This modern, groundbreaking YA anthology explores the complexity and beauty of interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships where differences are front and center.

When people ask me what this anthology is about, I’m often tempted to give them the complicated answer: it’s about race, and about how being different from the person you love can matter but how it can also not matter, and it’s about Chinese pirate ghosts, black girl vigilantes, colonial India, a flower festival, a garden of poisons, and so, so much else. Honestly, though? I think the answer’s much simpler than that. Color outside the Lines is a collection of stories about young, fierce, brilliantly hopeful people in love.
Sangu Mandanna, editor of Color outside the Lines







“Each well-crafted story feels like a pearl, and strung together, they create something beautiful and unique. Featuring couples who are queer, interracial, or both, this an anthology that beautifully reflects the multifaceted reality of our world.” Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“This YA anthology is filled to the brim with romantic, transcendent short fiction about teens in interracial relationships. By curating a collection filled with authentic characters of color and diverse story lines, Mandanna encourages writers and readers alike to take chances and truly color outside the lines in YA.” Booklist, Starred Review

“Representing interracial and cross-cultural relationships, this anthology takes readers to new worlds. Readers who enjoy romance and exploring questions of community and belonging will find much to savor in this collection.” Kirkus Reviews

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