My Life in Black and White [NOOK Book]

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What if you lost the thing that made you who you are?

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 ...
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My Life in Black and White

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Overview

What if you lost the thing that made you who you are?

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lexi has always been known for her good looks. After finding her boyfriend, Ryan, cheating on her with her best friend at a party, Lexi gets into a car accident and requires reconstructive facial surgery. Devastated by the skin graft and scars, she hides out at home, refusing contact with her former friends and resenting her overbearing, image-conscious mother. When Lexi’s 10th-grade year begins, she takes the advice of her down-to-earth sister, Ruthie, and tries out a new persona, getting a funky haircut, wearing Ruthie’s unflattering clothes, and adopting new rules for life that include not worrying about appearances and food, forgetting guys, boycotting school functions, becoming more “globally aware,” and thinking for herself. Lexi’s journey is rewarding and powerful as she comes to see herself, her family, and her friends in ways she never did before. Friend’s (For Keeps) character-driven novel is an affecting and insightful portrait of recovery and the experiences that shape an individual. Lexi’s intimate narrative voice puts readers in her shoes as she reshapes her life and her relationships. Ages 12–up. (June)
Seventeen.com
"My Life in Black and White is a realistic fiction that really has you wondering 'What if this happened to me?'"
Booklist
"This novel is about family, friends, love, and above all, the hard journey to self-acceptance."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A solid and adolescent-appealing premise, and [an] accessibly written story."
VOYA - Betsy Fraser
Lexi's life has been organized around the certainty that she is beautiful. She believes looks are what first enticed her best friend, Taylor; ensured their popularity through school; and allowed her to be discovered by a photographer, giving her the chance to start work as a model. When Lexi's face is disfigured in a car accident while getting a ride home after a party at which she witnessed her best friend with her boyfriend, the scars on the surface are just the tip of the iceberg. Only slowly is Lexi willing to face, and able to articulate to her friends and family, what happened at the party that prompted her to get into the car, and what actually happened to cause the accident. The dramatic aftermath of the accident, in which accusations are flung around, helps to illustrate what can happen because of rumors and innuendo. Several of the characters are left undeveloped. They serve as foils for Lexi, who makes strides in finding a place for herself that does not depend on looks alone while also making new friends, standing up for another girl, and taking an introductory boxing lesson. This will appeal to readers who enjoy realistic versions of the Gossip Girl novels. Reviewer: Betsy Fraser
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—"My life is over." Or at least that's what 15-year-old Lexi thinks when she wakes up in a hospital with her face bandaged. When she finally looks in a mirror, instead of her once-stunning reflection, she sees zigzagged stitches, a skin graft, bruising, and swelling. Before her accident, Lexi had ruled the school with her friend Taylor and her hot boyfriend, Ryan, but everything changes when Taylor hooks up with Ryan at a party, setting off a chain of events that leaves Lexi in a car crash. She is about to find out that she's more than just a pretty face as she slowly develops the confidence to make new friends and try new things while also learning to forgive. The teen's journey toward recognizing that things aren't always black and white—that more often than not life is a lot of gray—is riveting. Readers will be engrossed in her story as she struggles to adapt to her new identity, learns to accept that a senior photojournalist, Theo, is romantically interested in her, and comes to understand that her mom has actually been listening to her more than she thought. The relationship that Lexi develops with her dorky older sister, who offers practical guidance and much-needed perspective, is the highlight of this story. It's frustrating that the unwanted sexual advances that led to Lexi's car crash go unaddressed, but readers who enjoy satisfying character transformations, such as in Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall (HarperCollins, 2010), will be rapidly flipping the pages of Friend's well-written and thoughtful novel.—Rachael Myers-Ricker, Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY
Kirkus Reviews
After a car accident leaves Lexi's face terribly scarred, she is forced to figure out what is truly important in life. Lexi is the beautiful one. Her best friend, Taylor, is the wild and funny one. Together they are an unstoppable force. Everything seems perfect until one summer night when it all falls apart. After finding her boyfriend, Ryan, and Taylor making out at a party, Lexi wants nothing more than to escape. She begs a ride from Taylor's brother, Jarrod, who takes the opportunity to hit on her. An argument quickly escalates, leading to an accident that changes Lexi's life forever. Angry and bitter, Lexi pushes everyone away from her. It isn't until her sister, Ruthie, and Theo, a guy with no patience for Lexi's self-pity, are honest with her that Lexi starts peeling away the plastic life she once had and discovers the real one underneath. Authentic dialogue, complex characters and an interesting narration lift this story above others with a similar theme. Even when she's behaving erratically, Lexi's sarcastic wit and genuine emotion make her a girl readers will root for. These characters drink, are sexually active and swear, making them instantly recognizable to older teens. Artful and satisfying. (Fiction. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101572108
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/14/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 145,306
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 938 KB

Meet the Author

Natasha Friend is the author of three middle grade novels and one other young adult novel. The mother of three young children, she lives in Madison, Connecticut.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Amazing, interesting and dramatic nivel ( READ I T!!!!!!!!

