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Terlahir Sedih (Born Blue)

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Percayalah, buah apel bisa terlempar jauh dari pohonnya ...

Dia tak memiliki nama keluarga. Dia tak punya rumah yang sesungguhnya. Tetapi dia punya mimpi ...

Janie ... Leshaya ..., apa pun nama panggilannya, adalah seseorang yang berhasil bertahan hidup. Selamat dari ambang maut, bocah yang kecanduan heroin ini telah mengalami semuanya: berpindah-pindah panti asuhan, kekeras
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softcover, 378 pages
Published 2006 by Serambi (first published December 31st 2000)
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Becky

When I eat by myself in the cafeteria I bring a book with me so I don’t seem so pathetic. But really I only read about a page because I am trying to get in and out as fast as possible.
Tonight during dinner I opened up Born Blue and it was 20 minutes before I realized I had stopped eating. And once I realized that I didn’t want to get up because I didn’t want to lose the time I could be reading it on the walk back to my dorm.
I first read Born Blue by Han Nolan in 7th grade. It was my first time r
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Brandi
There's this girl named Jamie who loves and lives to sing. She grows up with a drug addict for a mother who eventually almost drowns her in the Gulf of Mexico. Then Jamie is taken into a foster home where she meets her future best friend, Harmon. Harmon and Jamie spend time together until Harmon is eventually adopted by the Smiths, an upper class black family. Then, one day, while Jamie is on her way home, she is kidnapped by her mother. Her mother takes her to live with a drug dealer named Mitc ...more
Bianka
Born Blue
By Han Nolan
277 pp.Orlando, Florida
Harcourt Inc. $6.95
ISBN- 0-15-204697-6

Born Blue by Han Nolan is an inspirational book because of the growth and strength a girl builds with the lack of family and stability. Her actions are clearly stated and foster teenagers can relate to her. This book portrays the developing years from a child to young adult of a Caucasian girl bouncing around from place to place. Until she ends up with the woman that left her in the beginning – her mother. You neve
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Natalie Norris
I realy wasn't expecting to like this novel as much as I did. I wasn't into the bad childlike writing and language. Though as I kept reading I had begun to see what it all meant.

This story is about a troubled young girl, named Janie, but She later changes her name to leshaya. In this novel, you will see how this young woman overcomes her obstacles and never gives up on her dreams.

At only 4 years old, Janie is taken from her mother Linda and put into Foster care. I believe, since she told us this
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Ally
The main thing about this book that keeps you reading is the voice of it. Written in first person, it feels like Leshaya (the main character), is talking directly to you.

Aside from the voice of the story, Born Blue is also very touching, and has a strong, independent female character that is very inspiring.

As you read, you start from Leshaya's childhood,and move with her as she gets older and runs into more trouble.

The book was captivating from the very beginning, was strong, and had an import
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Heather
Born Blue is a really great book because it is about the reality of being homeless.This a situation that some people have to face everyday that i never understood until now.You get to know the main character Leshaya really good,you almost feel like know her personally.She has a special talent for singing and has a dream to someday be a famous singer.Her story is touching and meaningful.
Jessica
Jul 20, 2008 Jessica rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
You start off by feeling bad for this poor little girl and then just end up getting annoyed with a stupid teenager who becomes a slut and a druggie and your not sure she's really learned her lesson by the end of it. You want to care for her but at the same time she's been given so many options to turn her life around and she never took them.
Alexa Cruz
Oct 28, 2011 Alexa Cruz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every one
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
First book to come to mind when I think of favorite books.
Couldn't put it down. The words created vivid imagery. It makes you really think about the book.
Mike
2.5/5

To recap, in case you haven't read my previous reviews: I think Crazy is one of the best books in the world, my love for it makes me too hard on other books by Han Nolan, If I Should Die Before I Wake was mediocre.

