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Home Is Not a Country, by Safia Elhillo

katrinadalythompson's review

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emotional hopeful reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

sanito's review

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emotional reflective fast-paced

3.75

avaruusrangeri's review

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adventurous emotional mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

cmerck14's review against another edition

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3.0

Reminds me of Infinite Country, but I did not like this one as much.

ipektezol's review

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reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

ryno23's review

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5.0

I like to listen to verse or prose through audiobooks, but there wasn’t one available to me. It turns out that one wasn’t necessary.

The author writes in such a beautiful, flowing manner that it was a wonderful read.

Nima, who was born in the U.S. to immigrant parents, fights her feelings about home, community, Islamaphobia, dreams about living in her mother’s homeland, and simply doesn’t appreciate her life, especially her mother. Nima separates herself not only from her mother, but everyone around herself — even her only friend.

But as parts of her life are challenging her ideals, there is a surprising magical segment that forces her to battle “herself”.

I don’t want to say any more, other than to say read it as soon as you can.

francesca33's review

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emotional reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

hghoward3's review

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fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

I already love a book in verse and I loved this even more for the magical realism elements in it that I wasn’t expecting. I think it provided a great vehicle to think about self and family and home. You really feel invested in the narrator’s emotional process 

stenaros's review

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3.0

Novel in verse about a young woman who grieves the country she wasn't raised in and eventually learns the truth about her past.

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jessicachung13's review

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emotional reflective tense medium-paced

5.0