By Mia, Age 11
Hi Kelly Yang, my name is Mia and the book I want to tell you about is The book blended. The book blended represents me because it is about a girl who’s mom is white and her dad is black. And that’s the same with me because my mom is white and my dad is black. My parents are divorced just like her parents. And much like Isabella I also enjoy music. The part that I relate to the most is, and now that her parents are divorced (and getting along WORSE than ever) Isabella feels like a push-me-pull-me toy. Being split between Mom and Dad is more than switching houses, switching nicknames, switching backpacks: it’s switching identities. If you’re only seen as half of this and half of that, how can you ever feel whole? And the back of the book says “I reach out and touch my father’s hand. I look at my pale fingers next to his. “Daddy?” “What, sweetie?” “Do you think people think I’m Black or white when they see me? Am I Black? Or white?” His lips turn up into the slightest of smiles. I can’t tell if it’s a sad one.