(⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) by @etafrum from @harpercollinsus. 📘👩🏻🤫 18 year old Deya is an Arab-American living in Brooklyn. Even though she was born and raised in America, she sure doesn’t feel like an “all American girl.” Yet, she definitely doesn’t feel all Arab either. So when her grandparents, Khaled and Fareeda, decide it’s time to find her a suitor (after all, “a woman is no man” and isn’t good for anything except being a wife and mother), Deya begins to realize that maybe her beliefs and ideals are more American than she realized. How will her grandparents react when she finally shares her views with them?
I was blown away by this debut and cannot recommend it enough! As I learned more and more about the lives of Deya, her mother Isra, her grandmother Fareeda, and a mystery woman, the story made me equal parts angry and hopeful. This powerful coming of age story about Deya and her relatives needs to be shared, and I would highly recommend it for book clubs as it would make for a fabulous discussion. The ending was perfection.