Monday, July 23, 2012
OMGqueer: Short Stories by Queer Youth, by Radclyffe and Katherine E. Lynch, PhD., eds.
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I was excited to read and review this collection because I love queer youth. Wait. THAT didn't come out right. I don't mean in a creepy way. I mean, I'm a fervent supporter of queer rights and of young people in general, particularly of young people who write. I was once a young person who wrote and it was nice to be supported and encouraged. That being said, I expected to read this book for the same reasons I occasionally go to youth poetry slams: to show how super supportive I am, to hear what the young people have to say, and to politely ignore any bad writing (because hey, I'm super supportive).
But holy sh*t, ya'll! (Sorry, I'm still recovering from the Jenny Lawson book. I'll try to tone down the cursing and "y'alls") A lot of these stories were good! Like, really good. Not just, I'm a super supportive queer ally who supports young people's writing, good. Granted, a few of them were that latter category of "good," but I revert back to my previously stated politeness and refuse to say which ones those were.
I will say this: Brenna Harvey, Thomas Graziano, Warren Smith III, Kirsty Logan, Sam Sommer, Joseph Aviv, Andrew Arslan and Rebekahg Weatherspoon are all writers to watch.
Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley.com. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.