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
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Blended Reviews

  • Sarah
    Dec 04, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    E-galley from Edelweiss. In true Draper style, she tackles some big topics in a story that is perfect for middle grade readers. Blended means a blended family, means understanding your blended identity when your mom is white and dad is black. And at the end Draper looks at the ...

    I loved this book. I like how the author split many of the chapters by who had custody of Izzy. I was really enjoying the book, but then end took a turn I didn?t expect and wowed me even more. ...

    Really enjoyed this story about Isabella and her families. She's "blended" in a few different ways with a black father and a white mother, a split living situation between the two, and a new family dynamic with her parents' boyfriend/girlfriend and a new older "brother". Watching h...

  • Rita
    Aug 17, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Laura Gardner
    Oct 12, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    E-galley from Edelweiss. In true Draper style, she tackles some big topics in a story that is perfect for middle grade readers. Blended means a blended family, means understanding your blended identity when your mom is white and dad is black. And at the end Draper looks at the ...

    I loved this book. I like how the author split many of the chapters by who had custody of Izzy. I was really enjoying the book, but then end took a turn I didn?t expect and wowed me even more. ...

    Really enjoyed this story about Isabella and her families. She's "blended" in a few different ways with a black father and a white mother, a split living situation between the two, and a new family dynamic with her parents' boyfriend/girlfriend and a new older "brother". Watching h...

    Draper does a terrific job of telling the story of Isabella, a girl torn between two families and struggling with her identity. The incident towards the end of the book isn't resolved as the book abruptly ends, which is too bad, because I wanted to know what happened next. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Isabella's parents are divorced, and she lived with her mother in Cincinnati while her father worked in California. Now he is back, and they switch off weeks, meeting at a local mall for the trade off. With her mother, who works as a waitress, she lives in ...

    After I started reading this story, I could not put it down! At times I just wanted to give the main character a big hug. I am glad she had good friends in the story to help her deal with her family mess. Throughout her struggles, she learned some valuable lessons both about herself an...

    This book would have been a solid 4 but the last few chapters brought it down to a 2.5 for me. As a librarian, I have read A LOT of children's & teen books covering these social issues. The influx of literature focused on race and culture is important, it educates readers and p...

    Should I worry about confessing I have not read anything by Sharon Draper? That seems like a bad omission on my part. However, I am pleased to have one under my belt. To save time, here is a quick list of pros/cons: [note - I said it would be quick, but this ended up being very l-o-...

    Isabella, an 11 year old talented pianist in the 6th grade, hates Sundays. Sunday is the day she is exchanged from one parent to the other like a package. She has two bedrooms, two backpacks, two pianos and two homes, but in this case more feels like less. Isabella (or Izzy to her mom)...

  • Katy Wineke
    Nov 30, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Lisa
    Oct 20, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    E-galley from Edelweiss. In true Draper style, she tackles some big topics in a story that is perfect for middle grade readers. Blended means a blended family, means understanding your blended identity when your mom is white and dad is black. And at the end Draper looks at the ...

    I loved this book. I like how the author split many of the chapters by who had custody of Izzy. I was really enjoying the book, but then end took a turn I didn?t expect and wowed me even more. ...

    Really enjoyed this story about Isabella and her families. She's "blended" in a few different ways with a black father and a white mother, a split living situation between the two, and a new family dynamic with her parents' boyfriend/girlfriend and a new older "brother". Watching h...

    Draper does a terrific job of telling the story of Isabella, a girl torn between two families and struggling with her identity. The incident towards the end of the book isn't resolved as the book abruptly ends, which is too bad, because I wanted to know what happened next. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Isabella's parents are divorced, and she lived with her mother in Cincinnati while her father worked in California. Now he is back, and they switch off weeks, meeting at a local mall for the trade off. With her mother, who works as a waitress, she lives in ...

    After I started reading this story, I could not put it down! At times I just wanted to give the main character a big hug. I am glad she had good friends in the story to help her deal with her family mess. Throughout her struggles, she learned some valuable lessons both about herself an...

    This book would have been a solid 4 but the last few chapters brought it down to a 2.5 for me. As a librarian, I have read A LOT of children's & teen books covering these social issues. The influx of literature focused on race and culture is important, it educates readers and p...

    Should I worry about confessing I have not read anything by Sharon Draper? That seems like a bad omission on my part. However, I am pleased to have one under my belt. To save time, here is a quick list of pros/cons: [note - I said it would be quick, but this ended up being very l-o-...

