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My Life in Black and White

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,613 Ratings  ·  287 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published June 28th 2012 by Viking Juvenile (first published June 14th 2012)
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Apr 30, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
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
Mar 17, 2013 Theia rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 16, 2012 nick rated it really liked it

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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
Jun 15, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it
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
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Such an uplifting book. I knew from the start I was going to enjoy every second of it. Now I want to read the rest of Friend's work.

Well deserved 4 stars.
Jun 04, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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
Aug 16, 2012 Dorian rated it liked it
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
Sep 15, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
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
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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
May 30, 2012 Avery rated it really liked it
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
Sep 06, 2012 Catrin rated it really liked it
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
Nov 16, 2014 Patrycja rated it really liked it
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
Jul 28, 2015 Jacquelyn rated it liked it
Hmm, I was hoping for a bit more with this book. The first half felt so strong and I thought I would absolutely love this book but the second half felt weaker in my opinion. Because of the weaker second half, I decided to rate this one 3 stars. I did still enjoy it but I didn't think it deserved a four star.
Jun 28, 2012 Nafiza rated it really liked it
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
Aug 04, 2012 Ivana rated it liked it

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
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
Dec 31, 2012 Trisha rated it really liked it
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
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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
Jan 27, 2015 Alyssagrossi rated it it was amazing
My Life In Black And White By Natasha Friend
In many way you could say Lexi had the perfect life. She was one of the prettiest girls you ever would see, with beautiful rich blonde hair, the perfect boyfriend, and modeling scouts everywhere she turned, but in one night everything changed.. Lexi thought her best friend, Taylor, would never do anything to hurt her let alone with her boyfriend whom she madly loved but she was sadly mistaken. In pure devastation Lexi decided to get a ride home with J
Jun 24, 2012 Ioanna rated it really liked it
"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...
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Mar 24, 2015 Paige Olson rated it really liked it
What if one thing in your life defined who you are? Alexa is just like all teens beautiful, smart, and just wants to have fun. She even has a boyfriend and a modeling scout, but her whole life could change at the flash of her eyes. After being at a party and getting in a huge fight with her bestfriend Taylor, her face smashes through the windsheild of a car. She is lucky she is alive, but will have to live with the pain of people strarring at her scars 24/7. On top of that she has lost her bestf ...more
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Jul 21, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it
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
Julianna Helms
Jul 02, 2012 Julianna Helms rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-tours, best-boys
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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
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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
Jul 22, 2012 Madison rated it it was ok
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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
Mar 09, 2013 Shane rated it it was amazing
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
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Apr 16, 2012 Princess Bookie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2012
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
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Natasha Friend is the award-winning author of Perfect, Lush, Bounce, For Keeps, My Life in Black and White, and Where You'll Find Me. When she isn’t writing, she is building forts and making chocolate-chip pancakes. Natasha lives on the Connecticut shoreline with her husband, three children, and dog, Beckett.
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