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My Life in Black and White

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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...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published June 28th 2012 by Viking Juvenile (first published June 14th 2012)
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GET.IT.NOW! I am not kidding please put this on your TBR's if you want an awesome read that will leave you reeling! This book left me speechless and that does NOT happen! I have had such a hard time writing this review because this book was amazing and no words will do it the justice it needs!

I fell in love immediately with Lexi, no lie she is an amazing character who goes through some crazy shit but still comes out strong and confident and at times she isn't, and at those times I don't blame he...more
This book...How do I even begin to explain this book?

This book is about a girl named Alexa(or Lexi) who's extremely beautiful and she and everyone around her is aware of it, she's got a great boyfriend who she loves, a best friend who she's known since she was little. Her whole life is almost perfect....Until her face goes through a windshield.

Now Lexi has to go through life as a new her.

She looses her friends, her boyfriend, her beauty, her popularity.
I loved this book so freaking much. Thi...more

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Lately, I've been going through a phase, an "intense books" phase. I keep wanting to read books that tackle difficult and mind-opening subject matters. While searching for such books, I came across My Life In Black and White. Once I read the synopsis, I knew I was in for an emotional ride. Turns out, I was right!

My Life in Black and White tells the story of beautiful and almost perfect, Alexa, whose perfect life is tossed upside down when an accident le...more
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"My life is over. It's the kind of pronouncement teenage girls make every day. They say it after such traumatic events as, say, farting out loud in gym class, or discovering they've gained three pounds at Christmas and can't fit in their winter formal dress. Oh my God, you guys! My life is over! Then they bawl to their girlfriends, eat a bunch of Oreos and move on. But this was different." - ARC page 14

Lexi has everything she could ever want. Great beauty, a gr...more
It only took me few hours to finish "My Life in Black and White".
Natasha Friend created honest, even painful story about beauty and influence of it on teenagers.
she also focused on friendship.

I don't know exactly what to say abou main character, did I like her, or rather did I dislike her attidute? It's really hard for me to anwser this.

Usually I hate girls who "have it all" - model look, rich best friend, handsome, popular boyfriend and are self-centered, but this time I saw change, dynamic...more
Lexi has always been known as beautiful, gorgeous, and hot. She is in love with her boyfriend Ryan, has a great best friend Taylor, and is about to start 10th grade which is high school where she lives. The summer before high school begins, she attends a party at her best friend Taylor's house. She can't find Taylor and she gets worried she might be too drunk and could need help so she searches the house and finds her friend Heidi guarding the door. At this point in the book my heart was already...more
MY LIFE IN BLACK & WHITE ended up on the bottom of my June pile because neither the title nor the cover caught my eye. Then I opened the book, read the blurb, and fell in love with the premise. Lexi has always judged herself and been judged based on her beauty. Then her face goes through a windshield. Multiple facial reconstructive surgeries later, Lexi doesn't know who she is or who her friends are.

Lexi's journey is a powerful one. I think I would feel that way even if I wasn't a fan of cha...more
A great teen book about overcoming diversity. Lexi, is the "it" girl, pretty, smart and popular. She had it all, or at least what everyone wishes they had. Taylor and her have been best friends since kindergarten, and are inseparable. It's the summer before high school and the two are staying active to make sure they make the varsity girls field hockey team, but also making sure to get their tan on to make all the guys jealous, especially Jarrod's friends, Taylor's older brother who is captain o...more
Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤
I really enjoyed reading this novel the plot was pretty interesting.Alexa recently got into a car accident and she ended up getting surgery for her face. Getting this operation done completely change her life. Before she was considered the prettiest girl in the world, and now she is know as the girl with the messed up face.Now Lexi must get through life without her looks. She comes to realize that her looks aren't what define her. She must deal with what she saw at the party and she is able to b...more
I have never had that problem, you know? Being beautiful, I mean, so at the beginning of the novel, I wasn’t too sure how I’d relate to the main character. But I worried needlessly because, as has become characteristic of all the contemporary novels I have read and loved, Lexi is one of those girls that anyone can relate to despite not having a single thing in common. She has a frank, disarming voice that makes you warm to her immediately – even when she’s not behaving in an exactly admirable ma...more
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...more
This is the sort of book that reminds me that I really must expand my reading horizons, that I shouldn't always go directly to paranormal/ fantasy reads, that every now and again I should veer off and pick up a contemporary read.

While there was many things that I enjoyed about this book, a unique and gripping storyline, a storyline that plays on the emotions of its readers and the likes of, my most favourite part was Lexi herself. I find that in the vast majority of books I read the main charac...more

Alexa is beautiful. She's been told that since before the time should could understand. After seeing something awful occur between her BFF and BF, her face catapults through the windshield. Without her beauty, Alexa can barely even define herself. Luckily, she finds that she has a kickass sister, a few new friends, and a guy she never spared a glance to help her out.

If you look at my bookshelves, you'll see that I thought there was a complete turn in this book.

Unfortunately, I wo...more
Cassandra Mitchell
Pretty people with pretty problems.
That might sound heartless but I honestly don’t mean that in a bad way. Personally, I like reading books about pretty people with pretty problems. I like not having to think too hard or feel emotionally drained after reading a book. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that I don’t like books with substance. I do. And I’m not saying that books about pretty problems don’t have substance but they are easy reads and this book was no exception to that.
Lexi is 15 years...more
Okay. I didn’t think much of the cover at first, especially when I thought all the black and white were sequins. I’m still not entirely sure of their being beyond the fact that they are triangles/arrow-resembling, but let’s not judge the cover too quickly.

