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World begins to change Vanessa discovers that her own self worth is than the scores of her talent performance and her interview answers and that she doesn't need a crown to be comfortable in her own skin and see her own true beaut. I cannot say enough about this story If you are looking for impactful culturally diverse YA this is your book I was totally immersed in the MC s life from the first few pages Everything I want to rave about would be a spoiler so this is a very short reviewI was approved for an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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In this semi autobiographical debut novel set in 1983 Vanessa Martin's real life reality of living with family in public housing in Newark New Jersey is a far cry from the glamorous Miss America stage She struggles with an incarce. 35 stars Overall I enjoyed Like Vanessa but there were a lot of harmful statements that I could ve lived withoutCheck out my blog for reviews and other bookish posts This is a spoiler free reviewfull reviewI received an e ARC from Charlesbridge through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI feel conflicted about Like Vanessa I enjoyed reading this middle grade novel and I liked Vanessa s character development but there were some messages that rubbed me the wrong wayI want to read middle grades often but I tend to struggle reading from a child s point of view Thankfully that wasn t the case in this novel it was very accessible for an adult as well This story was diverse the main character and her family is black there is poverty and disability representation and a side character is an immigrantVanessa was flawed and I enjoyed seeing her grow and become confident It broke my heart that she prayed her skin would be lighter I loved that she learned to love herself in the end but it sucks that she had to lose weight in order to be considered beautiful I think the message could ve been even wonderful if Vanessa could ve remained fat throughout the book This is how Vanessa describes her body after losing weight It s not the boxy shapeless boyish body I m used to I look like a woman Being fat doesn t have anything to do with your genderThough the author mentions in the author s note that she is still close friends with many of the women she met while doing pageants this book is filled with petty girl on girl hate Especially in an industry that is already considered bitchy I would ve loved to see supportive female friendships The mean girls were all Puerto Ricans I don t think any character of Puerto Rican decent was shown in a positive light Further we only got to see how and what Vanessa was doing during the pageant we didn t get to know the other contestantsI also have some issues with the ueer representation I am ueer but I am white so I don t really know how this is handled in other communities Though anti gayness is realistic especially during the 80s I was very hurt by reading about a violent attack on a young gay black man I feel like the attack was used to further Vanessa s storyline rather than to start a discussion about accepting ueer peopleAdditionally slurs are used and it s said multiple times that being gay is different I don t think it was necessarily meant in a negative way but different implies that being heterosexual is normal whereas being gay isn t The gay representation was rather stereotypical though that doesn t have to be a bad thing I was a bit annoyed though that Vanessa said that he knows about all things girlified implying that sexuality has anything to do with genderThere is a character in Like Vanessa who uses drugs though it isn t mentioned whether they were addicted to it Nonetheless I thought the discussions surrounding this character were very black and white I know it s hard to accept or understand but doing drugs isn t always a choice Being addicted to alcohol is accepted in this book but if you re doing drugs you re a monster I believe this topic should ve been approached in a nuanced way especially because Tami Charles mentions the following in the author s note which isn t really the message of the story itself Remember this in life everyone experiences setbacks but those moments don t have to create the path for how your life will turn out Like I said I liked this novel but the amount of in my opinion problematic statements definitely lessened my enjoyment Because I read an ARC and no one I know and trust has read this yet I can t check whether other readers found these examples problematic as well I d rather warn people too much than have them end up hurt because of mecontent and trigger warning for poverty alcoholism drug use abuse anti gay slurs prison abuse a lot of ableist language physical assault for being gay anti biracial remarks not really black and half black making fun of someone s appearance shaming girls who have sex shameless skanks cissexist remarks a woman can bleed for a whole week gangs anti fat remarks anti Asian remark TJ comes walking down the hall cheesin so hard his eyes almost disappear If that boy wasn t brown skinned with an afro I d swear he was Chinese

