From Here

Penguin/Nancy Paulsen. May 2023. 320p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593354452.
Gr 9 Up–This is a must-add to any high school biography/memoir section. Mufleh’s story is one of strength and courage, and shines light on the injustices in our world. She says it best in her epilogue: “But now I know that it’s the untold stories that hurt the most.” Though the story initially begins in real time as Mufleh interacts with her daughter and a strained phone call with her father, she quickly takes readers back to the beginning, in Jordan. The detailed ways she describes her 1980s childhood home, the food, and the people she was around transports readers and makes them want more for Mufleh. In 30 chapters, Mufleh grows up and becomes the woman she knows she was meant to be, but not without struggle. She adeptly balances the luxury of her experience in Jordan with the conflict she often felt as a gay Muslim woman. It weaves together experiences from Muslim faith, being gay and not accepted by family, immigration, and the Middle East. There are minor references to binge drinking and intimate encounters.
VERDICT You need to put this one on your high school shelf now, but it won’t stay there long.

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