I would call Color Me In by Natasha Diaz a coming-of-age story, but it’s really so much more than that. It’s a coming-of-self story. Neveah Levitz is caught between a world she doesn’t know, and another in which she doesn’t fit in. After her parents’ separate due to her father doing the unthinkable, she is forced to realize the life that was carefully constructed for her, isn’t as clear cut as she once thought. Not Black enough to be fully excepted in the hood, but not quite White enough to fit in in the suburbs, Neveah is learning that it’s okay to love one part of yourself while getting to know the other. After all, you can’t cheat on yourself with yourself, right?
Even as Neveah struggles to come to terms with who her father truly is as a person and all the things that her mother had to go through, her internal strides towards becoming the best person that she can be, never waivers. She finds herself, her family, and the love of her young life.