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The Radical Element
The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls | Jessica Spotswood
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In an anthology of revolution and resistance, a sisterhood of YA writers shines a light on a century and a half of heroines on the margins and in the intersections. To respect yourself, to love yourself, should not have to be a radical decision. And yet it remains as challenging for an American girl to make today as it was in 1927 on the steps of the Supreme Court. It’s a decision that must be faced when you’re balancing on the tightrope of neurodivergence, finding your way as a second-generation immigrant, or facing down American racism even while loving America. And it’s the only decision when you’ve weighed society’s expectations and found them wanting. In The Radical Element, twelve of the most talented writers working in young adult literature today tell the stories of girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs — whether that means secretly learning Hebrew in early Savannah, using the family magic to pass as white in 1920s Hollywood, or singing in a feminist punk band in 1980s Boston. And they’re asking you to join them. Original stories by: Dahlia Adler Erin Bowman Dhonielle Clayton Sara Farizan Mackenzi Lee Stacey Lee Anna-Marie McLemore Meg Medina Marieke Nijkamp Megan Shepherd Jessica Spotswood Sarvenaz Tash
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mskayla07
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Average rating: 3.70/5 ⭐️ I‘m giving this a 3/5 in Goodreads only because although I did enjoy most of the stories, I wish it was more diverse with lgbt+ characters and relationships and also this book nearly put me in a reading slump :/ individual ratings for each story in the comments.

mskayla07 Short Story Ratings:
-Daughter of the Book - 4.5
-You‘re a Stranger Here - 2.75
-The Magician - 3
-Lady Firebrand - 4
-Step Right Up - 3
-Glamour - 3.75
-Better for All The World - 4.5
-When The Moonlight Isn‘t Enough - 4.5
-The Bell of the Ball - 3.5
-Land of the Sweet, Home of the Brave - 4
-The Birth Of Susie Go-Go - 3.5
-Take Me With U - 3.75
9mo
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mhillis
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The Belle of the Ball and Land of the Sweet, Home of the Brave were two of my favorite stories from this anthology. #diversebooksclub #ya #historicalfiction

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abbsinwonderland
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✨I always seem to be behind on reviews. 🙈 I absolutely loved this book! I won it via a GoodReads giveaway and wasn't sure if I'd even like it at all, but nope. LOVED IT. I definitely need to read the other book like this. So full of amazing women. 💜

CouronneDhiver You‘ve been busy! 🤩 9mo
abbsinwonderland @CouronneDhiver Lol a little bit.. I haven't read for a week though actually 🙈 gonna catch up big time during vacation 9mo
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abbsinwonderland
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✨Now it's time to get through some #Goodreads giveaway reads.. Has anyone read this? I'm not sure if it's totally up my alley or not, but it does have a couple stories from some of my favorite authors. 📚💜
#CatsofLitsy

abbsinwonderland @Daisey if I enjoy this one, I think I'll probably buy that one, too! Plus they're kind of a collection standalone, but my OCD says I need the set lol 🙈🙃 10mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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This Spotswood collection is very enjoyable. The stories covered a large swatch of time, over large areas, showing strong females struggling and making choices. Great authors contributed.

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kayceecruz
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I enjoyed this collection quite a lot. Not as much as "A Tyranny of Petticoats" but it had some really fantastic representation and I really enjoyed the stories with magical realism.

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kayceecruz
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I have this book in my TBR for the week and am stoked to start reading it! 📚

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Linsy
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The stories in this collection are quick and charming reads. My favorite part about this series — other than the fact that it‘s filled with diverse, kick-butt women through American history — is that each story is followed by a historical afterward. I love learning about history through story.

I can‘t say I felt the same spark with this collection as with A Tyranny of Petticoats, but I had fun!

#bookreview #netgalley #netgalleytbrattack #arc

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Lostinagoodbook
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THE RADICAL ELEMENT by Jessica Spotswood Needs a little spark
Full review: https://lostnagoodbook.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/the-radical-element-jessica-spot...
bookreview #netgalley #amreading #shortstory #dnf #bookbloggers

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southerninlaw
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Want to read my review? Find it at www.instagram.con/southerninlaw

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theshrinkette
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The collection has got its hits and misses, but overall, a good anthology if historical fiction is your jam. My favorite stories: Lady Firebrand, Glamour, Daughter of The Book, Step Right Up, Better For All The World, When The Moonlight Isn't Enough, and Land of the Sweet, Home of The Brave.

Maria514626 Sounds fun! 1y
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AshleyKorinE
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Historical fiction is my favorite go to genre and add that to a short story anthology about women being awesome and you‘ve have my dream come true. So many authors told stories of girls just trying live this life. Anna-Marie McLemore wrote a gorgeous story, Mackenzie Lee taught me something I didn‘t know, Marieke Nijkamp wrote a story that broke my heart and gave me hope. All these stories piece themselves together to show how women prevailed.

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lovelybookshelf
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Everyone's been raving about this collection, but these stories fell flat for me. The writing was often stiff and affected, and it felt like the stories were being told to me (rather than getting to discover them myself). It's disappointing; the concept is fantastic and the stories are written by different authors, some whose writing I usually enjoy. But historical fiction has to transcend mere telling and become living. Sadly, for me this didn't.

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theshrinkette
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Two years ago @WhatDeeReads told me to read A Tyranny of Petticoats and I absolutely loved it. I'm super stoked about this anthology.

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LibrarianRyan
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This is not currently on my radar to read, but I know some girls who will love it. Plus I love the cover. It's eye catching.

March 13

#coverlove #YAedition

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Kelly
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Beginning this antho and am already loving it.

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