Black, White, Other: In Search of Nina Armstrong Joan Steinau Lester Black White Other In Search of Nina Armstrong Identity Crisis As a biracial teen Nina is accustomed to a life of varied hues mocha colored skin ringed brown hair streaked with red a black father a white mother When her parents decide to divor
  • Title: Black, White, Other: In Search of Nina Armstrong
  • Author: Joan Steinau Lester
  • ISBN: 9780310761518
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Paperback
Black, White, Other: In Search of Nina Armstrong Joan Steinau LesterIdentity Crisis.As a biracial teen, Nina is accustomed to a life of varied hues mocha colored skin, ringed brown hair streaked with red, a black father, a white mother When her parents decide to divorce, the rainbow of Nina s existence is reduced to a much starker reality Shifting definitions and relationships are playing out all around her, and new boxes and lines seemIdentity Crisis.As a biracial teen, Nina is accustomed to a life of varied hues mocha colored skin, ringed brown hair streaked with red, a black father, a white mother When her parents decide to divorce, the rainbow of Nina s existence is reduced to a much starker reality Shifting definitions and relationships are playing out all around her, and new boxes and lines seem to be drawn every day.Between the fractures within her family and the racial tensions splintering her hometown, Nina feels caught in perpetual battle Stranded in a nowhere land of ethnic boundaries, and struggling for personal independence and identity, Nina turns to the story of her great great grandmother s escape from slavery in hopes of finding her own compass to help navigate the challenges before her Lester conjures a credible plot and complications divorce is a fact of life and racially mixed heritage is conspicuously becoming one The simple contrapuntal narrative of Sarah Armstrong s escaping slavery distinguishes the book emotionally and psychologically, raising it above other issue oriented Young Adult novels Lester writes with social sensitivity and an ear for teen language and concerns This is engaging treatment of a challenging subject that comes with little precedent Starred Publishers Weekly Review The tenderness and truth of your book moved my heart As well as the enormous love you have Alice Walker Teens will be caught by the alternating stories, and yes, by the messages aboutejudice, then and now, which will make for great group discussion Booklist
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  1. I really wanted to like this book I really did, but I just can t finish it It s heavy handed, obvious and slow.It s the story of a mixed race girl witnessing her white mothers divorce from her black father It could be educational, thought provoking and heart warming Instead there are layers upon layers of race issues that are written into a thick nest of you should be thinking about this subplots Instead of giving a us a story that makes us think the writing is a conglomeration of issues put ove [...]

  2. This book was ok It was really hard to get into and just kinda boring I liked reading the parts about Nina s slave relative That was better than the actual story, I think sorry

  3. As y all know or if you don t, feel free to check out this series , I m always looking for diverse stories to read and highlight Recently Blink YA released three young adult novels and I snagged them right up I ll have reviews of the other two this month as well, but Joan Steinau Lester s is an excellent one to share about first I thought this book was an excellent read While no two people s experiences are the same, I thought Lester created an inviting story to talk about being biracial in Amer [...]

  4. Nina Armstrong s dad is black Her mom is white And they just split up Nina now lives with her mom in the same house she grew up in, but her brother Jimi lives with their dad in a very different neighborhood Also, Nina just started ninth grade, and her best friend has been acting oddly, hanging with some new people All this fills Nina with a whirlpool of teen angst She lets her emotions control her, finally convincing herself that the only way to make sense of her situation is to gain some distan [...]

  5. Disclosure Received a digital ARC from NetGalley for an honest review No spoilers I tried I honestly did but I didn t finish this book This book was so bad from the very beginning I m honestly surprised I got very far into it As a biracial teen I was excited to read this book hoping the author would convey how mixed kids feel, she didn t What I got from this book is a whiny teenager who doesn t understand a goddamn thing about the world and wants everything to be just like they were when she was [...]

  6. An earnest story about a biracial teenage girl who struggles with her parent s divorce and her identity A heartfelt and earnest narrative on what it is like to be biracial explores identity, history, perceptions of the media About a girl who is trying to make sense of who she is as she quickly learns, often than not, we learn about race because of how people treat and talk to us Offers an insightful and important narrative about the protagonist s grandmother, Sarah, who was a slave before trave [...]

