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
ISBN:Blended
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:308 pages pages

Blended Reviews

  • Janssen
    Apr 08, 2019

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

  • Piyali
    Mar 06, 2019

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    This was such a good book! I loved how it ended just how the beginning started. It's gives you a definition on race, and how you should treat people. ????? ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    2.5 I wanted to like this a lot more. And maybe I would have if I had read it and not listened to it. The narrator's voice was a lot older than a 11 year old should sound like. The story was good, except there was so much going on. I felt like it took away from the book. I liked...

    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 ...

    This book is a tragic case of trying to handle too many issues and thus addressing all of them inadequately--and, to top it off, the serious issues presented here are interspersed amongst a really incredible amount of inanity. When one learns that a 308-page book will be tackling divor...

    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 ...

    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...

    The book was perfect for a younger me. I loved the intricacies Izzy/Isabella brought to the book. She reminds me of myself, with her complex thought process of everything she ever participates in. The book brings up some really important topics like police brutality, slavery, what it?...

    I did not love it. I guess I expected a lot more from an author I love. ...

  • Shari
    Jan 24, 2019

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    This was such a good book! I loved how it ended just how the beginning started. It's gives you a definition on race, and how you should treat people. ????? ...

    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...

    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

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    This was such a good book! I loved how it ended just how the beginning started. It's gives you a definition on race, and how you should treat people. ????? ...

    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...

  • Lauren Grace Keen
    Nov 29, 2018

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    This was such a good book! I loved how it ended just how the beginning started. It's gives you a definition on race, and how you should treat people. ????? ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    2.5 I wanted to like this a lot more. And maybe I would have if I had read it and not listened to it. The narrator's voice was a lot older than a 11 year old should sound like. The story was good, except there was so much going on. I felt like it took away from the book. I liked...

    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 ...

    This book is a tragic case of trying to handle too many issues and thus addressing all of them inadequately--and, to top it off, the serious issues presented here are interspersed amongst a really incredible amount of inanity. When one learns that a 308-page book will be tackling divor...

    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

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    This was such a good book! I loved how it ended just how the beginning started. It's gives you a definition on race, and how you should treat people. ????? ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    2.5 I wanted to like this a lot more. And maybe I would have if I had read it and not listened to it. The narrator's voice was a lot older than a 11 year old should sound like. The story was good, except there was so much going on. I felt like it took away from the book. I liked...

    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

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    This was such a good book! I loved how it ended just how the beginning started. It's gives you a definition on race, and how you should treat people. ????? ...

    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

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    This was such a good book! I loved how it ended just how the beginning started. It's gives you a definition on race, and how you should treat people. ????? ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    This was such a good book! I loved how it ended just how the beginning started. It's gives you a definition on race, and how you should treat people. ????? ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    2.5 I wanted to like this a lot more. And maybe I would have if I had read it and not listened to it. The narrator's voice was a lot older than a 11 year old should sound like. The story was good, except there was so much going on. I felt like it took away from the book. I liked...

    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 ...

    This book is a tragic case of trying to handle too many issues and thus addressing all of them inadequately--and, to top it off, the serious issues presented here are interspersed amongst a really incredible amount of inanity. When one learns that a 308-page book will be tackling divor...

    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

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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...

  • Lindsay Nixon
    Nov 14, 2018

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    This was such a good book! I loved how it ended just how the beginning started. It's gives you a definition on race, and how you should treat people. ????? ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    2.5 I wanted to like this a lot more. And maybe I would have if I had read it and not listened to it. The narrator's voice was a lot older than a 11 year old should sound like. The story was good, except there was so much going on. I felt like it took away from the book. I liked...

    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 ...

    This book is a tragic case of trying to handle too many issues and thus addressing all of them inadequately--and, to top it off, the serious issues presented here are interspersed amongst a really incredible amount of inanity. When one learns that a 308-page book will be tackling divor...

    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 ...

    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

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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...

  • Jeimy
    Feb 09, 2019

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

  • Adriana (SaltyBadgerBooks)
    Mar 07, 2019

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    This was such a good book! I loved how it ended just how the beginning started. It's gives you a definition on race, and how you should treat people. ????? ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    2.5 I wanted to like this a lot more. And maybe I would have if I had read it and not listened to it. The narrator's voice was a lot older than a 11 year old should sound like. The story was good, except there was so much going on. I felt like it took away from the book. I liked...

