A Change is Gonna Come is a collection of short stories/poetry by various authors (both debut authors and already published) with the aim to “give creative space to those who have been historically had their thoughts, ideas and experiences oppressed”. This anthology covers a range of topics, with a list of issues raised at the end of the book if you wish to find out more information or get trigger warnings, which I think is a fantastic idea and should be done more frequently with other books! Other publishers/authors TAKE NOTE!!
I often find it hard to review an anthology as an overall rating doesn’t reflect all the stories in the book, but this is perhaps the first anthology where I feel all the pieces of writing were equally as good, each with their own unique message. There’s something for everyone – whether you’re into historical fiction, fantasy or poetry, this YA anthology reflects a larger range of genres.
My favourite 3 pieces were….
Marionette Girl by Aisha Bushby – a short story about a girl who is obsessed with Harry Potter and has severe OCD, which she has to try and overcome after there is a sudden incident which means she cannot follow her usual routine.
A Refuge by Ayisha Malik – Sabrina goes to help and volunteer in a refugee camp but meets Homa, a young girl who lives there by herself. They form a brief friendship and Sabrina does everything she can to try and help her.
Fortune Favours the Bold by Yasmin Rahman – There has just been a terrorist attack in a nightclub with seven fatalities and Zaibah fears the next time she goes out in public because of the blame and harassment she receives because she wears a headscarf. That’s until she comes across a girl who has she admires for standing up for herself…
I definitely recommend this anthology, whether you usually read YA or not. There is something for everyone and the emphasis on characters which are usually marginalised and unfortunately ignored in the wider world is fantastic to read! I really hope there are similar anthologies like this to come in the future!!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*