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ARC Review: Out Now: Queer We Go Again! (May 26)

Happy Monday and happy Memorial Day! Tomorrow is the start of the summer semester for me, so I’m just doing some chores and getting ready for the week.

Out Now: Queer We Go Again is a follow up to the All Out anthology, and this one is edited by Saundra Mitchell, featuring 17 stories by queer YA authors (in order of appearance): Candice Montgomery, Caleb Roehrig, Eliot Schrefer, CB Lee, Will Kostakis, Mark Oshiro, Julian Winters, Kate Hart, Katherine Locke, Jessica Verdi, Tanya Boteju, Hillary Monahan, Kosoko Jackson, Tara Sim, Saundra Mitchell, Meredith Russo, and Fox Benwell. It will be released on May 26, and you can preorder it using the following links (ebook or hardcover) or from your favorite retailer: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository, IndieBound.

This was a great and diverse anthology of short stories with lots of queer rep across the spectrum. Several of the stories definitely resonated with me, and for the most part, the writing styles are all easy to understand. As is the case when there are many authors involved, there were some stories that I didn’t enjoy as much. Additionally, because of the very short nature of these stories, sometimes it felt like the plots were cut off or the characters weren’t well developed, leaving me wanting more. However, because they’re so short, they make for very easy and casual reads. My favorites were What Happens in the Closet by Caleb Roehrig and One Spell Too Many by Tara Sim.

Overall, it is a beautiful collection that introduced me to a bunch of new authors. The representation in these stories is really what stood out for me, and I think it’s something that will really speak to a lot of readers. I loved the celebration and inclusion of many diverse queer characters, and I’m hopeful for more diversity in future YA releases!

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Time for some more Animal Crossing and laundry folding. As always, feel free to reach out to me on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads)!

With love, Pei

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