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The Summer Everything Changed

Age recommendation: girls aged 8-11⠀ ⠀ Screening: pretty clean, some girl/boy interaction but no dating, mentions of some popular anasheed⠀ ⠀ This book is divided into the viewpoints of two girls, Ameerah and Hanaan, and how they struggle with a situation that throws them together. (Hint: it involves Hanaan’s sister and Ameerah’s brother )⠀ ⠀ They were acquaintances but they become much more than that. Though Hanaan is artsy and loves writing and reflection, and Ameerah is into sports and very outgoing, they manage to become good friends and figure out their chaotic (and hilariously overly dramatic) lives, as well as solve a mystery!⠀ ⠀ I really like how the book flowed. It was an easy read, and so would be enjoyable for young girls. I feel like a lot of the issues the two girls faced made them relatable and likeable, and their characteristics make for two very different but good muslim characters.⠀ ⠀ I liked how the issue of marriage in Islam was brought up, and it was shown how families get together and are involved in the process. It is a good influence on young people to see how the process usually works, without “secluded dating” or out of marriage relations. It also showed how the marriage ceremony is conducted, including how women are asked for their approval three times! (Challenging stereotypes about arranged marriages!)⠀ ⠀ I liked the sibling interactions in the story, especially the fond relationship between Ameerah and her older brothers, as well as Hanaan and her older sister. It was such a sweet addition to the book, though at times it was slightly sappy.⠀ ⠀ I liked that Islam was mentioned, and not in a preachy way, and of course clean of any bad influences. Duaas and Ahadith are mentioned, which is a neat touch to show how Islam is practiced every day through the remembrance of Allah in everything we do.⠀ ⠀ I do wish the mystery was a little better resolved though, and I kept wondering about a few details that were never answered. ⠀ It was a sweet book though, and I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to read it!⠀ ⠀ Get yours from Prolance and The Two Lights

price: 16 usd


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