Color Outside the Lines
This modern, groundbreaking YA anthology explores the complexity and beauty of interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships where differences are front and center.When 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

Color Outside the Lines Details

TitleColor Outside the Lines
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 12th, 2019
PublisherSoho Teen
ISBN-139781641290463
Rating
GenreShort Stories, Young Adult, Anthologies, LGBT, Romance

Color Outside the Lines Review

  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Color Outside the Lines is a collection of YA stories celebrating all kinds of love.I was really excited when I first heard of this book, for several reasons. I’ll admit the first reason was the promise of a new story from Adam Silvera, as I’ve been going through withdrawal until his new book comes out next year.But I also really love short stories, and was excited about the idea of a collection focused on stories about interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships. Those relationships are 3.5 stars. Color Outside the Lines is a collection of YA stories celebrating all kinds of love.I was really excited when I first heard of this book, for several reasons. I’ll admit the first reason was the promise of a new story from Adam Silvera, as I’ve been going through withdrawal until his new book comes out next year.But I also really love short stories, and was excited about the idea of a collection focused on stories about interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships. Those relationships are certainly more prevalent in YA fiction than elsewhere, and it’s so great to see them depicted so fairly and so well.This is an interesting collection because the stories aren’t just fiction or romance; some are science fiction, historical fiction, or fantasy. I definitely felt the collection was much heavier on the interracial side than the LGBTQ+ side, which really provided me a different area of focus.As with any story collection, there were ones I absolutely loved, ones I totally didn’t get, and some that were simply good and entertaining. (The Adam Silvera story was adorable but way, way too short for him to get top billing.) The best thing is that many were written by authors with whom I’m unfamiliar, so I’ll get to check their other work out now.Among my favorites were: "Turn the Sky to Petals" by Anna-Marie McLemore, which was about a musician and a dancer both suffering from the physical demands of their talent; "Your Life Matters" by L.L. McKinney, which told of an interracial lesbian couple battling a father with reasonably racist beliefs, with a superhero twist thrown in; "The Coward's Guide to Falling in Love" by Caroline Tung Richmond, about two best friends, and one is trying to get their nerve up to move their friendship to something else; "What We Love" by Lauren Gibaldi, in which two high school students are brought together by their desire to enact revenge on a bigoted classmate; "Five Times Shiva Met Harry" by Sangu Mandanna, about random interactions which could propel a couple to get together or stay apart; and "Sandwiched in Between" by Eric Smith, in which an interracial couple deals with Thanksgiving at both of their houses, and realizes no one is completely innocent of bigotry no matter how well meaning. These stories were thought-provoking and entertaining, and as I've said many times, I'm so glad that YA literature is so willing to explore social issues and the idea that love is love is love. I wish it was like that when I was younger!See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.
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  • CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
    January 1, 1970
    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 for more interracial 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 for more interracial 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 need more of, 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!
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  • Sahitya
    January 1, 1970
    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 McLemore 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 and more pretty 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 ghost 😂😂). And 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 more, 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 anymore, 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 : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • Acqua
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 McLemore - 5 starsThis might be my favorite McLemore 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 copyWhat 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 sillier/more absurd 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 read more from 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 read more of 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).
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 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 story: -Turn the Sky to Petals by Anna-Marie McLemore 3/5 -Prom by Danielle Page 3/5 -What We Love by Lauren Gibaldi 3/5 -Giving Up the Ghost by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas 4/5 -Your Life Matters by L.L. McKinney 3.5/5 -Starlight and Moondust by Lori M. Lee 2/5 -Five Times Shiva Met Harry by Sangu Mandanna 4/5 -The Agony of a Heart’s Wish by Samira Ahmed 4/5 -The Coward’s Guide to Falling in Love by Caroline Tung Richmond 4/5 -Death and the Maiden by Tara Sim 3.5/5 -Faithfull by Karuna Riazi 2/5 -Gilman Street by Michelle Ruiz Keil 3/5 -“The Boy is” by Elsie Chapman 3/5 -Sandwiched in Between by Eric Smith 4/5 -Yuna and the Wall by Lydia Kang 3.5/5 -Something Gay and Magical by Adam Silvera 3/5
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  • USOM
    January 1, 1970
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)It's always challenging to review anthologies, because I wonder if I review the stories, or the anthology as a whole. First off, the concept of this anthology is not only moving, but also so well executed. As Mandanna writes in the introduction, "representation matters" and these stories of relationships that cross borders, families, prejudices, and more are tender and heartfelt. (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)It's always challenging to review anthologies, because I wonder if I review the stories, or the anthology as a whole. First off, the concept of this anthology is not only moving, but also so well executed. As Mandanna writes in the introduction, "representation matters" and these stories of relationships that cross borders, families, prejudices, and more are tender and heartfelt. Within this anthology are stories about superheros, ghosts, resistance, and poisons. They transform in front of your very eyes.full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...
