professornana (professornana) wrote,

beautifully wrought

Michael Cart has edited a new collection of short stories, HOW BEAUTIFUL THE ORDINARY. Subtitled TWELVE STORIES OF IDENTITY, this collection features some of the best contemporary authors of YA lit including Julie Anne Peters, David Levithan, and Margo Lanagan. While sexual identity is at the core of many of the stories, they all address the central questions many adolescents struggle with: am I worthy of being loved? Why does it hurt sometimes to be in love? Can I truly be myself with someone else? Some of the stories are traditional in format; others are graphic/comic format and stories in verse. Levithan's story is the first: A word from the nearly distant past. It is, in essence, a love letter from the previous generation to the current one and ones to come talking about battles faced and fought so that successive generations might have an easier time of things. Julie Anne Peters' story in verse captures the two voices of young women about to experience making love for the first time. I am certain that there will be some who will be what Barry Lyga called "gatekeepers", those who will not even offer this collection to teens out of fear of reprisal. For those who bring this and other books to teens, I say a heartfelt THANK YOU for giving voice to those who often are kept silent out of fear. (October, HarperCollins)
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