    Isabella, an 11 year old talented pianist in the 6th grade, hates Sundays. Sunday is the day she is exchanged from one parent to the other like a package. She has two bedrooms, two backpacks, two pianos and two homes, but in this case more feels like less. Isabella (or Izzy to her mom)...

    Honest look at a girl split two ways, the issues feel realistic. 4.5 stars. Isabella is 11, a talented pianist and caught between two lives - her white mother and boyfriend, and black father and his girlfriend. Since their acrimonious split, Isabella divides her time equally betw...

    Blended tells the story of 11-year-old Isabella as she navigates having a new blended family. Her parents divorced years earlier, but when her dad moves back to Ohio the custody arrangement is changed. Isabella now has to alternate weeks with her mom and dad. It's confusing and unsettl...

  • Laurie
    Oct 13, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

  • Maureen
    Aug 20, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    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...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Aug 23, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    E-galley from Edelweiss. In true Draper style, she tackles some big topics in a story that is perfect for middle grade readers. Blended means a blended family, means understanding your blended identity when your mom is white and dad is black. And at the end Draper looks at the ...

    I loved this book. I like how the author split many of the chapters by who had custody of Izzy. I was really enjoying the book, but then end took a turn I didn?t expect and wowed me even more. ...

    Really enjoyed this story about Isabella and her families. She's "blended" in a few different ways with a black father and a white mother, a split living situation between the two, and a new family dynamic with her parents' boyfriend/girlfriend and a new older "brother". Watching h...

    Draper does a terrific job of telling the story of Isabella, a girl torn between two families and struggling with her identity. The incident towards the end of the book isn't resolved as the book abruptly ends, which is too bad, because I wanted to know what happened next. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Isabella's parents are divorced, and she lived with her mother in Cincinnati while her father worked in California. Now he is back, and they switch off weeks, meeting at a local mall for the trade off. With her mother, who works as a waitress, she lives in ...

  • Lindsay Nixon
    Nov 14, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

  • Czechgirl
    Nov 25, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    E-galley from Edelweiss. In true Draper style, she tackles some big topics in a story that is perfect for middle grade readers. Blended means a blended family, means understanding your blended identity when your mom is white and dad is black. And at the end Draper looks at the ...

    I loved this book. I like how the author split many of the chapters by who had custody of Izzy. I was really enjoying the book, but then end took a turn I didn?t expect and wowed me even more. ...

  • Jennifer Mangler
    Nov 25, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    E-galley from Edelweiss. In true Draper style, she tackles some big topics in a story that is perfect for middle grade readers. Blended means a blended family, means understanding your blended identity when your mom is white and dad is black. And at the end Draper looks at the ...

    I loved this book. I like how the author split many of the chapters by who had custody of Izzy. I was really enjoying the book, but then end took a turn I didn?t expect and wowed me even more. ...

    Really enjoyed this story about Isabella and her families. She's "blended" in a few different ways with a black father and a white mother, a split living situation between the two, and a new family dynamic with her parents' boyfriend/girlfriend and a new older "brother". Watching h...

    Draper does a terrific job of telling the story of Isabella, a girl torn between two families and struggling with her identity. The incident towards the end of the book isn't resolved as the book abruptly ends, which is too bad, because I wanted to know what happened next. ...

  • Casey (caseydillabooks)
    Oct 23, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • steph
    Nov 18, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Michele Knott
    Sep 02, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    E-galley from Edelweiss. In true Draper style, she tackles some big topics in a story that is perfect for middle grade readers. Blended means a blended family, means understanding your blended identity when your mom is white and dad is black. And at the end Draper looks at the ...

  • Katy Noyes
    Nov 03, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    E-galley from Edelweiss. In true Draper style, she tackles some big topics in a story that is perfect for middle grade readers. Blended means a blended family, means understanding your blended identity when your mom is white and dad is black. And at the end Draper looks at the ...

    I loved this book. I like how the author split many of the chapters by who had custody of Izzy. I was really enjoying the book, but then end took a turn I didn?t expect and wowed me even more. ...

    Really enjoyed this story about Isabella and her families. She's "blended" in a few different ways with a black father and a white mother, a split living situation between the two, and a new family dynamic with her parents' boyfriend/girlfriend and a new older "brother". Watching h...