    Omg this is an amazing book. It is full of drama and very facinating . And just omg i highly recommend this novel. I'm 11 almost 12 and i think any age from 10-14 is appropiate (not for boys at all.)
    I think once u read the book u'll fall in love with it.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    This is one of the best books i have ever read. I couldnt wait t

    This is one of the best books i have ever read. I couldnt wait to have time in class or at home to read it [which for me is unusual]. I think the reaction to the sincerio is what any of us would do. I praise natasha friend on this novel/

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2012

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    Review: My Life in Black and White

    This description of this book reminded me of Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk, which a read a number of years ago. I knew it couldn't possibly be as graphic, but I was intrigued by the idea.

    My first thoughts were that everyone surrounding Lexi is completely shallow. Her whole life in been built around the fact that she's beautiful. It's such a defining characteristic for her. I felt like all a long she really wanted to step out of that aspect of herself. She wanted to be something more than just the beautiful one. She just no idea how to do it.

    The accident (and the situation leading up to it) that causes the transformation was...interesting. Lexi's so called best friend Taylor and her boyfriend getting caught in that situation would lead anybody to fly off the handle a little bit. But, the circumstances behind that accident were almost laughable. In fact, they would be if it hadn't had such dire consequences. I was more amazed at the excuses Taylor (and boyfriend) came up with. Really? I just didn't believe it. And after all of that Lexi was so miserable without Taylor that she forgave her and went back to being best friends. I think if she would have gone back to the boyfriend as well I might have screamed.

    But what really made this story work for me is Ruth, Lexi's sister. Lexi hasn't really given her sister half a chance until now. She couldn't see how her sister could possibly be happy without being popular. I also liked how everyone tiptoed around Lexi, except for Ruth. She told Lexi exactly what she needed to her. She pointed out that she needed to stop feeling sorry for herself. And, that the world was not going to end because of what happened. It was interesting to watch the transformation in both Lexi and her relationship with her sister.


    Overall, I ended up liking the book quite a bit. It had it's teen moments that made me role my eyes and thank god I'm not in high school anymore. But, it also had a really good message underneath it all.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    This novel has a pretty dramatic synopsis. Before I read it, I g

    This novel has a pretty dramatic synopsis. Before I read it, I geared
    myself up for a novel that is filled with pointless drama, and a
    melodramatic protagonist. I didn't think that I would like it very much,
    from what I could gather from the synopsis. When I started reading it
    though, it was much different than what I thought it would be. Reasons
    to Read: 1.Good portrayal of true friendship The novel's main focus is
    the friendship between protagonist and her best friend. Flashbacks are
    written so that we get to see how their friendship was before the
    accident. These two are as close as sisters. They don't have a perfect
    relationship, but the way that it has lasted so long shows us just how
    much they care about each other. Even after the accident, it is clear
    that the two still do care about each other; although neither of them
    will admit it. I liked how the question of whether or not you can still
    reconcile with a friend even after a betrayal was brought up. 2.Lexi's
    character change At the beginning of the novel, lexi is the typical
    spoiled, popular snob. The accident takes its toll on her by basically
    taking away everything that made her popular. This forces lexi to
    change; for both good and bad. Her development as a character flows
    beautifully with the pacing of the novel. When the end of the novel
    comes, you can really tell that she has changed a lot as a person
    through the circumstances that she is put in. Although I did really
    like this novel, I had two problems with it. Firstly, I found the
    back-and-forth switch between past and present to be really confusing. I
    was glad when that stopped later on. Secondly, lexi could be so whiny
    and annoying at times. She whined about the smallest things. She just
    expected the world to fall at her feet, though I think she was purposely
    written that way to show her change in character and emphasize what she
    had lost. Despite these problems, I did like this book and recommend it
    to contemporary fans. ARC received from Penguin Canada for my honest
    review; no other compensation was received.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    AMAZING

    I love this bpok it is a favorite. Lexi is such a drama queen which makes the story even better i literally told all my friends about this book and they all read it and loved it!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    Was ok.

    I think the book was ok. I think that it could have not used so much detail and the language could have been cut out. I think that this book is apropriout for the High school ages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Hi

    Amazing book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Help!

    Mine only goes up to page 22! Help! Why cant I read the whole book?!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Wow

    I just finished it and im sad it ended ;-; it opened my eyes and the protagonist is very relateable and it was a very fantastuc book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

    Friday

    Klyra r u here?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Perfect

    This book was perfect and so relatedable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    SPA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    Lovely

    Despite the tragedy in this book,the writing is delicious.I couldn't put it down.Every page had me curious what would happen next.All in all,a very satisfying read that will leave you with a new outlook on tragedy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Sparrowstar

    Res 5.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Wolfpaw

    Pads in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Greypaw

    Okay......... where is the nursery

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    Do not tap

    Well tapped so ea this freakin book right now also as soon as u finish read 13 reasons why

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    wow this book was just amazing! its my favorite book ive read th

    wow this book was just amazing! its my favorite book ive read this year! you have to read it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Annymous

    From exciting twists to romance ti drama drama oh an dmore drama, this book has it all. It steals your heart gets your angry and keeps you wanting more! I love Natasha Friend and i love all her bools but this one is probably my favorite of hers! I highly reccomend the book you wont be sorry you bought it trust me!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Great

    Good story

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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