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My Life in Black and White by Natasha Friend

Posted by Caitie F on June 20, 2012

Title: My Life in Black and White
Author: Natasha Friend
Hardcover: 304 pages
Pub Date: June 28, 2012
Publisher;  Viking Juvenile
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads:

Lexi has always been stunning. Her butter-colored hair and perfect features have helped her attract friends, a boyfriend, and the attention of a modeling scout. But everything changes the night Lexi’s face goes through a windshield. Now she’s not sure what’s worse: the scars she’ll have to live with forever, or what she saw going on between her best friend and her boyfriend right before the accident. With the help of her trombone-playing, defiantly uncool older sister and a guy at school recovering from his own recent trauma, Lexi learns she’s much more than just a pretty face


This book was not what I expected, in a good way. I read the summary and thought the main character would be annoying, but I have found that Natasha Friend is very hit of miss for me, so I thought I would try it anyway.

The main character, Lexi, is not annoying, even though I think the author intended her to be. While she is really pretty, she does not flaunt it or brag about it. She puts her friends first. She is one of those people who doesn’t ask for the attention or even try to get it, but she still does.  So evem before the accident i liked her and felt bad for her. Yes, she was popular and had all the boys liking her and girls wanting to be her, but she was nice and a great friend!

So when she lost some of that beauty and friends, I felt really bad for her. She didn’t know how to relate to her mother anymore. Everyone always stared at her like she was something on display (something I can relate to very easily). Oh, and right before the accident, she walked in on her best friend giving her boyfriend a BJ. So…it was really hard to look at her as a bad guy, even if she could be selfish – but almost all teenagers are selfish to some extent.

She wasn’t perfect though – she wasn’t very nice to her older, kind of geeky sister, btu she learned to see her in another way. She didn’t stand up for a friend of a friend when others made fun of her. She no longer tried with her mother. I don’t htink it makes her a bad person, it made her more human.

If there was anything I didn’t like, it was that at the end she was too forgiving of people that hurt her very badly, but her reasoning was understandable – she just didn’t think it was important enough to stress about. I just hope that she learned hwo to stand up for herself to her friends, something that still never seemed to happen.

It is a good book, but I didn’t think it was great.

I do think that teen girls should read it though. It talked about empowerment and strength through both Lexi and her sister. It also showed how, no matter what has happened in the past, that females need to stand up for each other when they see bad things happening. There was a very powerful scene that showed boys taking advantage of a drunk girl that I just thought was important for girls to read.

The other important thing to look at is there is this really pretty character and she is not bad. So often, especially in high shcool, females judge others based on their looks, and that includes that beautiful girls are mean or snotty. We all need to give each other a chance based on what is inside and this book shows that message in an entertaining way.


2 Responses to “My Life in Black and White by Natasha Friend”

  1. It sounds like this book has a great message for young girls.

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