Color Me In by Natasha Diaz

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-year-old Nevaeh Levitz never thought much about her biracial roots. When her...

Details Color Me In

TitleColor Me In
Release DateAug 20th, 2019
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Reviews Color Me In

  • Lola
    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 realistic and memorable. This is why I adore reading memoirs as much as fictional stories. Plus, the author’s note at the end is incredible.Her writing overall is ly...
  • Cortney
    4.5 stars“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 with that trauma but they are apart of two different cultures and so Nevaeh feels like she is not enough of one or the other to lay claim to those identities an...
  • Jesse bowtiesandbooks
    “We all make assumptions about each other. It doesn’t matter if you’re family or astranger on the subway; we do it everywhere, even here, in our safe spaces, where we’resupposed to love each other up and down.”With straight brown hair and pale skin, no one realizes 16 year old Nevaeh is half black.She’s not popular at her white NY prep school and with her black fam, she sticks out like a sorethumb. So where does she fit in? When her d...
  • Sahitya
    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 share my thoughts. Nevaeh’s life is completely turned upside down due to her parent’s separation and she is struggling to find her place in this new reality. She wants...
  • Obsidian
    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. She and her mother are living with her mother's relatives in Harlem while her mother tries to move forward. Nevaeh feels trapped between the world she came from (rich and...
  • Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
    ****4 STARS****Review to come. . .
  • Kelly Coon
    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 filled with strong female characters who challenge Navaeh's sense of normalcy, and young males who prove that societal expectations are wrong when it comes to men of...
  • Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
    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 would recommend this story to those seeking validation in a world offering little.
  • Ashley
    Color Me In is a coming of age story about a biracial teen trying to navigate her Black and Jewish heritage as well as the divorce of her parents. At its core, I think the book delivers on this premise, providing us a unique perspective on finding one’s identity in a situation that is not so black and white. I think Díaz did a wonderful job of capturing this and she broaches the topic of racism and colorism in our society in an appropriate way...
  • Satya Nelms
    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 own privilege, and discovers a sense of self all in the midst of a narrative that will have you laughing and crying (sometimes at the same time). This is courageous stor...
  • Karli
    4/5 stars!ARC provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewYou 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 this book from Netgalley for 1. that beautiful cover and 2. because I think it is important to keep my reading diverse and read ownvoices stories from many different kinds of ...
  • Celia McMahon
    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 through heartbreak and joy. This book pulled me into Naveah's world. We really see how she grows. This book is definitely going to change its readers. A great debut of 2019...
  • Rachel
    *My review will be up Thursday August 15th on my blog with the post promoted on Twitter. The review will be posted on Goodreads within a week after that.*Neveah Levitz is still figuring herself out. She's grown up in a wealthy and white suburb of New York City where she's never had much of a chance to explore the fact she's biracial. Because of her light skin she's never really had to. But when her Black mother and Jewish father split up, suddenl...
  • KC
    Sixteen year old biracial Nevaeh Levitz grew up in a upscale suburb of NYC but when her Jewish father and Black mother separate, she is forced to move into her mother's family home. Facing an identity crisis, Nevaeh forges on, trying to make sense of life and figuring out her place in the world. Although Natasha Diaz cleverly addresses multiple and very relevant topics such as racism, religion, sexual assault, poverty, and discrimination in this ...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    I was interested in this book, because I have a biracial child. As I read this book, it prompted me to recall a few uncomfortable moments I had experienced myself. For instance, when my daughter was younger, strangers asked me if I went to China to adopt her, and when she was older, she was mistaken for my romantic partner, but it was never assumed that she was my daughter. I can only imagine situations like these being a lot harder on a child, a...
  • Never Without a Book™
    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. From my personal experience I’ve seen biracial kids struggle with identity and if it’s not addressed at early age it really can become overwhelming.Because of h...
  • Veronica (OnWednesdaysWeRead_)
    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 Cuba and is Catholic, whereas my mother is American, from the Bronx, and Jewish. Within the Jewish faith, if your mother is Jewish you are a “real-Jew.” I have alway...
  • Sarah Perchikoff
    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 Black and go to church. She’s never felt like she quite belongs in either world, but as the story goes on and she grows more sure of herself, it becomes clear she can...
  • Bethany
    ****Okay, I need to preface this review by offering some personal background, because I think it affects how I responded to this book. I am white but my husband is Black and our children are multi-racial. I was actually interested in this because it is an own-voices book about mixed identity and white-passing and I feel, as a parent of mixed kids, that it's important to be self-aware and thoughtful about addressing issues that will affect them as...
  • Marie
    A lovely debut overall, I really loved the main character's growth and all of family story, too.
  • Devon
    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 Natasha Diaz’s debut novel ‘Color Me In’ I couldn’t wait to dig in to this coming of age tale. Nevaeh Levitz is 16 years old and caught between worlds in the w...
  • Mari Johnston
    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.Content Warnings: underage drinking, racism, sexual assault, police brutalityI was not expecting so much emotion from Color Me In, but debut author Natasha Diaz certainly delivered. Inspired by her own experiences, Diaz has given readers a truly authentic story that will stick with them long after they finish reading the last page.Nevaeh has so many layers to her. We see a ...
  • Jewel
    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 came to the divorce of her parents and feeling like you don't belong anywhere.Seeing Neveah's journey discovering herself was fustrasting and interesting to see unfold. I...
  • Megan
    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 character that is "passing" for white. As she grows to find her voice (both in writing and in speech) and learns to advocate for herself and the communities that she i...
  • Lisa Ramee
    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 painful to read it was so important to include both the suffering of a lost friendship and the pain and guilt someone goes through when they don't know how to say n...
  • Nikki Barthelmess
    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 community. COLOR ME IN really made me think and examine myself. The best books do that!
  • Justin A Reynolds
    I can already tell it’s gonna be a highlight of 2019! Can’t wait for this!
  • Natalie ⭐
    I really enjoyed this book and its in-depth examination of being biracial and white-passing. Nevaeh started out really loathing how disconnected she felt from both sides of her family, and I loved how much she grew and how she learned to accept herself and accept her family.I loved Nevaeh’s relationship with her mom—and her mom’s family—and how to changed over time as Nevaeh began to empathize with her mom. I thought the poems in between ...
  • Paige Green
    Disclaimer: I bought my own copy but then got a copy on Netgalley. Yay me! All opinions are my own.Book Series: StandaloneRating: 4/5Publication Date: August 20, 2019Genre: YA ContemporaryRecommended Age: 15+ (self-identity)Publisher: DelacorteSynopsis: Who is Nevaeh Levitz?Growing up in an affluent suburb of New York City, sixteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz never thought much about her biracial roots. Wh Disclaimer: I bought my own copy but then g...
  • Reading in Black & White
    “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 read for anyone that is interested in what it feels like to travel in spaces unsure of where you belong and/or fit in. Too white for some folks and too brown for others,...