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Like Vanessa In this semi autobiographical debut novel set in , 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 incarcerated 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 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 beauty


10 thoughts on “Like Vanessa

  1. [Shai] Bibliophage [Shai] Bibliophage says:

    Like Vanessa is categorized under middle grade and children s fiction, but I reckon that it will be appreciatedby young adults because of its story and because of how quite long it is The novel is about Vanessa Nessy Martin a Black American a 13 year old and 8th grader at King Middle School who lives with his grandfather, cousin, and dad in Newark,


  2. Chelsea slytherink Chelsea slytherink says:

    3.5 stars Overall I enjoyed Like Vanessa, but there were a lot of harmful statements that I could ve lived without.Check out my blog forreviews and other bookish posts This is a spoiler free review full review I received an e ARC from Charlesbridge through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review I feel conflicted about Like Vanessa I enjoyed reading thi


  3. T.J. Burns T.J. Burns 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 But this book has so much to offer Vanessa s aspirations go so much deeper than beauty pageants Vanessa dearly wants to be loved and to be considered beautiful Her quest to achieve beauty leads her to the discovery that t


  4. mindful.librarian ☀️ mindful.librarian ☀️ 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 stor


  5. Biz Biz says:

    Update 11 20 2017 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, sorryEverybody 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 m


  6. Ashley Ashley says:

    Like Vanessa felt like a blast from the past for me Although I don t quite 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 definitely gave me the chills It is reality that many lower income families face Having many family members in the home but not a lot of resources Families members that have t


  7. La La La La 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 review.I was approved for an eARC, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.


  8. Jennifer Sullivan Jennifer Sullivan says:

    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 story with a positive message about beauty and strength that will have readers reexamining their definitions of beauty and hopefully inspiring them to recognize their own natural b


  9. Edshara Edshara says:

    This book was Crazy Good The characters, the plot and the writing were all well crafted.Oh, how I loved Vanessa Her story had its differences, yet it was so similar and familiar to my own I only wish I had been as brave as her when I was her age Her honesty and vulnerability were so refreshing to see I also loved how she was able to accept responsibility for her mistakes and apologize Her relation


  10. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    When I saw this book I felt drawn to it because of our shared names It s been nice to see how in many ways this Vanessa and I, are alike and different It is a touching story that portrays the life of a young girl, who wants to be Miss America She finally sees someone she can relate to win the pageant, Vanessa Williams and is inspired It s a tale of acceptance, harsh realities, and it highlights the impo


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