A very good YA book.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book when I first got it, but it grabbed my attention from the start and didn’t let up until the satisfying ending. It’s a quick, entertaining read and you just might learn a thing or too about Islam along the way. I know that some may shy away from the book because of the subject matter, but I encourage you to explore things outside your comfort zone or that you may initially not be interested in. Often times you are pleasantly surprised.
I confess that I don’t know much about Islam, so it was interesting to read the information the author wove through the story. The racism, Islamophobia, references to terrorism, and hate speech depicted in the book is sadly a sign of the times and relevant to the current atmosphere in our country. Because this is a YA book, however, these things are not discussed in extreme detail or in excessively violent ways.
Allie Abraham is a straight A student, has a group of friends, and a close-knit family. Her family is Muslim, and while most of her family practices the religion, her parents don’t and Allie doesn’t know much about it. Allie is dating a cute and popular boy from school, but his father is America’s most famous conservative shock jock that touts anti-Muslim sentiments and doesn’t know that Allie is Muslim. As Islamophobia grows in her small town, Allie begins to embrace her faith by learning and practicing it. In doing so, however, she may lose more than she bargains for.
I really enjoyed this book and recommend that you read it.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.