Calling My Name
This unforgettable novel tells a universal coming-of-age story about Taja Brown, a young African American girl growing up in Houston, Texas, and ...more
The cover is elegant, the writing is elegant, the atmosphere is whimsical and contemplative, the heroine is lovely, almost angelically so. Reading the whole story is just a pleasurable experience you won’t soon forget.
Liara Tamani has written here a very beautiful story about growing up amongst family members that do not always understand you. Although religion is important to Taja, unlike her parents, she feels the need to question some of her beliefs and explo ...more
In 53 titled chapters, divided by 8 breaks introduced wi ...more
This was a YA contemporary story about a teenage girl called Taja.
Taja was such a normal sort of girl with the normal sort of girl worries. I felt really sorry for her and the way she felt left out compared to her brother and sister, and the way she wasn’t prepared for her first period. She was also subject to a lot of peer pressure.
The storyline in this was about Taja gr ...more
I have had Calling My Name since the summer of 2017. I got it as an ARC but never read it because I'm a bad person.
I wanted to read it because I thought the cover was beautiful. Anytime I see I black girl or boy on a book cover I add it to my TBR because its so rare. And yet I still kept putting off reading this for some reason. I wish I could say it was worth the wait but it was just okay. I mean I breezed through this and I di ...more
So I am bringing this review down to four stars because I realized what felt off about it: to me, it felt like I was seeing this through glass. It all felt... muffled. Does that make sense? Like, there was something between me and the plot/characters that made it hard to connect.
*still super great though*
Reading Calling My Name was like reading poetry. It was beautiful and carefully written and impacted me in a way I didn't expect it would.
Liara Tamani's debut novel, Calling My Name.
Reading Calling My Name had me reminiscing not only on some of those books I've read, by the aforementioned authors--but reminiscing of my childhood and adolescent years.
I found pieces of my childhood in this story, and it made the story that much more enjoyable for me.
In this coming-of-age tale, Taja Brown, seem ...more
It has a theme of the MC being in a religious family and feeling those pressures to always be good.
If I were to complain it would be that I wish it had expanded on this more. But that is largely because of my own beliefs and way I was raised. I do not bel ...more
I liked the sort of "Boyhood" layout of the story as we follow Tara from girlhood to the brink of adulthood. It was also nice to have a novel feature faith/religion without the normal dismissiveness you read about, or that obvious character rebellion/disbandment of it without any contextual layers.
The writing style for some reason I couldn't quite connect with. No cl ...more
I think this book went over my head at the speed of freaking light. ⚡
💨 *WOOOOOOOSH* 💨
Oh, what’s that?? This whole book, it seems.
Reason for that I think is the writing style.
Maybe I’m just too dumb but there was something off regarding the writing style. I can’t pinpoint the reasons why it didn’t resonate with me but it…just…didn’t. 🤷🏻♀
Because of it, I felt detached from the characters and their adventures; everything was slightly confusing and foggy. It was l** ...more
As she navigates the social spectrum—from middle and on through high school—she’s forced to answer questions about who she wants to be: her parents expect her to remain steeped in God. He is to be her eternal guide where all decisions of the heart, head, and body are concerned.
Unfortunately for ...more
Readers looking for stories about religious teens, coming of age as a black girl, and/or the tensions and challenges that can exist between teens and their parents will enjoy this a lot.
Totally appropri ...more
Calling My Name truly attracted me at the bookstore because of its' beautiful cover though I knew not to judge a book by its' cover so I looked over the premise. The premise itself was interesting but questionable at first. I loved seeing a coming of age story about a black teen on the store shelves, but can a girl's middle and high school years be thoroughly explored in fifty-three chapters. Eh, I was willing to take the risk, but the answer is a firm no!
This a character-driven story, so I was not/>...more
I loved how the book encompasses so much time, as we are with Taja whilst she grows from middle grade to high school graduation, and with that the topics of the story.
It's in first person perspective, which I thought was really fitting for this book, and was an i ...more
that all said, there were some really cringe-worthy microaggressions here and there that put me off
TWs: body/fat-shaming, ableism, transmisia, slut-shaming/misogyny, racism
-the most prevalent microaggressions were body/fat-shaming, and it was kind of hypocritical coming from someone wh ...more
The only thing I wanted that t ...more
A beautifully written coming of age story. We follow Taja from middle grade up through high school graduation. We experience all her firsts. We follow her as she tries to figure out who she is and what she believes. I especially loved her spiritual journey as she discovers how she wants to experience God, not just in church but in and around her.
The writing is beautiful. It reads like a cross between slam poetry/verse and proper text which takes on a very different feel in audiobook. I really liked the lyricism of the book.
The MC is black and Christian and is going through a whole lot of coming of age pain. She struggles with sexuality and purity, faith and it's absolutism, and societal double standards for girls and boys. All of this was beautifully done but I could ...more
10 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT LIARA
1. Her friends call her Lili.
2. She believes that love is the most powerful ...more