This book was another merely average entry from Nolan. I'm starting to think I should just give up on trying to find anything good in the same way Crazy was, because this was nowhere near that level. I'm not saying this is a bad book, because it isn't. Nolan really does try to wri
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Carlyn
Born Blue had interesting characters and a pretty good storyline, but it was honestly a let down. Although it took me less than a day to read through the book, I found myself re-reading lines, and then re-reading them again because the writing was so odd. It wasn't bad, per say, but it was different in the sense that barely any of the book was written in proper English. The first sentence is "In my first memory, I be drowning." The book did catch me there, and I was confused by that line so I co ...more
Allie Williams
Born Blue by Han Nolan is an exceptional book. Han Nolan has written many other books, all very successful. She grew up in New York and has always loved to make up stories. Han has always been very active and has written her whole life.

Born Blue is about a girl, who is first named Janie, with a mother that is addicted to heroin. When Janie was just a little girl she was left by her high mother “Mama Linda” in the Gulf Of Mexico while she was drowning. Janie later changes her name to Leyshaya a
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Asriani
Setiap orang memiliki alasan dibalik semua hal yang dilakukannya. Kalimat itulah yang menjadi pegangan saya sejak lama ketika berhadapan dengan orang – orang yang jauh berbeda terutama dari segi pemikiran. Walaupun kalimat itu tidak cukup ampun untuk membuat saya berhenti memberi cap baik dan buruk. Semua itu karena pemahaman yang saya pikir sudah mengakar begitu dalam. Semua itu kembali saya ungkapkan ketika membaca novel karya Han Nolan ini.

Di usia yang sangat belia, Janie harus tinggal terpis
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Lisa James
This is in the YA category. Ultimately, it's rather sad because the ending leaves you hanging & you never know if Jane/Leshaya cleans up her act, & grows up to realize her dream of being a jazz/R & B singer, or whether she gets back on the drug merry go round she's been on. Given what she's already been through, her mother a heroin addict who had her removed & sent to a bad foster home, then kidnapped from the foster home by her mother on an unannounced visit & in essence, tr ...more
Patrick
Janie, aka Leshaya, is a survivor; it is not as if she has any choice in the matter, since life keeps dealing her knockout blows. Born to a heroin-addicted mother, her childhood is spent in foster homes, passed around from person to person, few of whom take time to parent her. Her only salvation is music, for when she opens her mouth to sing, then and only then does Janie feel alive. Yet she looks everywhere for love: in food, in drugs, and always, always, falling in with the wrong man. Her moth ...more
Christian Meneide
Our group likes the part when Janie got kidnapped by Mama Linda. Janie got kidnapped by her mom because her mom needed drugs so she sold Janie for drugs. One reason why we think this book is likeable because it has a lot of drama. Another reason why we think this book is likeable is because it has a lot of action. Janie kept facing difficult conflicts and running away from them. Last Janie got pregnant by a guy she doesn’t even know. This book is filled with mystery which makes you want to read ...more
Brutney
Brutney G., Sabriya A, Edna T., Aisha l
Freshman English
Mrs.Fae, Mrs. Campbell
6/13/14

Born Blue by Han Nolan Book Review
In the fictitious novel, Born Blue by Han Nolan the main character, Janie faces hardship such as, getting involved with drugs, moving constantly, and becoming pregnant. Janie’s biological mother, Mamma Linda, was an influential role model in Janie’s life even though it wasn’t one best people to look up too in Janie’s case.
The book was very likeable in many ways. One reason why t
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Abd
Ashly,Benjy, Daniella,

In Borm Blue by Han Nolan, Janie,the main character, finds out she was pregnant which was a challenge she had to face. Also when Janie found out her mother, Mama Linda, was a drug addict when she gave her up for heroin. Lastly, Mrs.Trane, the lady who cared for Mama Linda, gave Janie some liberal advice to take and to break the cycle and to not be like her mother. Also how she should go get her daughter, Etta, and take care of her.

