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
With stories by:
Samira Ahmed | Elsie Chapman | Lauren Gibaldi | Lydia Kang | Michelle Ruiz Keil | Lori M. Lee | Sangu Mandanna | L.L. McKinney | Anna-Marie McLemore | Danielle Paige | Karuna Riazi | Caroline Tung Richmond | Adam Silvera | Tara Sim | Eric Smith | Kelly Zekas & Tarun Shanker
In her editing debut, Mandanna produces a stunning collection of refreshing stories about love and identity among diverse young people. After being targeted by the same bully, a Jewish girl and a boy from India reclaim their power together in Lauren Gibaldi's "What We Love." A different kind of power surfaces in "Your Life Matters," by L.L. McKinney, in which a young black superheroine puts herself in harm's way to save her girlfriend's father, a racist police officer, forcing him to rethink his views. "The Boy Is," by Elsie Chapman, follows Holly, a Chinese-American girl, who feels forced to choose between a fellow child of Chinese immigrants or a white boy, whom her mother hopes will help her be seen as fully American. Each well-crafted story feels like a pearl, and strung together, they create something beautiful and unique. Featuring couples who are queer, interracial, or both, this an anthology that beautifully reflects the multifaceted reality of our world. Ages 14 up.