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  1. says:

    Full review The review includes one unmarked spoiler There is a warning before it is stated When I heard this book is about a Muslim MC I bumped it right up to the top of my TBR because this is the first time I hear of a book portraying Islam I admit I was very scared to see how my religion was going to be portrayed especially when we live in a world where Islam is associated with stereotypes and bad generalizations and many false negative ideas so I was deeply hoping this book would portray the religion as is I have so much to say about this book since it is very important to me I'll try to cover everything I remember Janna is a Muslim Egyptian Indian teen living in the USA and like any other teen she encounters the regular day to day issues a teen encounters but she encounters additional issues because she is Muslim But the thing is Janna is continuously criticized and as a Muslim I go through that In this book it is clearly shown how Muslims are always criticized and expected to be perfect The thing is Muslims are not perfect We like any other human being make mistakes Just because we're Muslims does not mean we are unallowed to make mistakes Some people who don't understand our religion think the religion is faulty and they believe it when the media presents false ideas and brainwashes people who are too simple minded to use their brain and think Our religion is a beautiful religion that's for sure but what's not for sure is that every Muslim is perfect We are not perfect yet we try to follow our religion as much as we are able to Unfortunately there are also Muslims who are Muslims by name and nothing The first scene in the book is very powerful It shows Janna wearing a burkini and her dad criticizing that That brings about the wide spread false idea that Muslim women wearing the hijab are oppressed Janna tells her dad that it is her choice she wears the hijab and it is not anyone else's choiceJanna is continuously criticized by her family and friends Just because she is a hijabi Muslim they think it is okay to put that label on her Wrong Yes being a hijabi Muslim is a big part of her identity but it does not constitute 100% of who she is Janna is so much than that And all Muslims are much than that label automatically put on them We are our preferences our likes our dislikes our hobbies our thoughts our personality our friendships And I just wish people would remember that every time they encounter a Muslim and not just automatically assume all those stereotypes and generalizations that go aroundWhat I didn't expect is that the book is dark So don't expect a fluffy contemporary Janna is almost raped by a Muslim guy who's viewed as perfect just because he memorized the uran and she's too scared to tell anyone because who would believe her word against a word of a perfect and pious man? That's a big example of a Muslim individual by name only Memorizing the uran is something amazing that's for sure However what's the point in memorizing it and not following its core messages? What's the point of memorizing it and not understanding and following what it calls for? “Your cousin ruined himself And you enable it with your stupid belief that just because he memorized the ur’an he’s untouchable The ur’an is a book of messages And he didn’t get one of the main ones in it respect” My only complaint is how the hijab was portrayed SPOILER AHEAD Janna has a crush on a non Muslin boy and during gym class she took off her hijab which is okay when the room is only full of girls However what happens is the boy she has a crush on comes in unannounced and see Janna hijab less Janna instead of doing what is logical ie covering herselfhiding and askingdemanding him to leave she stood there all frozen and even curled her hair the next day I was not okay with that Yes Janna is a teen and she is young but when you choose to wear the hijab Janna has been wearing it for 3 years you have an obligation and a commitment towards it and you can't just disrespect itEND OF SPOILER Janna goes through tough situations in the book all related to her being a hijabi Muslim teen I loved Janna's family particularly her brother She has such a beautiful relationship with him despite being tense at some times That's completely normal Also her relationship with Mr Ram who is viewed as a mentor to her and understands her love for literature In addition to that Janna's friendships Tats Sarah Sausun those ladies took me by surprise to be honest They turned out strong in their own way The characters in this book are one of the strongest points in it This book is so character driven and so diverse in personality It's greatI loved how easy SK Ali explained Islam and its guidelines and its core values It wasn't complicated and it was done just right and I thank her so much for that and I hope she continues writing books with Muslim MCs because the book community is in dire need for such books So if you decide to read the book and you are unfamiliar with Islam don't worry this book will explain the religion in a very simplistic and clear wayYes I struggled big time with the writing and the pacing of the book It took me over a month to read I struggled a lot with the first 50% of it to the extent I put it on hold for a few days but a nagging voice in my head made me pick it up again because of how important that book is I'm so glad I did It got extremely better in the second halfSo read this book guys It's very important Update 2672017 Yes I am indeed back to this book Ignore the fact that I put it on hold a few days ago I'm a mess okay someone save me from myself Anywaaaaay I'm determined to finish it this time Update 1872017 So I've been reading this book for a month so far and I haven't made it to 50% It's just so utterly boring and I have zero motivation to continue it I tried to push myself to read it because it is an important for me as it has Muslim rep but I just can't force myself any As much as it pains to do this I'm going to have to DNF this for now I may decide to continue this someday Who knows 1362017 A YA book with a Muslim teen? You bet I'll be breaking my ebook ban for it The rep better be well done or I'll cry Buddy reading with Em May and Prag


