Eleven-year-old Isabella is used to these kinds of comments - her father is black, her mother is white - but that doesn't mean she likes them. And now that her parents are divorced (and getting along WORSE than ever), Isabella feels more like a push-me-pull-me toy.
I thought Blended was going to be about a girl dealing with identity issues, trading between people acting one way with her when she was with her white mom and people acting another way with her when with her black dad. It would have been interesting to see those differences. The book, however, talks more about the strained relationship her parents share in constantly trading custody. The story became more about divorce than race.
And then, serious current events are interspersed into the story, but those didn't follow the idea of the girl being "blended" or coming from a blended family. If those were the point of the book - Black Lives Matter, police brutality, etc. - I wonder about the author's approach. I just wanted the story to take a single approach.