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Can’t Wait Wednesday: Internment by Samira Ahmed

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tessa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally, they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the Jill at Breaking the Spine

I read Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed last year and really enjoyed it. (You can read my review here.) So my Can’t Wait Wednesday is Internment, which is supposed to come out next week!!!!

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Internment by Samira AhmedInternment by Samira Ahmed
on March 19, 2019
ISBN: 0316522694
Pages: 400
Goodreads

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Synopsis


Rebellions are built on hope.



Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp's Director and his guards.Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

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What’s your Can’t Wait Wednesday? Do you plan on reading (or have you already read) Internment? Leave me a comment below!

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Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed – BOOK REVIEW

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So I’ve had Samira Ahmed’s Love, Hate & Other Filters on my radar for what feels like FOREVER! I finally got to snag a copy from South Charleston Public Library last week when I took my daughter and her friend for some library fun.

Description (from Goodreads):

A searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape—perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, and Adam Silvera.
American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.
There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.

My review:

There is so much I enjoyed in this book! First, I immediately took a liking to Maya and completely understood her relationship with her parents. She feels suffocated by the expectations put on her by friends and family for her future. In order to deal with the outside world, she uses her camera as a shield to kind of hide in plain sight. She views life through a documentary lens.
While Maya wants to live the life she truly wants, she doesn’t know how to do that and still be a good daughter. One such example of this is in her love life. She’s had a crush on an American boy named Phil at school for forever! But along comes a boy named Kareem who could have easily come straight out of her mother’s dreams! Maya has to choose between the two. While it shouldn’t be such a hard decision, it’s made even harder by the fact that Phil has a girlfriend.
Honestly, I loved Kareem and wasn’t all that thrilled with Phil. Even after finishing the book, I’m a little upset with Maya for even needing so much time to choose between them. Kareem seems to be the better fit in my opinion, but maybe I’m looking at it through a mother’s eyes?
Just when you think everything is starting to go Maya’s way, a terrorist attack happens in a town not too far from where Maya and her family lives, she has to deal with out of control Islamophobia. She and her parents are put in danger and her world is turned upside down.
While I connected a lot with Maya, I wasn’t a big fan of the way her parents were ultimately portrayed in the end. I saw some similarities in other real-life Indian parents I know, but at times I felt like there was too much stereotyping, especially for a book dealing with the very negative aspects of stereotyping!
Overall, I thought this was a great read and I’m so glad I finally got the chance to read it! I think it’d be a great required reading book for high school (HINT, HINT to the English teachers who read my blog).
What do you think? Have a suggestion for my next read? Leave me a comment below!
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WWW Wednesday – November 21, 2018

img_1384-0So I’ve missed over a month of them (and it’s way later in the day than I normally post), but I’m finally getting back on schedule and so it’s time once again for WWW Wednesday ! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.
Don’t know what WWW Wendesday is or how to participate??? All you need to do is answer the following three questions and link back to Taking on a World of Words, or you can put your answers in the comments on her blog! (You can also leave your link in my comments to be sure I don’t miss your post!)

The three WWW questions are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Here’s what I’m currently reading:


I just started reading Danny and the Dream Weaver by Mark Poe and I’m loving it!  With everything we’ve been going through the last couple of weeks, this book is such a welcome escape! It had me laughing from the first page!!
I’ve been wanting to read the Stalking Jack the Ripper series for a while now, but I picked up the first one from the library before we left for the cabin. It’s started out pretty good, but I’ve heard mixed reviews on it so I’m curious to see how it goes from here!

I recently finished:



The Seeker’s Stone by Kelly Epperson was even better than I thought it would be! It reminded me of the Magic School Bus and Magic Tree House books that my daughter used to love. This is the first book I’ve read in a long time that had that same feel and that I enjoyed as much.
I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what I expected from Rosemary in Bloombut it was really good. It reminded me a lot of my own grandmother’s story with her first love.
I had high hopes for Love, Hate & Other Filters and it definitely lived up to them! Full review is posting the end of the week, so be sure to check it out!

What I’ll be reading next:


 
What’s your WWW? Any thoughts on the books above?  Leave a comment or send me a message through the Contact Me page.
Want to support my laziness??? Feel free to leave a link to your own WWW Wednesday post in case I miss it over on Taking on a World of Words. (The link list is long over there guys, and I’ve got a lot of books to read…)