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Not the girls you're looking for, Aminah Mae Safi

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Not the girls you're looking for
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Not the girls you're looking for
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Aminah Mae Safi
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Not the girls you are looking for
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
A Muslim-American teen goes into denial mode about her role in an out-of-control party that occurred during Ramadan, a situation that escalates until she incurs damage that is harder to repair, forcing her to come to terms with her true self. --Publisher
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  • Grades 9-12 Safi’s debut novel features realistically messy friendships, strength, and vulnerability in a story about, above all, finding oneself and one’s true community. Despite the slow start and lengthy cast of characters, Safi weaves a tapestry of beautiful prose around her main character, Houston high-school student Lulu Saad, who is movingly tough yet vulnerable in a world of culture clash and racism. Lulu and her friends get up to the usual high jinks at their school, and, for the most part, it’s not a problem. But then their names and reputations get dragged through the mud during Ramadan, and Lulu refuses to take things lying down. Many teens, but especially those who grew up in a Muslim household, will be able to see aspects of themselves in Lulu and her interactions with her friends and family. Lulu’s snappy repartee and the sense of community threaded throughout ring particularly true. Teens of all stripes are likely to relate to this angst-filled coming-of-age story starring an appealingly realistic protagonist. -- Muhammad, Qurratulayn (Reviewed 5/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 17, p76)
  • /* Starred Review */ In this YA debut, Safi explores the internal struggle of having to “talk to more than one world, simultaneously.” Lulu considers herself both American and Arab (her father is a Muslim immigrant, her mother from Louisiana), but to many of her classmates, she’s only Arab (and therefore a terrorist). Meanwhile, she fails to meet her Muslim family’s cultural standards. Lulu is a girl who defies stereotypes: a Muslim who celebrates Ramadan, drinks, smokes, and loves to hook up with boys. Safi’s prose style has a lively staccato rhythm that captures Lulu’s spirited nature, which can easily slip into impetuousness. In addition to Safi’s focus on multicultural identity, her story provides a candid perspective on female friendships that are full of conflict, love, and angst. Through her character of contradictions, Safi offers a refreshing perspective on conformity and the path to self-actualization. Ages 13–18. Agent: Lauren MacLeod, Strothman Agency. (June) --Staff (Reviewed 04/09/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 15, p)
  • Leila "Lulu" Saad is about to graduate from high school with her three best friends by her side, but things get messy and senior year becomes a little more complicated than expected. Lulu just wants to be an Iraqi-American living a normal teenage life in Houston, Texas. But that's not possible when your (presumably white) Catholic mom is from Louisiana and her family has been openly hostile since your maternal grandmother, the matriarch of the family, passed away. It's hard when your Muslim dad is from Iraq and you've grown up as an Arab-American Muslim who drinks and frequents all the latest parties but still fasts during Ramadan. Navigating high school is tough enough with graduation, boys, gossip, family, and friends, but Lulu also has to deal with Islamophobia at school, a war that threatens her family thousands of miles away, an incident in which sexual boundaries are overstepped, and the cross-cultural puzzle that every child of immigrants must learn to piece together in their own way. Lulu's stubbornness and desire to make both her worlds meld lands her in isolation from both family and friends. Safi's debut novel offers Arab and Muslim readers a teenager they can relate to as they too learn to navigate racial and religious tensions in a predominantly white society. Delightful and funny but still giving voice to serious issues of sexual consent and xenophobia. (Fiction. 14-18) (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10676913
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Safi, Aminah Mae
Index
no index present
Intended audience
12-15 years old
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
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  • Friendship
  • Families
  • Teenage girls
  • High school students
  • Arab Americans
  • Muslims
  • Female friendship
  • Dating (Social customs)
  • Coming of age
  • Culture conflict
  • Houston (Tex.)
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Not the girls you're looking for, Aminah Mae Safi
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Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000063801117
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
331 pages
Isbn
9781250151810
Lccn
2017956992
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)994510160
Label
Not the girls you're looking for, Aminah Mae Safi
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000063801117
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
331 pages
Isbn
9781250151810
Lccn
2017956992
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)994510160

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