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

  • 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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    Book Review- BLENDED by Sharon Draper ???? . . Isabella?s life is complicated. She splits her time evenly between her divorced parents. She loves them, and they love her, but they can?t stand each other. She is caught in the middle, and doesn?t feel like she is fully ...

    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 ...

    3 Star read for me as an adult reader, but 4 Star read for its intended audience. Sharon Draper is a trusted name in the middle grade fiction world. Her readers know she doesn't sugar coat big issues, and her characters' voices ring true. I liked Blended. Its main character, ...

    Isabella?s parents are divorced, so she is swapped between families each week. As a pre-teen, she?s confronting issues of identity: being biracial, should she identify as Black? White? Both? An unpleasant incident at school brings these questions to the forefront, but she?s also ...

    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...

    Blended is so good on so many levels. I love the point of view of young woman caught in the middle of divorced parents and the toll it takes on her. Sharon M. Draper once again creates a character so real that Izzy/Isabella will live in my heart for a long time. Draper also explores vi...

    This is a hard book to rate. I really love Isabella?s voice and the authenticity of the portrayal of middle school. The book could use some editing. Draper threw every possible issue into the book ending with the big one. I just talked myself into taking away one of the stars. ...

    I loved this book! ...

    I loved this book. It is aimed at middle school aged kids with a real and appropriate storyline. This book covers divorce, identity, race relations in the perfect way to appeal to and reach middle school kids. I love how the story is organized by weeks with her mother and weeks with he...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    This book showed me I'm getting too old for Middle-Grade fiction. The amount of times slime and dabbing was mentioned was unbelievable. I understand that's what interest kids of that age, but its a pass for me. The writing was underwhelming and inconsistent. Some points Isabella sound...

    Life in middle school is an awkward time, yet Isabella the 11-year-old daughter in Blended, who has a white mother and a black father, begins the story happy with her two best friends, Imani who is black, and Heather who is white. Bright, a gifted pianist, and the only child of parents...

    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 ...

  • Shari
    Jan 24, 2019

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    Book Review- BLENDED by Sharon Draper ???? . . Isabella?s life is complicated. She splits her time evenly between her divorced parents. She loves them, and they love her, but they can?t stand each other. She is caught in the middle, and doesn?t feel like she is fully ...

    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 ...

    3 Star read for me as an adult reader, but 4 Star read for its intended audience. Sharon Draper is a trusted name in the middle grade fiction world. Her readers know she doesn't sugar coat big issues, and her characters' voices ring true. I liked Blended. Its main character, ...

    Isabella?s parents are divorced, so she is swapped between families each week. As a pre-teen, she?s confronting issues of identity: being biracial, should she identify as Black? White? Both? An unpleasant incident at school brings these questions to the forefront, but she?s also ...

    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...

    Blended is so good on so many levels. I love the point of view of young woman caught in the middle of divorced parents and the toll it takes on her. Sharon M. Draper once again creates a character so real that Izzy/Isabella will live in my heart for a long time. Draper also explores vi...

    This is a hard book to rate. I really love Isabella?s voice and the authenticity of the portrayal of middle school. The book could use some editing. Draper threw every possible issue into the book ending with the big one. I just talked myself into taking away one of the stars. ...

  • Josh
    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...

  • Kate
    Jan 20, 2019

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    Book Review- BLENDED by Sharon Draper ???? . . Isabella?s life is complicated. She splits her time evenly between her divorced parents. She loves them, and they love her, but they can?t stand each other. She is caught in the middle, and doesn?t feel like she is fully ...

    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 ...

    3 Star read for me as an adult reader, but 4 Star read for its intended audience. Sharon Draper is a trusted name in the middle grade fiction world. Her readers know she doesn't sugar coat big issues, and her characters' voices ring true. I liked Blended. Its main character, ...

    Isabella?s parents are divorced, so she is swapped between families each week. As a pre-teen, she?s confronting issues of identity: being biracial, should she identify as Black? White? Both? An unpleasant incident at school brings these questions to the forefront, but she?s also ...

    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...

