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A Guide to the Dark by Meriam Metoui

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This is an intriguing horror mystery that weaves together elements of the paranormal, grief, and friendship in a captivating young adult book. Set during a college tour road trip, the story follows two Arab-American best friends, Mira and Layla, as they find themselves stranded at an eerie motel in Indiana. Mira senses something amiss in Room 9, haunted by nightmares of her deceased brother. On the other hand, Layla, preoccupied with her feelings for Mira, doesn't notice anything suspicious. As they uncover the motel's dark history and learn about the deaths that occurred in that exact room, Mira becomes increasingly at risk of becoming the next victim.

One of the strengths of the book is its portrayal of the complexities faced by Arab American teens with immigrant parents. The insight into their struggle to hold onto traditions in a foreign land while feeling disconnected from their mother country resonates deeply. The exploration of grief, stemming from the loss of a sibling and a parent, adds emotional depth to the narrative, although it may be challenging for some readers. It certainly was for me.

The use of black and white photos in the story enhances the eerie atmosphere and brings an artistic element to the book. The small-town setting contributes to the overall creep factor, adding to the mystery and suspense. It's important to note that A Guide to the Dark delves into darker themes and doesn't offer a happy ending. The horror elements and emotional depth make this a compelling yet unsettling read.

Overall, a thought-provoking and captivating tale that combines elements of ghostly mystery, horror, and coming-of-age struggles. It's a tough yet rewarding read that offers unique perspectives and leaves a lasting impact on the reader.

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