Unbroken by Marieke Nijkamp


A YA Anthology of short stories featuring disabled teens, written by #OwnVoices disabled authors. The stories reflect a range of genres and disabilities; contributors include bestselling authors Kody Keplinger and Francisco X. Stork, as well as newcomers Fox Benwell, Keah Brown, and more.

Details Unbroken

Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
GenreYoung Adult, Short Stories, Anthologies, Contemporary, Disability

Reviews Unbroken

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    rating this a five because some asshole 1-starred, as usualbut basically, Marieke Nijkamp, Dhonielle Clayton, Corinne Duyvis, Heidi Heilig, and Kody Keplinger. And it's ALL ownvoices!!
  • Aila
    Beautiful cover, and beautiful stories! While all the authors are disabled, I’m not 100% sure their characters follow the exact disability. Either way, I love the intersections of the characters and the vast range of writing styles. A more comprehensive review with opening lines will follow. While I’m giving each individual story a rating for my own notes, this whole book was a solid four from me and I highly recommend the anthology! Quick re...
  • Yiling
    1. The Long Road by Heidi Heilig - 3 starsOk overall - a lot of setup and but not much occurred 2. Britt and the Bike God by Kody Keplinger - 4 starsCute!! - If you like Kody's other work (like The DUFF), you'll enjoy this story.3. The Leap and the Fall by Kayla Whaley - 3 stars~Creepy~4. Per Aspera Ad Astra by Katherine Locke - 3 stars5. Found Objects by William Alexander - 2 starsTbh I'm not too sure what happened6. Plus One by Karina Piazi - 2...
  • Jim
    Excellent book of short stories for the Y.A market. Only one story i didn't care for (never set a table for 13, but i guess that was the point.) Some of these i don't think of capital D disabled, but are shown to clearly be crippling. Much of this book is designed to open eyes, and some is to challenge the reader. Fortunately are are well written, even the one i didn't like.This was a NetGalley.com advanced reader
  • alex
    i n e e d t h i s(five- starring bc people are one-starring for no reason)
  • Ava
    5 stars because a bunch of people gave it 1 star :( haven't actually read it yet
  • Marilla
    It's hard to put a star rating on an anthology. Some of the stories were really good, and some just didn't hold my attention, so take this rating with a saltshaker.I appreciated from the moment I heard about it how there was an anthology of stories solely focused on teens with disabilities, but not that their disabilities were the entire plot. (Honestly, I sort of freaked out from excitement when my email told me I won it.) I also liked how the d...
  • Brandi
    This collection of stories all feature teens with various disabilities. As an added bonus these stories are #ownvoices. As with any anthology this one has some great stories and some that this reader didn't connect with. Regardless, the level of representation in this collection for teens with disabilities makes it a must purchase for high school libraries. Highly recommended. Standouts: The Leap and the Fall by Kayla Whaley was a standout story ...
  • Rebecca
    ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher.This was diverse. It was intersectional. It was an Own Voices collection. And it was great to read stories where individuals with disabilities are portrayed positively and actively and normally. As with any short story collection, some stories will be more engaging to certain readers than others. (One of the things that makes these hard to shop during Reader’s advisory interactions.) For me, someone w...
  • Christine Brunt
    I will write a more comprehensive review closer to the anthology’s expected release date in September. For now, here is my star rating for each short story. My average star rating was 2.46 stars. I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher via NetGalley.The Long Road - 3 starsBritt and the Bike God - 4 starsThe Leap and the Fall - 1 starPer Aspera Ad Astra - 2 starsFound Objects - 1 starPlus One - 2 starsThe Day the Dragon Came - 1 st...
  • Alicia
    Like many short story collections, there are the fantastic and the flops (personally) for short stories, especially when it comes to speculative short stories that take a lot of brain power to try to figure out. I'm not becoming a super-fan of Dhonielle Clayton and I found her short story fabulously positive and well-written, likewise I also enjoyed the romance and biking (don't see much biking in YA) in "Britt and the Bike God". Can't wait to sh...
  • Rece Johnson
    I won an ARC of this through a Goodreads giveaway, and was excited because it was on my list of anticipated releases this year. The representation in this book are great, the thing that caused me to lower ratings on each story was the writing style used which could make them flow beautifully or require numerous rereading of the same paragraph before moving on.Average Rating: 3.5/5The Long Road- 3.5/5Britt and the Bike God- 4/5The Leap and the Fal...
  • Jenni Frencham
    Nijkamp, Marieke. Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018This is a collection of #ownvoices stories featuring teens with various disabilities. The stories are intersectional as well, featuring queer teens, teens of color, etc. etc. The stories span a wide variety of genres, lengths, and styles. Highly recommended addition to most public and high school libraries.Recommended for: teensRed Flags: noneOverall Ra...
  • Destiny Bridwell
    I received a copy of this for a fair and honest review. I love reading anthologies. It allows one to hear from many different voices with some common theme. In a world where we need more diverse book this book is welcomed. It is 13 stories of disabled teens. That is not something that you will find much for no one really wants to talk about it. I am glad that I came across this book. I mean it has it issues but not enough where I could not finish...
  • Kate
    In this entire collection, I only came across one story I just felt 'meh' about, and that is a great ratio. These are stories about characters with disabilities and the authors and characters are incredibly diverse. Hooray! The disabilities are varied and include physical, emotional, and mental. The stories encourage the reader to think outside of the little boxes we fit people in.My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy in ...
  • Tracy
    This is a GREAT collection of short stories! When I began reading it as an advanced copy, the subtitle was not visible, so I kept thinking, "How neat that all the kids have some sort of issue." (duh) I liked all the theater relations, and I particularly liked the futuristic teen with severe anxiety. I think we assume that at some point we will have all problems of a mental or physical disability solved in the future.
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  • Jessica
    Got to support #OwnVoices (Each author identifies as disabled along a physical, mental, or neurodiverse axis—and their characters reflect this diversity.)*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley!Average Rating: 2.9 starsThere is a mix of types of stories, from fantasy to contemporary, even a science fiction & a horror one. Also appreciated the diversity of the characters. Decent collection that should have at least ...
  • Arlen
    Unbrokenby Marieke NijkampPub Date: 18 Sep 2018 Thanks to netgalley.com for access to this bookThis is a hot topic for our YA readers - diversity... finding oneself in society. "Unbroken" will surely fill this need. In addition to disabilities, subjects of race, sexuality, and nationality all play a part in these stories. I only gave it 3 instead of 5 stars, however, because there were some stories I found myself plodding through instead of absor...