    Blended is so good on so many levels. I love the point of view of young woman caught in the middle of divorced parents and the toll it takes on her. Sharon M. Draper once again creates a character so real that Izzy/Isabella will live in my heart for a long time. Draper also explores vi...

    This is a hard book to rate. I really love Isabella?s voice and the authenticity of the portrayal of middle school. The book could use some editing. Draper threw every possible issue into the book ending with the big one. I just talked myself into taking away one of the stars. ...

    I loved this book! ...

    I loved this book. It is aimed at middle school aged kids with a real and appropriate storyline. This book covers divorce, identity, race relations in the perfect way to appeal to and reach middle school kids. I love how the story is organized by weeks with her mother and weeks with he...

  • 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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    Book Review- BLENDED by Sharon Draper ???? . . Isabella?s life is complicated. She splits her time evenly between her divorced parents. She loves them, and they love her, but they can?t stand each other. She is caught in the middle, and doesn?t feel like she is fully ...

    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 ...

  • Katlyn
    Feb 16, 2019

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    Book Review- BLENDED by Sharon Draper ???? . . Isabella?s life is complicated. She splits her time evenly between her divorced parents. She loves them, and they love her, but they can?t stand each other. She is caught in the middle, and doesn?t feel like she is fully ...

  • 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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    Richie?s Picks: BLENDED by Sharon M. Draper, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, October 2018. 320p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-9500-5 ?Sit yourself down at the piano Just about in the middle? --Graham Nash, ?Black Notes? ?Dylan Roof, white male, murdered 9 African Americans in a churc...

  • Susan
    Jan 03, 2019

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

  • The Reading Countess
    Dec 22, 2018

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    Book Review- BLENDED by Sharon Draper ???? . . Isabella?s life is complicated. She splits her time evenly between her divorced parents. She loves them, and they love her, but they can?t stand each other. She is caught in the middle, and doesn?t feel like she is fully ...

    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 ...

    3 Star read for me as an adult reader, but 4 Star read for its intended audience. Sharon Draper is a trusted name in the middle grade fiction world. Her readers know she doesn't sugar coat big issues, and her characters' voices ring true. I liked Blended. Its main character, ...

  • 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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    Book Review- BLENDED by Sharon Draper ???? . . Isabella?s life is complicated. She splits her time evenly between her divorced parents. She loves them, and they love her, but they can?t stand each other. She is caught in the middle, and doesn?t feel like she is fully ...

    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 ...

    3 Star read for me as an adult reader, but 4 Star read for its intended audience. Sharon Draper is a trusted name in the middle grade fiction world. Her readers know she doesn't sugar coat big issues, and her characters' voices ring true. I liked Blended. Its main character, ...

    Isabella?s parents are divorced, so she is swapped between families each week. As a pre-teen, she?s confronting issues of identity: being biracial, should she identify as Black? White? Both? An unpleasant incident at school brings these questions to the forefront, but she?s also ...

    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...

    Blended is so good on so many levels. I love the point of view of young woman caught in the middle of divorced parents and the toll it takes on her. Sharon M. Draper once again creates a character so real that Izzy/Isabella will live in my heart for a long time. Draper also explores vi...

    This is a hard book to rate. I really love Isabella?s voice and the authenticity of the portrayal of middle school. The book could use some editing. Draper threw every possible issue into the book ending with the big one. I just talked myself into taking away one of the stars. ...

    I loved this book! ...

    I loved this book. It is aimed at middle school aged kids with a real and appropriate storyline. This book covers divorce, identity, race relations in the perfect way to appeal to and reach middle school kids. I love how the story is organized by weeks with her mother and weeks with he...

    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...

    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...

    I wanted to love this book, but it fell short for me. I also tried (very hard!) not to compare it to The Hate You Give, but even when I put that book completely out of my head I still felt this was a 2-star book. I do applaud Draper for taking on the subject matters here ("blended"...

  • Casey (caseydillabooks)
    Oct 23, 2018

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    Book Review- BLENDED by Sharon Draper ???? . . Isabella?s life is complicated. She splits her time evenly between her divorced parents. She loves them, and they love her, but they can?t stand each other. She is caught in the middle, and doesn?t feel like she is fully ...