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  • The Nerd Daily
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 need more diverse 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 the more magical. 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 wanting more – and 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 much more!What 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”.
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  • Manon the Malicious
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 Stars*I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Color Outside the Lines is an anthology of short stories"exploring the complexity and beauty of interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships where differences are front and center". The anthology will contain 16 stories, but my review copy only had 14 since this comes out in November. When I rated each story one by one, it gave me an average 4.35 rating which I happily rounded up since I just love the concept of this book *4.5 Stars*I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Color Outside the Lines is an anthology of short stories "exploring the complexity and beauty of interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships where differences are front and center". The anthology will contain 16 stories, but my review copy only had 14 since this comes out in November. When I rated each story one by one, it gave me an average 4.35 rating which I happily rounded up since I just love the concept of this book and definitely think it's an important one too. I really liked most of the story, they were all so different and interesting. They weren't two stories that were alike and I just found this anthology to be so captivating and all around amazing. Story by story reviews: Turn the Sky to Petals by Anna-Marie McLemore: The writing was very Lyrical, it was cute but hard to follow, especially since the characters didn't have names. It didn’t really capture my attention...3.5 StarsTK by Danielle Paige [story forthcoming]What We Love by Lauren GibaldiThat was so very cute. I loved the whole dance thing and the Star Wars references. It was short but didn’t need more.4.5 StarsGiving Up the Ghost by Tarun Shanker and Kelly ZekasThis one was cute and had ghosts. I really loved the main character’s ghost. It felt very short though. 4 StarsYour Life Matters by L.L. McKinneyF/F couple with talk of Black Lives Matter & superheroine. Perfection.5 StarsStarlight and Moondust by Lori M. LeeThis was pretty good, it had nice characters, dragons, a shaman in the woods... But it was pretty hard to focus on... Kinda lyrical, poetic style. I think I have trouble focusing on this kind of style.4 starsFive Times Shiva Met Harry by Sangu MandannaThat was a library romance where Harry educates himself on racism and Shiva has an overbearing dad. It was a fun read.4.5 StarsThe Agony of a Heart’s Wish by Samira AhmedThat was a historical romance between an Irish soldier and an Indian girl. It was a powerful story but too insta-love for me.4.5 Stars. The Coward’s Guide to Falling in Love by Caroline Tung RichmondThat was very good. I felt for her immediately and deeply related with her. I actually almost cried.5 StarsDeath and the Maiden by Tara SimF/F retelling of Persephone and Hades. It was pretty damn great.4.5 StarsFaithfull by Karuna RiaziThis one wasn't bad but I felt like something was missing. The fact that the spacing wasn't right in my file didn’t help...4 StarsGilman Street by Michelle Ruiz KeilI loved this one. It's set in the 80’s. A girl skips school because her best friend abandoned her for her new boyfriend. She ends up in Berkeley and has an unforgettable adventure. Very cute lgbt+ story with lots of bi people.5 stars The Boy Is by Elsie ChapmanThis was a cute story. It's mostly set in a food court. The main character breaks up with her asshole of a boyfriend at the very beginning of the story. I really loved the mc, this story left me wanting more. 4.5 StarsSandwiched in Between by Eric SmithThat story was a Thanksgiving story about a new couple going to both families houses. The have weird ass meals, fights. It was short and fun. 4 Stars Yuna and the Wall by Lydia KangA nice read. I loved the whole quiet and wall thing, but had some trouble fully focusing. By the end, I felt like something was missing.4 Stars TK by Adam Silvera [story forthcoming]
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  • Dany
    January 1, 1970
    Review will be posted closer to the publishing date.Buddy read !*I got the e-copy of this ARC from Edelweiss and Soho teen in exchange of my honest opinion*
  • Anniek
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
  • Nina
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5I don't generally read anthologies or short stories, so this was a treat to read something completely out of my comfort zone. This was a beautiful compilation of stories about love. Love that comes in various forms, colors, shapes, and sizes. I adored the concept of love and friendship transcending cultural and society norms. Reading stories like these give you hope that we can peacefully coexist and support each other despite what we solely see on the outside.With a collection of stories, 3.5/5I don't generally read anthologies or short stories, so this was a treat to read something completely out of my comfort zone. This was a beautiful compilation of stories about love. Love that comes in various forms, colors, shapes, and sizes. I adored the concept of love and friendship transcending cultural and society norms. Reading stories like these give you hope that we can peacefully coexist and support each other despite what we solely see on the outside.With a collection of stories, there are usually going to be some you enjoy more than others. In saying that, there were some stories I truly did not want to end, while others I was okay with moving on from. There were also a couple stories that weren't yet included in the ARC.Overall, I would certainly recommend this book for those looking for inspiring and unique stories of love.Thanks to Goodreads and SoHo Teen for this ARC. All opinions are my own.
