Title: Color Me In
Author: Natasha Diaz
Genre: YA contemporary, #ownvoices
Release Date: August 20th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: ARC received from publisher which did not influence my opinion
My rating: 5 stars
inform this powerful coming-of-age novel about the meaning of friendship, the
joyful beginnings of romance, and the racism and religious intolerance that can
both strain a family to the breaking point and strengthen its bonds.
sixteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz never thought much about her biracial roots.
When her Black mom and Jewish dad split up, she relocates to her mom’s family
home in Harlem and is forced to confront her identity for the first time.
can’t stand that Nevaeh, who inadvertently passes as white, is too privileged,
pampered, and selfish to relate to the injustices they face on a daily basis as
African Americans. In the midst of attempting to blend their families, Nevaeh’s
dad decides that she should have a belated bat mitzvah instead of a sweet
sixteen, which guarantees social humiliation at her posh private school. Even
with the push and pull of her two cultures, Nevaeh does what she’s always done
when life gets complicated: she stays silent.
finds herself falling in love, and sees firsthand the prejudice her family
faces that she begins to realize she has a voice. And she has choices. Will she
continue to let circumstances dictate her path? Or will she find power in
herself and decide once and for all who and where she is meant to be?
This is definitely going to be one of the best books I've read this year. There was so much to this story, things that if you aren't in that situation, you have no idea about what really happens. Knowing that the author grew up with this type of life totally made this stand out so much for me. But not only was it a really deep look at that, it totally was a teenager's story. First off, as much as Nevaeh was going through herself, she soon had to realize that she wasn't the only one going through things. Her friends were; her family, including her cousins, mother, aunt, uncle, grandpa, were all going through stuff. And not just them, but even people like her rabbi that was helping her go through to get ready for her bat mitzvah. There was also poetry in the book, poetry that the main character was fitting to her current feelings and situation. Nevaeh also found her mother's diary, and for her to see what led up to her mom and dad getting together, as well as what her mom dealt with as a teenager was so perfect for this story.
Personally, at my age, it really stood out to me that now we have stories about teenagers who their parents were young when 9/11 happened. As someone who was a teacher at the time, that really makes me feel even older. But reminds me of all the things that I hear my parents talk about that I wasn't alive for, but that was such a major event in their lives.
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