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Janna is trying to navigate how to be an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager. She is trying to figure out her place at home, in school and with her community.
This book has been on my radar for months. I absolutely love the cover. I love that we are learning more about the Muslim community through Janna who is trying to form her own identity.
Now I can't speak for the Muslim representation. I suggest reading reviews by Muslim readers, there have been a lot reviews on goodreads and youtube.
What I really liked about this book was that the author was able to educate readers on certain Muslim beliefs and culture. We learned as Janna informed her classmates or participated in community activities. I never felt that the author was dumping information.
But what really made this book soar was Janna. She was such a well rounded characters. She felt like an authentic teenager trying to discover her identity outside her family and background. She was navigating first crushes and dealing with carrying such a heavy secret.
While I couldn't understand everything Janna was going through I did feel like I could relate to her. I am so happy that this book exist and that more diverse books are coming out.
I can't wait to see more from this author.
I gave this book a B+.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.