    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 ...

    3 Star read for me as an adult reader, but 4 Star read for its intended audience. Sharon Draper is a trusted name in the middle grade fiction world. Her readers know she doesn't sugar coat big issues, and her characters' voices ring true. I liked Blended. Its main character, ...

    Isabella?s parents are divorced, so she is swapped between families each week. As a pre-teen, she?s confronting issues of identity: being biracial, should she identify as Black? White? Both? An unpleasant incident at school brings these questions to the forefront, but she?s also ...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    Book Review- BLENDED by Sharon Draper ???? . . Isabella?s life is complicated. She splits her time evenly between her divorced parents. She loves them, and they love her, but they can?t stand each other. She is caught in the middle, and doesn?t feel like she is fully ...

    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 ...

    3 Star read for me as an adult reader, but 4 Star read for its intended audience. Sharon Draper is a trusted name in the middle grade fiction world. Her readers know she doesn't sugar coat big issues, and her characters' voices ring true. I liked Blended. Its main character, ...

    Isabella?s parents are divorced, so she is swapped between families each week. As a pre-teen, she?s confronting issues of identity: being biracial, should she identify as Black? White? Both? An unpleasant incident at school brings these questions to the forefront, but she?s also ...

    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...

  • 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...

  • Martha
    Jan 20, 2019

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    Book Review- BLENDED by Sharon Draper ???? . . Isabella?s life is complicated. She splits her time evenly between her divorced parents. She loves them, and they love her, but they can?t stand each other. She is caught in the middle, and doesn?t feel like she is fully ...

    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 ...

    3 Star read for me as an adult reader, but 4 Star read for its intended audience. Sharon Draper is a trusted name in the middle grade fiction world. Her readers know she doesn't sugar coat big issues, and her characters' voices ring true. I liked Blended. Its main character, ...

    Isabella?s parents are divorced, so she is swapped between families each week. As a pre-teen, she?s confronting issues of identity: being biracial, should she identify as Black? White? Both? An unpleasant incident at school brings these questions to the forefront, but she?s also ...

    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...

    Blended is so good on so many levels. I love the point of view of young woman caught in the middle of divorced parents and the toll it takes on her. Sharon M. Draper once again creates a character so real that Izzy/Isabella will live in my heart for a long time. Draper also explores vi...

    This is a hard book to rate. I really love Isabella?s voice and the authenticity of the portrayal of middle school. The book could use some editing. Draper threw every possible issue into the book ending with the big one. I just talked myself into taking away one of the stars. ...

    I loved this book! ...

    I loved this book. It is aimed at middle school aged kids with a real and appropriate storyline. This book covers divorce, identity, race relations in the perfect way to appeal to and reach middle school kids. I love how the story is organized by weeks with her mother and weeks with he...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    This book showed me I'm getting too old for Middle-Grade fiction. The amount of times slime and dabbing was mentioned was unbelievable. I understand that's what interest kids of that age, but its a pass for me. The writing was underwhelming and inconsistent. Some points Isabella sound...

    Life in middle school is an awkward time, yet Isabella the 11-year-old daughter in Blended, who has a white mother and a black father, begins the story happy with her two best friends, Imani who is black, and Heather who is white. Bright, a gifted pianist, and the only child of parents...

  • Jeimy
    Feb 09, 2019

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

  • 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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    Book Review- BLENDED by Sharon Draper ???? . . Isabella?s life is complicated. She splits her time evenly between her divorced parents. She loves them, and they love her, but they can?t stand each other. She is caught in the middle, and doesn?t feel like she is fully ...

    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 ...

    3 Star read for me as an adult reader, but 4 Star read for its intended audience. Sharon Draper is a trusted name in the middle grade fiction world. Her readers know she doesn't sugar coat big issues, and her characters' voices ring true. I liked Blended. Its main character, ...

    Isabella?s parents are divorced, so she is swapped between families each week. As a pre-teen, she?s confronting issues of identity: being biracial, should she identify as Black? White? Both? An unpleasant incident at school brings these questions to the forefront, but she?s also ...

    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...

