Color Me In

Color Me In

Debut YA author Natasha Díaz pulls from her personal experience to 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. Who is Nevaeh Levitz? Growing up in an affluent suburb of New York City, sixteen-ye Debut YA author Natasha Díaz pulls from her personal experience to inform this powerful coming-of-age novel abo...

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Title:Color Me In
Author:Natasha Diaz
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Genres:Young Adult
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover

Color Me In Reviews

  • Joshunda Sanders
    Jun 13, 2019
    I had the great pleasure of reading this ARC from NetGalley. It?s a really affecting and truly intersectional story with lots of layers. ...
  • Sami
    Dec 04, 2018
    When her affluent father divorces her mother, biracial Nevaeh is forced to face her Harlem roots for the first time, moving in with her extended family. Not to be outdone, her Jewish father forces a bat mitzvah on her instead of a sweet sixteen party. Ultimately, this adversity changes...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jun 13, 2019
    E ARC from Edelweiss Very interesting story of girl who has African American mother and Jewish father who are divorcing, but is more of a YA title due to themes and style. ...
  • Reading in Black & White
    Aug 19, 2019
    ?It?s hard to hear people imply that you can?t be who you know you are because your reality doesn?t jive with how they?ve been taught to see the world.? There isn?t a person of color that can say they don?t understand this sentiment. Color Me In is such a necessary r...
  • Sahitya
    Apr 25, 2019
    This is probably closer to a 4.5.. Some books just surprise you in the best of ways. When I added this book to my TBR, I only expected to read a nice YA coming of age contemporary, but wow did I get so much more. I?m emotional and delighted and thoroughly impressed, so let me sha...
  • Megan
    May 30, 2019
    Color Me In follows biracial character Neveah Levitz, who is struggling to accept and identify as a black, Jewish woman in the face of her parents' separation. This lyrical YA novel is one of few that I've read recently that doesn't just grapple with racism, but with colorism and a cha...
  • Devon
    Jun 15, 2019
    I have always been fascinated by stories about white presenting African-Americans. I?m sure it wouldn?t take a psychology degree to figure out why, being from a family filled with white presenting African-Americans. So when Netgalley offered me the opportunity to read an ARC of Nat...
  • Nikki Barthelmess
    Nov 13, 2018
    I flew through COLOR ME IN- I had to know what happened next! The author tells an important story about a mixed-race girl learning where she fits in as she struggles between her two worlds. It examined coming to terms with privilege and how it can be used to serve the marginalized in a...
  • Justin A Reynolds
    Jul 03, 2018
    I can already tell it?s gonna be a highlight of 2019! Can?t wait for this! ...
  • Lola
    Apr 23, 2019
    I knew I would love this book the moment I read its description and saw that it was inspired by the author?s own past lived experiences. True events always make something more meaningful for me because if they?re developed well into a story, it makes the whole book so much more rea...
  • Lisa Ramee
    Dec 13, 2018
    There's so much to love in this compelling debut! The way Diaz allowed us to see two different cultures without denigrating either was fantastic. And the blossoming love story that defied stereotypes and felt so real. Spoiler alert so stop reading now if you hate that! Although it was ...
  • Sarah Perchikoff
    Jul 07, 2019
    This book knocked me off my feet. When I was least expecting it, it punched me in the heart, and I was crying through a whole bat mitzvah. Nevaeh Levitz is struggling to find where she fits in her family when her dad is white and Jewish and her mom and the people she knows best are ...
  • Jewel
    Jun 29, 2019
    I received this ARC for review from Netgalley and Random House Children's (Thank you!). As a person who doesn't read contemporaries, this one caught my attention. Although, my and Neveah's and my experience's aren't exactly the same, I did relate to a lot of what she felt when it ca...
  • Mari Johnston
    Jul 17, 2019
    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. Content Warnings: underage drinking, racism, sexual assault, police brutality I was not expecting so much emotion from Color Me In, but debut author Natasha Diaz certainly delivered. Inspired by her own ex...
  • Satya Nelms
    Nov 18, 2017