  7. While the message of the book was glaringly obvious, it doesn t detract from the inner unrest that many mixed kids feel feeling too this or not enough that to fit in with a group of people, the anger and sadness and frustration when no one seems to understand or willing to challenge their own stagnant beliefs and prejudices.

  8. I think the idea for this story, the struggles of the racially mixed young girl, was idustrious but reading the story was exhausting I was annoyed with all the characters The back story that Nina was reading was interesting I just didn t enjoy the writing for the present day story.

  9. A well written book about a young girl feeling neither black or white, being 15, being a child of divorce and a freshman in high school.

  10. This book could have been way better than what it was but it had some pretty good moments, mainly Nina s father s transcript.

  11. A story within a story First there is 15 year old bi racial Nina who is finding it hard to fit in with her friends when they only accept half of her cultural identity Not to mention she is dealing with her parents divorce Then there is the novel her father is writing about Nina s many great grandmother who was a slave Both stories intertwine beautifully.

  12. Easily captured by the storyI lost myself in this book, like Nina lost herself to Sarah s story Very thought provoking I am curious to find my own family history

  13. Nina Armstrong didn t think much about being biracial until her parents split up She didn t think much about her creamy mocha skin and curly brown and red hair Until her parents decided to divorce, she didn t really feel the need to pick a side Now that her darker skinned brother, Jimi, has moved out with their black dad and she has stayed living with her white mom, though, she is starting to question things much Especially with racial tensions in Oakland rising at the same time as her parents [...]

  14. I see what the author was trying to do, and I really wish it was better The parts following Sarah were written quite well, a contrast to the superficial dialogue and thoughts of Nina Nina was such an unsympathetic character I absolutely did not like her, and found her vapid and lacking in critical thought Nina s father was used as a tool to force the connection, without any flow Also the story didn t make much sense as a whole It felt like a bunch of ideas glued together but as a whole there was [...]

  15. Funny how an absence can feel like a presence, like that space practically glows with her outline and make me notice how she s not here See reviews first on my blogNina is a young woman who is biracial and is a freshman in high school, who is now also dealing with parents divorcing and households being split Because of all of these changes she s angry and upset and confused She doesn t know exactly where she belongs any When she s at her moms she feels like things are missing, when she is with h [...]

  16. I find three whole chapters of MISS SARAH ARMSTRONG ON THE RUN Sarah, who might actually be the only person on the planet I can relate to The only problem she s dead.Nina s black father and white mother have decided to divorce, a racial uproar is spreading through Nina s hometown, and it seems her fellow teenaged classmates and friends are now dividing everything along color lines Seeking direction, Nina turns to the story of her great great grandmother s escape from slavery in Black, White, Oth [...]

  17. 2.5 stars This is a hard book to review I have to say right off the bat that as I was never a bi racial teen, I don t think I can say authoritatively if a novel realistically portrays that experience or not That having been said, here are my salient observations This is a book that at least to me is noticeably about race, in the way that Crowe s Mississippi Trial, 1955 is about race More specifically, racism is the central conflict that drives the plot Race racism are uncomfortable issues to add [...]

  18. Expect my full review September 5, 2011 at Ramblings of an Amateur Author wp pPz8s 1JSI had a rocky start with Black, White, Other This book threw me right into the middle of a packing scene, followed by Nina 15 years old rushing out the door to catch a bus to see her dad And I m thinking her mom isn t going to see her off Of course, I m thinking she s catching a Greyhound bus Well, at least until she missed the bus only to catch another one shortly It also took me awhile to figure out where she [...]

  19. Identity is a concept familiar to all It is something that is struggled with daily and not easily defined Who am I Our gifts, talents, experiences, and ancestors make us who we are For most, adolescence is the first attempt to piece together the puzzle of ourselves Grappling with identity is frightening, but even terrifying is being a biracial teen struggling with this issue when the world familiar to you crashes down In Black, White, Other, Nina Armstrong, a product of mixed parentage, a white [...]

