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3.5 stars rounded up Allie Abraham is a regular American teenager Living with her close knit family, she excels in school and participates in activities that most kids her age take part in A real girl next door.The thing is, Allie is keeping a secret Her family is Muslim and she s not sharing that fact with anyone.This book opens up with a blatant display of discrimination against her father while on an airplane Allie tries her best to diffuse the situation but it was cringe worthy to rea 3.5 stars rounded up Allie Abraham is a regular American teenager Living with her close knit family, she excels in school and participates in activities that most kids her age take part in A real girl next door.The thing is, Allie is keeping a secret Her family is Muslim and she s not sharing that fact with anyone.This book opens up with a blatant display of discrimination against her father while on an airplane Allie tries her best to diffuse the situation but it was cringe worthy to read Especially considering, as the reader, you know this type of thing happens every, damn, day As far as examples of discrimination, misunderstanding and stereotyping, it really never lets up from there Although this story may make some people uncomfortable, I think it is important A powerful examination of identity and societal prejudices.While it is true that this is a story that needs to be written, andimportantly read, it wasn t necessarily what I was expecting which decreased my enjoyment level just a smidge.I was sold on this book as a sweet romance between a Muslim girl and a boy whose father is one of America s most notorious shock jocks It is true that this exists in this story, however, I wantedof Allie and Wells For me, the focus of the book was obviously Allie s own exploration of her identity, owning and embracing her faith A lot of the time we follow her with a new group of friends and their discussions of Islam as it relates to their lives and the larger world around them I did appreciate those discussions but as mentioned earlier, I picked this up with romance in mind and really wantedof that.One thing I felt frustrating was Allie not communicating with her father about what she was feeling I know, we don t always open up when we should, but her and her father were so close and it didn t make sense to me in light of everything else going on in the story.However, overall, as a Contemporary exploring self identity and the Muslim faith in general, this was really well done Courtney has a smooth and easy writing style and I would definitely pick upbooks from her.Thank you so much to the publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review I truly appreciate the opportunity and am so happy this book is out in the world I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this book and it is simply superb It follows the story and personal growth of Allie as she comes to terms with her Muslim identity and with how it differs from her parents journey I won t get into plot description in any detail, but will just say that the voice is perfect and stunningly authentic, and that Allie s courage and integrity is such a beautiful thing to witness in a young protagonist like this This book could also not betimely, as i I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this book and it is simply superb It follows the story and personal growth of Allie as she comes to terms with her Muslim identity and with how it differs from her parents journey I won t get into plot description in any detail, but will just say that the voice is perfect and stunningly authentic, and that Allie s courage and integrity is such a beautiful thing to witness in a young protagonist like this This book could also not betimely, as it confronts the reality of what it means to be a young Muslim woman struggling with religion, identity, belonging, falling in love, growing up, and confronting the expectations of family and community but never in a way that feels forced or inorganic Nadine Jolie Courtney is a wonderful writer Her lightness of touch and quiet honesty shine from every page There is such respect and kindness in this book, such deep empathy for a wide range of characters, and for the necessity to allow each one the space to make mistakes and grow What I especially loved about it is how well the author understands how deeply personal the political can be for vulnerable and marginalized communities, without ever losing sight of the fact that this is the story of a teenage girl I also love how the book very simply and forthrightly demystifies the religion of Islam and its practices, while emphasizing a common humanity, that should never need to be emphasizedbut that all too regrettably does, during our present times Yet for all the seriousness of the subject matter, there is love, and laughter, innocence and wonder shining from every page I learned a lot that I didn t know about the Syrian and Circassian communities through the family relationships that the author details No character is a stereotype, and one of the great joys of reading a book like this is that it confounds your expectations of nearly every character.The author does a wonderful job of representing the pluralism, dynamism, and feminism to be found within diverse American Muslim communities, and setting all of that against the larger backdrop of a shared society I fell in love with Allie and Wells, and Allie s family, and I loved that the author told a story wherein the protagonist discovers her own connection to a world, a language, and a history that she grows to love, despite the fact that her path is so different from that of her parents I think a lot of people across a wide range of communities will recognize themselves in this beautiful, uplifting story, and I highly recommend it It made me feel so much I hope it does the same for you This book starts with a bang.It s a book that is impossible to ignore Once you start it, that s it It has you You won t be able to put it down, and honestly, you won t want to It is a real page turner and one of the most engaging YA stories about religion and race that I have ever read in my entire life I don t know what people are waiting for It should get at least a thousand requests on NetGalley and ten times as many pre orders Aside from being important, impactful and interesting, it This book starts with