Color Me in

Color Me in

A Novel

eBook - 2019 | First edition.
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A powerful coming-of-age novel pulled from personal experience 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. Growing up in an affluent suburb of New York City, 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. Nevaeh wants to get to know her extended family, but because she inadvertently passes as white, her cousin thinks she's too privileged, pampered, and selfish to relate to the injustices African Americans face on a daily basis. In the meantime, 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. But rather than take a stand, Nevaeh does what she's always done when life gets complicated: she stays silent. Only when Nevaeh stumbles upon a secret from her mom's past, finds herself falling in love, and sees firsthand the prejudice her family faces that she begins to realize she has her own voice. And choices. Will she continue to let circumstances dictate her path? Or will she decide once for all who and where she is meant to be? "Absolutely outstanding!" — Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780525578246
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (373 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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A biracial teen with divorced parents (Jewish father and African-American Baptist mother) struggles with each parent wanting her to follow different traditions, not being considered Black in her Harlem neighborhood because of her 'passing' light skin, and facing discrimination at school no matter... Read More »


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vpl_teens Sep 25, 2019

Reviewed by Caitlin A. for Teens Read it First
Color Me In is a fictional, coming-of-age novel that clearly breaks down the hardships of balancing traditions and ways of life as a multiracial teenager. 15-year-old Nevaeh Levitz’s wealthy Jewish dad and Baptist, African-American mom are divorced, and both want her to practice their respective cultures and want her to live according to their individual standards. When Nevaeh’s dad decides she should have a belated bat mitzvah instead of a sweet sixteen party, she is exposed to cultural and religious intolerance from her peers at school, but gradually fosters a special friendship with her rabbi, from who she learns about more than Judaism. This book was engaging and nearly impossible to put down. Nevaeh’s passion for poetry is evident throughout the book; she often uses beautiful poems to describe how oppressed she feels for both being black and Jewish. Something that really resonated with me was Rabbi Sarah’s openness about her saddening childhood, which, in turn, makes Nevaeh realize how much her own family loves her. I rate this book ⅘ stars; I loved the contrast Diaz created between Nevaeh’s two families, but I would have liked to see a connection between Nevaeh’s mom’s diary entries and her own life.

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