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In the Name of God by Paula Jolin
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Oct 04, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: childrens-young-adult-fiction, religion, middle-east, read-in-2007, around-the-world
Recommended for: anyone wanting a Muslim perspective
Read in September, 2007

I was a bit stunned by this book; I'd never read anything like it before. I didn't like Nadia or her self-righteous zealotry, but I could understand her and why she was the way she was, and I give the author kudos for being able to put me, a normal WASP American girl from Ohio, into the shoes of a fundamentalist Muslim from Syria. A possible companion book would be Robert Cormier's After the First Death, which is also about terrorism from the perspective of the terrorists themselves.

The only thing I didn't like about this book was the ending. It was a plausible way out, I suppose, but it felt like a cop-out to me. It was as if Paula Jolin suddenly lost her nerve.

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