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Saints and Misfits
Saints and Misfits | S. K. Ali
Saints and Misfits is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Lifestarring a Muslim teen. How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them? Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people cant figure out what to make of heran Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery OConnor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box. And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date himMuslim girls dont date. Or they shouldnt date. Or wont? Janna is still working all this out. While her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monsterone who happens to be parading around as a saintWill she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then?
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Cinfhen Great cover 3mo
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S. K. Ali's Saints and Misfits is a brilliant contemporary YA novel. At its center is Janna Yusuf, a Muslim daughter of divorced parents who is working to understand her place in her family, which includes her older brother who has moved home, and her feelings about her religion. She has chosen to wear the hijab, a visible symbol of her religious faith. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod As she struggles through the typical experiences of any high school student, she also works to figure out how she can be faithful in a way that expresses her true beliefs. Ali's writing is strong, and her characterization is excellent: believable and empathetic. I strongly recommend this novel! 6mo
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A sort of coming-of-age story following a Muslim teenager. Not a whole lot happens here, but it still kept me interested.

(Substitute for The Astonishing Color of After)

#MarchMadnessChallenge

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DGRachel
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I love my local #indie. I went with a list of books last week. They had two in stock and ordered the rest for me. They arrived yesterday and I picked them up on my lunch hour. Yay for a mini-#bookhaul. I‘m really looking forward to the tagged book.

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Hoping to get this started tonight!

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Mehso-so

#bookreview This book has some very important messages. It also fails in a key place. There is a character that thinks not wanting to face your attacker and take them down is weak. And she isn't challenged for that belief. She is called a bitch for other things. She is never explicitly called out for that wrongheaded belief.
Trigger Warning for attempted rape.

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I'm in the water. Only my eyes are visible, and I blow bubbles to ensure the rest of me stays submerged until the opportune time.

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My #TopTenTuesday is all about books that I loved so much that I wish they had a sequel 📚 These are books that have some of my favorite characters, settings, and stories!

What book do you wish had a sequel?

My full list is here: https://bookloaner.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-want-a-seque...

LiteraryinLititz I just read your full post and it gave me lots of great ideas! Thanks! I‘m going to borrow If I Was Your Girl from the library after work. 2y
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Deborah42
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Janna is a teenaged hijabi girl struggling to figure out who she wants to be in the world. Being a good Muslim is very important to her, but so is drawing, photography, Flannery O‘Connor, and a non-Muslim boy she is crushing on.

She starts to doubt herself after a friend‘s supposedly pious cousin attempts to rape her. He is highly respected and she doesn‘t think anyone will believe her if she tells.

Spoiler alert—there are no terrorists.

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Naz786
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Loved this one! Highly recommend.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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I'm really glad I stuck with this! It was a beautifully complex book about a Muslim teenage girl dealing with an attempted sexual assault by a boy in her community, her crush on a non-Muslim boy, her expectations about who people really are (Surprise! People surprise you), and more. The teenage voice in this felt very authentic. I wouldn't say I'd recommend the audio version though; the narrator's voice was too slow and not expressive enough.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Okay I think you people who suggested Home Fire instead of this one were right. I'm not too into the #audiobook narrator of Saints and Misfits. Has anyone else listened to the audio?

Lindy I listened to the audiobook. Nearly bailed, but in the end I was glad to have stuck with it. Scroll down for my review. 2y
Lindy Also, Ariana Delawari speaks slowly, so I think I bumped the playback speed up to 1.5. 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Lindy ooh good idea Lindy, thanks! Glad to hear you thought it was worth it to stick with it. 2y
BookishTrish I bailed on the audiobook 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @BookishTrish I decided to stick with it, at 1.5x speed, which has worked out pretty good! I probably wouldn't read it otherwise, so I'm glad I kept going. But it's definitely not my fav narrator. 2y
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Cinfhen 🙌🏻great cover & title 2y
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This book was brilliant! I loved learning about a religion different than mine, as well as a different culture from my own. I feel like the characters and reactions to things were solid as well! Check it out if you haven't!

