Black Enough by Ibi Zoboi

Black Enough

Black Enough is a star-studded anthology edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi that will delve into the closeted thoughts, hidden experiences, and daily struggles of black teens across the country. From a spectrum of backgrounds—urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more—Black Enough showcases diversity within diversity.Whether it’s New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds writing about #blackboyj...

Details Black Enough

TitleBlack Enough
Release DateJan 8th, 2019
PublisherBalzer + Bray
GenreYoung Adult, Short Stories, Anthologies, Fiction

Reviews Black Enough

  • Jay Coles
  • Jennifer
    Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America is a young adult short-story anthology edited by Ibi Zoboi. In the introduction, Zoboi expresses her vision for this collection. She writes, “What are the cultural threads that connect Black people all over the world to Africa? How have we tried to maintain certain traditions as part of our identity? And as teenagers, do we even care? These are the questions I had in mind when inviting s...
  • Acqua
    Black Enough is an anthology of short stories written by Black authors about young Black characters living in the Unites States. It follows characters from many different backgrounds – there are stories about rich Black people, Black immigrants, biracial Black people, queer Black people – with very different living experiences, because as Ibi Zoboi says right from the introduction, there isn’t just one way to be Black.First, I want to say t...
  • Lou
    Black Enough, a compendium of seventeen short stories from a plethora of critically-acclaimed authors, is a bit of a mixed bag for me, and as a reader who appreciates and longs for more diversity throughout the book world, I was more than a little excited to dive right into this collection of which the objective was to illustrate the life experiences of many black youngsters. Not only that, but each story is written by some of the most-read black...
  • Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
    I read Young Adult (YA). Yes, I know. I'm someone's parent and should have left the subgenre behind. But, you know what? I enjoy stories - period - and many of them come from YA.However, there's an issue plaguing YA's publishing - the lack of young adult and teen voices within non-stereotypical stories. Readers often see stories featuring Cis-gendered (those born where their bodies match their gender), straight, white males and females. Sadly, th...
  • Jazmen
    I've been black the entirety of my life. I knew I was inherently different just by walking down the streets and doing quick visual comparisons of my skin next to someone's much lighter skin. Or the fact that my hair needed to be straightened to cooperate in the way I needed it to--while everyone else seemed to possess the hair I had to fight for. Or, how I couldn't walk into a store without "covertly" being asked if I needed help--or blatantly fo...
  • Meg
    What a time to be a reader of young adult fiction! Something seismic has shifted in publishing. Perhaps the uprising of writers and readers demanding more diversity in publishing, coupled with the astronomical success of Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give, hand in hand with powerhouse writers like Jason Reynolds scooping up one shiny sticker after another, the recent accolades and awards being showered, oh so deservingly so, on books like Elizabeth A...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    Normally I would give my thoughts on each story for an anthology.  But I didn't take good notes this time, so I figured I would just mention some of the standouts for me.  Overall, I thought this was a great book and I liked every single story.Half a Moon by Renee Watson  This story just made me realize how much I enjoy Renee Watson's writing.  This is only the second thing I've read from her, but it was a great start to this anthology.  Thi...
  • Kelly Hager
    Like with any anthology, there are stories that I liked better than others. Unlike most, however, there's nothing that wasn't really great. I've read most of the authors before, but this makes me want to check all of the others out, as well.I especially want to read Pride, because Ibi Zoboi's story was probably my favorite. I did wish all of these were longer---I would've taken a novel about all of these people.This is one of the best anthologies...
  • Andrew
    A phenomenal collection of stories from both established authors, as well as up and coming ones. Each story is an individual, a personal look at various upbringings as Black Americans, portraying a variety of issues; how it is to be biracial, to be LGBT, to be a young black woman or a young black man... Some families proud of their culture, some battling internalized racism. Whether you relate to it, or whether it opens up your eyes, it is a beau...
  • Breeny
    Reading Black Enough was like taking a sip of refreshing lemonade. This anthology was so original, in the fact that it was centered around multiple facets of being a Black teen and each story was written by Black authors. So conceptually, I loved it.Half a moon by Renée Watson: 4/5I really liked the idea of having a wilderness camp for Black girls and I liked the sister dynamic between Raven and her younger half-sister, Brooke. Super original, a...
