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Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age Story

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,046 ratings  ·  209 reviews
A New York Times Editor’s Pick

“It is a blunt observation, reflective of the potent message she delivers to her readers, a skillful unraveling of the myth of the submissive Muslim woman and a timely introduction to those other, very American and largely unheard 9/11 kids who bear the destructive burden of that one day, every day.” —The New York Times Book Review

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Hardcover, 134 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Simon Schuster
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zaheerah
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: muslims-in-lit
* I received an uncorrected proof of this book from the publisher. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.

"I hope she knows my pain is genuine, I thought. I hope she doesn't doubt that a Muslim American can be impacted by 9/11, too. The truth is that 9/11 never ended for us."

Muslim Girl is Amani's memoir about growing up in a post-9/11 world and how her experiences in life, including moving back to her father's homeland of Jordan, helped shape her voice as a Muslim woman which later
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Erin
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Audiobook narrated by author, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

A beautifully crafted memoir about a young woman 's growing up in post 9-11 America, her Muslim identity, and the birth of her Muslim Girl organization. I have often felt in social circles that when topics such as, Islamophobia or anti-Semitism enter the conversation because of an event that is "in the news" that many of us fail to grasp how deep-rooted the impact on targeted people becomes. Argh! Not sure if I articulated that very well. For
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Sue
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
I didn't finish this book. The first chapter or two caught me, but I disliked the chronological lapses, and she comes across as very new. She's writing about things that happened in early 2016, and the book came out in October 2016. I would rather have read a few of her speeches, rather than read about how she got asked to give speeches. I thought the book lacked substance, which was disappointing, because I really wanted to know about what she has to say. But I guess the point is: go read her ...more
Marta
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh represents a unique and very important voice in our time - that of Muslim women. She founded MuslimGirl.com when she discovered that there was no place online for Muslim women to talk about their unique problems and interests. She discusses the fear of Muslims for their lives, the rampant Islamophobia, stereotypes, and the collective blaming of all 1.6 billion Muslims for the acts of a few. "Mass shootings are as American as apple pie", yet when Muslims commit them, they are ...more
Shawn Mooney (Shawn The Book Maniac)
Despite having such strong feelings in support of the human rights of Muslims everywhere, and agreeing with basically all of her arguments here, I really disliked this book. It was extremely poorly written, in a tone that was both whiny and grandiose, and overflowing with horribly pedantic vocabulary. In my books, bad books are bad books, no matter how much I want to like them nor how much I agree with the politics of the writer. This one stank.
ElphaReads
I have made it my goal to read books from more diverse backgrounds and experiences, especially in light of the election and the hate speech that has been committed by our President Elect towards a number of marginalized groups. In my effort to look for more diverse books, I found the book MUSLIM GIRL by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, the creator of the blog site muslimgirl.com. I tossed it on my request list, and it arrived last week. I was actually taken by surprise by how thin this book was in my hand ...more
Jennifer Ciotta
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
The author is highly intelligent, as is her prose. However, I really struggled with this book. I hoped it would be a fascinating insight into a young Muslim woman's life in a post 9/11 world, but instead, it was a long rant and I gave up around 40 pages in. The author is young, and because of her age, she hasn't worked through her emotions, and thus the angry rant comes forth. I am also an ethnic-looking woman, and was an ethnic-looking girl who grew up in the Christie Brinkley/Barbie-obsessed ...more
Sarah
I received a free copy of Muslim Girl from the publisher through Goodreads -- thank you!

So, this is one heck of a book to read in the context of Donald Trump being President elect, Brexit, the spike in hate crimes.

In Muslim Girl, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh explores what it means to grow up as a Muslim American in a world impacted by 9/11, war, and some truly terrifying political shifts. She speaks candidly about her experiences of racism and anti-Muslim sentiment. The result is heartbreaking,
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Kailyn Kausen
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars. Review to come
Mark Ballinger
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Mark by: NY Times Book Review
Shelves: memoir
I'm not 100% sure what this book was meant to be, but it was not impressive. The beginning is good. We hear about some time the author spent in Jordan, and issues of identity and connection to Islam come up. She returns to the states deciding to wear her hijab, and her thoughts about that are interesting.

From there, though, this book is a slog. Too much prestige-dropping and very little that illuminates. There are good starts to ideas about feminism, tokenism, and lookism, but they don't go
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Melissa
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, own
Looking at the history of America from the huge turning point of 9/11 onward, but from the very important and often overlooked perspective of a Muslim American girl coming of age as the towers fell, as Islamaphobia ran rampant, through her parents briefly leaving the country because America began to feel unsafe and coming back home shortly after, the Arab Spring, and the rise of Trump. Short read, but very powerful! Definitely worth reading.
Anne Ross
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like and learn from this book, but it just didn't grab me. The story didn't engage me and the author could have benefited from some distance from her story before writing it down. I was not interested in following the narrator and just couldn't finish it.
Pollopicu
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
I picked this book because I love reading about Muslim culture, especially during the climate of 9/11. I was in my late 20's early 30's when the towers were hit living in Brooklyn with a far away view of the smoke coming off the towers, and was one of the parents anxiously waiting for my son to come out of the gates of school so i could get him home safe. And I've always been horrified by how badly Muslims were treated in the aftermath. Many times being a woman of color myself, I had to stand up ...more
Assia
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: islam
Okey. I'm a Muslim girl too, and I couldn't help but read this book as a muslim girl, meaning it was hard for me to stay objective.
Some might say she isn't saying anything new to the world, and at some point I agree but I also think that someone needed to put words on these thoughts, to make them public, which she did. And let's hope that someone will open this book out of curiosity and read it to end up thinking differently, seeing things in a different light or at least just try to question
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Rebekah Crain
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 - 4 stars

As is the case with any stereotype, society allows one person's shortcomings or poor choices suddenly to blanket represent everyone else who looks, acts, thinks, worships, believes the same. But that is simply unrealistic and unacceptable. There are bad bad people in the world that come from every kind of religious, political, and socioeconomic background. They are white, black, brown, and all shades in between. Violence and evil does not come wrapped up only inside one specific
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Hafsa Mansoor
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gender-rights
This is the most powerful memoir I have ever read in my life. Immediately after I finished reading it, I opened it and began rereading; I've never done that with any other book, but this one deserved it.