  2. says:

    This is the first contemporary I’ve read with a muslim main character and damn I was excited as heck but also so fricken worried that it would show a bad representation of islam The first thing I think all people need to understand is that the religion of islam is perfect but muslims are not We all have faults and its not about judging and boasting about who the best is but it’s about working your hardest on a daily basis to be the best and most honourable you can be There’s a lot of things I want to discuss but also a lot of things I’m not sure I have the capacity to explain due to my lameness in language and expressing myself If anything is confusing or unclear plz let me know I’ll try my best to explainBe warned that I will be mentioning minor spoilers but I will try my best to be as vague as possible Pros Janna has a wholesome and realistic and beautiful relationship with her brother Muhammad Loads of banter but theres still the underlying love and respect they have for each other I loved how the author used Janna’s uncle as a means to explain Islamic laws and rulings For example Dear Imam can Muslims grow medicinal marijuana? I’m all for helping people Besides God grew it here on earth right? Which the answer for was the laws of God ask us to not come near anything which alters our sensesto be mindful of Allah’s creation at all timesAnd yes God did grow it But he also grew poison ivy R O A S T E D Islamic traditions were mentioned and explained without being preachy There was a good grasp of the muslim community Janna was trying to figure out life like most kids but still wanted to be a practicing muslim and tried to stand her ground even if she didn’t always The whole thing with non causal “dating” in islam was discussed though progress throughout the entire plot of the story Cons I felt that the way the hijab was handled could have been better There was a moment where a non related male saw Janna without her hijab and instead of freaking out and rushing to get her hijab she stood around and sulked AND TO MAKE IT WORSE view spoilerSHE CURLED HER HAIR THE NEXT DAY FOR SAID BOY hide spoiler


  3. says:

    wow who knew this book was going to be such a breath of fresh air and at the same time hold an incredible emotional burden?tw sexual assault to be honest i think the best way to write this review is just tell you what i loved and what i hated? because me jumping into this expecting some great muslim rep a cute contemporary did not prepare me and it made my reading experience so much better the good this was so rich in culture i loved the close knit family dynamic that is so present in our culture today the family rep and the various perspectives given i related so much to the experiences that the characters shared together despite not sharing the exact same culture comes to show how we can all find some connection if a story covers it properly which this book definitely did muslim rep I LOVED IT done so so well except for a few things which i shall explain in my hate section i loved the connections between each character and asdfdfsdl i was so happy to find this rep characters janna i found myself liking her as the book went on her thoughts and emotions are portrayed in a very natural and realistic way not a “thou must be pious and be as pious as me” or on the other hand “let me rebel against my religion” which i adored she was the perfect in between fizz she has a very strong religious connection while still being funny and living her life without limiting herself at all which is so easy to relate to muhammad i’ve alwaysss wanted an older brother so you can imagine how much i loved his character nuah YES YES YES 1000% YES you already know i was shipping him had janna like nothing else he was funny that’s so important get yo head in the game janna you’re missing out saint sarah tbh despite janna thinking she was the most annoying girl on the planet sarah was actually one of my favs soon lee SUCH A FIERCE UEEN that needed a lot coverage therefore i have not much to write for her sorry to let you down soon lee sausan she was a NIABI this was the rep that has been missing i loved it i also have the most respect for niabis especially in this day age all in all the characters were done extremely well what i’m going to mention below is not exactly a spoiler bc it’s a trigger warning as well as happening in the 2nd chapter but don’t read it if you don’t wanna janna is sexually assaulted my her best friend’s cousin who also happens to be hafiz memorizer of the Holy uran so naturally everyone thinks he could never do something like that guys this was SO important so so so important recently i’ve seen news stories where imams leaders of mosues molest young girls this is not a representation of an entire religion but it happens and the fact that the author managed to craft such a heartbreaking and raw story around this topic literally gave it all the stars it was so real and emotional and made me relate to janna even because I can only imagine what it’s like to have nobody believe you to have someone who is regarded as a “saint” to the rest of your community to have done something so violating it’s a lot to digest the bad okay y’all i am not in any way saying that muslim girls are not allowed to have crushes on non muslim guys okay? or vice versa the difference is that guys can end up marrying non muslim girls while the other way is not permitted i’m not trying to preach anything here just stating the facts that should have been at the very least discussed by an ownvoices author who was advertising and delivering on in most aspects muslim rep regarding the next point when a girl wears a hijab it is a commitment however i am not degrading or demoralizing anyone who chooses to take it off because it is not in my place to judge so what was the issue? janna has a crush on a guy named jeremy janna has an all female gym class in which she takes off her hijab jeremy walks in sees janna without hijab janna is aware of this fact and still resumes to sit there and gawk at him and you know who ends up reminding her that she is uncovered? HER TEACHER who pronounces the word as “hajeeb” and then janna gets embarrased not even because she wasn’t wearing her hijab but because HER TEACHER “EMBARRASSED HER” in front of the whole class specifically JEREMY i would be fine by this i would have waved it off but here is the deal the next few days she begins to condition her hair and plan on leaving it out purposefully because she wants to look good for jeremy Jeremy tells the gym teacher he needs to practice softball during the female gym class and once again the gym teacher mshajeeb is the one who calls janna and tells her to wear her hijab to class but janna takes the wide opportunity to not wear it and is once again embarrased that she was called out on it by mshajeeb and when there is a supply teacher she is ecstatic because that means she doesn’t have to wear her hijab I just don’t understand why this was necessary?? why it had to be about janna taking off her hijab to what make jeremy like her? in conclusion my personal opinion is the author should have known better than to elaborate on jeremy and janna’s relationship in the way that she did using the plot that she did it was unnecessary for them to meet just so they could feed chickadees despite my little rant don’t let it take you away from this book; it was really cute good and still holds the strongest message at the roots