  • Nikki S
    AMAZING. I liked some more than others, but that's how it always is with anthologies. Real review to come.**EDIT 01/07/19**You can find more of my reviews here at my blog: Take Me Away...When I heard about this new anthology coming out, I was so excited. There's not many anthologies out there, and one that depicts stories of a younger me?! Yeah, before this one it was non-existent. This anthology is full of so many types of stories, from black n...
  • Annie
    I am so happy to have had the chance to read this amazing anthology! With 17 different Black YA writers, this book portrays a multitude of perspectives and voices. From summer camp stories to forbidden romance to struggling with a sibling’s death, Black Enough has something for everyone.Below are some thoughts on my favorite stories in the collection, but you can read my full review here.Black Enough | Varian Johnson | I loved this one! It was ...
  • Tionna Kinglocke-Christian
    4/5 stars When I heard about Black Enough I was beyond excited and thrilled to read a book that not only displayed representation and diversity in the black community but a book that is on a mission as Ibi Zoboi stated to “encourage all Black teens to be their free, uninhibited selves without the constraints of being black, to black or not black enough. They will be enough just the way they are.”Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi was amazing an...
  • LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
  • Carli
    Thanks to Edelweiss and @balzerandbray for the advance Kindle copy of this 1.8.19 release. All opinions are my own.•⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 for this anthology, which explores what it means to be Black in America. It features short stories from amazing contemporary authors. Each story shines in its own way, and this is something I would highly recommend high school students read. Thanks to Edelweiss and @balzerandbray for the advance Kindle copy of thi...
  • Savina Tsataros
    Rating Based on content: 3.75 Stars Rating based on entertainment: 2.5 Stars*not black, not American* Many themes are explored throughout this anthology, it includes so many facets and walks of life. Many different experiences however all of which express some similarities. There’s grief, conflict, challenging the ‘norm’, acceptance, pride, ‘finding ones self’, creativity, love, friendship and family. I didn’t love it but there are so...
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)Black Enough is one of those books you read and know will change someone's life. It's not a far stretch to see the good that this anthology can do. Not only for black teens growing up, stretching into themselves, and seeing their stories. But also for people outside of the community to read about the myriad of different experiences...
  • Paul
    This collection is NOW. It is the world we live in from some of the best voices of fiction. Black Enough would be a welcome addition to any upper level high school or college English class. A book that reaches out to audiences with characters and views that are necessary to be heard.For my full review: all my reviews:
  • Alicia Ingram
    Being 'Black Enough' has always been a problem I've faced so it is refreshing to see a collection of stories reflect that struggle/thought process in different and engaging ways. Some stories missed the mark and some left me thinking - would recommend!
  • Bonnie
    I got this ARC from a friend of mine who is a book buyer at my local bookstore. She shared it because she knew I would love it. When this book comes out in January I can't stress enough that people should read it. I have already recommended it to many and considered purchasing copies for those I love. This is a beautiful anthology. I couldn't have enjoyed it more than I did. So here are my abbreviated thoughts on all the short stories.Half a Moon...
  • Maria
    Thanks to HarperCollins Canada for providing me with a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I've been working on this book for awhile. Not because I didn't enjoy it, but because it's short stories and I always struggle to get into short stories when there's nothing to pull you back into the book between stories. It was pretty slow going on the first half of the book, but the stories kept getting progressively better (in...
  • Sam
    Huge thank you to Harper Collins Canada for this ARC!Anthologies are always hard to review. As a reader some author's styles or stories will gel better with you than others, and that is totally the case with Black Enough. This is a wonderful collection by a group of talented black authors, each of them with unique perspectives to share on what it means to be "black enough."I have to say some of my favourite stories were "Oreo" by Brandy Colbert (...
  • Dawn Abron
    Because there were 17 stories and I only liked 5, I couldn't rate it higher than a three.The stories I gave 5 stars:***** Out of the Silence by Kekla Magoon*****The Ingredients by Jason Reynolds*****T(R)Evolution of Nigeria Jones by Ibi ZoboiAll three stories were nuanced or contained a new voice. I hope Ibi writes a full length novel based on her short story because I became really investing in Nigeria's life.The stories I gave 4 stars:**** Half...