Amani tells the story of navigating a Muslim-American identity in a place where the masses overwhelmingly consider those identities to be mutually exclusive, especially when labels like "feminist," "entrepreneur," and "activist" are thrown in the mix. Being the child of immigrants, Amani is
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Jen, Jenny, Jennifer
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm nervous, I don't think I can do this book & author justice. Amani offers us her first-hand account of growing up Muslim in a post 9/11 America. Considering how she lays out the changes in rhetoric from pre 9/11 to today, our America is in a freefall of ugly fear-mongering by White Nationalism, the ignorance surrounding white privledge & a media bent on raising our terror levels. Read "Muslim Girl" to see how much words matter, how much we are desensitized to hate crime & ...more
Wonderish
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Must read, especially during this Trump era. The author is insightful, passionate and a powerhouse. She shares some of her childhood memories experiences and emotions and then talks about her career as a journalist and an activist.

The book is not perfect. There is a wealth of information and important social commentary that is not well organized and it needs a good rinse through the edit cycle. But Al-Khatahtbeh is an intelligent, impassioned writer who is saying things that need to be said,
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Miss Susan
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
tfw u read a memoir and immediately start looking for your phone cause you gotta call your parents to thank them for picking canada to immigrate to rather then america

like i'm not about to pretend canada didn't/doesn't have it's own fun flirtations with islamophobia but i didn't experience the kind of pervasive discrimination amani talks about

also i took a couple weeks to finish this because a few chapters in i was like, hmm, i wanna check out muslimgirl.com, came across an article linking to
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Barb
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, library, 2018
it took a little while to read Muslim Girl, mainly because it made me think , wasn't a book i could fly through. . Brought up alot of emotions with all the hate! You can't blame a whole religion on the basis of some group of people making horrible decisions. Really this woman just want the Muslim females to be heard and respected. The same thing all of us really want isnt it!
new_user
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: muslim
Great for understanding a hijabi's experience, which is different than the experience of other Muslim girls. For that reason, recommended for Muslims and non-Muslims. She's unsparing of the issues in the community, though they aren't the focus. She also talks some about her blog.
Lauren
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-2016
Very timely, very relevant. I would compare it to the Te-Nehisi Coates book from last year; you may not agree with everything you read but once you see our society from Amani's perspective, you can't unsee it. Another book that will wake you up. I'd add another half star if that matters.
Hawraa
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I rarely ever rate five stars, but this truly is a must read. Incredibly insightful, succinct, and honest. I've quickly become an admirer of Amani Al Khatahtbeh, and it's hard not to be when you see all that she's accomplished and learned in her young life so far. She is definitely one to watch.
Sphinx Feathers
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this as it was a point of view that I hadn't given a lot of thought to and one that needs a voice, especially these days. Part political commentary, part memoir, and part "humanizer" for a group that has been dehumanized.

PopSugar 2017: Interesting woman
Jonathon Hagger
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Short, sharp and powerfully written. Really great insight into the tribulations of young Muslim women in the US and around the world. Very short at only 130 pages but certainly powerful.
Katharina
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating and wonderful and important. Required reading, especially at the moment.
Stephanie
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Biography #16 of my library biography challenge.

This book was rather short and left me wanting so much more. Al-Khatahtbeh is capable of writing much more to connect to the reader - young, but wise - she certainly has a lot to offer. I felt there was so much she could expand on - but also felt that perhaps she was trying to push this book out due to the awkward times we are living in. Very powerful writing.

There were a number of passages I felt the need to quote & react upon..

"Sexism has
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Bernadette
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent "coming of age" account of Amina Al-Khatahtbeh and the Muslim Girl online presence. Makes profound observations about the effects of colonialism & media bias on sexism, racism and the commodification of women. Details her decision to "cover," or wear hijab, a headscarf, as a public statement that she belongs to a proud tradition of Muslim people. So different from much media bias that tries to equate wearing hijab with subjugation of women. Touches on some of the history behind ...more
Katherine
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
*2.75 stars. The author has an interesting story to tell, but at times the quality of her writing interferes. Below some of her more powerful passages that had me thinking:
“We have become commodified in every demeaning way: Our bodies have become political targets in the service of returning America to the imaginary greatness it once enjoyed, which I can only assume was during the days of outright racial comfort and superiority of white people…” (3).
“Serein respected culture but not tradition”
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Girl Well Read
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley
A special thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

"The truth is that 9/11 never ended for us." Read it again, and think about it...

This well-written coming-of-age story of a Muslim girl in a post-9/11 world is a quick, but thought-provoiking read. Amani shares her feelings of alienation from American society, and her firsthand account of visiting her father's native homeland of Jordan. It is here, in Jordan, where she both doubts and accepts
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