a bang.It s a book that is impossible to ignore Once you start it, that s it It has you You won t be able to put it down, and honestly, you won t want to It is a real page turner and one of the most engaging YA stories about religion and race that I have ever read in my entire life I don t know what people are waiting for It should get at least a thousand requests on NetGalley and ten times as many pre orders Aside from being important, impactful and interesting, it s also very original The plotline focuses on Allie Abraham s growing connection to her religious and cultural heritage which is not always clear to her But she is trying her best to figure out who she is and what Islam means to her It s very much a character driven story At the same time, there is conflict Allie s boyfriend s father is a Muslim hater, and Allie isn t sure how to negotiate the tension that comes with having a boyfriend who seems to accept her but who wants to please his anti Muslim father Allie becomes strong She is strong in the beginning as well but for different reasons Becomingfamiliar with Islam and the Islamophobia in her city strengthens her as a young American Muslim girl and opens her eyes on the way people see her and the way she sees herself Embracing her religious and cultural heritage is not easy for her, but in life it s the challenges that make us grow as a human being, not the shortcuts or the pleasant roads Allie understands this well.Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin oh my god, i genuinely want to write a thorough, detailed review stating all my reasons why i thought this book honestly didharm than good but i feel like launching myself into the sun would be an easier task in essence, this book sounds amazing it s about allie, an american girl who grew up muslim by name and has no idea about the actual faith this book spans over the course of her journey as she begins to learnabout her faith and the challenges and struggles that come with it wo oh my god, i genuinely want to write a thorough, detailed review stating all my reasons why i thought this book honestly didharm than good but i feel like launching myself into the sun would be an easier task in essence, this book sounds amazing it s about allie, an american girl who grew up muslim by name and has no idea about the actual faith this book spans over the course of her journey as she begins to learnabout her faith and the challenges and struggles that come with it wow, fantastic, amazing, sign me upthe problem is..this book is filled with misinformation and total disregard of so many foundation concepts and beliefs of the religion it s honestly so hard for me to rate this anything higher because i feel like it is so damaging to readersit brings up so many controversial and complex issues and offers some terrible guidelines and advice on them and just AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT IF YOU AREN T TRULY EDUCATED ON THE TOPIC i can t even bring myself to mention specific parts of the book bc everytime i try to refer back to the quotes, i get this raging headache from all the grief this book has caused me, im truly sorrythe ending was actually really beautiful, that was the only part of the book that i thought showed a really beautiful representation of family and faith and forgiveness but i dont see how that can redeem all the other extremely probl matic aspects of the bookalso side note, the story itself didn t have much going for it, nothing really happens and i got bored real quick the romance lacks so much flavour i m supposed to be rooting for these kids beyond everything and i just found it to be so bland and boring sorry to everyone for this tragedy buddy read with ameerah 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 Jockand 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 Fa Ade 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 I WANT TO HUG THIS BOOK AND CRY. I don t know how to review or rate this book I want to rate it a solid 3 stars, but at the same time there were some glaring issues with the Muslim representation that annoyed me.This book does seem to be based on Nadine s own life, so I obviously don t want to invalidate her experiences, and I m sure this book will be relatable for some Muslims But at the same time, I think this book has some misinformation when it comes to Islam that has me hesitant to recommend it to non Muslims.I will admi I don t know how to review or rate this book I want to rate it a solid 3 stars, but at the same time there were some glaring issues with the Muslim representation that annoyed me.This book does seem to be based on Nadine s own life, so I obviously don t want to invalidate her experiences, and I m sure this book will be relatable for some Muslims But at the same time, I think this book has some misinformation when it comes to Islam that has me hesitant to recommend it to non Muslims.I will admit This book made me feel a lot of emotions The blatant Islamophobia that Allie experiences was horrible to read and made me so angry I was shaking But I think that just means it was done very well I think I ve been lucky for the most part because I haven t experienced the level of hatred that Allie and her friends and family experience for being Muslim, but I know these things do happen and it is much worse for so many I loved seeing Allie going from staying quiet to standing up for herself, and I also really liked the internal struggle she goes through where she s trying to keep a low profile, and not draw attention to herself, and just be super nice and overly friendly so people don t get the wrong ideait s stuff that I do regularly, but I just don t think about any I honestly don t know how I would react if someone told me to my face to go back to my country , because it s never happened to me, and I feel like I m the kind of person to just walk away instead of defend myself So in that way, Allie is quite admirable The things she says are things I wish I could say out loud, so it was great being able to read that in this book.I loved seeing Allie s relationship with her mom, especially seeing how supportive her mother is as Allie learns and discoversabout Islam Her father thoughI kind of still hate him He s so dismissive and disrespectful when it comes to religion Like I know people who aren t religious who don t go around bashing other people s faith At one point he even