All-American Muslim Girl
Allie Abraham has it all going for her — she's a straight-A student, with good friends and a close-knit family, and she's dating cute, popular, and sweet Wells Henderson. One problem: Wells's father is Jack Henderson, America's most famous conservative shock jock...and Allie hasn't told Wells that her family is Muslim. It's not like Allie's religion is a secret, exactly. It's just that her parents don't practice and raised her to keep her Islamic heritage to herself. But as Allie witnesses ever-growing Islamophobia in her small town and across the nation, she begins to embrace her faith — studying it, practicing it, and facing hatred and misunderstanding for it.
Who is Allie, if she sheds the façade of the "perfect" all-American girl? What does it mean to be a "Good Muslim?" And can a Muslim girl in America ever truly fit in? ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL is a relevant, relatable story of being caught between two worlds, and the struggles and hard-won joys of finding your place.
“The book handles the complexity and intersectionality of being a Muslim American woman with finesse, addressing many aspects of identity and Islamic opinions. Phenomenal.”
Courtney examines matters of subtle and blatant Islamophobia, privilege and erasure, and questions of faith and identity with a sensitivity born of experience and respect.
A layered and thoughtful exploration of spiritual awakening that never condescends to teen readers...Religion is rarely handled with such wisdom and depth in YA, or discussed so lovingly
There's a lot to unpack here, but isn't there always when it comes to religion and politics? Courtney does so with poise, naturally integrating genuinely informative context into the story. . .Readers trapped between two worlds, religious or not, will find solace here
A remarkable entry into the contemporary canon.
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Heard a great analogy for getting a movie made. You’ve crafted a sandcastle but the tide sweeps in & washes parts away. You remake it but it keeps getting destroyed. So you preserve what you can until low tide. Only then (with good timing & if you’re lucky!) will it stand. Maybe.