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  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    January 1, 1970
    Me, everytime i read an anthology: that's it. they don't work for me. this is the last one.also me: *reads another anthology*WHEN WILL I LEARN?There were a couple stories I loved, the highlight of which is Samira Ahmed's, there were a couple i disliked and the rest of them were just...okay. I don't know. Anthologies always leave me feeling sad because i go in wanting to love them and i just don't.RTC!!
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received a DRC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Color Outside the Lines is an anthology compiled by Sangu Mandanna. Each story features around interracial relationships, whether friendships, family, or partners. There’s a total of 16 stories; however only 14 of those were available in the DRC.Anthologies are challenging to rate because the odds are that a singular person will not connect to all of those stories. Additionally, short story writing is challenging, and Disclaimer: I received a DRC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Color Outside the Lines is an anthology compiled by Sangu Mandanna. Each story features around interracial relationships, whether friendships, family, or partners. There’s a total of 16 stories; however only 14 of those were available in the DRC.Anthologies are challenging to rate because the odds are that a singular person will not connect to all of those stories. Additionally, short story writing is challenging, and anthologies have proven to me over and over again that it takes a certain skill set to be able to write a compelling short story.That said, my personal highlights:“Your Life Matters” by L.L. McKinley: Features an interracial couple, Ari (white) and Candace (black). Ari’s father is a cop who doesn’t understand the Black Lives Matter movement, and this causes some tension in her relationship with Candace. And Candace has a secret–she’s a superhero. I honestly wish that this was a full blown novel, but the short story was very compelling and engaging the whole time.“Gilman Street” by Michelle Ruiz Keil: Set in 1980, I loved the music elements.“The Agony of a Heart’s Wish” by Samira Ahmed: set in the 1920s in India, it’s a look at colonialism in more than one regard.The other stories are definitely all worth a read; I liked others that I didn’t mention here while I didn’t like a couple of them.Overall, this is a worthy addition to the anthology collections that exist in YA.Color Outside the Lines releases November 2019.
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  • Pallavi
    January 1, 1970
    You can read the full, spoiler-free review for this anthology (and a mini review for every story) on my blog here.I received an A.R.C for this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. As an anthology, Color Outside the Lines is phenomenal. The blurb spoke to me from the first time I read it, which is what pushed me to request an ARC in the first place. The foreword by editor Sangu Mandanna further reiterated the very reasons I loved the idea of this book. Representation matters, and You can read the full, spoiler-free review for this anthology (and a mini review for every story) on my blog here.I received an A.R.C for this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. As an anthology, Color Outside the Lines is phenomenal. The blurb spoke to me from the first time I read it, which is what pushed me to request an ARC in the first place. The foreword by editor Sangu Mandanna further reiterated the very reasons I loved the idea of this book. Representation matters, and it matters in every single form.I have found little YA that addresses the finer points, experiences and struggles of interracial relationships. So, to have an anthology that covers a range of different types of interracial relationships – in age, genre, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, and sexuality – was so heartwarming. The stories ranged from 3-star to 5-star for me (hence the overall 4-star rating), which is a really good score for a collection, in my opinion. Overall, this is one of the best collection of short stories I’ve read in a hot minute, and I absolutely cannot wait to read the finished version (including the stories that didn’t get a chance to be a part of the ARC). It’s such a shame I have to wait all the way until November, but if the finished product is as good as this ARC was, then it is well worth the wait!