Born Blue is a great book that we were gla
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Desiray
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Hannah Capron
Born Blue started off as a page-turner, a little girl who was born into the world as the heroin addict's daughter. I thought Janie would be able to break from a life which revolves around drugs and addiction. Harmon did, but she sure didn't. After she was kidnapped by Mama Shell, she entered that life by herself. The minute "Leshaya" was born, Janie threw her life in the garbage. Even though it's just a book, it still frustrates me that some people can never be any different from their parents. ...more
Kelly
This was an interesting look at what can happen to orphaned children when they have no caring adult to guide them. Every bad thing that a young girl could possibly get into is addressed here: stealing, drugs, alcohol, unwanted pregnancy, etc. It is a bit too graphic for preteens, but is suited for high school age young adults. The reality of each situation is a good way for teens to understand the consequences of their actions. The poor language skills of the main character are sometimes difficu ...more
Maricarmen V
I liked this book very much because it had so much deatil. Born blue was full of suspense, I'd always want to keep reading and reading. Leshaya was a fansinating character, and the life she had simply astonished me. She went through so many hard times, so many times where she needed someone but there wasn't anyone there. She truely had to go on her own, survive all on her own and at such a young age.
Manny Mendoza
Born Blue was a bit of an odd book but somewhat interesting for me. It is about a girl who lives with a family that is not her real family, she loves laying on the floor and listening to old music. She doesn't know her mother that well because she is a drug addict. Her real mom hires Two people to adopt her and take care of her so her mom can see her more. This book was a bit tough to follow because a lot of things happened at once and the author jumped around a lot. But its unique plot definite ...more
Synesthesia (SPIDERS!)
Han Nolan is an excellent Young Adult writer. In this book we encounter large amounts of pain and suffering and a passion for music that gets Janie/Leshaya through her horrible, abusive life. It really isn't a book for the faint hearted, but it manages to handle issues like drug abuse, teen pregnancy and AIDS in a powerful and realistic way.
Courtney
I think I read this. All I remember is that there was a girl who loved Etta James and wanted to become a singer. I did a google search and this is what came up. If I can't remember how to spell today I can't remember what I read 10 years ago. lol.
Natalie
Once you are able to get past the horrible grammar and punctuation, this book is a serious page-turner and tear-jerker. So many sections of this book made me feel sick to my stomach, it was brutal and gruesome to read. Working first hand with troubled kids myself, I've seen so many similar lives being unfortunately lived by our innocent and young. This book gives a very deep in-depth perspective through the child's eyes. How she is felt, what she thinks about the unfortunate events happening to ...more
Jourdan
this book was so cool. highly recommend reading it
Alexandria Cintron
Born lue by Han Nolan Is an inspiraton an a national award-winning book. han Nolan is also the author of "dancing on the edge". This breath taking book is about a young girl named Janie Leshaya. janies birth mother was a herion addict, nerly dorwning at the age f fur because her mother wasnt able to take care of her she is sent to a foster home in Alambama. janie has a bestfriend who is also like a abrother to her, Harmon. She is also very close to her social worker Doris. Harmon Finch and Dois ...more
Rosie
Born Blue is a very inspirational book. This book inspired me to not give up on my dream no matter what bumps in life may come up, but as long as you stay on track and focus on what you need to be successful. While reading the emotions I felt were disappointment and excitement. I felt very disappointed when Janie broke her promise with Paul. Paul told Janie to stay clean if she wanted to live with him and for along time she keeps it. After hooking up with Paul’s friend one night she broke her pr ...more
Sam  Debroux
Leshaya, also known as Janie, has a very challenging life. She can't trust anyone. Her mother doesn't care for her. She treats Leshaya like a piece of meat. Leshaya can't keep a friendship with anyone because she's always moving from one place to another. She has been through pretty much anything and everything. Almost dying by being drowned by her mother. Getting tossed from one family to the other. Becoming a mother at 16. Gettin' drunk and smokin' weed, even Heroin. She believes that doing d ...more
Mina Rivera
i thought this book was very sad. it was sad how the girl Janie didnt know who she really was. she acted like a person who was trying to be on her own and acted like she knew everything when she didnt know anything. it was that she had felt like she had been on her own for so long that she can only depend on herself. also, the amount of things that had happened to her should affect on how she thinks and stuff. but i think she should have realized earlier in the book that she shouldnt push people ...more
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Han Nolan is widely acclaimed for her evocative language, her gritty subject matter, and her ability to plumb the psyche of her characters. Her books include Dancing on the Edge, which won the National Book Award, Send Me own a Miracle, a finalist for the National Book Award, Born Blue, A Summer of Kings, and several other acclaimed novels. She and her husband live on the East Coast.
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