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mdemanatee
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So, as of yesterday I am unemployed. I am sad and a little terrified, especially as my lease is up soon and so I am going to have to make some hard decisions if I can‘t find something in time. I haven‘t told many people. But it‘s also become clear I do have people on my team. Trying to find the balance between job hunt and taking care of myself. This is a supportive, if more anonymous, community. So thanks for letting me vent.

MarriedtoMrT I‘m sorry! Good luck with your job hunt! 2y
Chelleo Yikes! Hopefully this turns into a grand opportunity for something amazing an expected! 2y
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TommieMarie74 I‘m so sorry! I‘m in the same situation. We will get though this. Have faith!! Xoxo 2y
mdemanatee @Chelleo thanks! 2y
mdemanatee @TommieMarie74 We get a couple days to lick our wounds and strategize. But we‘ve got this 💪 2y
ReadingSusan So sorry. I was laid off ten years ago this year and it ended up being the best thing that ever happened to me. Great things came out of it. Here‘s hoping this ends up being amazing for you 💕💕💕 2y
mdemanatee @ReadingSusan that gives me hope thank you! Hoping this was the kick in the butt I needed to move on to bigger and better. 2y
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Lindy
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Con: much teenage angst—romance, divorced parents, school stuff, religion—(typical contemporary YA but I wasn‘t in the mood); #audiobook narrator Ariana Delawari too chirpy for my taste; helpless main character.
Pro: MC grows a spine; nuanced portrayal of several #Muslim teens in USA; light yet heartfelt; feminist; attempted sex assault (nongraphic) handled well.
I considered bailing on this but I‘m glad I stuck with it.
#CanadianAuthor #OwnVoices

Bianca Am I the only one who actually likes to read about teen angst? 😅 2y
Lindy @Bianca I read a lot of YA—maybe 40 a year, down from 70/year when that was my specialty at the library—but lately I really have to be in the mood for angst. And since I don‘t find romance storylines interesting, there has to be a lot of other stuff that DOES interest me to counteract the romance aspect. (Almost every YA novel has at least a bit of romance because it‘s an important first in our lives.) (edited) 2y
Lindy @Bianca Maybe living with an angsty and dramatic teen (my niece) for the past year has lowered my limit on angst, come to think of it. 2y
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Tamra I have next to no tolerance for teen angst, which makes me worried about those years coming with my children. 😬 It‘s not fair I realize, but I am guessing the reason is that I don‘t want to relive it. 2y
Lindy @Tamra I hope your kids‘ transitions through their teen years goes as smoothly as possible. 2y
Tamra @Lindy you & me both! 2y
EvieBee Yay! My library audio hold came through. 2y
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The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.

JoScho Truer words were never spoken-unfortunately 2y
Lindy @JoScho 👍 2y
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Lindy
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“Muhammad is in front of the kitchen sink, chugging raw eggs from a carton for a new regimen he's on.”

Wait, what? Can you buy raw eggs in a carton?

MarriedtoMrT On Amazon you can buy egg whites in a carton. I just checked out of curiosity. I didn‘t see any full on raw egg, though. 2y
Lindy @MarriedtoMrT Another new-to-me phenomenon: perishable groceries on Amazon. Ha! (Unless egg whites are now nonperishable, in which case double Ha!) 2y
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Smithkatiea
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Day one of the #riotgrams February challenge. Here's my shelfie!

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A young Muslim navigates high school and family while trying to stay true to her religious beliefs and trying to understand a sexual assault that occurred with an older boy highly respected in their community and mosque.
I really enjoyed this look into the life of a teenager trying to maintain a balance between the pressure of high school and her culture.
My only complaint is the lack of resolution regarding the sexual assault.

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I will start by stating teen romance is not my genre, so I am acknowledging I can‘t really compare this to anything, but lit. fic. rom. What I enjoyed was the peek into a Muslim teen‘s life-What was important, rules, and even a romance that cannot be. What was tough was her love of foreheads, the high drama (which does happen to teens, I know), and the big scene that one was waiting for during the whole book just fell flat for me. #canadareads