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    "We won tonight because we saved what we love."(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss. Trigger warning for racism, misogyny, and ableism.)I swarm the stage with the other girls and here is Lourdes, jumping up and down like a circus girl on a pogo stick. She grabs my hand and I jump with her, the mess of our kiss less important than this moment when a tiny powerful woman stands, feet spread wide, and the crowd of boys parts for the shining raging mass of girls.“ "We won tonight because we saved what we love."(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss. Trigger warning for racism, misogyny, and ableism.)I swarm the stage with the other girls and here is Lourdes, jumping up and down like a circus girl on a pogo stick. She grabs my hand and I jump with her, the mess of our kiss less important than this moment when a tiny powerful woman stands, feet spread wide, and the crowd of boys parts for the shining raging mass of girls.“GIRLS TO THE FRONT!” she yells again, and she is pure magic.(“Gilman Street” by Michelle Ruiz Keil)“Shiva,” he said quietly, “it was one conversation. It doesn’t mean I’ve been programmed.” What if he doesn’t want to figure shit out? “Of course you have. We all have. You just don’t notice because the program has been meticulously designed to benefit you.”(“Five Times Shiva Met Harry” by Sangu Mandanna)Anna-Marie McLemore and Adam Silvera are two authors on my (relatively short) insta-read list, making Color outside the Lines a no-brainer for me. Though I was emotionally devastated (!) that Adam Silvera's story was not included in an early ARC of the book, some of the other stories made up for it (okay, almost). In my experience, anthologies tend to be uneven; and, while Color outside the Lines is no exception, I'm happy to report that each story is mildly entertaining at worst.The overarching theme of the collection is YA fiction about interracial relationships, both opposite-sex and LGBTQ. Some of the stories are contemporary fiction, as I expected, but there's a nice mix of historical fiction and fantasy as well. There are some happily ever afters here, while other endings will reduce you to a puddle of tears. A few are...frustratingly ambiguous. (To Elsie Chapman's “The Boy Is," I say: WHY NOT HAVE THEM BOTH?!? Like for real though, they both sound delightful, and it's just toasted cheese and a donut, yo!) Anna-Marie McLemore's “Turn the Sky to Petals” is achingly beautiful and magical; no surprise there! “Five Times Shiva Met Harry” by editor Sangu Mandanna is as charming as it is brief; I'm really looking forward to reading more from her (The Lost Girl just jumped up a few spots on my TBR list). Speaking of new-to-me-authors, Michelle Ruiz Keil's “Gilman Street” is a freaking revelation. Set in 1980s California, and boasting a rad punk vibe, I can only hope “Gilman Street” is just a little taste of what we're in store for with All of Us with Wings, Ruiz Keil's upcoming debut novel. Having just been ghosted by her friend Kelly (for her sleazy BF Ben and his racist friends), Tam skips school and heads down to Berkley, where a chance encounter with a badass drummer named Lourdes changes the course of Tam's life for the better. Spoiler alert: there will be Bikini Kill. I also quite loved “Giving Up the Ghost” by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas. In this world, kids are gifted Ghost Mentors at the age of nine, to help guide them through adolescence - and life, if they so choose. (A Ghost Mentor is mandatory only until one's seventeenth birthday, at which time you may opt to have it removed.) Whereas his parents got a Buddhist monk and a cobbler from Mumbai, Sanjiv got stuck with Ching, a bloodthirsty pirate from the nineteenth century. Her advice, among other things? To re-introduce himself to his childhood crush Addy thusly: "Hi, do you remember me? I’m Sanji and we used to try and glue our hands together in preschool so we wouldn’t be separated at the end of the day—wanna bang?" The story's structure is a countdown to Sanjiv's birthday. Cue: dramatic tension.Samira Ahmed's period piece “The Agony of a Heart’s Wish”, featuring two star-crossed lovers - both victims of British colonialism, circa 1919 - will shred your heart to pieces. Ditto: Lydia Kang's “Yuna and the Wall,” though in a much happier and more hopeful kind of way. Oh, and Lori M. Lee's “Starlight and Moondust”? 110% as ethereal as the title would have you believe. Color outside the Lines is a really fantastic collection, in both concept and execution, and even if romance isn't normally your thing. “Turn the Sky to Petals” by Anna-Marie McLemore - 4/5“What We Love” by Lauren Gibaldi - 3/5“Giving Up the Ghost” by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas - 5/5“Your Life Matters” by L.L. McKinney - 3/5“Starlight and Moondust” by Lori M. Lee - 4/5“Five Times Shiva Met Harry” by Sangu Mandanna - 4/5“The Agony of a Heart’s Wish” by Samira Ahmed - 5/5“The Coward’s Guide to Falling in Love” by Caroline Tung Richmond - 3/5“Death and the Maiden” by Tara Sim - 4/5“Faithfull” by Karuna Riazi - 4/5“Gilman Street” by Michelle Ruiz Keil - 5/5“The Boy Is” by Elsie Chapman - 3/5“Sandwiched in Between” by Eric Smith - 3/5“Yuna and the Wall” by Lydia Kang - 5/5TK from Danielle Paige and Adam Silverahttp://www.easyvegan.info/2019/11/12/...
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  • Nikki Boisture
    January 1, 1970
    YA anthology of stories around romantic relationships outside the White Cis-Het stories that are the most common. It's a lovely addition to the YA romance genre, especially because you don't see a lot of interracial relationships in fiction still. Just like all anthologies of short stores, some stories are stronger than others. The strongest ones are so good it easily makes up for the average ones. I read this as an ARC, and two of the stories (by Adam Silvera and Danielle Paige) haven't been YA anthology of stories around romantic relationships outside the White Cis-Het stories that are the most common. It's a lovely addition to the YA romance genre, especially because you don't see a lot of interracial relationships in fiction still. Just like all anthologies of short stores, some stories are stronger than others. The strongest ones are so good it easily makes up for the average ones. I read this as an ARC, and two of the stories (by Adam Silvera and Danielle Paige) haven't been included yet.
