"What she needs are stories. Stories are a way to preserve one's self. To be remembered. And to forget. Stories come in so many forms: in charcoal, and in song, in paintings, poems, films. And books. Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives—or to find strength in a very long one.” The invisibile life of Addie LaRue
Hello and welcome to my stop for This is our rainbow: 16 stories of Her, Him, Them and Us! A huge thanks to Tbr and Beyond Tours for this opportunity!
Thank you so much, NetGalley, Random House Children’s and Knopf Books for Young Readers for the chance to read and review this book in exchange of an honest review.
This is Our Rainbow is the LGBTQA+ anthology for middle-graders and I loved every single story! There are 16 stories, a beautiful and intense collection of queer fantasy, contemporary, historical stories. We meet people with magical powers and special letters, a nonbinary pirate who makes a wish to a wind-breathing dragon, a zombie girl with a lovely relationship with her girlfriend, a girl crushing on her friend’s mum, a trans girl empowering her bestie to come out and be herself, a group of friends who are growing up and changing, realizing more and more things about themselves and what they love and like…there’s everything and it’s amazing.
It’s a collection about discovering, accepting and embracing yourself, your queerness, it’s filled with joy and laughter, intense and funny moments, fear, but happy ending. I laughed, cried with happiness, cheering them on and it was so amazing.
It filled my heart with love and hope and it was such an amazing journey through magic, first crushes, zombies, ex bullies, dragons, friendships, loves… These characters are realistic, in their fears, hopes, dreams, fighting, in some stories, against relatives, expectations and what others may think of them. They are brave, scared, eager to be themselves and to love without limits and it’s really empowering. There are so many stories I loved, so many wonderful and brilliant characters, so skillfully written and I loved exploring with them their feelings, realizing their crushes and who they are. A wonderful collection, a definitely recommended read.
“She looked the way my heart felt sometimes, too loud and too bright, and maybe that meant she would understand what I was feeling lately.”
“You are wonderful and you are perfect, without conditions, just as you are.”
“I know who I am. And it’s time to say.”
“I wonder what it would be like to walk out from my hiding place and say who I am, loud and clear. To not hide. To not be afraid of other people. To be…me.”
“It was a name I had been given. A name I had chosen. Didn’t that make it real?”