Notafraidofwords Love of foreheads? Lol 2y
NerdyRev @Notafraidofwords Yes. It actually plays out in a few scenes. When she likes a boy, she judges by their forehead size. 2y
Notafraidofwords @NerdyRev that‘s so odd, but I guess it makes sense. I totally crush on Edward norton just because of the way he walks. Lol. 2y
Purrfectpages Everyone loved this one, I just thought it was ok. 2y
NerdyRev @Purrfectpages Yup. I can enjoy it because it is a different perspective, but it still is a teen romance/drama at the core. 2y
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Hello Littens! I just started this one tonight as I begin my reading through Canada Reads selections. What is fun is the protagonist is a Muslim teen youth of a divorced family. It is written by a Muslim woman and the book is YA. I thought of all those people doing challenges and this has to hit some of those check boxes. There are trigger warnings though for sexual assault (I am guessing by the description and clues in the book)

LeahBergen I thought this sounded good. 👍🏻 2y
NerdyRev @LeahBergen It is fun so far, but I am guessing will turn dark. It is my cleanser book as I also read 2y
LeahBergen I think you will need something even lighter after Seven Fallen Feathers. Oof, that one looks like a heartbreaker. 2y
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Purrfectpages
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I know I'm in the minority here, but I had a hard time connecting with this book. Because it was a YA book about a Muslim teen, there were naturally a lot of cultural references. The problem I had was that I didn't always follow what they were referencing. As a non Muslim, I would have appreciated more explanation. On the flip side, stripped of its cultural essence, I feel this story would be run of the mill YA. I guess I was just expecting more.

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Purrfectpages
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Next up for 2018, another recommendation! #litsyatoz letter S

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bookloaner
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Happy 2018! I read 179 books in 2017 (my best reading year so far) and these are my top 20 books of the year. It was so hard to make this list because I read a lot of really amazing YA books in 2017. I am so excited about a new year of books and sharing what we're reading on Litsy. Hope you're all having a great start to 2018! 🎉📚❤

Here's my full list of favorite 2017 reads https://bookloaner.wordpress.com/2017/12/05/top-20-books-of-2017/

Clwojick I am sad, and also excited that I haven't read any of these. Stacked stacked stacked!!!! 2y
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I finished this one around a week ago I think and absolutely loved it !! It tackles Sexual Assault in the muslim community so well and starts a discussion around it. So i highly recommend.

TW: Sexual assault, proximity with assaulter, aromisic comment.

Here's my review: https://wp.me/p7aVNV-93H

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TheKidUpstairs
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Thank you so much @kendrastephaniekaryn !!!! I absolutely love everything! Great book selection, I'm really excited about both titles. And I will definitely be colouring some Christmas cats while watching Christmas movies over the next couple days! And drinking Christmas tea, too! And don't even get me started on the Blue Jays pencils, those are everything!

#SecretSantaGoesPostal
@MrBook @BookBabe @Avanders

TheKidUpstairs (You might notice the slippers aren't in the picture, that is because they went on my feet as soon as I opened the box, and they are not leaving) 2y
Dolly I want to see the slippers!!!😁 2y
CoffeeCatsBooks A Christmas kitty 🐱 coloring book! 2y
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erinreads Pretty sure I need that Christmas cats coloring book! 😻 2y
mhillis Saints and Misfits is so good! 2y
4thhouseontheleft ❤️💚❤️💚 2y
kendrastephaniekaryn Glad you liked the gifts! 2y
Avanders ♥️🎄💚 2y
MrBook Ooh! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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The Morris Award Finalists were just announced and this was the only title that my library currently has on the shelf. So i grabbed it to read on my lunch break today. Also, I‘m wearing an Ariel skirt today.

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Smithkatiea
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Reading outside today - while I still can before the weather gets too cold for such activities. Loving Saints and Misfits, so far. Had the distinct pleasure of meeting and speaking with the author at BTAF earlier this fall. She was lovely and I'm so grateful for this excellent #windowbook.

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I really liked this book about a teen girl who is Muslim, learning to balance her community and her life. She is true to herself and introspective, a well written and real feeling character.

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Wbabdullah
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I put the book down in the hallway and noticed how it matched the flowers....took a snapshot for ya. Finished this today and didn't want it to end. I wanted more development of some supporting characters at the end...just wanted to hear from them more. Felt like I knew all the characters. Good solid read if you want to walk in the shoes of a Muslim teenager in the USA. Authentic, real narrative. #diversevoices #muslimbookshelf @youneverarrived

TrishB Nice pic 👍 2y
Wbabdullah @TrishB thank you! 2y
youneverarrived Pretty photo 😍 2y
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Reading Janna's struggle is heartbreaking especially as she keeps the secret of her sexual assault to herself for 3/4s of the book but that last quarter, as she admits to herself the reality of the situation and starts to tell others, allowing them in and to share the burden, she finds the strength she needs to confront "the monster" that started it all.

