♡ TRIGGER WARNING: islamophobia, anxiety attack, islamic slurs ♡
♡ All-American Muslim Girl, by Nadine Jolie Courtney
♡ Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, on November 12th, 2019
♡ Genres: YA, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Allie Abraham has it all going for her—she’s a straight-A student, with good friends and a close-knit family, and she’s dating cute, popular, and sweet Wells Henderson. One problem: Wells’s father is Jack Henderson, America’s most famous conservative shock jock…and Allie hasn’t told Wells that her family is Muslim. It’s not like Allie’s religion is a secret, exactly. It’s just that her parents don’t practice and raised her to keep her Islamic heritage to herself. But as Allie witnesses ever-growing Islamophobia in her small town and across the nation, she begins to embrace her faith—studying it, practicing it, and facing hatred and misunderstanding for it. Who is Allie, if she sheds the façade of the “perfect” all-American girl? What does it mean to be a “Good Muslim?” And can a Muslim girl in America ever truly fit in?
ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL is a relevant, relatable story of being caught between two worlds, and the struggles and hard-won joys of finding your place.
ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL is the kind of book that picked me up and hugged me, then told me that everything will be okay. i have never imagined that a book can make me feel like this. i felt represented and hopeful after reading it.
allie is a sixteen-years-old muslim teenager who faces islamophobia as soon as she reveals herself as muslim. she also tries to figure out her faith, discover more of her religion, learns to embrace it. but as the story goes she is faced to the never-ending debate of what it’s like to be a “good” muslim. allie only wants to fit in, to be liked by everybody, just like every other teenager.
i wish my sixteen-years-old self had read this book, because it would’ve helped me so much. she would relate to allie in every way possible: her need to fit in, her questioning of faith, her strong desire to learn more, and her dreadful fear that she would never be enough.
indeed, ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL tackles all of these issues, and more. some of them i’ve never read in any other book. not only that, but it discusses these topics in such a beautiful and simple way, that people of every age, muslim or not, would understand. the author’s writing was so soft and easy to follow that i was thinking about the book when i was reading it but also when i was not.
the story was not so complicated yet mesmerising, the kind of stories that stick with you way long after finishing it. i loved it to pieces, and it’s easily one of my favorite books of the year, and one of my favorite books ever.
ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL is for people who enjoy:
- books that tackle important issues in a simple way
- stories that stick with you
- i would recommend it to everyone, really
are you excited to read ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL? why? have you read a book where you have seen yourself represented? what’s it about?