The Proud anthology was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019, and I’m pleased to say that it very much lived up to the excitement and the hype. Huge thanks to Stripes for gifting me a copy!
Proud is a stirring, bold and moving anthology of stories and poetry by top LGBTQ+ YA authors and new talent, giving their unique responses to the broad theme of pride. Each story has an illustration by an artist identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Be you. Be heard. Be proud!
What a wonderful book! Proud is such a great idea for a book, and I loved reading stories from so many walks of life from many different LGBT+ authors. It’s full of many uplifting stories, ones that will make you laugh, make you cry, and even make you understand yourself a little more. I could definitely relate to a couple of the stories!
The combination of having a unique illustration at the end of every short story was a wonderful idea, meaning that there was so much talent on display here. I felt that all of the illustration styles fit their respective stories too – from the super cute Penguins art from Alice Oseman to the more serious, darker toned art by Frank Duffy that accompanied Almost Certain. It also means that there are lots of new artists to discover and support.
The variation in this anthology is superb, meaning that there really is something for everyone. With stories featuring lesbian characters, transgender characters, themes of transitioning, gender identity, confidence and uncertainty about sexuality, and even coming out, I have a feeling that this is the sort of book that many LGBT+ teenagers will pick up and find something that will resonate with them.
Final thought: Proud proves itself to be a safe haven for many LGBT+ readers. 4.5/5