All Out by Saundra Mitchell

All Out

Take a journey through time and genres and discover a past where queer figures live, love and shape the world around them. Seventeen of the best young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens. From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the dea...

Details All Out

TitleAll Out
Release DateFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherHarlequin Teen
GenreShort Stories, Lgbt, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Anthologies

Reviews All Out

  • Emily May
    Rosa was a summer girl, and I was a winter girl, but that fall we made magic. You know, back when I was in my early teens, I once heard this old guy say “there weren’t all these queers around when I was younger”. Oh, but there were, sir. And long long before that, too. All Out is a great fictional companion to last year's Queer, There and Everywhere. While the latter works to uncover the real queer - gay, bi, trans, genderqueer, nonconformi...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Listen, I’ve been anticipating this anthology for months now, but this was so much better than I expected - I want to put this down as the best anthology I have ever read, and the ratings support that. Of the seventeen stories in this book, I gave nine five stars [holy shit], three four stars, three three stars, and only two two stars, for my highest rating ever - an average rating of 4.12. This is a true anthology. All other anthologies can le...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    His heart had been a boy’s heart, throwing itself against his rib cage with each set of white gloves for mass.→ Roja – Anna-Marie McLemore ★★★★★ ←What a killer of a beginning to this collection. Anna-Marie writes so beautifully, and this little magical realism story will be sure to please anyone who enjoys her novels. It follows a young woman with a curse of poisonous rage, seeking to free her lover from the local police before ...
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    Full video review on YouTube.This anthology was everything I wanted and more. I'm gonna reread so many of these stories again and again and I can't wait for this to be out in the world. I'm sure y'all will love it!While my average rating is way below 5 stars, I just love this concept and the overall way it was done so it deserves every star it can get. It was just incredible to read so many HAPPY QUEER STORIES all in one place. My favourite by fa...
  • •°• gabs •°•
    I loved this so much!!!! I'll rate each story at some point but I need to stop screaming first, this is everything I could've hoped for and more
  • Aleksandra
    All Out: The No Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages is spectacular anthology! Easiest 5 stars I've given this year so far. Highest praise to Saundra Mitchell for editing the anthology! The book turned out to be a kaleidoscope of diverse stories about queer teens, different in mood or genre, but all filled with power, hope and finally acknowledgement that we've been here all along, look at us.Memorable and beautiful stories of...
  • Liz
    Probably the most beautiful anthology I've ever read. Bar none. Representation matters, we all know that but so does the type of representation. Of course we need literature to be honest about the hardships of not being a cis heterosexual individual, but occasionally some positive, uplifting literature is nice too. Stories where the protagonists actually get a shot at happiness, where they aren't doubted and condemned and have to prove themselves...
  • prag ✨
    JKASHFDGDSAJDH SO MANY SAPPHIC GIRLS THIS MADE ME SO HAPPYthe finest of the bundle:● the dresser & the chambermaid by robin talley (aka the CUTEST short story on this planet)● MARY AND SUSANNA AAAAAH● BARNABY HALFORD!!!● the fucking king walking in on mary & susanna kissing AND SAYING HE'S SORRY HE DISTURBED THEM● ngl I laughed so hard at this part “He said—” Susanna choked “—he said, ‘Right then, girls. Carry on.’”Mary ...
  • Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
    Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes. I really enjoyed All Out. I will admit that I previously hadn't heard about this anthology, but I saw someone talking about it on twitter and heard that it was on Edelweiss and then I went to request it, and luckily enough I got accepted! Why isn't anyone really talking about this anthology!? A historical fiction book dedicated entirely to queer teens? It's amazing! I've said b...
  • Shelly
    A pretty solid anthology collection! I definitely enjoyed more stories than others and I liked the general themes but I felt that some of the short stories were a bit too unresolved for my taste and that they started off kind of too slowly and ended too quickly. Full review to come.
  • Adriana Martinez Figueroa
    Rating: 4.3/5 (taken from the average ratings of all the stories, but i’m giving it 5/5 on Goodreads)Review:I decided to review this anthology mostly because I loved it a lot but also because I have a lot of feelings about this anthology. (20GAYTEEN IS IN FULL POWER AND I’M LOVING IT)Edited by Saundra Mitchell, this anthology was the queer historical fiction anthology I never knew I needed and that you absolutely will love. The collection of ...
  • Jue.
    I am really picky with Anthology, for me it’s often more miss than hit, but I fly trough this one and while all my stars average to 3.5, I feel like I can easily round it to 4, because some story were so good, it was worth it.Roja – Anna-Marie McLemore: 5/5 What is to say about an Anna-Marie McLemore stories if not that they are pure perfection, atmospheric, unapologetic and just so vibrant. This short one is no exception.The sweet trade – ...
  • Dany
    This was an amazing anthology and a great source of quotes... It was an easy thing, then, to kiss her. As easy as laughter. Easy as a warm sun on a September afternoon. The first time we kissed, out bodies bronzed in the emberlight, our skin a mosaic of shadow and fire. Rosa was a summer girl, and I was a winter girl, but that fall we made magic. In his kiss and the feel of his hands on my skin. We shed our worries as easily as we shed our cl...
  • Sophia Jones
    4.5 stars. An excellent collection with some really great stories. Though my average rating was 3.7, I rounded it up sice there were some stories I enjoyed so much I felt that the book deserved a higher rating. My big complaint is that there isn't that much diversity in location- all the books take place in western Europe or North America and most in the 17th to 20th centuries. I wish the stories had expanded their reach a bit more, but the conce...
  • Rebe
    I ADORED several of these stories, merely enjoyed a few more, and found that most of the rest were just not to my taste due to some mixture of being too cheesy, too bland, or too emotionlessly or meaninglessly poetic. Most of them have roughly the same plot: Person A meets Person B and there's attraction; they get together or at least share a romantic moment; the end. Overall, not a collection I was terribly impressed with. While I liked the brea...
  • Jenni Frencham
    This is a compilation of short stories by well-known young adult authors. Each story features an LGBTQ+ character, though the stories vary in setting and genre. This is an excellent collection of stories. Strongly recommended.Recommended for: teensRed Flags: noneOverall Rating: 5/5 starsRead-Alikes: A Thousand Beginnings and EndingsI received a complimentary copy of this book through Edelweiss for the purposes of review.
  • Rushda
    3.5i really liked the book and some of the stories were amazing (and much better than others). one thing: the main characters were mainly gay or lesbian - though there were 2 trans love interests and 2 ace mcs (1 wlw). it would have been nice to have narrators from other sexualities/identities as well imo.