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Rainbow Briefs Paperback – November 2, 2013
About the Author
I've been writing since I could put words together. Early stories were about dolls and horses and kids who surmounted the odds and came home with a kitten. Gradually I learned about punctuation and point-of-view and my characters grew up. But real life came along, with forays into psychology and teaching and then a biomedical career and children. Writing happened in my head, for my own amusement, but didn't make it to paper. Then several years ago, my husband gave me a computer. And my two girls were getting older and developing their own interests. So I sat down and typed out a story. Or two. Or three. Now I have adult novels published, and my love of Young Adult fiction has given me the chance to share some of my YA stories. I currently write constantly, read obsessively, and share my home with my younger teenager, my amazingly patient husband, and a crazy, omnivorous little white dog. I can be found at my author page on Goodreads, and look forward to sharing many more stories with YA readers in the future.
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A common element among all of the stories told here was the amazing characters. I don’t think there was one story that wasn’t able to create great empathy for the MC on it. I don’t usually read YA books, but it seems like when I do, I really choose the best ones.
It was my first book from the author, but I’m very sure it won’t be the last. I liked all the stories, but there were some that I just fell in love with. The first one I loved was Designing Sam, so beautiful. Making Connections and Variations were also among the ones I loved the most, but every single one had something to like about it.
There is a little bit of everything, there is laughs, love, pain, sadness, sweetness, but most of all there is hope, there was always hope in every story. It was a lovely book, I couldn’t recommend it enough. It was a joy to read.
Despite being YA, these stories don’t speak down to their audience. I could relate to a lot of what was written from my own teenage years and it’s rare I find that level of authenticity in any story. Kira Harp is certainly a master at speaking to a young adult audience and I would absolutely recommend this to any teenager struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity. I also recommend it for adults as well – these stories transcend the label of YA and are something everyone can read and enjoy.
I would have rated almost all of the stories four or five stars, but Designing Sam was easily my favorite. I haven’t been moved to tears at a book for a long time, but this honest depiction of a trans teenager struggling with family and identity in a realistic manner really moved me. In a genre where sometimes we are so eager to get our HEA that we make families overwhelmingly accepting, it was good to see a parent in denial and a situation that wasn’t wrapped up neatly with a bow on top. It’s a stark reminder that we have a lot of work to do as a community to increase acceptance and awareness of LGBTQ issues.
I think you should go and download this book right now. I think you should spend a couple of hours pouring over these stories, reading even the ones that fall outside of your typical reading diet. Then pass it on to a young person you know who needs to understand that they are not alone in the world. These positive yet realistic stories could literally change a life.
: I usually do individual reviews on anthologies but this was a short stories connection and I felt like I could not properly review each story without spoilers so I decided to just do an overall review.
I thought this was a very sweet collection of stories about the LGBT youth and community. There is something for everyone.
If you like short stories, LGBT young adult, coming out, dealing with life issues and many more conflicts this is for you!
My favorite stories are Designing Sam (which made me cry more than once), Oblivious, Behind Door Number Two..., Making Connections and Doubts and Darkness.