    Blended is so good on so many levels. I love the point of view of young woman caught in the middle of divorced parents and the toll it takes on her. Sharon M. Draper once again creates a character so real that Izzy/Isabella will live in my heart for a long time. Draper also explores vi...

    This is a hard book to rate. I really love Isabella?s voice and the authenticity of the portrayal of middle school. The book could use some editing. Draper threw every possible issue into the book ending with the big one. I just talked myself into taking away one of the stars. ...

    I loved this book! ...

    I loved this book. It is aimed at middle school aged kids with a real and appropriate storyline. This book covers divorce, identity, race relations in the perfect way to appeal to and reach middle school kids. I love how the story is organized by weeks with her mother and weeks with he...

    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...

  • 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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    Book Review- BLENDED by Sharon Draper ???? . . Isabella?s life is complicated. She splits her time evenly between her divorced parents. She loves them, and they love her, but they can?t stand each other. She is caught in the middle, and doesn?t feel like she is fully ...

    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 ...

    3 Star read for me as an adult reader, but 4 Star read for its intended audience. Sharon Draper is a trusted name in the middle grade fiction world. Her readers know she doesn't sugar coat big issues, and her characters' voices ring true. I liked Blended. Its main character, ...

    Isabella?s parents are divorced, so she is swapped between families each week. As a pre-teen, she?s confronting issues of identity: being biracial, should she identify as Black? White? Both? An unpleasant incident at school brings these questions to the forefront, but she?s also ...

    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...

    Blended is so good on so many levels. I love the point of view of young woman caught in the middle of divorced parents and the toll it takes on her. Sharon M. Draper once again creates a character so real that Izzy/Isabella will live in my heart for a long time. Draper also explores vi...

    This is a hard book to rate. I really love Isabella?s voice and the authenticity of the portrayal of middle school. The book could use some editing. Draper threw every possible issue into the book ending with the big one. I just talked myself into taking away one of the stars. ...

    I loved this book! ...

    I loved this book. It is aimed at middle school aged kids with a real and appropriate storyline. This book covers divorce, identity, race relations in the perfect way to appeal to and reach middle school kids. I love how the story is organized by weeks with her mother and weeks with he...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Heather Jensen
    Dec 16, 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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    Book Review- BLENDED by Sharon Draper ???? . . Isabella?s life is complicated. She splits her time evenly between her divorced parents. She loves them, and they love her, but they can?t stand each other. She is caught in the middle, and doesn?t feel like she is fully ...

    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 ...

    3 Star read for me as an adult reader, but 4 Star read for its intended audience. Sharon Draper is a trusted name in the middle grade fiction world. Her readers know she doesn't sugar coat big issues, and her characters' voices ring true. I liked Blended. Its main character, ...

    Isabella?s parents are divorced, so she is swapped between families each week. As a pre-teen, she?s confronting issues of identity: being biracial, should she identify as Black? White? Both? An unpleasant incident at school brings these questions to the forefront, but she?s also ...

    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...

    Blended is so good on so many levels. I love the point of view of young woman caught in the middle of divorced parents and the toll it takes on her. Sharon M. Draper once again creates a character so real that Izzy/Isabella will live in my heart for a long time. Draper also explores vi...

  • Heidi Burkhart
    Jan 13, 2019

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

  • Leigh Anne
    Jan 23, 2019

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

  • Emmie
    Feb 10, 2019

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    Book Review- BLENDED by Sharon Draper ???? . . Isabella?s life is complicated. She splits her time evenly between her divorced parents. She loves them, and they love her, but they can?t stand each other. She is caught in the middle, and doesn?t feel like she is fully ...

    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 ...

    3 Star read for me as an adult reader, but 4 Star read for its intended audience. Sharon Draper is a trusted name in the middle grade fiction world. Her readers know she doesn't sugar coat big issues, and her characters' voices ring true. I liked Blended. Its main character, ...

    Isabella?s parents are divorced, so she is swapped between families each week. As a pre-teen, she?s confronting issues of identity: being biracial, should she identify as Black? White? Both? An unpleasant incident at school brings these questions to the forefront, but she?s also ...

