Blended

Blended

"You?re so exotic!? ?You look so unusual.? ?But what are you really?? Eleven-year-old Isabella is used to these kinds of comments - her father is black, her mother is white - but that doesn't mean she likes them. And now that her parents are divorced (and getting along WORSE than ever), Isabella feels more like a push-me-pull-me toy. One week she?s Isabella with her dad, his "You?re so exotic!? ?You look so unusual.? ?But what are you really?? Eleven-year-ol...

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Title:Blended
Author:Sharon M. Draper
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:Blended
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Blended Reviews

  • Rita
    Aug 17, 2018
    For those of you who know me will realize that after seeing the cover of this book I just knew it was going to speak to me. I just didn't realize how. The main character Isabella is on the front cover and her ice cream has fallen to the ground out of her cone. This is a catastrophe in ...
  • Josh
    Nov 29, 2018
    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    Dec 29, 2018
    When 11-year-old Isabella?s parents get a divorce, she finds herself constantly pulled between two households. During ?Mom?s Week,? she live with her mother, who?s white, and her mother?s new boyfriend John-Mark. During ?Dad?s Week,? she lives with her father, who?s...
  • Katy Wineke
    Nov 30, 2018
    I don't generally love middle grade fiction: it can feel too light, simple, and silly. This book was no exception and I had a hard time connecting to Izzy/Isabella and her story for much of the book. That being said, I am not the target audience and I am giving it 4 stars because: -I ...
  • Lauren Grace Keen
    Nov 29, 2018
    Wow! So good! This book is about 11-year-old (almost 12-year-old) Isabella. Her mom is white and her dad is black. Toward the beginning of the story, we learn that her parents are getting divorced. And they are incredibly ugly toward each other, leaving Isabella in the middle, feeling ...
  • Laurie
    Oct 13, 2018
    Interest Level: 3-6 Do you ever feel like you don't belong? Are you torn between two divorced parents? This is eleven-year-old Isabella. She is struggling with living one week with her dad, his girlfriend, and her son in a very fancy neighborhood and the next week with her mom and h...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Oct 31, 2018
    Isabella is torn; her mom is white and her dad is black, and they have gotten divorced, leaving Isabella at her mom's one week and her dad's the next. Isabella is more than just being caught between two homes, though. She is caught between two cultures. What is her place? How can she r...
  • Richie Partington
    Nov 13, 2018
    Richie?s Picks: BLENDED by Sharon M. Draper, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, October 2018. 320p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-9500-5 ?Sit yourself down at the piano Just about in the middle? --Graham Nash, ?Black Notes? ?Dylan Roof, white male, murdered 9 African Americans in a churc...
  • Susan
    Jan 03, 2019
    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...
  • The Reading Countess
    Dec 22, 2018
    3 Star read for me as an adult reader, but 4 Star read for its intended audience. Sharon Draper is a trusted name in the middle grade fiction world. Her readers know she doesn't sugar coat big issues, and her characters' voices ring true. I liked Blended. Its main character, ...
  • Maureen
    Aug 20, 2018
    Isabella?s parents are divorced and share custody of her. One week she is with her mom and the other she is with her dad. The two families live different lifestyles and Izzy has to be someone else depending on whose week it is. This book has drama, humor, sadness, and deals with even...
  • Sheila
    Oct 14, 2018
    At first I was excited to read this book, as I am a big fan of Sharon M. Draper?s past bestsellers: Tears of a Tiger, Forged by Fire, Out of My Mind, etc. But Blended turned out to be a big disappointment. There was just too much crammed into a book that just meandered along. The...
  • Lindsay Nixon
    Nov 14, 2018
    I wanted to love this book, but it fell short for me. I also tried (very hard!) not to compare it to The Hate You Give, but even when I put that book completely out of my head I still felt this was a 2-star book. I do applaud Draper for taking on the subject matters here ("blended"...
  • Casey (caseydillabooks)
    Oct 23, 2018
