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10 August 2017

Release Day Review: A Change Is Gonna Come by Various

Featuring top Young Adult authors alongside a host of exciting new talent, this anthology of stories and poetry from BAME writers on the theme of change is a long-overdue addition to the YA scene.

Contributors include Tanya Byrne, Inua Ellams, Catherine Johnson, Patrice Lawrence, Ayisha Malik, Irfan Master, Musa Okwonga and Nikesh Shukla.

Plus introducing four fresh new voices in YA fiction: Mary Bello, Aisha Bushby, Yasmin Rahman and Phoebe Roy.

Source: Purchase | NetGalley Request

5 Words: A Change Is Gonna Come.

This is an absolutely fantastic collection, with something for everyone. I actually liked everything included, which is very rare for me when it comes to anthologies. My mind is blown by how good it was.
“We laughed over our difference then spent years bonding over things that made us the same.”
There is something within the pages to laugh at and cry at. There are authors new and established within the pages, it was great to read some familiar voices - I recognised Patrice Lawrence's story from her writing style - and I discovered some new-to me writers. The poems are beautiful and I read them each over and over. The stories are set across multiple genres and times, all linked by the theme of Change.

I think Marionette Girl may become my go-to story for when I need a cry, it is heart-breakingly excellent. It made me cry like a baby.

I hope that Stripes are going to continue with their wonderful anthologies, but I can't imagine where they will go next! I just know I can't wait to read more exceptional writers.


  1. I also hope to see Stripes release more anthologies! I've only read Marionette Girl from Change so far, but I was also in tears by the end. Very excited for Aisha to release a full novel, hopefully one day soon! Great review Cora šŸ˜Š
    Amy xx

  2. I've not heard of this book or the other books mentioned but I do love the sound of this book. The title enough would bring me to buy it! Thanks for sharing x

    Kayleigh Zara šŸŒæ

  3. I know you should never judge a book by its cover but this would have been in my basket from the get go because of that cover šŸ’–

  4. This sounds like such a good anthology! I haven't done much short-story reading in recent years, but this post reminded me of how much I used to love them!


  5. Great that young adult writers are having their work seen and admired!

    Chloe x


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