Title: Keep Faith
Edited by: Gabriela Martins
Release Date: September 1, 2019
Age Range: Young Adult
Genre: Anthology, queer, short stories
Keep faith, in the broad sense of the word. It doesn’t have to be a religion, unless you want it to be. It doesn’t have to speak about the universe, unless you want it to. It doesn’t have to be about anyone but yourself. Keep faith, in other planets and other houses; be it in the face of danger, grief, or while you spread your arms and laugh. Keep faith the same way you keep hope, bright and shiny, ever present. Keep faith in all your queer, beautiful self. Because you deserve it.
This is an anthology of 14 short stories, by 14 queer authors, where faith and queerness intersect. Incidental, purposeful, we-exist-and-that’s-why queerness. And faith meaning whatever you want it to mean.
I’m not a huge fan of anthologies because I’m always afraid I’m only going to like one of the stories out of the whole collection, but I actually really enjoyed Keep Faith. I enjoyed the different perspectives of what faith means to different people and how the writers portrayed that in their stories. And I enjoyed several of them and none of them I had to push myself to read through because they all held my attention despite the stories being different genres.
I think it also helped that none of the stories were the same. There were a vast variety of LGBTQIAP+ identities and they weren’t just the typical white kid you see a lot of queer stories. I felt like there was a story for several different people. That there’s at least one someone could connect with.
I don’t have anything negative to say about this anthology but I do have lots of praise to give.
Some of the things I loved where the way that all of the families and friends and love interests were so supportive of the fears of the main characters. And if they weren’t supportive it was only shown through the main character’s fear of lack of support.
And I also liked that the stories didn’t only tackle religion. They tackled faith in yourself when you question your identity after already coming out. I feel like I am not told stories or have read stories that actually tackle that despite it happening to so many people I know as we all grow and rediscover ourselves.
One of the last big things that I loved is how the anthology also had the experience of having to educate your parents or try to and them not understanding and having to relate to them through their religion.
There is so much I love about this anthology. So many stories that I found bits and pieces I connect with and moments I loved and I could go all day listing more, but for now, those are the ones that stood out to me.