How I Read It: Print/ Audiobook
Dates Read: 2/24/21-3/2/21
How I Found It: Book of the Month
Trigger Warnings: There are instances of abuse, including manipulation, physical, and sexual abuse.
When I saw the cover of this book, I was all in. I will say that this book is 100% not what I was expecting on a romance level, but I learned a lot about the feelings and emotions of trying to come to the US with the hope of earning the American Dream.
Let’s be real, Anvar Farris was not destined to be a “good” muslim. He questions everything, has differing views on the world, and he never memorizes the Quran. When his parents moved the family to San Francisco, CA, Anvar was ready for the new experience. He fell in love, went to college for English, and felt like he had his place in the world. But when his relationship fell apart after a disagreement of religious beliefs, Anvar finds his life in turmoil. When his mother experiences a very racist situation, Anvar goes to law school to become a lawyer. He ends up getting a case, but hs client ends up dead after a bomb strike in Syria. Feeling helpless, Anvar stops living, forcing him to take charity in order to have a place to live.
Safwa was born in the wrong place at the wrong time. After her mother’s death, her father has to start working for the Americans in order to keep the food on the table. But when he is taken by the Americans, Safwa tries to take care of her crippled brother. Eventually, she has to leave her brother behind, forcing her uncle to take care of him in his last days. When her father returns to her, Safwa has to withstand his wrath. But when she meets a man, Qais, who might be able to get her out of Afghanistan once and for all, she is willing to pay the price. Once she lands in America, she tries to avoid Qais, but the deal that she made continues to catch up to her. She meets Anvar, and the relationship that they forge gives her an idea to hopefully earn the freedom she came to America for.
In my opinion, the book is a little dense. However, I also listened to this book more often than I normally do. I think that this is one of those books that I recommend that you listen to it over reading it, but that may also be what worked best for me. There were times where the timeline was slightly confusing to me, but otherwise, think that this book is pretty easily accessible for the average reader. I think overall, I would give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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