the whole this is a great compilation. Stories from different cultures and time periods, about teens with a variety of identities. Burnt Umber by Mackenzi Lee, about a 1600's painters apprentice who struggles with his feelings for the male model the group is to sketch, was among my favourites. Every Shade of Red by Elliot Wake, a re-telling of Robin Hood from the point of view of a young, gay, Will Scarlet is another highlight. I truly enjoyed this collection and wished some were longer!
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  • Brittani
    January 1, 1970
    As with all anthologies, there were some hits and misses with this anthology, but the hits far out number the misses and I'm so glad that this is an anthology that exists. Before I finished reading it I had already placed an order for my library because it's going to be so important for teenagers to see themselves and others like them in this anthology. My favorites included: Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore, Burnt Umber by Mackenzi Lee, Molly's Lips by Dahlia Adler, The Girl with the Blue Lantern by As with all anthologies, there were some hits and misses with this anthology, but the hits far out number the misses and I'm so glad that this is an anthology that exists. Before I finished reading it I had already placed an order for my library because it's going to be so important for teenagers to see themselves and others like them in this anthology. My favorites included: Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore, Burnt Umber by Mackenzi Lee, Molly's Lips by Dahlia Adler, The Girl with the Blue Lantern by Tess Sharpe, and The Inferno and the Butterfly by Shaun David Hutchinson - although I greatly enjoyed many more of the stories as well. If you're a fan of anthologies, this is one you don't want to miss.I was provided a free copy of this on Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ines
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this anthology. It's very nice to read about queer teens throughout history. Some of my favourite stories are Burnt Umber by Mackenzi Lee, New Year by Malinda Lo, Every Shade of Red by Elliot Wake, The Girl with the Blue Lantern by Tess Sharpe and The Inferno and the Butterfly by Shaun David Hutchinson. And there are more stories in there that I liked. I flew through this book and highly reccomend it.
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  • Josh H.
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely LOVED this book. It’s a treasure being able to read stories of queer characters scattered throughout history. It shows that queer people have always existed, despite some suggesting otherwise. Many thanks to Harlequin Canada for the advance copy. Hoping to write a longer review later.
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  • Najwa Aslam
    January 1, 1970
    I had so much fun reading this. There were some amazing stories in here that really educated me on teens on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. I discovered some authors whose other works I want to explore. I highly recommend everyone to pick this up since this was just a wonderful anthology. 4/5 stars.
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  • Riannon
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsreview to come
  • Rosie
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a lovely little collection! I really enjoyed reading it, and I can’t wait for it to be released so everyone can experience it. Review to come!
  • M.
    January 1, 1970
    A good read!
  • Ruth
    January 1, 1970
    I want to write a more complete review shortly, but I absolutely loved this anthology!
  • Kathryn Kania
    January 1, 1970
    reviewed for SLJ
  • Mikaela
    January 1, 1970
    WOW LGBT ANTHOLOGY THIS IS EVERYTHING I EVER NEEDED
  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I don't usually read anthologies (they're not my thing) but I may make an exception for this because HELL TO THE FUCKING YES
  • Inside My Library Mind
    January 1, 1970
    OMG THE AUTHORS
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