Calling My Name by Liara Tamani

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Calling My Name Read Online Free - Taja Brown lives with her parents and older brother and younger sister, in Houston, Texas. Taja has always known what the expectations of her conservative and tightly-knit African American family are—do well in school, go to church every Sunday, no intimacy before marriage. But Taja is trying to keep up with friends as they get their first kisses, first boyfriends, first everythings. And she’s tired of cheering for her athletic younger sister and an older brother who has more freedom just because he’s a boy. Taja dreams of going to college and forging her own relationship with the world and with God, but when she falls in love for the first time, those dreams are suddenly in danger of evaporating.

Title : Calling My Name
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ISBN : 0062656864
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages


Lola rated it ★★★★☆

August 07, 2017

Such an elegant book. The cover is elegant, the writing is elegant, the atmosphere is whimsical and contemplative, the heroine is lovely, almost angelically so. Reading the whole story is just a pleasurable experience you won’t soon forget. Liara Tamani has written here a very beautiful story abou...

Sarah rated it ★★★☆☆

October 12, 2017

(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a YA contemporary story about a teenage girl called Taja. Taja was such a normal sort of girl with the normal sort of girl worries. I felt really sorry for her and the way she felt left out compared...

India rated it ★★★★★

January 10, 2018

I think capturing the essence of being a black Southern girl who loves God is something so specific that you have to experience it firsthand. It’s in the way we love, the way we pray, view nature, are in tune with our bodies and that inner voice. Before reading this book, Beyoncé’s Lemonade visua...

Shortcake rated it ★★★★☆

December 19, 2017

UPDATE 12/19/2017 So I am bringing this review down to four stars because I realized what felt off about it: to me, it felt like I was seeing this through glass. It all felt... muffled. Does that make sense? Like, there was something between me and the plot/characters that made it hard to connect....

Nikki rated it ★★★☆☆

October 22, 2017

02/15/2017: African American girl. Growing up IN Houston, Texas?! GIMMIE. 10/22/2017: Eh..... Real review to come.

Candace rated it ★★★★★

April 08, 2017

This is a quietly beautiful book. It's lyrical, soft and easy. It's a story that spans time with only light theme within it. There's no urgency and what kept me reading was the beautiful writing. While not in verse it had a similar feel to it. It has a theme of the MC being in a religious family...

Booksandchinooks (Laurie) rated it ★★★★☆

January 09, 2018

I received a free copy of this book from Harper Collins Canada for an honest review. This story is told by Taja, from middle grade to high school, as she searches for who she really is and what she really believes. The book seems to take place around the early 90’s but we are never told this. Taj...

love, ellie rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 24, 2018

This book is a character-driven story about a black girl growing up and dealing with all the problems adolescence offers (and we all know it's a lot of problems). I have to admit that the main reason I picked this up was because of the cover, I think it's so BEAUTIFUL. However, the writing just w...

Jazmen rated it ★★★★☆

January 22, 2018

I can hear the voices of some of the greatest African American writers echoing in the voice of Liara Tamani's debut novel, Calling My Name. Reading Calling My Name had me reminiscing not only on some of those books I've read, by the aforementioned authors--but reminiscing of my childhood and adoles...

Elke (BEroyal) rated it ★★★★☆

January 27, 2018

This story touched me a lot more than I thought it would. It's a beautifully flowing coming of age story about Taja, a black girl from a religious family. It's written in an almost poetic way, which made the audio book really pleasant. I loved how the book encompasses so much time, as we are with...

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