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Home Is Not a Country, by Safia Elhillo

lhmccar's review

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

5.0

username_remy's review

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emotional 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

4.75

sb1119's review

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

5.0

thebeesknees79's review

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4.0

Holy crap what a way to deal with being raised by a single parent!! I adored this novel in verse. It’s beautiful, heartbreaking, and hopeful all in one. It needs to be cannon. Teenage angst, mixed with middle eastern culture, mixed with time travel. It does not disappoint. I can’t even compare it to another novel because it’s so unique!

under_the_ferns's review

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5.0

Perfection.

I read it in one sitting. Put it down. Stared at the wall. Picked it back up and read it again in two more sittings.

amandalorianxo's review

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

5.0

Wow. It’s moments like these where I don’t know if what I will write will be enough to convince people that this a book worth reading. For those us who are fans of Elizabeth Acevedo’s work, @safiamafia writing is similar but holds her own as we get to know Nima & her family. Roughly 211 pages of emotion, what if’s and a mere inkling about what happens when a teenager wants to know so much but is unable to seek out answers in a way others easily can. Nima is the child of Aisha, a single mom who is not ashamed of where she comes from nor the Arabic language in which she speaks. I saw a lot of Nima in myself - despite the fact that she’s fourteen - we both struggled in speaking the language our mothers want us to be fluent in and the accompanying jeers / racial tension from the American born kids. There’s a little bit of a supernatural spin to this story that I don’t want to give away but I highly recommend picking this up the next time you are at the library or at your local bookstore. 

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mariacasas's review

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dark emotional hopeful inspiring reflective medium-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

4.75

title says it all!

localhero's review

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challenging emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.25

allearstolisten_'s review

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

5.0