    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...

    Blended is so good on so many levels. I love the point of view of young woman caught in the middle of divorced parents and the toll it takes on her. Sharon M. Draper once again creates a character so real that Izzy/Isabella will live in my heart for a long time. Draper also explores vi...

    This is a hard book to rate. I really love Isabella?s voice and the authenticity of the portrayal of middle school. The book could use some editing. Draper threw every possible issue into the book ending with the big one. I just talked myself into taking away one of the stars. ...

    I loved this book! ...

    I loved this book. It is aimed at middle school aged kids with a real and appropriate storyline. This book covers divorce, identity, race relations in the perfect way to appeal to and reach middle school kids. I love how the story is organized by weeks with her mother and weeks with he...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    This book showed me I'm getting too old for Middle-Grade fiction. The amount of times slime and dabbing was mentioned was unbelievable. I understand that's what interest kids of that age, but its a pass for me. The writing was underwhelming and inconsistent. Some points Isabella sound...

  • Misti
    Dec 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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    Book Review- BLENDED by Sharon Draper ???? . . Isabella?s life is complicated. She splits her time evenly between her divorced parents. She loves them, and they love her, but they can?t stand each other. She is caught in the middle, and doesn?t feel like she is fully ...

    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 ...

    3 Star read for me as an adult reader, but 4 Star read for its intended audience. Sharon Draper is a trusted name in the middle grade fiction world. Her readers know she doesn't sugar coat big issues, and her characters' voices ring true. I liked Blended. Its main character, ...

    Isabella?s parents are divorced, so she is swapped between families each week. As a pre-teen, she?s confronting issues of identity: being biracial, should she identify as Black? White? Both? An unpleasant incident at school brings these questions to the forefront, but she?s also ...

  • Jesseca Evans
    Nov 07, 2018

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...

    Mini Me Rating ...

  • Sara
    Jan 17, 2019

    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...

    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"...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I really liked how Draper addressed important topics and brought them down to a middle grade level. With that being said, I think there too many important topics to give each one the attention they deserved. ...

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I fear that it tried to tackle too much: racial insensitivity, being mixed race, being caught between angry parents after a divorce, and police prejudice against people of color. Ultimately, I wished the book had treated each of these topics in a more n...

    Draper just writes one outstanding book after another. I have followed her for years and bought all of her books when I was a librarian. This book is just perfect for middle school students. Top notch! ...

    As an adult reader, I felt there were too many "issues", but I don't think that will deter the intended audience for this book. What I thought was the strength of this story was the way Draper writes the tug of war feelings Isabella struggles with pertaining the separation/divorce/rema...

    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...

    It pains me to give a low rating to a book by the wonderful Sharon Draper, who has written so many good stories for kids and teens. The premise of this book seemed relevant for so many kids who deal with divorce and split custody arrangements, as well as identity struggles from being b...

    Mini Me Rating ...

    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...

    Book Review- BLENDED by Sharon Draper ???? . . Isabella?s life is complicated. She splits her time evenly between her divorced parents. She loves them, and they love her, but they can?t stand each other. She is caught in the middle, and doesn?t feel like she is fully ...

    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 ...

    3 Star read for me as an adult reader, but 4 Star read for its intended audience. Sharon Draper is a trusted name in the middle grade fiction world. Her readers know she doesn't sugar coat big issues, and her characters' voices ring true. I liked Blended. Its main character, ...

    Isabella?s parents are divorced, so she is swapped between families each week. As a pre-teen, she?s confronting issues of identity: being biracial, should she identify as Black? White? Both? An unpleasant incident at school brings these questions to the forefront, but she?s also ...

    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...

    Blended is so good on so many levels. I love the point of view of young woman caught in the middle of divorced parents and the toll it takes on her. Sharon M. Draper once again creates a character so real that Izzy/Isabella will live in my heart for a long time. Draper also explores vi...

    This is a hard book to rate. I really love Isabella?s voice and the authenticity of the portrayal of middle school. The book could use some editing. Draper threw every possible issue into the book ending with the big one. I just talked myself into taking away one of the stars. ...

    I loved this book! ...