Color Me in
Díaz's debut draws from her own experience in this powerful coming-of-age story about friendship, first romance and racial intolerance. Nevaeh Levitz grew up in an affluent suburb of New York City and never thought much about her biracial roots. Her life turns upside-down when her African-American mom and Jewish dad separate and she relocates to Harlem to live with her maternal grandparents. Because Nevaeh passes as white, her cousins think she doesn't understand their struggles. Meanwhile, her father insists she have a belated Bat Mizvah instead of a sweet 16 party. It's only when Nevaeh stumbles upon a secret from her mother's past and finds herself falling in love that she breaks her silence and finally finds her voice.