Annike: Hey guys, so it’s me here today with a review on a wonderful book I read earlier this month. It wasn’t on my TBR list that we posted several days ago but, My Life in Black and White by Natasha Friend was an excellent and very original book.
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 saw going on between her best friend and her boyfriend right before the accident. With the help of her trombone-playing, defiantly uncool older sister and a guy at school recovering from his own recent trauma, Lexi learns she’s much more than just a pretty face.
Annike: So My Life in Black and White was a really eye opening book for me. It was one of those books that had been on my TBR list for ages but I never really thought too much about. When I did get the opportunity to read it however I was so glad that I did. So I have decided to split my review into 3 different sections: The characters, the plot and the cover.
Characters: Basically, Lexi as a character had previously been defined as being so beautiful and perfect her whole life and all of this pressure to be so perfect came mostly from her mother who honestly I couldn’t really stand as a character. She was bitter and almost living through Lexi, but I did understand that this was part of her character. The characters of the story were possibly my least favourite part of the book only because, Lexi did end up annoying me slightly. She was really whiny and made no effort to pick herself up off the couch, and she kept changing herself into someone I couldn’t relate to at all. Lexi aside, the 2 characters I did really like were Lexi’s “Trombone-playing, defiantly uncool sister”, Ruthie and “A guy at school recovering from his own trauma”, Theo. I absolutely loved Theo in this story! He was a photography geek, who was always so nice and accepting of Lexi from the very beginning. It was only through these characters that gave Lexi a chance after the accident, did she have that self discovery moment that I was waiting for.
Plot: So, as soon as I had read the blurb of this book, I remember just thinking what an amazing and unique idea it was. The plot had to be one of my favourite things about the book simply because I had never read anything like it before. It was engaging and really special in the way that it brought issues such as self image to light. I liked how we were pulled into both Lexi’s life in the present as well as the past which helped define her as a character as well as bring the character of her “ex-best friend” Taylor, to life as well. If I had to say something I didn’t quite enjoy as much about the plot it would simply be that it was a bit slow moving at some particular places.
Cover: So lastly, although this has nothing to do with the actual story itself I thought that I might include a little brief paragraph about the cover of this book. I can just imagine Zoe nodding her head proudly at this (She LOVES covers). The cover of My Life in Black and White is absolutely gorgeous in my opinion. It drew me in super quickly 🙂
Annike: Anyways, thank you so much for reading! If you like the sounds of the book please give it a go or put it on your TBR list because I promise you it is a really good read. See you soon xx