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  • noah
    January 1, 1970
    OVERALL RATING: 4.22 starsTurn the Sky to Petal by Anna-Marie McLemore 4 stars i’ve never read a McLemore story that didn’t feel like being wrapped in silk and sung to sleep by mother nature. Prom by Danielle Paige 4 stars very short but just as equally sweet.What We Love by Lauren Gibaldi 4 stars a jewish girl and an indian boy join forces to get revenge against their bully. this was surprisingly cute with lots of Star Wars references.Giving Up the Ghost by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas 4 OVERALL RATING: 4.22 starsTurn the Sky to Petal by Anna-Marie McLemore 4 stars i’ve never read a McLemore story that didn’t feel like being wrapped in silk and sung to sleep by mother nature. Prom by Danielle Paige 4 stars very short but just as equally sweet.What We Love by Lauren Gibaldi 4 stars a jewish girl and an indian boy join forces to get revenge against their bully. this was surprisingly cute with lots of Star Wars references.Giving Up the Ghost by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas 4 stars i wasn’t sure about this one at first. it takes place in a world where everyone is partnered with a ghost, and i found the MC’s ghost to be really annoying, but it actually turned out to be a pretty fun read.Your Life Matters by L.L. McKinney 5 stars honestly this deserves like 10 million stars. i need a full length novel about this black superhero and her techie gf. i was instantly sucked in and just woah! this was so awesome. vaguely reminded me a bit of Super Human by Nicola Yoon but more bad-ass.Starlight and Moondust by Lori M. Lee 4 stars folktales, rainbows, and dragons. this was pretty cool. it took me a bit to get into the story, but when I did, I found it rather beautiful.Five Times Shiva Met Harry by Sangu Mandanna 5 stars man this was too short! I loved this! Shiva’s dad was so funny and it made me happy that harry wanted to learn about real history instead of white history.The Agony of a Heart’s Wish by Samira Ahmed 5 stars woah this was heavy stuff. A british colonial soldier and a muslim indian girl meet and fall in love immediately. I was gonna give this 4 stars for the nauseating insta-love but that ending was intense.The Cowards’ Guide to Falling in Love by Caroline Tung Richmond 3.5 stars this was not what i expected at all. when they say “coward” they aren’t kidding. this felt really awkward but also really real. the unexpected ending was actually pretty cool.Death and the Maiden by Tara Sim 4 stars this was a sort of Hades and Persephone story except Hades is a woman and Persephone is Parvani, an Indian girl who wants to help her people. It’s gay and so well written. I love Tara Sim’s stories.Faithfull by Karuna Riazi 4 stars this was really nice. The focus was more on family, with the MC getting a new step-dad and adjusting to a different culture and new friends. It also made me hungry with all the talk about food.Gilman Street by Michelle Ruiz Keil 5 stars loved this queer 80’s punk story. it was so fun.“The Boy Is” by Elsie Chapman 4 stars i love stories where the MC breaks away from parental expectations and starts making their own choices so obviously I liked this one!Sandwiched in Between by Eric Smith 4 stars this was really interesting. This interracial couple celebrates thanksgiving together visiting each other’s family. It’s a bit of a disaster, but i think the MCs learn a bit more about themselves and each other.Yuna and the Wall by Lydia Kang 5 stars I love fantasy villages! This was such a cool story with a charming romance. Neither of the character’s races were really mentioned much besides the LI having blue eyes and blond hair and Yuna having the name “Yuna” so I felt like it was a little off the mark of the overall theme of this book.Something Gay and Magical by Adam Silvera 3 stars yeah so i hyped this short story up in my mind so much that reading it was a major let down but reflecting on it, it wasn’t... that bad? this story is super relatable if you are gay and lament the lack of super gay fantasy books in publishing like i do.
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  • faith ✨
    January 1, 1970
    First Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America, and now this? I'm impatiently waiting. And also hoping this one doesn't disappoint (Unlike a certain aforementioned one. . .).
  • Ivy
    January 1, 1970
    I'm in love with almost every author on this lineup, and especially in love with this cover. There are so many good queer books coming out this year, it's super exciting.