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Rated mother she barely remembers a grandfather dealing with addiction and her own battle with self confidence But when a new teacher at school coordinates a beauty pageant and convinces Vanessa to enter Vanessa's view of her own. Update 11202017 There s a giveaway happening for this book rn Definitely enter it this is one of my fave releases of 2018 yes I know it s not even 2018 yet but nothing can beat Like Vanessa sorry Everybody s got their rep Mine I m like oxygen you know I m there but you don t see me I shut my mouth I make good grades And when the bell rings at the end of the day I take my butt home close my door and dream of a place far far away from here Holy crap What a book I try to stay away from middle grade realistichistorical fiction because it tends to have a lack of diversity and shies away from important topicswraps everything up in the end with a nice little bow but Like Vanessa shattered every expectation I have of middle grade lit This is a book that parents need to read This is a book that children need to read This is a book that needs to be read in classrooms in homes everywhere It s 1983 and 13 year old Vanessa Martin is full of dreams Dreams of her mama coming back home dreams that her grandfather will stop drinking dreams of winning the Miss America pageant And when I read this book I was caught up in all of her dreams My heart swelled and was broken with hers Characters are what make or break a book for me and they surely made this book The people in Like Vanessa are real and hungry and angry and empty and wanting Vanessa was everything little girls and boys look for in a heroine and the struggles that she goes through are sadly still prevalent issues that children and teens face in America today I also really enjoyed reading about her cousin TJ He loves his family deeply and his struggle to hide his true self is something that many teens can relate to Like Vanessa is a seriously powerful book It caused me to examine my own privilege in a deeper wayThis book deals with a lot of important stuff such as racism colorism classism alcoholism abusive parents drug issues and homophobia but it does it in a way that is subtle enough for Like Vanessa to still read like a middle grade book If I had read this book when I was ten I probably would have not picked up on as much as I did now I would recommend for parents to read this book with their children so that they can answer any uestions they might have But don t be put off by how raw this book is it is definitely full of important lessons that many young kids can benefit from So whether you re looking for the next book to read to your class or a book to read and talk about as a family or if like me you re wanting to venture out of YA for a bit I would highly recommend Like Vanessa It will leave you thinking and wanting It is sure to be one of the best if not the best middle grade books of 2018 Now I can seethe real meaning of beauty and it ain t got nothing to do with having light skin and a little waist All these years of watching the Miss America pageant and I ain t never seen a girl who looked like me And all I ever wanted was to live up to that American definition of beautyBut I can see it now You can t buy beauty or pray for it to come in the form of what you see on the television screen It s just something you gotta be I was given an eARC through NetGalley in exchange for a complete and honest review hooray my first NetGalley


10 thoughts on “Like Vanessa

  1. says:

    Like Vanessa is categorized under middle grade and children's fiction but I reckon that it will be appreciated

  2. says:

    35 stars Overall I enjoyed Like Vanessa but there were a lot of harmful statements that I could’ve lived withoutCheck out my blog for reviews and other bookish posts This is a spoiler free reviewfull reviewI received an e ARC from Charlesbridge through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI feel conflicted about

  3. says:

    Heart wrenching moving and inspirational all at once Who'd have ever thought I'd get involved in the story about a beauty pageant contestant? Bu

  4. says:

    LIKE VANESSA is a hard hitting take on growing up in public housing in Newark NJ in the early 80's while under the spell of the first ever Black Miss America Vanessa Williams The main character is also named Vanessa and her story of being raised by her alcoholic but well meaning grandfather and her mostly absent father is absolutely heartbreaking The pageant storyline brings up many important and timely themes of race and beauty i

  5. says:

    Update 11202017 There's a giveaway happening for this book rn Definitely enter it; this is one of my fave releases of 2018 yes I know it's not even 2018 yet but nothing can beat Like Vanessa sorry Everybody's got their rep Mine? I'

  6. says:

    Like Vanessa felt like a blast from the past for me Although I don't uite remember the eighties fully but I bonded with Vanessa having to be raised by a single father who worked a lot This was a story that defini

  7. says:

    I cannot say enough about this story If you are looking for impactful culturally diverse YA this is your book I was totally immersed in the MC's life from the first few pages Everything I want to rave about would be a spoiler so this is a very short reviewI was approved for an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest

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    I loved this book I think this is a must order for any public or middle school library Besides being a much needed book with diverse characters and cultural authenticity it is a wonderfully rich and multi faceted s

  9. says:

    This book was Crazy Good The characters the plot and the writing were all well craftedOh how I loved Vanessa Her story had i

  10. says:

    It’s 1983 and Vanessa Williams was just crowned Miss America the first black woman to win the title This changes everything for 13 year old Vanessa Martin who watches the Miss America pageant every year with her grandfather and a

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