ARC Review: Unbroken – Marieke Nijkamp

This Advanced Readers’ Copy was given to me during Book Expo 2018 in exchange for an honest review.

wtf why didnt this publish now i have to redo the entire thing but lucky not the review since thats on goodreads


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Name: Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens
Editor: Marieke Nijkamp
Contributors: William Alexander, Fox Benwell, Keah Brown, Dhonielle Clayton, Corinne Duyvis, Heidi Heilig, Kody Keplinger, Katherine Locke, Karuna Riazi, Francisco X. Stork, Kayla Whaley, Kristine Wyllys
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: September 18, 2018

Synopsis

Warrior. Actor. Friend. Heroine. Traveler. Sister. Magician. Lover. Biker.

In this stunning anthology, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp teams up with fellow disabled authors to create a collection of fictional stories that dispense with the tired, broken stereotypes–and reclaim narratives and identities.

By weaving together tales of interstellar war, an enchanted carnival, or a dating debacle, Unbroken celebrates the varied experiences of disabled teens, including teens of color and of diverse genders and orientations, without obscuring the realities of their disabilities. At turns hilarious and heart-stopping, these short stories share a common thread—one that has bent over time, but will never break.


Book Cover Comments

Fun fact, the final cover is different from the ARC cover. It has the same set of characters

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OR DOES IT NOT

OH SHIT

WHAT

THE CANE LOOKS DIFFERENT OMG WAIT WHAT

YOU KNOW WHAT IGNORE WHAT I JUST SAID

And here’s an image of the ARC cover.


The Actual Review

I actually quite liked this read. It was something fulfilling and short stories will keep me on the balls of my feet despite my constant urge to fall asleep thanks to college.

This short story collection features young adults who deal with mental or physical needs, but it is interesting to see a stronger emphasis of stories that are on the physical aspect of disability, because it is, indeed, fairly underrepresented in books.

The short stories were very well ordered. Nijkamp, the editor of this book, made a very wise choice to put which stories at the beginning of the book, because the first few ones surely captured my attention, and I enjoyed each of the writers’ short stories that were really heartwarming and inspiring.

I also liked the different genres used. You won’t only find contemporary in this book. Though sometimes confusing, you’d also stumble across some fantasy and sci-fi. I really liked the sci-fi one in particular. Alas, this streak of joy did not last when I hit around the midpoint of the book, around after reading Nijkamp’s short story. Things, kind, started, to go downhill from there. Some authors chose more ambitious forms of writing that confused the shit out of me, and to introduce WAY TO MANY CHARACTERS for a short story that spanned around 30 pages. It was simply hard to follow on, and I started losing interest and started skimming the rest of the book instead.

I’d like to say that I was also battling with the will to sleep for it was around 1 or 2 in the morning when I was trying to finish up the second half of this book, but the best parts was definitely the first half, unfortunate to say. But this doesn’t mean the second half doesn’t have value, for it continues to represent our fellow unique and untypical but special humankind that we are all, perhaps, a little unfamiliar with, so that we get to know what troubles them sometimes, and that no matter what, there will always be someone there to help us out when we need.


In these 13 stories featuring disabled teens, whether it is mental or physical, these tales tell the stories of overcoming hardships and knowing that you are not alone, and that anyone, as broken as they are, will always have a chance at being unbroken.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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