refers to prayer as nonsense , which was just infuriating I get that by the end, we start to see some change in him, but honestly I don t know I was expecting to get some kind of backstory of why he ended up the way he did But we never got that He was also super rude to his own wife, saying she only converted because of formalities and pretty much speaking for her, even when she said she converted because she wanted to.The ending with Teta and the rest of Allie s family was perfect and so well done that I technically cried Technically It was heartbreaking and painful, but I think it was my favourite part of the book.Now onto the the actual Islam portrayed in this book There s a lot of discussion about Islam and various interpretations about the rules and what Allie s friends think in regards to all of that I think for a non Muslim, most of this stuff would sound complicated and boring, though I really don t think this book is meant for non Muslims If it is, I feel like it doesn t really do a good job of explaining the true Islam The little Quran circles Allie has with her friends were really annoying I get that the point was to show the differing opinions, but these girls start talking about how to change Islam to suit their lives instead of changing yourself And it was never challenged in anyway We re left off with Allie sort of going well I m learning and growing and if people don t like me doing things my way, it won t stop me from being Muslim , which is just I m not saying she isn t a Muslim, I m just saying that for a young Muslim teen reading this book it s not the message of Islam I want for them to come across I don t expect Allie to suddenly go from non practicing to a perfect Muslim It s hard giving up aspects of your life you re used to and even enjoy or want But I just don t like how this was done.Overall, giving this a 2 stars I guess, since I hate not leaving a rating I just finished reading this story, and it is absolutely everything to me I won t lie, I mainly picked up this book because the cover was so pretty When I started reading and Allie, the main character, turned out to be non practicing, I thought oh, here we go again because Muslim YA readers are all too familiar with this My family is Muslim but I m not , or I wish my religion wasn t so oppressive so I could date this white boy I was ready to be let down again.But Nadine Jolie Courtney said not today and wrote one of the most moving Muslim YA books I have ever I won t lie, I mainly picked up this book because the cover was so pretty When I started reading and Allie, the main character, turned out to be non practicing, I thought oh, here we go again because Muslim YA readers are all too familiar with this My family is Muslim but I m not , or I wish my religion wasn t so oppressive so I could date this white boy I was ready to be let down again.But Nadine Jolie Courtney said not today and wrote one of the most moving Muslim YA books I have ever read in my life AAMG is about Allie, a high school sopho, whose dad is an immigrant of Circassian descent and her mum is a white American convert Her dad has a complicated relationship with religion and has distanced himself from Islam, the Arabic and Circassian languages he grew up speaking and even changed his last name from Ibrahimi to Abraham Allie knows she s Muslim, but she feels out of place in her family she can t speak Arabic with her Teta grandma , nor does her mother s side of the family accept the religion she doesn t even practice After an incident on a flight where her dad is harassed for speaking Arabic, and Allie uses her white privilege to de escalate the situation, she starts questioning her identity and why she is so removed from the religion that continues to define a large aspect of her life.And so she finds her faith.It was so incredibly moving to see a character run towards religion instead of away from it Allie found comfort in the words of the Qur an she bought in secret, and peace when she learned how to pray She felt passionate about her religion and was quick to defend Muslims to narrow minded friends and bigoted adults and even her own father Allie s religion and her complex relationship with it, and her journey to finding it, was so incredibly beautiful to read and resonated with me so much Reading this book, I realised I had been waiting for something like it without even realising.By far one of my favourite aspects of the book was Allie s Qur an study group, and the girls in it The new friends Allie makes are young American Muslim girls from a range of backgrounds Indian, Jordanian, Black American born into a religious family or converted hijabi or notit was incredible For so long I have waited to see a book show Muslim girls as diverse as I know them to be in real life These girls talked about their faith and studied the Qur an, but also loved baking and movies and pop music and they were so proud to be Muslim My heart honestly felt like it doubled in size when Allie interacted with them, whether it was in the study group or just hanging out I loved how natural it felt, how moving it was to just see Muslim girls existing without having to justify the space they take up in the book.The girls discussions of faith and how Islam intersects with feminism, its stances on women s rights, charity, and so muchwere discussed with such care and it was clear that the author had done her research The girls may disagree on some issues, like dating, but they didn t judge each other and allowed each other the space to make their own choices and progress in their religious learning at their own pace Some of the discussions had no conclusion because, let s face it, we re not getting answers in this life But that s okay, that s how it is, and it s about us coming to our own conclusions as Allie did Allie s journey was not about becoming a good Muslim , it was about becoming a version of herself she can be proud of in front of others and God, and that was just such an amazing thing to read.There is also a romance that is quite central to the book Allie starts dating Wells, a white non Muslim boy who, though kind and understanding, has family issues of his own that put Allie in a vulnerable position This was the first ever time that I have seen a book deal with a Muslim dating a non Muslim or dating at all with such nuance Is dating haram Should women be able to have relationships with men outside