  4. says:

    I'm crying MUSLIM TEEN AKA ME REPRESENTED It was kind of meh but i still enjoyed itREVIEW TO COME《》《》《》《》《》《》《》《》《》《》《》《》《》what am I going to do with my life until June?


  5. says:

    This is very different from Love from A to Z my first book from this author but still really well written and Janna the heroine easy to understand and like She a Muslim was abused by a Muslim boy She doesn't know what to do how to deal who to open up to about it Meanwhile a non Muslim boy is interested in her and she in him despite her brother's pressure to date within the Muslim community This is a story about Muslim culture and life coming of age in a modern American world and finding the strength to speak up


  6. says:

    This was such a great contemporary with the right amount of fluff heavier topics and diversityI actually was not expecting this book to handle such heavy topics like rape sexual assault but I felt like that really added a lot to the story and made it even poignantI was also very excited to read this for the Muslim rep that I’d heard was overall uite accurate I recommend reading ownvoices reviews like May’s Em’s and Jiana’s to see how accurate they thought the rep was since I’m not Muslim and cannot comment on that Janna was a very well fleshed out character and I enjoyed reading the from her perspective She had a strong personality and was the exact opposite of a boring flat protagonist She was so three dimensional and real with flaws and doubts that made her human and seeing her grow throughout the story was beautifulDespite handling heavier topics this book was uite cute and fluffy Fluff books are either hit or miss with me and this one was definitely a hit I mean I totally called the love interest and so did everyone else probably but it’s okay because I 100% ship it Empowerment was a huge thing in this book and I LOVE how it was tackled?? Janna grows to become an even stronger character and has the courage to speak up about what happened to her despite fearing what people would think at first She learned that she has to take action for herself and that was so so beautiful to see especially in a novel aimed towards today’s teensThis is a very underrated yet important book so I hope to see people picking it up soon The character development and themes of empowerment were truly beautiful and not only is it a significant book but also a really fun and enjoyable one


  7. says:

    Trigger warning sexual assault photos posted on the internet of the MC without her hijab without her consent disrespect of the MC’s faith with ignorant comments and microagressionsIt’s so hard to articulate my thoughts because there are so many things I want to talk about and I’m afraid I won’t do the book any justice Which I’m pretty I actually won’tThis book is extremely important and I’ll try my best in this review to explain why I think soHere we have a YA Contemporary with a Muslim teenager girl opening with a scene of Janna wearing a burkini at the beach and explaining it’s her choice to wear it Not somebody else’s This first scene shows you what you’ll get in this book Muslim girls choosing for themselves ; a girl choosing to wear a hijab a girl choosing the wear a niab another choosing not to wear anything on her head It’s their choice Their powerThis book also shows how society is being unfair to the Islamic community it’s like every Muslim person has to be absolutely flawless if they don’t want to be judged They can’t make mistake because if they do people think ‘what people say about them on TV is right’ or some BS like that But here’s some news for you nobody is perfect Muslims don’t have to irreproachable just to please the idea you have of themIn this book Janna is still trying to find who she is as a person what are her values her beliefs who she can and can’t trust and she makes mistakes BIG DEAL So does the entire humanity And yet people judge her and what is upsetting they think they have the right to judgeIt deals with what happens when we put people on a pedestal How it’s nearly impossible to remove them from it once they’re here I’m going to leave this uote here “Your cousin ruined himself And you enable it with your stupid belief that just because he memorized the ur’an he’s untouchable The ur’an is a book of messages And he didn’t get one of the main ones in it respect”Janna is stalked and nearly rapped by Faroo a guy everybody loves for the simple fact that he’s ‘Mister Perfect’ and when Janna fins the strength to fight back she’s met with a wall People prefer to believe perfect Faroo rather than flawed JannaFaroo at least to me is misogyny and male privilege personified There’s no better to put it It takes what he wants and then finds a way to make people feel guilty for something he did to them My best friend’s cousin tried to rape me and now thinks it’s a mistake but still wants me to admit I wanted him in the first placeNo She didn’t When someone gets rapped or nearly rapped they NEVER asked for it Understood?Being Muslim and a hijabi isn’t everything there is to know about Janna A lot of people don’t see her as her own person but as a window to how a Muslim teenager girl should lookact But she’s so much Janna loves photography the pictures you take in the moment when you capture an expression on someone else’s face the details she loves to read books written by Flannery O’Connor or the emails her dad send her everyday She wears black because it’s her comfy colour loves halal gummy bears or the moments she spends with Mr Ram and so many thingsJanna has to face microagressions daily even from her best friend who doesn’t see why it’s so bad if a guy saw her without her hijab or people who think it’s okay to post pictures of her on the internet every day her faith is dismissed sometimes by people who say ‘I can’t pronounce hajeeb it’s too hard’ HOW IS PRONOUNCING HIJAB TOO HARD? HOW? Because she’s different and difference is good she has to face and deal with other people’s ignorance They dismiss her painIf there is one thing I absolutely loved in this book it’s the friendships I loved Soon Lee Sausun Sarah and even Tats when she didn’t say something hurtful These are smart great strong and powerful women They don’t take a no from the patriarchy as an answer they fight for what they want and believe in they don’t pity themselves they act Janna is lucky to have them but it goes both ways they’re also really lucky to have herPlease please please do yourself a huge favour and read this book I swear you won’t regret it


  8. says:

    Ifinishedthebook a lot of incoherent screaming and suealing and oh my godYou can find my very long full review here the tales of two readersThis book has EVERYTHING family one hell of a cute brother that I demand a full book about friendship truly tatyana is best friend goals romance character development AND positive Muslim representation YOU REALLY WANT THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFESaints and Misfits is a multidimensional #ownvoices story that portrays the good and the bad of the Muslim community the side that no one bother to speaks of Did you know that Muslims get up in the morning have breakfast brush their teeth fall in love pay their bills and have normal stories? Did you know that we aren’t just terrorists or NOT terrorists? Well Saints and Misfits does just that It shows you the men within our community that are despicable just like many others but it also shows you the good ones the ones who are 100% faithful without being on the extreme It also shows you Muslims on various degrees of religiosity This is a story of feminism rape interfaith all intertwined in the complex characterization of our 15 year old narrator hijabi Janna Yusuf And by the end of the book you’re left with a tinge of hope that maybe everyone can start seeing Muslims just like that not black or white but people who don’t have to be on either side of the spectrum That is why #ownvoices representation is very important because we get to tell our own stories and not have them told by others who only see us as one thing or NOT that one thingUPDATE 2232017 WE HAVE A HIJABI ON THE COVER PEOPLE THIS IS NOT A DRILL LOOK HOW GORGEOUS IT ISMuslim? Arab? and Indian? You mean I a both Muslim and an Arab am finally addressed in an upcoming YA book? wow GIVE IT TO ME NOW


  9. says:

    I loved this book I loved it I loved it I loved itI will try to write a coherent review though mostly I just feel like sueezing this book and hugging it tight and typing something nonsensical in all caps so forgive me if this isn't especially elouent As a Muslim woman and Egyptian like the protagonist of this novel I've literally never read about an Egyptian girl before this book meant so much to me I've been reading for as long as I can remember but I do not recall ever reading a book where I saw myself and my community represented Especially not in such a positive light I am so happy this book exists now Not only that I am so happy that it is a good book A positively excellent hilarious entertaining book that I will be recommending to every single Muslim girl I know Janna Yusuf is a high school sopho with plenty of wit and snark to spare The story is told entirely in her perspective which is fantastic because Janna is one of the most realistic likeable protagonists I've ever come across She's hilarious sarcastic intelligent and oddly self aware for a teenager She's also half Egyptian half Indian Muslim and a hijabi She's a part time photographer part time graphic novelist part time Flannery O'Connor geekThere are no stereotypes in this book Out of habit I tensed when the older brother Muhammad was introduced because I am so used to Muslim men especially older brothers portrayed as misogynistic oafs But Muhammad is delightful your typical annoying older brother sweet charming caring He wants to study philosophy and marry his girlfriend whom Janna refers to as Saint Sarah because she seems to be perfect though there's to her than meets the eyeJanna's uncle an imam at the local mosue answers religious uestions with humor and wisdom Janna's father is ultra liberal and secular now married to a white woman When we first meet him he loudly proclaims to anyone who will listen that he would rather his daughter wear a bikini rather than a burkini not the best thing to say but still a refreshing change of pace from what we're used to seeing of Muslim fathersAnother great character is Sausun a niabi girl who also wears Doc Martens and is the Muslim euivalent of gothemo teen She's tough as nails hosts a YouTube show about niabis and absolutely shatters any stereotypes about women who wear niabs The niab itself the act of wearing one is given nuance Sausun implies she wears it because she wants to decide who is worthy of seeing her face Janna talks about the protection the niab offers to someone who perhaps might wish to see but not be seenAnd then there's Nuah A black Muslim boy who clearly has a crush on Janna though she doesn't see it until the end of the book he's sweet optimistic and silly I loved him so so much Please give me a seuel to this where Janna and Nuah are datingNot all is rosy however the main conflict in the book is that Janna has been sexually assaulted by Faroo a boy who has memorized the u'ran and is seen as the most pious Muslim around For those of you non Muslims out there who don't know memorizing the u'ran is a big freaking deal Doing it pretty much guarantees you're untouchable which is why Janna has such a difficult time telling anyone what happened She worries people won't believe her especially as Faroo has started talking about how Janna is straying from Islam Janna is also hesitant to say anything for fear of making her community look badThere are two important things I want to say about all this 1 There's a slang term in the Muslim community called wallah bro It is used to describe a Muslim man who thinks waaaay too much of his own alleged piety and takes the time out of his day to admonish Muslim girls on how they should behave Wallah bros a side effect of patriarchy as it manifests in Muslim communities are pervasive and annoying as hell Now Faroo attempted rapist takes this to a whole new level but he still displays the utter hypocrisy of a wallah bro when he posts vague statuses on Facebook about how it's sad that Muslim girls are straying from their religion in response to Janna accidentally being seen without her hijab when he's literally going around assaulting women Growing up Muslim I've witnessed this hypocrisy so many times that it was so validating to see it utterly destroyed here on the page2 When Janna talks about not wanting to make her community look bad my heart hurt I completely understood No community is perfect but non Muslims are always so ready to talk about backwards Muslims and men who beat their wives and savage religions that it's difficult to say anything in criticism of your own culture for fear of it being co opted by others It's not that our cultures shouldn't be criticized but these outsiders looking in blinded by prejudice and ignorance simplify an enormously complex issue to suit their racist existing narrativesI fully expect this book to see criticism from such people who will insist that the representation of the Muslim community in this book is too positive or unrealistic or whatever To those people I would say two things first screw you for thinking that Muslim communities can't be good and kind and supportive Second yes Muslims communities have their issues You know what? So does literally every other community We're not special What is special about us is that we're nearly always portrayed negatively so let us catch a fucking break for once We don't always have to talk about our intra community problems just because that's the narrative that people have come to expectThis is one of very very very few #ownvoices books about Muslims by a Muslim and it's lost in a sea of books written by non Muslims that portray us as violent sadists at best ignorant savages at worst It's nice to have some positive representation for once We deserve it If that bothers you work hard to make sure that thousands of other #ownvoices books about Muslims flood the publishing industry so we can see variety of stories Anyway you guys this book was so so so good Every time I read something in this book that I related to I got thisjolt Like hey yeah that's me That's my family That's my community It was an amazing feeling Is this what everyone feels when they read books with people they can relate to on such a personal level? Read this book Even if you're not Muslim actually especially if you're not Muslim Especially if you don't know much about Muslims or have conflicting feelings about Muslims You'll learn a lot And even if you rarely read YA contemporary I highly recommend picking this book up It's worth your time I promise It's not juvenile or overly preachy and though it discusses many heavy topics it's never heavy handed with them And I literally could not put it down Janna's hilarious and deadpan narration kept me hooked in a book where not too much happens This is one of the few books I can see myself reading again and again and I can't wait for it to come out so I can buy a copy for my bookshelf Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book


