Title: What Kind of Girl
Author: Alyssa Sheinmel
TW/CW: Self-harm, bulimia, homophobia, drug use, abuse
What kind of girl is one of those books that hits you hard and leaves you thinking about it long after you’ve read it. There were many times I needed to take a break and put the book down to gather my thoughts. The content was heavy and it really got the wheels turning in your head.
The book begins with a young lady going into the principal’s office at her school. She has a black eye. Who did it? her “golden boy” boyfriend Mike. Mike “the perfect boyfriend”, Mike “the one that would never do that”. Well..he did do it. It wasn’t the first time this has happened either. You read about everyone’s reaction towards the situation, their opinions, the finger pointing, the victim blaming, and more. It was really disgusting at times seeing people come up with justifications about why mike hit her.
Along the way you’ll meet more characters that are essential to tie the story up together. But I will not give out too many details because like I said the characters all tie up together. But there’s titles for the characters outlined in the book. The popular girl, the bulimic, the burnout, the activist. The book did an amazing job making you feel all these emotions while reading it and rightfully so. That’s what a good author and a good story does. By any way do not think this story is a fairytale, this novel, although fictional is the life of many people around the world. It’s an eye opening experience. Fantastic job by the author. Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for a copy of this book in exchange fir an honest review.
Title: Color Me In
Author: Natasha Diaz
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Naveah Levitz is trapped in two different worlds. Her parents recently split up and she has to travel and stay in between two places. Her grandfather’s home in Harlem and her childhood home in White Plains with her dad. For a while Naveah has felt she didn’t belong anywhere. As a bi-racial kid it’s hard to feel any level of acceptance anywhere…including within her own family. Naveah has only been exposed to her white side (she’s half black and half white). Her cousins and her aunt are trying to connect her with her black heritage, while her bone head father tries to to show her her Jewish roots. Evening going as far as preparing her for Hebrew school and throw a bat Mitzvah (3 years too late). His purpose for it….so she doesn’t lose her head and act too “black”. It’s even worse because her cousin Jordan is consistently reminding her she isn’t welcomed into the black community. Especially since Naveah is too blinded about what’s going on within the black community. Things start to get even more tense between her and Jordan when Jesus, Jordan’s long time crush starts to fall for Naveah. With all this plus all the problems at her white preppy school, Naveah finds comfort in her poetry and her mother’s diary that she happens to find in her grandfather’s attic.
I want to thank the author for sharing her experiences a multi-racial individual through this book. She even explains it at the end of the book. It was really though provoking and insightful. There were numerous characters mentioned in the book. But it was easy to keep up with them and I didn’t feel feel overwhelmed by them.
*Stevie- Naveah’s best friend whose also bi-racial (White and Chinese). A talented dancer and performer. He’s an amazing friend overall.
*Abby- I hated this girl with everything in my soul. The things that she would say were disgusting and I often wanted to jump through my phone and wanting to punch her in the throat. I’ve dealt with a Abby at my previous job and let me tell you…I’m really starting to hate the name Abby.
*Jesus- Towards the beginning of the book I wasn’t really feeling Jesus. I thought he was going to be one of those guys and honestly I was anticipating him turning into a dog. I think I started to partially warm up to him towards the end of the book.
*Rabbi Sarah: At first she was annoying to me, but I warmed up to her once I saw that she was down to earth.
There were other characters in the novel. I think the two characters that I hated the most were Navaho’s dad and his new stupid girlfriend Ashleigh. Holy crap what a bunch of turds. I will warn you some of the content in the book will anger you. So be on the lookout for racism, name calling, and sexual assault. It was frustrating enough reading about, I can’t imagine someone going through it. The a book makes you feel all the feelings I did while reading it…you know you have a banger.
Overall the book was fantastic and I really enjoyed it. I devoured it in two days. A story that deals with the true meaning of friendship, love, and dealing with with a difficult family….and of course learning how to accept the true you. 5/5 for me. Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Never Too Soon
Author: Tamika Christy
Publisher: BQB Publishing
Never too soon is the second book in the Anaya Series. Anaya returns in another drama filled story. After her mother’s death, Anaya’s life sort of got back on track. She has a good job where she’s the youngest highest paid executive in the county. As a result shes put onto a major project that could potentially impact her life in more ways than one. Not only does she have to deal with her dingbat co-workers, but she’s surprised to see who else is on board with this project… her old flame Jeff. Having Jeff in the picture again only starts to confuse Anaya and old feelings start to come up again. Especially when a major scandal happens and she has to lean on Jeff for guidance. As a result of all these confusing feelings, Anaya’s relationship with her boyfriend Carl falls apart and they’re forced to make decisions that will change the game.
Apart from having personal problems. Anaya ya to deal with all her family’s issues. I simply could not stand Ava. I loathe people like her who always push their religious beliefs on everyone. Constantly having to cater to people and her family has exhausted her and she begins to make changes.
I really appreciate that the author gave us an in depth look into Catie’s and Sophie’s lives to better understand them. They had such hard lives and I’m glad Anaya is their friend. I really hope there is a third part to this series because I need answers!
An overall great read. I want to thank the author for providing me with a copy of this book in an exchange for an honest review.
And don’t forget to get your copy on September 1.