Aug 15, 12
Read in August, 2012
This is such an exciting read! I started reading it and couldn't put it down! The protagonist is likeable and relatable as a young adolescent who transforms into a self-assured, confident person who learns to appreciate her cultural heritage. It's a contemporary novel, set against the 2011 Egyptian revolution, and Dunn realistically portrays the technological (Facebook, twitter, iPhones) and cultural and even linguistic (OMG!) usages of teenagers. And the friendship between Deanna and Mariam is one of the richest and most realistic in any recent YA novel I've read.