Whether it’s New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds writing about #blackboyjoy or Newbery Honor-winning author Renee Watson talking about black girls at camp in Portland, or emerging author Jay Coles’s story about two cowboys kissing in the south—Black Enough is an essential collection full of captivating coming-of-age stories about what it’s like to be young and black in America.
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Ok…I don’t like anthologies.
I don’t really like short stories, and I really don’t like novellas. And anthologies are a culmination of that, but full of authors I don’t know. Which is fine…but chances are I won’t like most of them.
And das wat happened wit DIS.
This was something I really wanted to support because I love the editor, Ibi Zoboi. And…I really like the cover. But a month or so ago, I was walking through Barnes and Noble with a friend of mine, and she saw this and was like. “WOW.” And she mentioned something I 1000% agreed with. This was good, but it would be amazing if it were nonfiction stories and not fiction.
But anyway, I think it’s great that there is an anthology focusing on blackness. Because I don’t read them, but I see them being promoted all the time. It seems like there’s like 381038 anthologies published a month about everything but black people.
My first favorite was Half a Moon by Renee Watson. I have another book of hers, and I had a feeling that I would love this story. It’s about black girls…at a summer camp. Personally, I never attended a summer camp growing up, but I do have experience as a counselor at a camp. As stressful as it was, spending time with kids is always fun. This has nothing to do with the story, but summer camps (as an adult) are pretty fun.
Relating to the story, I have a sister from another mother as well, and I always wished we were more close. What if we would have had a chance like this to connect.
I hated how short it was. I didn’t like how the days counted down.
My next favorite was Black Enough by Varian Johnson. I had no idea who this was. (I just googled him.…he’s written nine books.)Anyway, this was super short and I still loved it. I feel like so much was accomplished in only like….three scenes.
I also enjoyed Brandy Colbert’s story “Oreo“, and “The (Re)volution of Nigeria Jones” by Ibi Zoboi. I really enjoyed Zoboi’s because when I first read this (back in January), most of my free time was spent watching Scientology documentaries.
That’s it…. I read through the entire book, but those are the ones that stuck out to me. A few of them seemed a bit similar. Like they were about the same types of black kids, living in the same areas.