"People are always going to want to split you into pieces, so they can feel more comfortable with who you are."
I know this Monday, and not Saturday, but, there’s always time for books!! Color Me In is a beautiful novel. I love how all the characters are flawed, but they all try. Nevaeh, the main character, starts by not advocating for herself enough, then too much (taking advocacy away from other people), then slowly finding out the perfect amount. Her relationship with her mother is so intricate as they try to fix everything that’s gone wrong. I also really love all the subplots.
Trigger warning: sexual assault, racism.
Growing up in an affluent suburb of New York City, sixteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz has never thought much of her biracial roots. But 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. Everything and everyone seems to be against her. But rather than take a stand, Nevaeh does what she’s always done when life gets complicated: she stays silent. Only when she stumbles upon a secret from her mom’s past, finds herself falling in love, and sees firsthand the prejudice her family faces does she begin to realize she has a voice.
The sadness, the anger, the happiness, it all felt so real. Everything was really written beautifully. The only slight reason it wasn’t a five star is that I wasn’t all for the romance. Although it was cute, it felt a little annoying at times. But, I am not a romance person… so, y’know. Overall, loved this book.
Have you read this book? Or something like it? Thanks so much for reading. Maeve, out.