  • Shelby Carson
    January 1, 1970
    3.375 StarsI get that number because I rated every single one individually and that was my average. Please don't roast me for being so precise.ARC provided via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewMy first anthology... I have thoughts.First off, I want to talk about how much I loved the theme of this anthology. This anthology follows POC in relationships and where as some stories dealt with the harder side of racial identities, some were purely imaginative and that was something I loved 3.375 StarsI get that number because I rated every single one individually and that was my average. Please don't roast me for being so precise.ARC provided via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewMy first anthology... I have thoughts.First off, I want to talk about how much I loved the theme of this anthology. This anthology follows POC in relationships and where as some stories dealt with the harder side of racial identities, some were purely imaginative and that was something I loved about this anthology. I also liked the diversity of plot lines and characters. Its easy with a love story anthology to have them all sound the same, but to my surprise, every single story in this anthology was unique and I couldn't even compare one to another due to their vast differences. I included all of my individual ratings of each story at the bottom of this review if you're interested to see my individual thoughts.I'll start off talking about my least favorite of the anthology and that was Prom by Danielle Paige. In this story, I found it was far too short for me to connect to any part of the story or characters. The way it was written didn't allow me to and so I just felt disconnected and underwhelmed by this one.My favorite story of this anthology was Five Times Shiva Met Harry by Sangu Mandanna. I LOVED THIS STORY! I may attribute that to me imagining Harry as Harry Styles but even putting that aside, though this story was shorter, I fell in love with these characters and their story. I want a whole book on these two please, thanks. I immediately texted one of my friends telling her all about this, that's how much I loved it.Overall, for my first anthology, I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to picking up more.INDIVIDUAL RATINGSTurn the Sky to Petals by Anna-Marie McLemore - 3 StarsProm by Danielle Paige - 1 StarWhat We Love by Lauren Gibaldi - 2 StarsGiving Up the Ghost by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas - 4 StarsYour Life Matters by L.L. McKinney - 3 StarsStarlight and Moondust by Lori M. Lee - 3 StarsFive Times Shiva Met Harry by Sangu Mandanna - 5 StarsThe Agony of a Heart's Wish by Samira Ahmed - 4 StarsThe Coward's Guide to Falling in Love by Caroline Tung Richmond - 4 StarsDeath and the Maiden by Tara Sim - 4 StarsFaithfull by Karuna Riazi - 3 StarsGilman Street by Michelle Ruiz Keil - 3 Stars"The Boy Is" by Elsie Chapman - 4 StarsSandwiched in Between by Eric Smith - 4 StarsYuna and the Wall by Lydia Kang - 2 StarsSomething Gay and Magical by Adam Silvera - 5 Stars
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  • Bryn Coape-Arnold
    January 1, 1970
    I don't often read anthologies (or short stories for that matter). I prefer my books a little longer so I can really get in to the story. Right from the introduction though, Color Outside the Lines grabbed me and sucked me in - "When people ask me what this anthology is about, I'm often tempted to give them the complicated answer: it's about race, about being different from the person you love - how it can matter and also not matter - and it's about Chinese pirate ghosts, and black girl I don't often read anthologies (or short stories for that matter). I prefer my books a little longer so I can really get in to the story. Right from the introduction though, Color Outside the Lines grabbed me and sucked me in - "When people ask me what this anthology is about, I'm often tempted to give them the complicated answer: it's about race, about being different from the person you love - how it can matter and also not matter - and it's about Chinese pirate ghosts, and black girl vigilantes, and colonial India, and a flower festival, and 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 characters of all colors." (from the introduction by Sangu Mandanna).I mean, how can you not want to read this book after that? What I loved the most was how different all of the stories were; it would have been easy to create an anthology of YA realistic fiction from the last couple of decades but that's exactly what this book isn't and why it's so wonderful. The stories run the gamut from realistic fiction to fantasy to historical fiction and they are so well curated that the transitions never seem jarring nor are they grouped in such a way that you feel the transition from genre to genre. The book flows smoothly from story to story, author to author.Speaking of the stories - to go through each one individually would do the book a disservice. There is something here for everyone and that is part of the beauty of the book. I didn't love each and every story but there were some that left me breathless and wanting more. Some are blatant commentary on biracial relations and relationships and some are more subtle explorations of other types of differences. Some take place in the here and now, while others take place in the past or in a different world entirely. What links them together is the humanity of the characters - their strengths, their fears, their hopes, their love - and that's what kept me reading, story after story.Appropriate for Gr. 6 and up. Some good choices to spark classroom discussions.