    I all but stood up and cheered when I got to the end of this book about a teenage girl coming of age in circumstances that were infinitely relatable to me, having grown up in a blended, multicultural family. Nevaeh processes trauma, navigates her identity, comes to terms with her o...
  • Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
    Jul 28, 2019
    This book was a testament to the abundance of beautiful and powerful #ownvoices narratives filling the genre of YA. Racial and social justice themes flow through the veins of this contemporary novel about growing up multiracial but passing as white, making for a deeply moving narrative...
  • Malayna Evans
    Nov 25, 2018
    This book pulls you into its world and won't let you go. It's not just a page turner. It's a messy but loving picture of one girl's modern American blended family and all the complications and humor that come along with it. Natasha's prose is beautiful. It will be a highlight of 2019! ...
  • Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
    May 11, 2019
    The story's a good coming of age tale, asking readers to respect boundaries and understand that labels cause more harm than good. The main character requires a good deal of space to figure what she wants and how her voice will handle society on her own terms. While slow sometimes, I wo...
  • Celia McMahon
    Aug 04, 2019
    This is an OWNVOICES book, everyone!!! I flew right through COLOR ME IN. I even forgot to eat at one point and I wondered why I felt so weak. This is a story mixed-race girl learning where she fits in. We navigate through two different cultures as our protagonist as she wanders thro...
  • Karli
    Jul 28, 2019
    4/5 stars! ARC provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review You know when you read those contemporaries that you don't expect to relate to on a heart aching level, but they just surprise you in so many ways? That was Color Me In for me. I requested...
  • Kristy K
    Apr 30, 2019
    I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review. ...
  • Obsidian
    Jul 09, 2019
    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. "Color Me In" has a young adult character that I think some readers will definitely enjoy. We follow 15 year old Nevaeh Levitz who is dealing with the fall out of her parents separation. Sh...
  • Veronica (OnWednesdaysWeRead_)
    Jun 05, 2019
    Thank you Net Galley, Natasha Diaz, and Delacorte Press for the eARC of Color Me In! Opinions are my own! First of all, THANK YOU! Thank you, Natasha Diaz for understanding the ambiguity of being one and the other. I am 100% Jewish and I am Cuban. My father was born and raised in C...
  • Never Without a Bookâ„¢
    Jul 16, 2019
    Color Me In by Natasha Diaz follows 16 year-old year old Nevaeh Levitz, who is spending her time between her White Jewish dad and her Black Baptist mom, Naveah is having a difficult time dealing with her parents separation and embracing the two parts of her world that makes her whole. ...
  • Cori Thomas
    Apr 05, 2018
    I could not put it down. More than a YA it is just a novel and a darn amazing one at that. Will stay with you and maybe you?ll reread it for the third time like I?m going to. An author to take notice of! Excellent read!!!!! ...
  • Kelly Coon
    Sep 23, 2018
    COLOR ME IN is rhythm. Music. Poetry. It's a thrumming in your chest, a pulse in your veins. Diaz's words reveal the power of Nevaeh, a young woman torn between two worlds, not knowing who she is or where she fits in, as she fights against the privilege that comes with her skin. It's f...
  • Cortney
    Jul 20, 2019
    ?People are always going to want to split you into pieces so they can feel more comfortable with who you are, and I am sorry no one ever sat you down to prepare you for that.? Nevaeh is caught between two worlds. Her parents have separated and so not only does she have to deal w...
  • Nicole Ippoliti
    Jun 07, 2018
    This book is breathtakingly beautiful. It gave me goosebumps. Can't recommend highly enough - I wish this book existed when I was younger, though it' definitely a must read for people of all ages. ...
  • Jesse bowtiesandbooks
    Jul 13, 2019
    ?We all make assumptions about each other. It doesn?t matter if you?re family or a stranger on the subway; we do it everywhere, even here, in our safe spaces, where we?re supposed to love each other up and down.? With straight brown hair and pale skin, no one realizes 16...
  • Amber | justambr 🌞
    Jul 18, 2019
    This is why you are supposed to do reviews right after you finish the book because its been a week later and I can't remember much... Ok, this novel follows Naveah Levitz and she is biracial. Her mom is African American and her dad is white and Jewish. When you look at Naveah you wo...