I one-clicked this book after reading the sample, without even realizing it was release day.
And I was completely blown away by the story that unfolded before me.
Rukhsana is a gay high school senior living in Seattle. She hasn't come out yet, because she's certain that her very strict Muslim parents would not approve. But when her mother catches her making out with her girlfriend, Ariana, shit hits the fan. She is taken to Bangladesh to see her family, but she soon realizes that her mother may have had ulterior motives.
The plot follows Rukhsana through the hardships of being gay in a community where that could literally cost a person their life. Her relationship with her parents becomes strained, and she tries to do what she can to keep her friendships with back in Seattle intact. She knows she needs to find a way out -- but she doesn't know how.
This book was, in one word, emotional. I felt horrified and angry and so sad for Rukhsana, and I wanted to hit her parents. I felt love for her cousin and grandmother. I loved Ariana. Sabina Khan wrote a truly emotional, real story -- one that (I think) represents Muslim culture well, both in America and in Bangladesh.
I loved this book so much that I went and bought the hardcover and the Kindle version just to give her the support she so greatly deserves!
We need more books like this.
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic (7 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1407194577
- ISBN-13: 978-1407194578
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 20.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 240 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)