How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity
A girl thought to be a boy steals her sister's skirt, while a boy thought to be a girl refuses to wear a cornflower blue dress. One boy's love of a soldier leads to the death of a stranger. The present takes a bittersweet journey into the past when a man revisits the summer school where he had... show more
A girl thought to be a boy steals her sister's skirt, while a boy thought to be a girl refuses to wear a cornflower blue dress. One boy's love of a soldier leads to the death of a stranger. The present takes a bittersweet journey into the past when a man revisits the summer school where he had "an accidental romance." And a forgotten mother writes a poignant letter to the teenage daughter she hasn't seen for fourteen years. Poised between the past and the future are the stories of now. In nontraditional narratives, short stories, and brief graphics, tales of anticipation and regret, eagerness and confusion present distinctively modern views of love, sexuality, and gender identification. Together, they reflect the vibrant possibilities available for young people learning to love others—and themselves—in today's multifaceted and quickly changing world.
Publish date: 2009-10-06
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
I really want to give this more stars, but I was majorly disappointed. I went into this expecting an LGBT anthology. It described itself as anthology of gay, lesbian and transgender stories. But I think a more accurate description would be "a cis gay male romance anthology with a sprinkling of lesbi...
Anthologies are almost always a mixed bag. Especially anthologies by multiple writers. There's always at least a few stories that I just don't like, for whatever reason. How Beautiful the Ordinary is doing good to have only two stories that didn't resonate with me.The subtitle (Twelve Stories of Ide...
About a 3 and a half. Would have been a 4 if the bi-erasure in one of the stories hadn't peeved me off so much. This should not have come as such a surprise when re-reading the introduction: "This collection contains stories by twelve of our finest authors for young adults, writing about what it mig...
The story from which the title of this collection comes is by David Levithan. It took me apart. Entirely. I think Levithan writes from the same place L'Engle wrote from- that calm and sure center where love lives, that place of hope untainted by delusion. He's rapidly becoming one of my favorites. I...