  10. says:

    35 stars Buddy read with the one and only Sara I was really torn on how the rate this book but I'll have to settle for 35 stars Saints and Misfits is a good and important book and I would recommend it to my dear Goodreads friends who maybe didn't have the opportunity to read a book with a Muslim protagonist and learn about Islam Everyone knows that I love YA books with developed family dynamics and I was happy to see how nicely the relationship between Janna and her brother developed throughout the book I loved Janna's fierceness and the way SHE chose to be a hijabi despite her father's nagging My first problem however sort of lies there view spoiler When Jeremy sees her without her hijab she almost doesn't bat an eyelash I seriously doubt that's how a hijabi teenager would react I was extremely taken aback by her behaviour I of course am not saying that I expected Janna to be the perfect person but the fact that this wasn't really addressed that much after it happened twice left a bad taste in my mouth hide spoiler


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Saints Misfits Monster and Mayhem

Same planet different worldsBut sometimes worlds collide and beautiful things happen right?3 Monsters Well monsters wearing saint masks like in Flannery O’Connor’s storiesLike the monster at my mosuePeople think he’s holy untouchable but nobody has seen under the maskExcept m I loved this book I loved it I loved it I loved itI will try to write a coherent review though mostly I just feel like sueezing this book and hugging it tight and typing something nonsensical in all caps so forgive me if this isn't especially elouent As a Muslim woman and Egyptian like the protagonist of this novel I've literally never read about an Egyptian girl before this book meant so much to me I've been reading for as long as I can remember but I do not recall ever reading a book where I saw myself and my community represented Especially not in such a positive light I am so happy this book exists now Not only that I am so happy that it is a good book A positively excellent hilarious entertaining book that I will be recommending to every single Muslim girl I know Janna Yusuf is a high school sopho with plenty of wit and snark to spare The story is told entirely in her perspective which is fantastic because Janna is one of the most realistic likeable protagonists I've ever come across She's hilarious sarcastic intelligent and oddly self aware for a teenager She's also half Egyptian half Indian Muslim and a hijabi She's a part time photographer part time graphic novelist part time Flannery O'Connor geekThere are no stereotypes in this book Out of habit I tensed when the older brother Muhammad was introduced because I am so used to Muslim men especially older brothers portrayed as misogynistic oafs But Muhammad is delightful your typical annoying older brother sweet charming caring He wants to study philosophy and marry his girlfriend whom Janna refers to as Saint Sarah because she seems to be perfect though there's to her than meets the eyeJanna's uncle an imam at the local mosue answers religious uestions with humor and wisdom Janna's father is ultra liberal and secular now married to a white woman When we first meet him he loudly proclaims to anyone who will listen that he would rather his daughter wear a bikini rather than a burkini not the best thing to say but still a refreshing change of pace from what we're used to seeing of Muslim fathersAnother great character is Sausun a niabi girl who also wears Doc Martens and is the Muslim euivalent of gothemo teen She's tough as nails hosts a YouTube show about niabis and absolutely shatters any stereotypes about women who wear niabs The niab itself the act of wearing one is given nuance Sausun implies she wears it because she wants to decide who is worthy of seeing her face Janna talks about the protection the niab offers to someone who perhaps might wish to see but not be seenAnd then there's Nuah A black Muslim boy who clearly has a crush on Janna though she doesn't see it until the end of the book he's sweet optimistic and silly I loved him so so much Please give me a seuel to this where Janna and