I think I’m pretty lucky to have read a few books that I liked. My Life In Black And White talks about Alexa, or Lex(i), when she walks in on her best friend and her boyfriend…hooking up, and storms out of the house with her best friend’s irres...more
Lexi has come through a very harrowing, very scary part of her life. She survived a car crash that sent her face first through a windshield. This is a game changer.

She was known as the beautiful girl, the lovely girl - everyone knew her by her easy, stunning beauty. But her facial reconstruction has changed that all for her. NOW, she's doesn't feel like the pretty girl anymore.

Now, she doesn't know who she is anymore.

This is a daring story that Natasha Friend tells with an almost flawless exec...more
"If only Ryan were wearing flip-flops right now: I would stab him in the foot. Which wouldn’t be nearly as bad as getting stabbed in the back, but still. You had to start somewhere...."hahahahaha!!!!AWESOME!!!!

More like a 3,5 stars...
My Life in Black and White is subtle but beautiful. It sounded good, but I wasn't expecting to love it that much! I'm finding it hard to put into words what makes this such a great read - I just know for sure it's good. It's not like there's loads fo action; My Life in Black and White just tells a beautiful story with subtle developments and realistic character growth. It's my kind of book exactly!

To be honest, I wasn't expecting to like Lexi. I have a hard time with beautiful, popular, superfic...more
Julianna Helms
Actual, full review: Original is here. (Note: due to copy-and-paste, formatting and links have been lost.)

My Life in Black and White is like a vulture, circling over the question of "what if you lost the one thing that defined you?", and as it dived down you could see suddenly not just the question as the prey but the question as a predator.

It is much too easy to fall into the traps of judgment, especially in this generation where the internet has draped over us like a blanket we can't shake off...more
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My Life in Black and White was very interesting and extremely readable. I went into reading it not knowing what it was about and was pleasantly surprised by both the poignant premise and the well drawn characters. This book invoked so many emotions in me! With thought-provoking plot, characters that shine with authenticity, intelligent dialogues and intensely emotional...more
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This book had me thinking hard. It made the most simplest things that we take for granted look superficial, and if you really notice it it kind of has a point. I definitely loved this book more than expected, because the type of the book is not my thing and I've never read anything from this author. But I am glad that I took this risk, because it was so worth it.


My life in black and White may seem boring and way too dramatic at first, but you quickly change y...more
I loved it. I loved it. I LOVE it. Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. And My Life in Black & White gives a clear picture on a lesson that isn't stressed on enough in society, that appearance isn't everything. This is a fact that the female protagonist had to discover for herself in a very painful way. The aftermath was indeed a challenge, but her path to self-discovery was quite interesting.

Trust me when I say I'm shaking my head in this very moment, trying to come up with the best...more
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My Thoughts: I have been giving a lot of books 4 cupcakes lately because I really enjoy reading them but I don't love them like a 5 cupcake book. I want too, but they don't always live up to my expectations.

We are introduced to Lexie who has always known she is beautiful. She's popular and pretty and has it all, until one night she walks in on her best friend doing something she shouldn’t with Lexie’s boyfriend. She storms out and gets a ride home from her best friend's brother. They ram into a...more
This is the story of Lexi whose about to go into her sophomore year of high school when her life is shattered. Before this, she has everything a teenage girl could ask for. She has her best friend Taylor, her handsome boyfriend Ryan and the looks other girls would die for. Little does she know what she is in store for.
There was one party. One heart break. Lexi wakes up in the hospital trying to recover all the details she remembers from the previous night. The one thing she cannot forget is wal...more
I have wrote this review, but i lost it and now i rewriting it T.T what a nice day ╰(˚⌣˚)╯

This book umm about girl name Alexa who was so really pretty girl who has everything, friends, popularity, boyfriend, pretty face that makes all the boys stop and staring at her and girls are frowning at her, well you get the picture.
But then, everything changed. She got accident that made her face wounded so badly, she has really hideous face (as she think she is) and she lost everthing, her two-faces fr...more
My Life in Black and White is a perfect example of a well-meaning, bad book.

Lexi Mayer has always been beautiful, and even though it's very obvious, Lexi refuses to admit that her best friend Taylor has always been jealous of her. One night, at a party, Taylor betrays Lexi, things spiral out of control, and Lexi ends up in a car accident that "ruins" her flawless face.

I can't believe the author of one of my favorite teen novels, For Keeps, wrote My Life in Black and White. Not one person in thi...more
Brenda Shen
So in the beginning I absolutely loved this book. I was like this is amazing and the beginning with the (view spoiler) was all good. It made me actually want to find out what happens. In the end I really ended up just hating the main character. Lexi is so irritating, all she does is whine and complain.

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The problem with that was it ended up having me not want to finish the book because I really hated the main character.

I think the author decided to tackl...more
For Lexi, her beauty is everything. She’s grown up knowing that she is pretty, especially since that’s usually the first thing that people tell her. But all that changes the night that she flies through the windshield of her best friend’s brother’s car. Lexi knows she’s lucky to be alive, but it’s hard to keep that perspective when she looks in the mirror—facial scarring from the accident has marred her perfect face. She feels like she’s lost everything, especially when she remembers what she sa...more
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A writer and full time mom, Natasha (Tasha, Tash) Friend has taught at the Brearley School in New York City and Ecole Bilingue in Cambridge. She also served as Director of the Brimmer and May Summer Camp in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Her writing has appeared in "Family Fun" magazine and "Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul." Tash lives in Connecticut with her husband and two little boys.

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