    Draper does a terrific job of telling the story of Isabella, a girl torn between two families and struggling with her identity. The incident towards the end of the book isn't resolved as the book abruptly ends, which is too bad, because I wanted to know what happened next. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Isabella's parents are divorced, and she lived with her mother in Cincinnati while her father worked in California. Now he is back, and they switch off weeks, meeting at a local mall for the trade off. With her mother, who works as a waitress, she lives in ...

    After I started reading this story, I could not put it down! At times I just wanted to give the main character a big hug. I am glad she had good friends in the story to help her deal with her family mess. Throughout her struggles, she learned some valuable lessons both about herself an...

    This book would have been a solid 4 but the last few chapters brought it down to a 2.5 for me. As a librarian, I have read A LOT of children's & teen books covering these social issues. The influx of literature focused on race and culture is important, it educates readers and p...

    Should I worry about confessing I have not read anything by Sharon Draper? That seems like a bad omission on my part. However, I am pleased to have one under my belt. To save time, here is a quick list of pros/cons: [note - I said it would be quick, but this ended up being very l-o-...

    Isabella, an 11 year old talented pianist in the 6th grade, hates Sundays. Sunday is the day she is exchanged from one parent to the other like a package. She has two bedrooms, two backpacks, two pianos and two homes, but in this case more feels like less. Isabella (or Izzy to her mom)...

    Honest look at a girl split two ways, the issues feel realistic. 4.5 stars. Isabella is 11, a talented pianist and caught between two lives - her white mother and boyfriend, and black father and his girlfriend. Since their acrimonious split, Isabella divides her time equally betw...

  • 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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

  • Linnea
    Dec 11, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    E-galley from Edelweiss. In true Draper style, she tackles some big topics in a story that is perfect for middle grade readers. Blended means a blended family, means understanding your blended identity when your mom is white and dad is black. And at the end Draper looks at the ...

    I loved this book. I like how the author split many of the chapters by who had custody of Izzy. I was really enjoying the book, but then end took a turn I didn?t expect and wowed me even more. ...

    Really enjoyed this story about Isabella and her families. She's "blended" in a few different ways with a black father and a white mother, a split living situation between the two, and a new family dynamic with her parents' boyfriend/girlfriend and a new older "brother". Watching h...

    Draper does a terrific job of telling the story of Isabella, a girl torn between two families and struggling with her identity. The incident towards the end of the book isn't resolved as the book abruptly ends, which is too bad, because I wanted to know what happened next. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Isabella's parents are divorced, and she lived with her mother in Cincinnati while her father worked in California. Now he is back, and they switch off weeks, meeting at a local mall for the trade off. With her mother, who works as a waitress, she lives in ...

    After I started reading this story, I could not put it down! At times I just wanted to give the main character a big hug. I am glad she had good friends in the story to help her deal with her family mess. Throughout her struggles, she learned some valuable lessons both about herself an...

    This book would have been a solid 4 but the last few chapters brought it down to a 2.5 for me. As a librarian, I have read A LOT of children's & teen books covering these social issues. The influx of literature focused on race and culture is important, it educates readers and p...

  • Tonja Drecker
    Nov 20, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Munro's Kids
    Sep 07, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    E-galley from Edelweiss. In true Draper style, she tackles some big topics in a story that is perfect for middle grade readers. Blended means a blended family, means understanding your blended identity when your mom is white and dad is black. And at the end Draper looks at the ...

    I loved this book. I like how the author split many of the chapters by who had custody of Izzy. I was really enjoying the book, but then end took a turn I didn?t expect and wowed me even more. ...

    Really enjoyed this story about Isabella and her families. She's "blended" in a few different ways with a black father and a white mother, a split living situation between the two, and a new family dynamic with her parents' boyfriend/girlfriend and a new older "brother". Watching h...

    Draper does a terrific job of telling the story of Isabella, a girl torn between two families and struggling with her identity. The incident towards the end of the book isn't resolved as the book abruptly ends, which is too bad, because I wanted to know what happened next. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Isabella's parents are divorced, and she lived with her mother in Cincinnati while her father worked in California. Now he is back, and they switch off weeks, meeting at a local mall for the trade off. With her mother, who works as a waitress, she lives in ...

    After I started reading this story, I could not put it down! At times I just wanted to give the main character a big hug. I am glad she had good friends in the story to help her deal with her family mess. Throughout her struggles, she learned some valuable lessons both about herself an...

    This book would have been a solid 4 but the last few chapters brought it down to a 2.5 for me. As a librarian, I have read A LOT of children's & teen books covering these social issues. The influx of literature focused on race and culture is important, it educates readers and p...