Nuah are datingNot all is rosy however the main conflict in the book is that Janna has been sexually assaulted by Faroo a boy who has memorized the u'ran and is seen as the most pious Muslim around For those of you non Muslims out there who don't know memorizing the u'ran is a big freaking deal Doing it pretty much guarantees you're untouchable which is why Janna has such a difficult time telling anyone what happened She worries people won't believe her especially as Faroo has started talking about how Janna is straying from Islam Janna is also hesitant to say anything for fear of making her community look badThere are two important things I want to say about all this 1 There's a slang term in the Muslim community called wallah bro It is used to describe a Muslim man who thinks waaaay too much of his own alleged piety and takes the time out of his day to admonish Muslim girls on how they should behave Wallah bros a side effect of patriarchy as it manifests in Muslim communities are pervasive and annoying as hell Now Faroo attempted rapist takes this to a whole new level but he still displays the utter hypocrisy of a wallah bro when he posts vague statuses on Facebook about how it's sad that Muslim girls are straying from their religion in response to Janna accidentally being seen without her hijab when he's literally going around assaulting women Growing up Muslim I've witnessed this hypocrisy so many times that it was so validating to see it utterly destroyed here on the page2 When Janna talks about not wanting to make her community look bad my heart hurt I completely understood No community is perfect but non Muslims are always so ready to talk about backwards Muslims and men who beat their wives and savage religions that it's difficult to say anything in criticism of your own culture for fear of it being co opted by others It's not that our cultures shouldn't be criticized but these outsiders looking in blinded by prejudice and ignorance simplify an enormously complex issue to suit their racist existing narrativesI fully expect this book to see criticism from such people who will insist that the representation of the Muslim community in this book is too positive or unrealistic or whatever To those people I would say two things first screw you for thinking that Muslim communities can't be good and kind and supportive Second yes Muslims communities have their issues You know what? So does literally every other community We're not special What is special about us is that we're nearly always portrayed negatively so let us catch a fucking break for once We don't always have to talk about our intra community problems just because that's the narrative that people have come to expectThis is one of very very very few #ownvoices books about Muslims by a Muslim and it's lost in a sea of books written by non Muslims that portray us as violent sadists at best ignorant savages at worst It's nice to have some positive representation for once We deserve it If that bothers you work hard to make sure that thousands of other #ownvoices books about Muslims flood the publishing industry so we can see variety of stories Anyway you guys this book was so so so good Every time I read something in this book that I related to I got thisjolt Like hey yeah that's me That's my family That's my community It was an amazing feeling Is this what everyone feels when they read books with people they can relate to on such a personal level? Read this book Even if you're not Muslim actually especially if you're not Muslim Especially if you don't know much about Muslims or have conflicting feelings about Muslims You'll learn a lot And even if you rarely read YA contemporary I highly recommend picking this book up It's worth your time I promise It's not juvenile or overly preachy and though it discusses many heavy topics it's never heavy handed with them And I literally could not put it down Janna's hilarious and deadpan narration kept me hooked in a book where not too much happens This is one of the few books I can see myself reading again and again and I can't wait for it to come out so I can buy a copy for my bookshelf Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book