the religion Is there any such thing as halal dating Characters in the book had different takes and in the end, it s Allie s choice Unlike virtually every other piece of western media where a Muslim girl falls for a white boy, it s not about Allie rejecting her religion to be free , but about her making her own choices as a Muslim woman And I was so incredibly proud of her.Although it took me a little while to get into the book, I not only loved it but think it s one of the most important Muslim YA books to have been written so far Whether you know nothing about Islam or have grown up with it, there will be something to take away It s full of love for Islam, culture, family and friends carefully researched with diverse Muslim identities and led by a passionate main character with a powerful voice.I will have to reclaim my religion, repeatedly I will deny those who tell me I m not Muslim enough I will defy those who think I m not American enough I will anger people who dislike how I look and dress I will infuriate with my choice of boyfriend or for choosing to have a boyfriend at all I will disappoint other Muslims for not doing it right And I will enrage bigots simply by existing Though I wish I could say I won t care what people will think, unfortunately, I will because that s who I am But I will stay strong, inshallah, and will continue questioning and learning and growing Hamdulilah, I am enough Just as I am.4.5 but well worth rounding up Okay, I feel kind of weird about this book Like, I was so incredibly excited for this book But the synopsis was kind of misleading I mean, I totally thought that our main character was going to be a different person than she was I mean, she literally moves to a new town in the first book And most of her friends really aren t that great I was kind of surprised because I was expecting something totally different, so just a disclaimer the synopsis doesn t sound totally accurate Also, I d Okay, I feel kind of weird about this book Like, I was so incredibly excited for this book But the synopsis was kind of misleading I mean, I totally thought that our main character was going to be a different person than she was I mean, she literally moves to a new town in the first book And most of her friends really aren t that great I was kind of surprised because I was expecting something totally different, so just a disclaimer the synopsis doesn t sound totally accurate Also, I d like to point out that I am not, at all, an ownvoices reader for the Muslim representation in this book, but I have a couple of friends who think that this book and its rep is terrible And I also know a Muslim friend who really loved this book But yes, this book itself is ownvoices Anyways, there were a couple of moments that were few and far between that I felt as though I had some actual emotion relating to the novel Namely, I loved how the religion was treated sometimes I feel like seeing Allie s real devotion to learning from the Quran made me desire to becomefaithful in Christianity The Muslim club and study group was so heartwarming to see and I m so happy to see However well, I didn t really care about Allie herself, and Wells Well, he s kind of interesting, I guess, but I didn t see that much of a personality in any of the characters Also, Allie was just being downright rude about Wells Listen, children cannot completely change who their parents are I completely understand that not reacting to things is generally equal to upholding perpetuation, but sometimes self preservation is the way to go Obviously, in certain situations, I thought that Allie had a legitimate point but in others, sometimes, it was kind of unfair There were certain times where I feel like the harmful, problematic events were only there for shock value And certain subjects were brought up without being dealt with properly, and I just feel like this book was trying to make sure to mention a little bit of racism and other forms of oppression without ever, well, actually going into it Overall, I was going to give this book 3 stars, but then I realized that I disliked this book during the majority of the time I was reading it, so a 3 star rating Was not logical Trigger and content warnings for Islamophobia and general Islamic discourse ex about having a boyfriend that s not Muslim, strained interfamily relations Thank you so much to the pub for providing me with a digital review copy of this book All-American Muslim Girl


About the Author: Nadine Jolie Courtney

Nadine Jolie Courtney is the author of ALL AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL FSG 2019 She is also author of ROMANCING THE THRONE, and under her maiden name Nadine Haobsh BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL and CONFESSIONS OF A BEAUTY ADDICT.Nadine is a Circassian American, a Muslim, and a believer that compassion and education can make the world a better place.Nadine graduated from Barnard College and was formerly a beauty editor at Lucky and Ladies Home Journal magazines As a travel, beauty, and royalty writer, her work has appeared in Town Country magazine, Vanity Fair online, and Vogue online, and she has been profiled in Vogue, Cosmo, the New York Times, and Allure She is a contributing writer for Angeleno magazine.As a blonde haired, green eyed Muslim of Circassian descent, Nadine was raised to hide the truth about her religion, spending years hiding behind her white passing privilege Following the Muslim Ban, she gathered the courage to write a love letter to Islam a book about a young girl running toward her Islamic heritage, rather than away from it The resulting book ALL AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL is designed as a tonic for other confused or curious cross cultural kids, eager to finally embrace their own heritage.An avowed Anglophile, Nadine has worked for Sarah, Duchess of York, and lived in England, Argentina and Palm Beach managing Carlos Gracida, the most successful polo player in history, favorite of Her Majesty The Queen, and teammate of HRHs Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry settings and relationships Nadine drew upon while researching and writing ROMANCING THE THRONE.Nadine is active on Twitter and Instagram, and she encourages readers to drop her a line there to say hello She lives in Santa Monica with her husband and her daughter.


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