All My Rage
My heart! Truly one of the most heart wrenching books I have read, a book that stays with you long after you put it down.
Genre: YA fiction
Ages: 16 and up
Screening: Trigger warnings: physical and sexual abuse, alcoholism, alcohol, drug abuse ⭐️
Also music, a few kisses, some dating, some cuss words, allusions to thinking of hooking up- nothing detailed or crude
I didn’t know if I could write this review!! Truly, it is hard to put into words what I’m feeling but I will try my best!
Salahudeen (proudly named after the Muslim general) and Noor are two Muslim Pakistani Americans living in the small town of Juniper, California. Salahudeen lives with his alcoholic father and sick (with kidney disease) mother, and Noor lives with her controlling Uncle after an earthquake killed her family in Pakistan. After THE FIGHT, these two struggle with heartbreak, grief, and abuse…while dealing with their own jihads (struggles) in figuring out how to succeed in this hard life.
I don’t want to spoil the book, but there are so many layers!!!! So many layers of emotion and humanity that the characters truly felt alive and real to me.
Islam is mentioned a lot! Jumaa prayer in the small mosque, an amazing Imam and his wife (these two were such an amazing example of real Muslim leadership and doing real work to improve the world around you, not judging others for mistakes), mentions of halal eating, prayers, finding peace with God, hijab, and more.
I loved how the conservative Muslim characters, like Aunty🥺, were amazing characters. This is not a book where Muslims who practice are villains, rather they are examples of true good character!
This book is not a preachy book. It isn’t full of perfect Muslims (although the amazing Imam and his wife Khadija are pretty darn awesome and the perfect couple). This book is about Muslims who are flawed but are totally completely human, and they make mistakes, BIG ones, but they try their best to be good people and find peace ❤️
So many lessons and so much realness, I can’t begin to do it justice. A def powerful book, and one I def will be rereading again and again.
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