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Wbabdullah
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The Hate U Give is a hard book to follow. Thus, this read is going a bit slowly for me. Working on finishing my winter cowl that I started last year in the meantime. Look how it matches the book cover! Kinda, sorta. #rebound #knittersoflitsy #knitsy

julesG Oh, this cowl looks nice. 2y
Mommamanzi I'm so in love with the colors you chose! Beautiful pattern as well! 2y
youneverarrived Love the colours 😍I‘m just over halfway with this now and it‘s gotten better! I‘m intrigued to see how it all unfolds. What are you thinking of it? The Hate U Give is definitely a hard book to follow though!! 2y
Wbabdullah @julesG @Mommamanzi @youneverarrived thank you for all the knitterly love! ❤️ @youneverarrived it is picking up now--I'm in the early 100s page-wise but it's sailing now and even evoked a laugh and some fond memories of my own adventures in high school! :) what page are you on? I better catch up and stop lollygagging, though pointedly, the book is holding my interest more now. Doesn't hurt to talk to the reader, you know? 😉😏 2y
youneverarrived My kindle hasn‘t got pages for this book but I‘m on chapter 23. I‘m really liking it now 💛 2y
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"...Because when we just do things without a why, we become husks. Easily crumpled, no fruit inside."

Loved this commentary on intention in S.K. Ali's Saints and Misfits

Wbabdullah @youneverarrived how are you liking this read? It's going slower for me than its predecessor. I guess that's what happens when you read an awesome book like The Hate U Give. Everyone else has to fill those shoes or come up short! 2y
youneverarrived It's ok so far it hasn't grabbed me from the start like The Hate U Give did but I'm only 10% in so it might pick up. 2y
Wbabdullah @youneverarrived same here. Slow read for me. A bit bored but not enough to bail. I think you'd like more 2y
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youneverarrived Same I'll keep going with it hopefully it picks up. I'll see if I can get that one at the library it looks really good and probably more up my street 😊 2y
Wbabdullah @youneverarrived I've got 40 pages left! Cranking this out today! How about you? 2y
youneverarrived I finished it on Saturday I really enjoyed it! The characters were well written I loved Janna and Mr Ram. Definitely worth sticking with! What did you think of it? I thought more might happen with Farooq but I guess it was implied that he learned a lesson at the end? Or maybe it wasn‘t really about that and more about Janna finding courage to stand up to him and speak for herself. (edited) 2y
Wbabdullah @youneverarrived yeah it really picks up at the end! I really wanted more at the end...with Farooq, with Sarah, with the family...some more closure, but I believe it's like you said...more about Janna's growth and journey. I'm so happy you liked it! What r u on to now? I'll probably finish up some of the books I've started and then go for 2y
youneverarrived Same I think the ending could have been better it felt a bit rushed. Ohh that sounds interesting you‘ll have to let me know if it‘s worth a read. I‘m making my way through The Stand and re-reading Wuthering Heights then I think I might read Sophia‘s Journal that you recommended. 2y
Wbabdullah Oooh I really loved Sophia‘s Journal! It actually made me tear up at the end and I‘m a hard one to get to cry unless you physically hurt me 😂. Will def let u know about Bannerless! And you said it best, the ending does feel rushed. It was like a quick wrap-up. I wanted more Sarah, more Tats, more Jeremy, more Nuah, more Mom, more Amu, more More everybody except disgusting Farooq! 2y
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Wbabdullah
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Thx @jhod 4 tagging me 4 my #fivestarpredictions from my TBR list! I love a heavy dose of dystopian fiction to ground me. My personal lit theme this year is #socialjustice, which I hope at least Octavia's Brood lives up to. Of course, there are 6 instead of 5 books here. Saints&Misfits is a YA #ownvoices read 2 bring me back 2 the present post-dystopia. Ready for your reviews on ☝🏽. Let's hear ur 5 ⭐️ predicts @Smrloomis @Tanzy13 @Jessisreading !

