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American Street
American Street | Ibi Zoboi
American Street is an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Everything, Everything; Bone Gap; and All American Boys. In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture. On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle viea good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiolas mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroits west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?
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rakeshpm
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This is fine. A good YA I've just read. It nicely packages the whole world of Haiti by replanting it to the urban Detroit. Nice writing style. Good story

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rakeshpm
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Reading now.

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vlwelser
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This is good but it's definitely YA. A girl moves to Detroit from Haiti and does what she can in a foreign environment to get her mum out of a detention center. It's good but I found the super naive MC hard to relate to.

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BeaG
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1. Yes, not often, but when when is getting a lot of Buzz I will read.
2. I loved American Street
3. Age of the protagonist and themes.
#SundayFunday @ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz Someone else tagged another Ibi Zoboi novel. Looks like I have a new author to check out! Thank you for sharing! 1y
BeaG @ozma.of.oz I‘ve read 3 of her books. Pride, Punching the Air and American Street. Punching the Air is written in verse. I had the audiobook, but I switched to print because I don‘t like verse in audiobook format. 1y
Jennaree3 I really enjoyed Finding Jake. It could definitely hold the interest of a young adult, and was very relevant in today‘s times. 1y
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Soubhiville
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The book lived up to the beautiful cover. It‘s as much about the difficulty of being a teenager new to America, dealing with a new culture, trying to learn new slang, as it is about family and loyalties.

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BeaG
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This! I wasn‘t sure about it in the beginning, but by chapter 4 I couldn‘t put it down. This. Is. Soooooo. Good!

JamieArc I think this is one of the most underrated YA books out there right now. Love when I see others post about it! 2y
BeaG @JamieArc I agree. 2y
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Soubhiville
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Good thing it‘s still hot in TX, because Igor has claimed my favorite cardigan as his own. It usually lives draped over the back of the couch, but this is the second day in a row he has pulled it down and chosen to lay in it instead of his fleece blanket.

I‘m starting American Street tonight. I‘ve heard so many good things!

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
AmyG That face! ❤️ 2y
Leftcoastzen 😻made me smile! 2y
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wanderinglynn Aw, what a cutie! ❤️🐱 2y
TheLibrarian Cats are so silly! 😻 2y
DebinHawaii So cute! 🐱💜 I listened to the audio of this one & really liked it! 2y
LeahBergen Precious boy! 💙 2y
KVanRead Igor wears it well 😍🐱 2y
Ishimama The best thing I‘ve read this year 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💙💙 2y
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KatieDid927
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It‘s arrived! Thanks so much @ReadingRover ! I may have already eaten the chocolate frog, and the graphic novels are great for fall reading. It was worth the wait!

#WhiteRabbitSwap @LibrarianRyan

tracey38 Pumpkin Heads was such a fun fall read! 2y
LibrarianRyan Yrahhh. Sorry it got theee so late. 2y
ReadingRover I‘m sorry it‘s so late. I hope you have already read all the books! 🙄 2y
KatieDid927 @ReadingRover I haven‘t! I have already read one.. but the rest are new! Thanks again! 2y
ReadingRover @KatieDid927 I just say you read the Glass Hotel. Feel free to pass it on. I hope you enjoy the rest! 2y
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Lovesbooks87
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#doublebookspin is done! This was a heartbreaking story about Fabiola who is coming to America with her mom from Haiti. But when her mom is detained at customs it leaves Fabiola traveling to Detroit on her own. When she arrives she is living with her aunt and cousins. Everything is different from what she is used too and she misses her mom so much. Fabiola has to make heartbreaking choices to help get her mom back with her.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Hooked_on_books I thought this book was wonderful and didn‘t get enough attention. Good to see your review! 2y
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Caffeinated_Reader
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#80 of my year and this is one of the books I bought from MahoganyBooks.com in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and I have committed to ordering at least 3-4 books each month from them so I can broaden my reading experience. This is 2/4 that was ordered. It did take a long time to get (over a month) BUT it was worth the wait if you‘re a patient person & want to show support I encourage you to order from this shop 💛

CaliforniaCay I also ordered from Mahogany Books! It did take forever but worth the wait! 🖤 2y
Caffeinated_Reader @CaliforniaCay yay!!! I‘m happy they got so many new orders but yeah they were not ready for us all storming their shelves hehehe they had such great communication in regards to the delay that it really wasn‘t that bad of a wait for me either. Hope you enjoy the ones you got! 2y
Caffeinated_Reader That was emotionally charged and well written. I got the sense of what it might feel like to come to a new country as a stranger, even with family around, feeling alone. Fabiola is a strong and brave character who turns the lives of her cousins upside down and back around. It‘s so intense and loving and ends beautifully but tragically. I definitely recommend this beautiful and powerful story. 2y
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BeaG
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My TBR List.

