Saints and Misfits

Saints and Misfits

Book - 2017
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Fifteen-year-old Janna Yusuf, a Flannery O'Connor-obsessed book nerd and the daughter of the only divorced mother at their mosque, tries to make sense of the events that follow when her best friend's cousin--a holy star in the Muslim community--attempts to assault her at the end of sophomore year.
Publisher: New York :, Salaam Reads,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481499248
1481499246
9781481499255
1481499254
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 22 cm

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OPL_AutumnH
Feb 13, 2018

Great character development - of an under-represented character group. Reading about Janna's journey to understanding her Muslim faith, family, friendships and American life and how they fit together is enlightening, and equal parts heartache and humor.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 28, 2018

When I started off this book I had high hopes for it considering the buzz it received with my Muslim friends and I have to say it lived up to expectations. This book did a great thing by humanizing and giving a normal face to a culture that many people in the world don’t seem to understand. The narrator, a teenager named Janna, showed us the complications of being a teenager along with the restrictions and empowerment put on her by her culture. Overall the story was very powerful and well written and the ending was enjoyable. It’s a great YA novel that I feel like everyone can learn from.
- @bookanarchy of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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vivi_p
Nov 24, 2017

Saints and Misfits is an interesting modern bildungsroman story following Janna, a Muslim teenager, as she balances trouble with her family, friends, school and her religion. At times the pacing is very slow or fast; however, I would would read this book again and look into S.K. Ali's other works.

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miraellie
Aug 02, 2017

You can definitely tell this is a debut novel, to be honest. The beginning is very rocky, and the pacing a little uneven. I had a hard time getting into it due to the writing style; it felt very flat to me, though there were a few funny lines and moments. I also couldn't get a handle on Janna's character that well. But the characters I liked, I liked a lot, and once the rocky beginning was out of the way, it was easier to get into.

It wasn't bad, I just didn't like it as much as I'd hoped to. I'm not sorry I read it and I'll likely look into what S.K. Ali writes next.

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Doobie2_0
Jul 05, 2017

This is a good book. I was so glad when she finally told that guy off and stop blaming herself for what he done to her.

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vivi_p
Aug 19, 2017

vivi_p thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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