Proud compiled by Juno Dawson – book review

I reserved this book from the library back in June, as I wanted to read something to link in with Pride month.

Proud by Juno Dawson

Here is the book blurb.

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. Compiled by Juno Dawson, author of THIS BOOK IS GAY and CLEAN.

A celebration of LGBTQ+ talent, PROUD is a thought-provoking, funny, emotional read.

Contributors: Steve Antony, Dean Atta, Kate Alizadeh, Fox Benwell, Alex Bertie, Caroline Bird, Fatti Burke, Tanya Byrne, Moïra Fowley-Doyle, Frank Duffy, Simon James Green, Leo Greenfield, Saffa Khan, Karen Lawler, David Levithan, Priyanka Meenakshi, Alice Oseman, Michael Lee Richardson, David Roberts, Cynthia So, Kay Staples, Jessica Vallance, Kristen Van Dam and Kameron White.

This is a book of mainly short stories on the theme of Pride but also some poetry, featuring LGBTQ+ teenagers and some of the issues they face. It has been complied by Juno Dawson, who earlier this year won the YA Book Prize 2020 for the novel Meat Market. Juno is also a school role model for Stonewall charity. Each story or poem is accompanied by an illustration. All the authors and artists belong to the LGBTQ+ community. Some are established authors and some are new writers.

I’m not a huge poetry fan and the first piece in the anthology was a poem which I have to say I did struggle somewhat to interpret, even on re-reading a few times. However this was followed by a very funny Penguins story at which point I was sold on the book. The content is a mixture of moving, thought provoking, funny and even a modern day lesbian take on Pride and Prejudice. I personally loved almost all of the reads.

At the back of the book, there is a useful resource list of charities that support LGBTQ+ people in the UK. Proud is available on Amazon. A great diverse read.

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4 thoughts on “Proud compiled by Juno Dawson – book review

  1. sarahmo3w

    I’m not a fan of short stories or poetry, but I do like to get a bit of diversity in my reading, so I will look out for this one. Thank you.



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