  20. About the Book Identity Crisis.As a biracial teen, Nina is accustomed to a life of varied hues mocha colored skin, ringed brown hair streaked with red, a black father, a white mother When her parents decide to divorce, the rainbow of Nina s existence is reduced to a much starker reality Shifting definitions and relationships are playing out all around her, and new boxes and lines seem to be drawn every day.Between the fractures within her family and the racial tensions splintering her hometown, [...]

  21. Issues of race and identity.This young adult book will strike a chord with many of today s youngsters, either because they find themselves in this situation, or because others they know are struggling with similar problems to Nina.Nina is American, has a white mother, black father and a mixed brother who is darker than she is She hadn t seen this as a problem until her parents decide to divorce and she stays with her mother, while her younger brother goes to live with her Dad At the same time, h [...]

  22. I received this book as part of the Z Street Team for Zondervan I chose the book out of two offered and I am very glad that I did The book was a fantastic look into the life of a girl who is biracial and is at a point in her life where she questions who and what she is The most interesting aspect of the book for me was how the story of her great great grandmother, a former slave, was told throughout her story As she goes through her trials in life, she reads about what her ancestor went through [...]

  23. I ve always loved books that detailed the life of slave children They hit home and are so powerful, and it s always so moving to hear of ancestors and their life stories The stories they tell make a person inspired enough to get up and change their own life, which is pretty much exactly what the protagonist, Nina Armstrong, did A novel about fitting in and finding yourself and the answers you seek, I went so fast through this book it was like water to me I gobbled all the little nuggets of knowl [...]

  24. Biracial teen, Nina, has watched her life change dramatically in a short amount of time Her parents have recently split up and her darker skinned brother has gone to live with her black father, while she, with mocha colored skin and reddish hair, stays with her white mother A freshman in high school, she feels torn between her white friends and her black friends, as racial tensions arise in nearby Oakland She feels like she has to choose one race or another and feels like no one understands her [...]

  25. BLACK, WHITE, OTHERIn Search of Nina ArmstrongBy Joan Steinau LesterFifteen year old Nina Armstrong s world is all topsy turvy Her parents are no longer together She lives with her mother who s white and her brother Jimi lives with their father who s black Suddenly Nina s friends are trying to make her choose who she ll be friends with Will she choose black or will she choose white Who will she identify with Or will she do as Saundra told her and embrace her otherness and live with everyone As N [...]

  26. This is another book that I decided to read because I met the author through Shelf Awareness Book Brahmin Lester mentioned some of my favorite books in her interview so I decided to read her YA novel Nina is a freshman in high school whose whole world seems to be coming apart Her parents are separated, one of her best friends has moved away and suddenly the fact that she is biracial seems to matter The beginning of the book is a great set up for your typical Young Adult problem novel.Early on, N [...]

  27. Nina Armstrong goes through identity crisis when her white mother and black father go through a divorce Not only is she now living in a split family unit, but now she is living between two races Being a freshman in High School is hard enough, but having to choose who to be friends with based on the color of their skin is challenging Everything around her seems to be tumbling down and the only thing that gives her guidance is the through the research and story of her great great grandmother Sarah [...]

  28. Nina Armstrong is a biracial teen with a little brother, Jimi, whose skin is darker than her own, a black father, and a white mother Her life is good and she has great friends but it is not until her parents decide to divorce that she realizes she has been viewing her life through rose colored glasses.Everyone in Nina s life is changing Her father transforms from mellow to angry, seeming to forget that his children are half white Nina s mother is irritable and begins to curse than usual Her swe [...]

  29. Black, White, Other tells of Nina, a biracial girl, age 14, living in the present day Bay Area I gained a lot from this book, living in a very similar way she does, Nina feels like someone I might know It opened my mind and furthered my understanding of what the people around me, the people I see everyday could be going through right now The book also featured snippets of what life was like for a runaway slave in the 1800s as well, which was interesting and gave the book depth Sometimes I had no [...]

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