  • Heather Jensen
    Dec 16, 2018

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    This was such a good book! I loved how it ended just how the beginning started. It's gives you a definition on race, and how you should treat people. ????? ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    2.5 I wanted to like this a lot more. And maybe I would have if I had read it and not listened to it. The narrator's voice was a lot older than a 11 year old should sound like. The story was good, except there was so much going on. I felt like it took away from the book. I liked...

    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 ...

    This book is a tragic case of trying to handle too many issues and thus addressing all of them inadequately--and, to top it off, the serious issues presented here are interspersed amongst a really incredible amount of inanity. When one learns that a 308-page book will be tackling divor...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    Mar 22, 2019

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

  • Sparrow
    Apr 03, 2019

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    This was such a good book! I loved how it ended just how the beginning started. It's gives you a definition on race, and how you should treat people. ????? ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    2.5 I wanted to like this a lot more. And maybe I would have if I had read it and not listened to it. The narrator's voice was a lot older than a 11 year old should sound like. The story was good, except there was so much going on. I felt like it took away from the book. I liked...

    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 ...

    This book is a tragic case of trying to handle too many issues and thus addressing all of them inadequately--and, to top it off, the serious issues presented here are interspersed amongst a really incredible amount of inanity. When one learns that a 308-page book will be tackling divor...

  • Heidi Burkhart
    Jan 13, 2019

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

  • Misti
    Dec 31, 2018

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    This was such a good book! I loved how it ended just how the beginning started. It's gives you a definition on race, and how you should treat people. ????? ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    2.5 I wanted to like this a lot more. And maybe I would have if I had read it and not listened to it. The narrator's voice was a lot older than a 11 year old should sound like. The story was good, except there was so much going on. I felt like it took away from the book. I liked...

    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 ...

    This book is a tragic case of trying to handle too many issues and thus addressing all of them inadequately--and, to top it off, the serious issues presented here are interspersed amongst a really incredible amount of inanity. When one learns that a 308-page book will be tackling divor...

    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

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

  • Abbie
    Mar 01, 2019

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    This was such a good book! I loved how it ended just how the beginning started. It's gives you a definition on race, and how you should treat people. ????? ...

  • Erika Castro
    Apr 12, 2019

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    This was such a good book! I loved how it ended just how the beginning started. It's gives you a definition on race, and how you should treat people. ????? ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    2.5 I wanted to like this a lot more. And maybe I would have if I had read it and not listened to it. The narrator's voice was a lot older than a 11 year old should sound like. The story was good, except there was so much going on. I felt like it took away from the book. I liked...

    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 ...

    This book is a tragic case of trying to handle too many issues and thus addressing all of them inadequately--and, to top it off, the serious issues presented here are interspersed amongst a really incredible amount of inanity. When one learns that a 308-page book will be tackling divor...

    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 ...

    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...

    The book was perfect for a younger me. I loved the intricacies Izzy/Isabella brought to the book. She reminds me of myself, with her complex thought process of everything she ever participates in. The book brings up some really important topics like police brutality, slavery, what it?...

  • Cortney (cortingbooks)
    Dec 05, 2018

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    This was such a good book! I loved how it ended just how the beginning started. It's gives you a definition on race, and how you should treat people. ????? ...

    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...

    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. ...

    Mini Me Rating ...

  • Sara
    Jan 17, 2019

    4 stars So, DO NOT LET COVERS DECEIVE YOU! This has such a cute cover that it leads you to believe it's a light and fun book. It's not. This book had some serious discussion topics in it from divorce, to racism, to police involved shootings. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoye...

    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"...

    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 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...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this one (although probably not as much as Out of My Mind). ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    This was such a good book! I loved how it ended just how the beginning started. It's gives you a definition on race, and how you should treat people. ????? ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    2.5 I wanted to like this a lot more. And maybe I would have if I had read it and not listened to it. The narrator's voice was a lot older than a 11 year old should sound like. The story was good, except there was so much going on. I felt like it took away from the book. I liked...

    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 ...

    This book is a tragic case of trying to handle too many issues and thus addressing all of them inadequately--and, to top it off, the serious issues presented here are interspersed amongst a really incredible amount of inanity. When one learns that a 308-page book will be tackling divor...

    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 ...

    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...

    The book was perfect for a younger me. I loved the intricacies Izzy/Isabella brought to the book. She reminds me of myself, with her complex thought process of everything she ever participates in. The book brings up some really important topics like police brutality, slavery, what it?...

    I did not love it. I guess I expected a lot more from an author I love. ...

    I loved this book! ...