jhod Great choices! 2y
Smrloomis I have a copy of American War and cannot wait to start it! 2y
Wbabdullah @Smrloomis Litsy is like an ongoing book club. We should read it TOGETHER, lol. When are you planning to start? 2y
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This Afghani beef, eggplant and rice dish served with a cucumber mint salad came out really good thanks to Blue Apron! Thought it paired well with this book which I heard about last week on the "Get Booked" podcast. #bookanddinner

JenP Love blue apron! Looks great 2y
Beachesnbooks I got this blue apron meal too!! So yummy 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 Oh I thought about getting blue apron for date nights for my husband & I. Make a beautiful meal after the kids go to bed. I think I might give it a go! 2y
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Bookwormjillk How much work are the Blue Apron meals? That looks amazing! 2y
Lcsmcat Yum! 2y
EvieBee @JenP Thank you! We've been pleased. 2y
EvieBee @Beachesnbooks Wasn't it?! I always love the savory and sweet dishes. So unique! 2y
EvieBee @ForeverNerdy It's really worth it! My husband and I enjoy cooking together. 2y
EvieBee @Bookwormjillk It's $60 for 3 meals that serve 2. I think it's $7 or $8 per serving. 2y
Chachic Delicious meal! 2y
mhillis Hope you like this book! I just read it last month 2y
Bookwormjillk Thanks @EvieBee - I've tried Hello Fresh but the meals took forever to cook. Maybe I'll try Blue Apron to compare 2y
EvieBee @Bookwormjillk They have 30 minute meal options every week! I think you'll love it. 2y
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I thought this was a really interesting story. A lot of information about being Muslim and the practices behind it which I found interesting.

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awishman
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This is the last book I read about #highschoolers and it's an excellent one. #backtoreading

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Such a great book. I haven't read a ton of YA about Muslim American teens, but this was a great introduction. There's definitely a trigger warning for sexual assault, and while it's not super graphic, it does play a role in the central narrative.

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Loving this diverse YA. The teens actually sound like teens which is always refreshing.

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silentrequiem
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My July 2017 books. Favorites:
Some Kind of Hero
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
The Almost Sisters
Heathen, Volume 1

readordierachel Nice! 👏 2y
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silentrequiem
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Reading in the pool. Last night in Vegas. Flying to MD tomorrow.

erinreads I would not trust myself to read in the pool. 😬😬😬 Have fun visiting here in MD! 👋🏻 2y
silentrequiem @erinreads I'll be packing up my condo in Wheaton And will be doing a book cull. If you wanted to do a Litsy meet up and take books from me. 😁 2y
erinreads @silentrequiem Maybeeee? I do love free books. 😂 Plus it'd be nice to meet a fellow Litten already! My email is erinkharv@gmail.com. Might be easier to coordinate outside of a comment. 2y
silentrequiem @erinreads Cool! Just landed at BWI. Will email tomorrow. 2y
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romiewedeservelove
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If you only have to read one book this year, can it be this one? Please?
#bookworm #read #bookish #saintsandmisfits #ownvoices #muslimrep

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Loved this book so much. 💕
It's a book about Janna - a Muslim Indian-Egyptian American & hijabi teenage girl. This is an #OwnVoices book, for S. K. Ali is also Muslim. Such an important and intersectional read.
Content/Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault.

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allthembooks
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Soapbox moment:
I believe books are a brilliant and easy way to learn about things you are ignorant to or just don't understand. Books give us a chance to walk in someone else's shoes and explore the world outside of our neighborhood. Reading exposes us to different ideas, ways of thinking, and this ideally makes us more compassionate and well rounded.
Saints and Misfits is just one of the books I've come across lately that I think exemplify this.

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Been reading this all day! #diversereads #diversebooks

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awishman
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This book is an example of how reading one story can open us to the stories of others. Excellent coming of age story.

#AYARC2017 #YAinHomeCountry
#ScholasticReadingBINGO #RecommendedbyaFriend

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#BBSJulyChallenge
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If you're reading "Saints and Misfits", along with us, you can share yours posts to:
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Happy Reading!!

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