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8 Hours and 5 MinutesThere are three kinds of people in my world1 Saints those special people moving the world forward Sometimes you glaze over them Or at least I do They’re in your face so much you can’t see them like how you can’t see your nose2 Misfits people who don’t be Full review The review includes one unmarked spoiler There is a warning before it is stated When I heard this book is about a Muslim MC I bumped it right up to the top of my TBR because this is the first time I hear of a book portraying Islam I admit I was very scared to see how my religion was going to be portrayed especially when we live in a world where Islam is associated with stereotypes and bad generalizations and many false negative ideas so I was deeply hoping this book would portray the religion as is I have so much to say about this book since it is very important to me I'll try to cover everything I remember Janna is a Muslim Egyptian Indian teen living in the USA and like any other teen she encounters the regular day to day issues a teen encounters but she encounters additional issues because she is Muslim But the thing is Janna is continuously criticized and as a Muslim I go through that In this book it is clearly shown how Muslims are always criticized and expected to be perfect The thing is Muslims are not perfect We like any other human being make mistakes Just because we're Muslims does not mean we are unallowed to make mistakes Some people who don't understand our religion think the religion is faulty and they believe it when the media presents false ideas and brainwashes people who are too simple minded to use their brain and think Our religion is a beautiful religion that's for sure but what's not for sure is that every Muslim is perfect We are not perfect yet we try to follow our religion as much as we are able to Unfortunately there are also Muslims who are Muslims by name and nothing The first scene in the book is very powerful It shows Janna wearing a burkini and her dad criticizing that That brings about the wide spread false idea that Muslim women wearing the hijab are oppressed Janna tells her dad that it is her choice she wears the hijab and it is not anyone else's choiceJanna is continuously criticized by her family and friends Just because she is a hijabi Muslim they think it is okay to put that label on her Wrong Yes being a hijabi Muslim is a big part of her identity but it does not constitute 100% of who she is Janna is so much than that And all Muslims are much than that label automatically put on them We are our preferences our likes our dislikes our hobbies our thoughts our personality our friendships And I just wish people would remember that every time they encounter a Muslim and not just automatically assume all those stereotypes and generalizations that go aroundWhat I didn't expect is that the book is dark So don't expect a fluffy contemporary Janna is almost raped by a Muslim guy who's viewed as perfect just because he memorized the uran and she's too scared to tell anyone because who would believe her word against a word of a perfect and pious man? That's a big example of a Muslim individual by name only Memorizing the uran is something amazing that's for sure However what's the point in memorizing it and not following its core messages? What's the point of memorizing it and not understanding and following what it calls for? “Your cousin ruined himself And you enable it with your stupid belief that just because he memorized the ur’an he’s untouchable The ur’an is a book of messages And he didn’t get one of the main ones in it respect” My only complaint is how the hijab was portrayed SPOILER AHEAD Janna has a crush on a non Muslin boy and during gym class she took off her hijab which is okay when the room is only full of girls However what happens is the boy she has a crush on comes in unannounced and see Janna hijab less Janna instead of doing what is logical ie covering herselfhiding and askingdemanding him to leave she stood there all frozen and even curled her hair the next day I was not okay with that Yes Janna is a teen and she is young but when you choose to wear the hijab Janna has been wearing it for 3 years you have an obligation and a commitment towards it and you can't just disrespect itEND OF SPOILER Janna goes through tough situations in the book all related to her being a hijabi Muslim teen I loved Janna's family particularly her brother She has such a beautiful relationship with him despite being tense at some times That's completely normal Also her relationship with Mr Ram who is viewed as a mentor to her and understands her love for literature In addition to that Janna's friendships Tats Sarah Sausun those ladies took me by surprise to be honest They turned out strong in their own way The characters in this book are one of the strongest points in it This book is so character driven and so diverse in personality It's greatI loved how easy SK Ali explained Islam and its guidelines and its core values It wasn't complicated and it was done just right and I thank her so much for that and I hope she continues writing books with Muslim MCs because the book community is in dire need for such books So if you decide to read the book and you are unfamiliar with Islam don't worry this book will explain the religion in a very simplistic and clear wayYes I struggled big time with the writing and the pacing of the book It took me over a month to read I struggled a lot with the first 50% of it to the extent I put it on hold for a few days but a nagging voice in my head made me pick it up again because of how important that book is I'm so glad I did It got extremely better in the second halfSo read this book guys It's very important Update 2672017 Yes I am indeed back to this book Ignore the fact that I put it on hold a few days ago I'm a mess okay someone save me from myself Anywaaaaay I'm determined to finish it this time Update 1872017 So I've been reading this book for a month so far and I haven't made it to 50% It's just so utterly boring and I have zero motivation to continue it I tried to push myself to read it because it is an important for me as it has Muslim rep but I just can't force myself any As much as it pains to do this I'm going to have to DNF this for now I may decide to continue this someday Who knows 1362017 A YA book with a Muslim teen? You bet I'll be breaking my ebook ban for it The rep better be well done or I'll cry Buddy reading with Em May and Prag

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Long Like me the way I don’t fit into Dad’s brand new family or in the leftover one composed of Mom and my older brother Mama’s Boy MuhammadAlso there’s Jeremy and me Misfits Because although alliteratively speaking Janna and Jeremy sound good together we don’t go together I'm crying MUSLIM TEEN AKA ME REPRESENTED It was kind of meh but i still enjoyed itREVIEW TO COME《》《》《》《》《》《》《》《》《》《》《》《》《》what am I going to do with my life until June?

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  • Saints Misfits Monster and Mayhem
  • S.K. Ali
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  • 10 June 2017
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