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  • Brooke Lorren
    January 1, 1970
    Color Outside the Lines, like most anthologies, has some stories in it that are really good, and some others that are just okay. However, they all have an overall idea to them: the characters are in relationships that are outside the norm.Most of these stories don't have happily-ever-afters. A few end in heartbreak, while many of them are open-ended. I would have probably liked it if more of the stories had ended on a happy note, but that's just a personal preference.In most of these stories, Color Outside the Lines, like most anthologies, has some stories in it that are really good, and some others that are just okay. However, they all have an overall idea to them: the characters are in relationships that are outside the norm.Most of these stories don't have happily-ever-afters. A few end in heartbreak, while many of them are open-ended. I would have probably liked it if more of the stories had ended on a happy note, but that's just a personal preference.In most of these stories, there's a theme of misunderstanding. The characters usually learn to appreciate the other person's culture as they get to know each other. Part of me wonders if this is unrealistic. My husband is outside of my race (which is one of the reasons why I was so excited when I heard this book was going to come out) and it's always been something that is. Outside of things like going to Disneyland and assuming that my husband and kids were their own group and I was by myself, our racial differences have never seemed to be a big deal. I would have liked to have seen more stories like that, but maybe my experience is unique.I loved how the stories were so varied. All sorts of families were represented in Color Outside the Lines. There were families with adoptive children, divorced parents, traditional families. There were stories that take place in contemporary society, stories that took place in the past, and stories that take place in fantasy worlds. This book has something for everyone, and while you may not like all the stories in this book, I think there will be a few here that you'll really like.
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  • Samantha Kappes
    January 1, 1970
    Color Outside the Lines is an anthology of short stories about love despite diversity, and tells stories of love that are intimate, moving, and relatable, while still telling stories of people who aren’t typically featured in literature. We see all different kinds of couples across a multitude of genres- from a black female superheroine who is dating a police officer’s daughter, to a female Hades that has married an Indian bride, to an Irish soldier fighting fort he British who falls for a Color Outside the Lines is an anthology of short stories about love despite diversity, and tells stories of love that are intimate, moving, and relatable, while still telling stories of people who aren’t typically featured in literature. We see all different kinds of couples across a multitude of genres- from a black female superheroine who is dating a police officer’s daughter, to a female Hades that has married an Indian bride, to an Irish soldier fighting fort he British who falls for a Muslim Indian girl through a love of poetry. Some of the stories are weaker than others- but a lot of them, specifically the three mentioned here, are beautiful and charming stories, that make me resentful they’re only short stories. I want more! Each author does an amazing job at featuring the differences of these characters, while reminding the reader that underneath it all, love is the same. The anthology makes sure you see color, and remember that color does matter - but also reminds us of our similarities, and invites you to have compassion for others that are different from you. The short story format left me wanting more- but allowed me to take my time with each one, and take breaks if necessary. I would love to see this book available to more young people, just because I think it could do a lot of good for young people that feel different, alone and unseen-- but honestly, it’s a good read for anyone. Highly recommended, which I don’t typically do. I received an Advanced Reader copy via Goodreads giveaways- this review is an honest representation of my thoughts and opinions of the book.
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  • Izzie
    January 1, 1970
    Turn The Sky To Petals: 2*Prom: 2*What We Love: 3*Giving Up The Ghost: 4*Your Life Matters: 5*Starlight and Moondust: 4*Five Times Shiva Met Harry: 3*The Agony Of A Heart's Wish: 4*The Coward's Guide To Falling In Love: 3*Death And The Maiden: 5*Faithfull: 4*Gilman Street: 3*"The Boy Is": 3*Sandwiched In Between: 3*Yuna And The Wall: 1*Something Gay and Magical: 4*Overall, I'm giving this anthology 3.5 stars. I loved the concept of this anthology, and for the most part I think it was executed Turn The Sky To Petals: 2*Prom: 2*What We Love: 3*Giving Up The Ghost: 4*Your Life Matters: 5*Starlight and Moondust: 4*Five Times Shiva Met Harry: 3*The Agony Of A Heart's Wish: 4*The Coward's Guide To Falling In Love: 3*Death And The Maiden: 5*Faithfull: 4*Gilman Street: 3*"The Boy Is": 3*Sandwiched In Between: 3*Yuna And The Wall: 1*Something Gay and Magical: 4*Overall, I'm giving this anthology 3.5 stars. I loved the concept of this anthology, and for the most part I think it was executed extremely well. Stories of bringing different cultures together, and the high and low moments of the process, was so refreshing to read about. I loved learning about different cultures I knew nothing about, and some that were more familiar. Some of the stories, especially the ones that took myths and magic, were so creative and beautiful that they moved me deeply. But there were quite a few stories that were just average for me, and unfortunately the average ones were more frequent. There really wasn't a story I hated, except one which I just found totally boring. While there were some queer stories, I think this definitely could have used some more queer stories. I was pleasantly surprised that most of the queer stories f/f, which makes a real change. But there was only one m/m story which was disappointing. Overall, I think it's definitely an anthology worth reading, but by the nature of it being an anthology, you're not necessarily going to love every story.