    Should I worry about confessing I have not read anything by Sharon Draper? That seems like a bad omission on my part. However, I am pleased to have one under my belt. To save time, here is a quick list of pros/cons: [note - I said it would be quick, but this ended up being very l-o-...

  • Melanie Dulaney
    Oct 17, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    E-galley from Edelweiss. In true Draper style, she tackles some big topics in a story that is perfect for middle grade readers. Blended means a blended family, means understanding your blended identity when your mom is white and dad is black. And at the end Draper looks at the ...

    I loved this book. I like how the author split many of the chapters by who had custody of Izzy. I was really enjoying the book, but then end took a turn I didn?t expect and wowed me even more. ...

    Really enjoyed this story about Isabella and her families. She's "blended" in a few different ways with a black father and a white mother, a split living situation between the two, and a new family dynamic with her parents' boyfriend/girlfriend and a new older "brother". Watching h...

    Draper does a terrific job of telling the story of Isabella, a girl torn between two families and struggling with her identity. The incident towards the end of the book isn't resolved as the book abruptly ends, which is too bad, because I wanted to know what happened next. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Isabella's parents are divorced, and she lived with her mother in Cincinnati while her father worked in California. Now he is back, and they switch off weeks, meeting at a local mall for the trade off. With her mother, who works as a waitress, she lives in ...

    After I started reading this story, I could not put it down! At times I just wanted to give the main character a big hug. I am glad she had good friends in the story to help her deal with her family mess. Throughout her struggles, she learned some valuable lessons both about herself an...

    This book would have been a solid 4 but the last few chapters brought it down to a 2.5 for me. As a librarian, I have read A LOT of children's & teen books covering these social issues. The influx of literature focused on race and culture is important, it educates readers and p...

    Should I worry about confessing I have not read anything by Sharon Draper? That seems like a bad omission on my part. However, I am pleased to have one under my belt. To save time, here is a quick list of pros/cons: [note - I said it would be quick, but this ended up being very l-o-...

    Isabella, an 11 year old talented pianist in the 6th grade, hates Sundays. Sunday is the day she is exchanged from one parent to the other like a package. She has two bedrooms, two backpacks, two pianos and two homes, but in this case more feels like less. Isabella (or Izzy to her mom)...

    Honest look at a girl split two ways, the issues feel realistic. 4.5 stars. Isabella is 11, a talented pianist and caught between two lives - her white mother and boyfriend, and black father and his girlfriend. Since their acrimonious split, Isabella divides her time equally betw...

    Blended tells the story of 11-year-old Isabella as she navigates having a new blended family. Her parents divorced years earlier, but when her dad moves back to Ohio the custody arrangement is changed. Isabella now has to alternate weeks with her mom and dad. It's confusing and unsettl...

    Sharon Draper has written many powerful, gritty books for the YA crowd that leave readers wanting more. My first Draper read, Tears of a Tiger, was a required reading book that I read alongside of my junior high daughter years ago. After meeting the author at a school author event, my ...

  • Melissa Edwards
    Sep 03, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    E-galley from Edelweiss. In true Draper style, she tackles some big topics in a story that is perfect for middle grade readers. Blended means a blended family, means understanding your blended identity when your mom is white and dad is black. And at the end Draper looks at the ...

    I loved this book. I like how the author split many of the chapters by who had custody of Izzy. I was really enjoying the book, but then end took a turn I didn?t expect and wowed me even more. ...

    Really enjoyed this story about Isabella and her families. She's "blended" in a few different ways with a black father and a white mother, a split living situation between the two, and a new family dynamic with her parents' boyfriend/girlfriend and a new older "brother". Watching h...

    Draper does a terrific job of telling the story of Isabella, a girl torn between two families and struggling with her identity. The incident towards the end of the book isn't resolved as the book abruptly ends, which is too bad, because I wanted to know what happened next. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Isabella's parents are divorced, and she lived with her mother in Cincinnati while her father worked in California. Now he is back, and they switch off weeks, meeting at a local mall for the trade off. With her mother, who works as a waitress, she lives in ...

    After I started reading this story, I could not put it down! At times I just wanted to give the main character a big hug. I am glad she had good friends in the story to help her deal with her family mess. Throughout her struggles, she learned some valuable lessons both about herself an...

  • Anna
    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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Jesseca Evans
    Nov 07, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Mini Me Rating ...