Although hard for me to get into at the very beginning, as soon as the story progressed, I had a hard time putting it down. The realistic storytelling will draw in any engrossed reader. I was captivated by the good writing, a unique aspect in YA literature. It was so good that there were times I forgot I was reading a YA book. Some people may have a problem with a fact that the author has never visited the country and that may impede the impact this book gives. However, I think readers need to take into consideration at her experience in refugee work and the writing talent she used to make this one into one amazing YA book. It may not be #ownvoices, but it is a book I feel teens should read to encourage them to learn more about the outside world.