SamAnne Now that is a fine stack! 2y
BeaG @SamAnne Thank you. I can‘t wait to dive in finally. 2y
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Librarybelle
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When a book captures you so much that you actually cannot wait until you work from home again, you know you found a winner. Robin Miles does a fantastic job narrating this story of Fabiola, a teenage girl from Haiti who learns to navigate the US and Detroit. It‘s moving, and to see the difficult choices Fab has to make is gut wrenching. Definitely worth the read (or listen). My pick for the #AuthenticVoice prompt of #TeenAngst #BBRC

LibrarianRyan Yeahhh. This has been on my list for a while. 2y
StayCurious Great review😊 2y
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kricheal
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Thank you @Dcueto for these perfect books, also thank you for turning a negative situation into a positive one. No Debbie Downers here! 😊

Dcueto Enjoy!!!!! Welp, that negativity led to the start of a book loving friendship! 2y
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Jeanettej71
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I don‘t think Fab should‘ve gotten so involved in everything. I mean I see where her heart was at it was all for her momma, but girlfriend, we dealing with drug dealers here!

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vonnie862
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This was a great story! I loved hearing about the Haitian immigrant experience as well as how they try to assimilate to American culture. I especially enjoyed the main character. This is a must try!

Review:
http://vonniesreadingcorner.blogspot.com/2019/09/audiobook-review-american-stree...

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alisiakae
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My #bookhaul from the Book Outlet sale arrived a few days ago! A few books for Maya, a few for me, and a few for swaps (which is why some are faced the wrong way 😃).

Ibi Zoboi will be at the Winston Salem Bookmarks Festival in September, which I absolute hope to make this year, so I had to pick up another one of her books!

And apparently, I am also sharing the sticker book with my child. 😂

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NovelNancyM
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Fabio is a Haitian immigrant moving with her mother to Detroit to live with her aunt and her three cousins. Except her mom is detained and she goes onto Detroit along. She enters a life she doesn't understand so uses “voodoo“ to explain what's happening to her. This book has so many layers and themes. It stayed with me - haunting me as Fabio was haunted by mystery, guilt and misunderstandings. Ibi came to my school and she is a fantastic speaker!

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SLSbooks
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A solid fast read with a few questions remaining. That may be what the author wanted. Trying to empathize with a situation that seemed a bit contrived? Still, a strong statement that is strongly made about our country and its imperfections.

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hwheaties
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I LOVED the voice of Fabiola in this book, and the realness of the story and situation, as heartbreaking as it is.

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LoverofLit
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Coming of age, immigrant stories are some of my favorites to read. Add in an amazing narrator and some truly phenomenal writing and it's a winner. This book packed an emotional punch. I loved Fabiola and all the other side characters, including her three cousins. A little longer than I thought it needed to be and a short stop ending that felt a smidge abrupt but still so amazing, I gave it 4 and a half stars.

LoverofLit #ReadingWomenChallenge A book featuring a religion other than your own 3y
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Mitch
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What a gorgeous Monday - the suns out and the postman brought me a wonderful gift from @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled

Thank you sooooo much. Surprise treats are the best ❤️❤️❤️❤️#littensrock

Annl Beautiful cover! 3y
Mitch @Annl it‘s lovely isn‘t it xxx 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Yay! ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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glitterkitty459
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This audiobook was fantastic!! The same narrator as Binti- which I loved. 🎧

I will say the ending left me a little confused...
#audiobook #ya #contemporary

riversong153 I read this a couple of weeks ago. What confused you at the end? 4y
glitterkitty459 @riversong153 I guess my questions were like, where are they moving to? And also are they finally getting Fabiola's mom?! (I think I've probably forgotten some ) Where will they go next? Maybe we need a sequel 😁 4y
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riversong153
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I love coming of age stories, especially when it focuses on young immigrants. This book gets ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I felt drawn into the neighborhood and the relationships between the characters. A little bit of a tear jerker, but well worth the read. Thanks to @LeshaMac for this pick! #blitsy

Melissa_J I bought this one recently after reading Pride. Have you read that one? 4y
riversong153 @Melissa_J I haven‘t, was it good? 4y
Melissa_J I thought so, it‘s a modern-day adaptation of Pride & Prejudice that takes place in Brooklyn 4y
LeshaMac @riversong153 I'm glad you enjoyed it!💜💜 I have it on my tbr 4y
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razmanda
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Really compelling, really heartbreaking story about a Haitian immigrant who comes to the US to live with her aunt and cousins only to be separated from her mother. The lengths she goes to in order to “save” her mother and reunite her family have devastating consequences but the narrative voice convinced the reader that they‘d do the same. The audiobook is especially well-produced.

