The Radical Element

The Radical Element Review

In an anthology of revolution and resistance, a sisterhood of YA writers shines a light on a century and a half of heroines on the margins and in the intersections.

To respect yourself, to love yourself—should not have to be a radical decision. And yet it remains as challenging for an American girl to make today as it was in 1927 on the steps of the Supreme Court. It's a decision that must be faced whether you're balancing on the tightrope of neurodivergence, finding your way as a second-generation immigrant, or facing down American racism even while loving America. And it's the only decision when you've weighed society's expectations and found them wanting. In The Radical Element, twelve of the most talented writers working in young adult literature today tell the stories of the girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs—whether that means secretly learning Hebrew in early Savannah, using the family magic to pass as white in 1920s Hollywood, or singing in a feminist punk band in 1980s Boston. And they're asking you to join them.

Title:The Radical Element

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  • Nat

    I recently answered the PARKS AND REC book tag (and had THE MOST FUN doing so), wherein I featured this collection for Tom Haverford's A character who likes to dream big.Here is what I wrote taken dir...

  • Erin Bowman

    I'm so excited (and honored!) to be contributing to this anthology, and yes, you can expect me to write something set in the Wild West. Yeehaw! (Teaser here)Update 5/22, after having read all contribu...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    → Daughter of the Book by Dahlia Adler ← → You're a Stranger Here by Mackenzi Lee ← → The Magician by Erin Bowman ← → Lady Firebrand by Megan Shepherd ← → Step Right Up by Jessi...

  • Dahlia

    So, so excited and honored to be contributing to this anthology, and cannot wait to read everyone else's stories!...

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)

    Definitely the weakest of the two anthologies in this series. My favourite was definitely Sara Farizan's 'Take Me With U'!Daughter of the Book by Dahlier Adler - 3.5/5 starsYou're A Stranger Here by M...

  • alice (arctic books)

    You can find this review and others at arctic books2.5/5 starsI’m starting to think that anthologies are just Not For Me. The past few anthologies that I’ve read had good content, but I just haven...

  • Acqua

    The Radical Element is a historical fiction anthology about radical and dauntless young women throughout American history. It follows girls ahead of their times, marginalized girls, girls who were in ...

  • Clara

    I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.A friend of mine recommended me the first anthology, so when this one has been added to Netgalley I knew I had to ask for it. If...

  • Lauren Stoolfire

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.As an American girl in the past and the present the decision to respect yourself can sometimes be challenging and radical. You have to...

  • Stacey Lee

    I'm excited for this collection of important stories from little-heard voices, and hope you are, too! I just finished this book, and here are my thoughts on each story, for those wondering what's insi...