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  • Katie Mac
    January 1, 1970
    I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Anthologies are always tough to rate, but I enjoyed this one more than others I've read recently. I was immediately intrigued by a set of YA short stories about interracial relationships (personal bias), and this one does an admirable job highlighting the nuances and dynamics and the beauty of being in love with someone from a different culture and background. It provides a great deal of hope along with the I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Anthologies are always tough to rate, but I enjoyed this one more than others I've read recently. I was immediately intrigued by a set of YA short stories about interracial relationships (personal bias), and this one does an admirable job highlighting the nuances and dynamics and the beauty of being in love with someone from a different culture and background. It provides a great deal of hope along with the entertainment, and I love how it runs the gamut of genres from fantasy to historical to contemporary.(view spoiler)[Not all of the stories are stellar (for example, What We Love by Lauren Gibaldi--about a Jewish girl and an Indian boy joining together to get revenge on a Mean Blonde Girl--felt like a stereotyped 80s or 90s flick, and I expected more depth from the girl grappling with her mom's newfound faith and community in Faithfull by Karuna Riazi), but here are some standouts:--"Your Life Matters" by L. L. McKinney (if you like secret superheroes)--"The Agony of a Heart's Wish" by Samira Ahmed (if you like historical fiction and gut-punch endings)--"Yuma and the Wall" by Lydia Kang (if you like fantasy villages)--"Something Gay and Magical" by Adam SIlvera (if you like bookstore meet-cutes, though this one was far too short) (hide spoiler)]
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  • Ninoshka
    January 1, 1970
    *This ARC was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*Some of these stories were cute and adorable, some of them were completely wholesome and made me smile, and some of these stories tore my heart out because they were just so sad. I honestly don't know what I was expecting from this book, but all of these short stories came together so wonderfully and I enjoyed every single one of them. They just worked so well. There were even some that I honestly wished were full on novels. *This ARC was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*Some of these stories were cute and adorable, some of them were completely wholesome and made me smile, and some of these stories tore my heart out because they were just so sad. I honestly don't know what I was expecting from this book, but all of these short stories came together so wonderfully and I enjoyed every single one of them. They just worked so well. There were even some that I honestly wished were full on novels. I have to admit that one of my favorite short stories now lies within the pages of this book and I honestly recommend everyone to pick this up. Its just so inclusive of every human being out there that it was honestly so great and refreshing.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review,In this remarkable short-story collection focusing on interracial love stories will make you laugh, cry, and--in several cases--wish that for full-length novels of the protagonists. Enjoy a mix of fantasy and contemporary worlds brought to life, with protagonists you're rooting for from beginning to end, with happy meet-cutes and established couples sorting through the differences between their races and cultures. I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review,In this remarkable short-story collection focusing on interracial love stories will make you laugh, cry, and--in several cases--wish that for full-length novels of the protagonists. Enjoy a mix of fantasy and contemporary worlds brought to life, with protagonists you're rooting for from beginning to end, with happy meet-cutes and established couples sorting through the differences between their races and cultures. Along the way, you'll encounter: an Indian girl who marries Hades; a Chinese boy who can't figure out what he did to get stuck with the ghost of the one pirate ancestor he has; a Black superhero dating a white cop's daughter; a boy who just wants something "gay and magical" at the bookstore; and more."Color Outside the Lines" is be a magical delight for readers of all ages and races.
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  • Traci Wilmoth
    January 1, 1970
    I think books like this are so important. We need as many books as possible where children can see characters like them, in situations like their own lives. In addition reading novels helps us all understand the lives and struggles of people who walk different, equally valuable paths. I am who I am, and I cannot be a different person, but in the world of a book, I can get a wonderful view of life through another person's eyes.This collection of stories by many famous and beloved authors is very I think books like this are so important. We need as many books as possible where children can see characters like them, in situations like their own lives. In addition reading novels helps us all understand the lives and struggles of people who walk different, equally valuable paths. I am who I am, and I cannot be a different person, but in the world of a book, I can get a wonderful view of life through another person's eyes.This collection of stories by many famous and beloved authors is very well-done. I will definitely be ordering a copy to have on my classroom bookshelf.
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    The challenge with all short story collections: how to collectively rate something that contains multiple works from multiple people? I suppose overall I appreciated premise and the variation in story genre and character background, but found a real inconsistency in the quality of the different stories: some of them particularly didn't seem to quite fulfill the need for world-building and a plot/character arc within the short story format, and I found a lot of the endings quite abrupt even when The challenge with all short story collections: how to collectively rate something that contains multiple works from multiple people? I suppose overall I appreciated premise and the variation in story genre and character background, but found a real inconsistency in the quality of the different stories: some of them particularly didn't seem to quite fulfill the need for world-building and a plot/character arc within the short story format, and I found a lot of the endings quite abrupt even when I was enjoying the story.Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the eARC.
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  • Divena
    January 1, 1970
    I have yet to find an anthology I truly adore. There was a decent mix of interracial and LGBTQ love stories. This one had some decent stories and some that didn't quite hold my attention. Buy it was missing that standout short story that makes me want to reread over and over again. I received this book free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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