Christine Agreed - loved this audiobook! 4y
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Deborah42
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Born in America and raised in Haiti, Fabiola and her mother return to Detroit to care for her Aunt Jo. Fabiola is allowed in, but her mother is detained. Fabiola goes on to her aunt‘s house, where she reconnects with her three street-savvy cousins, even as culture-shock hits hard. Life in the little house on the corner of American Street is gritty and Fabiola faces tough choices. She also brings the magic of Haitian Vodou to her new home.

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riversong153
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And the t-shirt deserves it‘s the own post! Thanks soo much @LeshaMac I 💜💜 it. I‘m guessing you made the shirt or the magnet! Am I right? #BlitsyHistoryMonth #BHMSwap #BHM

Liatrek Love that shirt 😊 will need to hunt that one down for myself ❤️ 4y
LeshaMac @riversong153 🤗🤗💖💖💖 I'm soooo happy you love it! Yes, I made the shirt, but not the magnet. You got me cheesing super hard 😂. @Chelleo thanks cousin you really do rock💖 @Liatrek just let me know😊 4y
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riversong153 @LeshaMac I‘m cheesing to lol! I‘m so excited to wear this tomorrow! 4y
LeshaMac @riversong153 😂😂👍🏽 rock that s**t! ✊🏾 4y
riversong153 @Chelleo when are you unboxing?! 4y
Chelleo @riversong153 Not until I get home today 😩😫😟I went to bed early and mornings are a circus so I‘ll have to live vicariously through everyone else for the time being! 4y
hermyknee This is amazing!!! So cool! 4y
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⭐️4/5 I have yet to have an experience with audiobooks that I loved this much. The story line—while cringe worthy at times—was good. I was surprised by the ending and didn‘t lose focus like I tend to when listening (also why I don‘t do movies).

Please leave more audiobook recommendations for me!

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Almost 5 hours done and a clean house ✅

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Giving an audiobook a try today while I clean. I find audiobooks are a hit or miss with me based entirely on the narrator. Anyone have any good suggestions I should give a try?

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I loved Trevor Noah‘s memoir on audio - He reads it himself! 4y
emtobiasz One of my favorites is Kobna Holbrook-Smith, who reads the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch. First book is 4y
Thousand-Lives I enjoyed The Good House by Ann Leary on audio. The narrator goes a great job. 4y
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I cannot tell you how much of an Ibi Zoboi fan I am, after reading American Street and Pride. Check out our latest Unabridged highlights episode focusing on these two works. We debate the merits of Pride and Prejudice, dive (spoiler-free) into both novels, and then delve deeper (with spoilers!) into American Street.

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TheNextBook
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This book really started to pick up to me after the first 100 pages. Thats when I really got into the swing of things. I found the story as a whole enjoyable but the only character I actually enjoyed was Fabiola, her cousins got on my nerve even though all of them were well developed. I loved that this story highlighted what it is like making such a huge adjustment moving to the US trying to navigate social norms

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TheNextBook
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I‘ve had this on my TBR shelf for sometime. I was even able to get a signed at an event a few weeks back. Really glad to finally get started on. So far it‘s interesting. #readBlackwomen

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sammisho
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So, so, so, so good. Zoboi wrote a story that felt so real and authentic. I was very surprised by the ending, and did not see that coming. While I wished the book would have ended it differently, it was well done and meaningful.
#blitsy
#readingwomen book borrowed in 2019

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sammisho
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This book is breaking my heart. 😭😭😭

Readergrrl I read this last summer and loved it so much. Actually, I listened on Audible and the narrator was magnificent! ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
sammisho @Readergrrl I did the audio too and I agree! 4y
Readergrrl @sammisho I think it made all the difference for me. 4y
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EleniKara
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I really enjoyed this listen. I loved the growing dynamic between Fabiola and her cousins as well as the glimpses into Haitian Culture. From a story standpoint I did have some issues with the narrative, particularly the intense shift with the ending climatic sequence. And the themes and messages the book seemed to try and portray didn‘t pack as much of a punch, some plot lines should‘ve been focused more on. But still, I‘ll give it a pick ☺️

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ErikaReadsEverything
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I loved this book. It‘s a beautiful novel written from an important perspective. All I can say is read it, enjoy it, and fall in love with Fabiola like I did. 💕

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Andrea313
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I have a hard time reading books that are set in #mytown. Detroit is easily misunderstood and has been a punching bag in a lot of pop culture portrayals, so I can get my hackles up pretty quick. I didn't love everything about the Detroit of Zoboi's imagination, but I did love Fabiola, the main character, so, so much. Bonus that the intersection of Joy Road and American Street is a real one, and only a few miles from where I stay. #ANewChapter