    This book is about a girl who is blended in the sense that she?s biracial, and who is in a blended family as her parents have divorced and met other people. Isabella is at an age where she is coming to comprehend racial tensions in society and has to process it all, and it gets quite...
  • Alexa L
    Jul 28, 2018
    I just read this entire book on my phone in one sitting in a hotel room in Japan while my husband snores next to me. It?s phenomenal. Obviously Sharon Draper is a queen, but this book was all kinds of epic. Emotion jumps off the page, and she mentions my favorite ice cream in the wor...
  • Holly Mueller
    Jan 05, 2019
    I listened to this middle grade book, read by Sharon Draper herself. I was swept up in Isabella's story - she is the biracial child of a white mother and black father, which causes her to think and talk a lot about her identity, she loves playing piano and is preparing for a big recita...
  • steph
    Nov 18, 2018
    I get what the author was trying to do here, what message she was sending, but it felt off to me. There was a lot going on in this small book and then the end(ing) was very climatic and did not fit (in my opinion) the story it was previously telling. It really made me stop and go "whaa...
  • Fafa's Book Corner
    Dec 01, 2018
    Mini review: Trigger warning: Arguments before divorce. Up till the point I read. DNF I heard about this book through GR. I was actually semi-excited to read this. It sounded cute but important. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this. I liked the beginning! It was interesting...
  • Amy
    Oct 03, 2018
    Many thanks to the publisher and EdelweissPlus for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own. I came into this book with VERY high expectations. Draper's earlier work Out of my Mind is one of my go-to, solid gold recommendations for my middle schoo...
  • Ami
    Jan 11, 2019
    3.5 stars. This is actually the first Sharon Draper book I've read. I really enjoyed Izzy's character and her inner thoughts. The book does an excellent job of depicting what it's like to be a child of divorce. Her feelings felt very authentic and the whole book, I kept thin...
  • Tonja Drecker
    Nov 20, 2018
    This is the first book I've read from Sharon Draper, and it won't be my last. The author dives into current and important themes for today's society and approaches them from the view of a sixth grader. Isabella feels divided when her parents get divorced, a feeling which only gets w...
  • Aliza Werner
    Jan 14, 2019
    I wanted to love this one. Its strengths were in the relationships in Izzy?s blended family and her grappling with her identity. But there were so many different story lines that it felt like a checklist of issues, missing the rhythm and heart of a focused narrative. Izzy?s voice a...
  • Heather Jensen
    Dec 16, 2018
    Blended is so good on so many levels. I love the point of view of young woman caught in the middle of divorced parents and the toll it takes on her. Sharon M. Draper once again creates a character so real that Izzy/Isabella will live in my heart for a long time. Draper also explores vi...
  • Heidi Burkhart
    Jan 13, 2019
    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...
  • Rachel Knuttel
    Dec 30, 2018
    The ideas here are great. I feel like a lot of kids would love seeing family/personal situations that look like their represented in a story. Or even seeing a very different life than their own. However, there is a lot going on here. And it all comes to a head very quickly. Isab...
  • Anna
    Dec 01, 2018
    2.5* It's a sad and painful book but also laugh out loud hilarious sometimes. And it's very honest, doesn't sugar-coat anything. Divorce, racism, violence, being a mixed-race child - all of these subjects are explored with care and understanding for how it's like for a child to be f...
  • Misti
    Dec 31, 2018
    Isabella?s parents are divorced, so she is swapped between families each week. As a pre-teen, she?s confronting issues of identity: being biracial, should she identify as Black? White? Both? An unpleasant incident at school brings these questions to the forefront, but she?s also ...
  • Jesseca Evans
    Nov 07, 2018
    Okay, for starters Sharon m. Draper is probably my favorite author. But, this book was not good. What type of book is this? Is it about a girl with divorced parents? A mixed girl and her daily struggles? A girl with school problems? A book where the colored characters get harassed by...
  • Cort
    Dec 05, 2018
    Mini Me Rating ...
  • Sara
    Jan 17, 2019
    I loved this book! ...