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OMG, this book is gorgeous. The perfect inclusion of magical realism, the gorgeous immigrant story, the romance, the family. Zoboi has packed in SO. Much. And it's just lovely. The twists are ample but believable, and the story of Fabiola's need immediately to integrate and then gradually to truly belong is moving and heartbreaking. Loved it! I cannot wait to talk about it on @unabridgedpod.⠀

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BookaholicNatty
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Book #3 in the 2019 Senior Reading Olympics Must Read Booklist. This is a story of a girl named Fabiola who comes to the U.S. from Haiti. The journey she makes and the troubles she comes across when her mother is detained at the airport before they arrive. She discovers that the freedom she thought she would find in the US will come with a price. I haven‘t read this but look forward to. A story that definitely needs to be heard in today‘s world!

suzisteffen I think about this book often. Very good, sad, hard. 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty pic 💛💛💛 4y
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Enjoying Zoboi's beautiful descriptions and touches of magical realism so much. Fabiola's journey from Port-au-Prince to a new life in Detroit is filled with so many interesting characters (some multi-layered, some not).

Great read so far! Check it out--especially if you loved The Hate You Give.

suzisteffen 😍 this book 4y
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bookandcat
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Can't say enough good things about this awesome YA book. 5 🌟 for sure for this story of an American-born, Haitian raised teen who returns to Detroit to live with her cousins in her junior year of high school. Each character rings true and the dialogue is crackling with spunk and ferocity and heartache. Fans of The Hate U Give, The Coldest Winter Ever, or Edwidge Dandicat will love this. This book sparkles.
Book 3 of 2019. #litsyatoz (Z for Zoboi)

bookandcat #mmdchallenge (book I've been meaning to read), #popsugarreadingchallenge (an #ownvoices book - advanced prompt!), #readingwomenchallenge (featuring a religion - in this case, Vodou - other than my own) 4y
BookInMyHands This is also an amazing audiobook read by the always stellar Robin Miles. She slips between Detroit and Haitian Creole accents so seamlessly! 4y
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4y
bookandcat @BookInMyHands that sounds incredible! I can't even talk in a Southern accent or anything else for longer than a sentence or two before I slip by accident. Can't imagine trying to swap back and forth mid paragraph between two accents! 4y
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DebinHawaii
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I realized after I posted my "Pride" review that I never reviewed the first book I read/listened to by Ibi Zoboi. Darker than "Pride" it's the story of Fabiola who arrives to the US with her mother from Haiti on their way to live with her aunt & cousins in Detroit. Her mother is detained & sent to an immigration center leaving Fabiola reeling. I liked the characters & Fabiola's determination as & narrator Robin Miles's delivery of the story.

CoffeeNBooks Great book! 4y
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Hestapleton
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I wasn‘t expecting to like this much because I didn‘t care for Zoboi‘s latest book PRIDE. Unlike PRIDE, this book is vibrant, full of life, heart ache, and struggle. The intense emotions in this story are palpable. The light touches of magical realism in a place like Detroit act like a guiding star for Fabiola and for the reader. So so so good. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#newyearwhodis

Victoriahoperose So glad you liked it!!! 4y
monalyisha OOooO! I‘ve seen this title gathering praise but I didn‘t know much about it. This helps! Definitely going on my TBR. Glad your first #NewYearWhoDis read was a good one! 4y
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Hestapleton
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Literally me all day, except surrounded by books and in pajamas. It‘s the last quiet weekend before the whirlwind of socializing for Christmas and New Years so I plan on not moving from this spot all. weekend. long.
What are your weekend plans, Littens?

Chrissyreadit Cleaning, decorating, reading! Enjoy your day!! 4y
Lindy Return books to the library, print a bunch of copies of a new linocut, decorate a Nutcracker-theme cake, attend a carolling party. It‘s an audiobook kind of day for me. 😊 4y
ReadingSusan I am going to see my Grandma today and have a four year olds birthday party so not much reading time 😭 (edited) 4y
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jillannjohn More shopping! 🎅🏻😩 4y
Slajaunie Enjoy!! 4y
Hestapleton @Chrissyreadit cleaning is gross but decorating and reading sounds so fun! 4y
Hestapleton @Lindy thank God for audiobooks on busy days!!! 4y
Hestapleton @ReadingSusan aww that‘s a bummer. At least you get to see people you love and kids are pretty cute! 4y
Hestapleton @jillannjohn GOD SPEED BRAVE SOUL. 4y
Hestapleton @Slajaunie thank you! 4y
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MaureenMc
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Interesting tale of a Haitian teen trying to find her way in Detroit with her aunt and cousins. There‘s a touch of magical realism I wasn‘t expecting, and it‘s quite violent. Well-written, but not quite what I was in the mood for. Still interested in reading her new book, a Pride and Prejudice retelling.