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Allie Abraham has it all going for her—she's a straight-A student, with good friends and a close-knit family, and she's dating cute, popular, and sweet Wells Henderson. One problem: Wells's father is Jack Henderson, America's most famous conservative shock jock...and Allie hasn't told Wells that her family is Muslim. It's not like Allie's religion is a secret, exactly. ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Nadine Courtney Yes, it's a fiction book for young adults! The suggested age range is 12-17 (although I'm thrilled that adults have enjoyed it, too).

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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This book was truly SO good. I didn't really know what to expect going in but I came out of this with so much more knowledge than I went in with and even though it was extremely informative, it still managed to be a really entertaining read and I just enjoyed this one so much. Definitely consider adding this one to your TBRs!
Lola
This book starts with a bang.

It’s a book that is impossible to ignore. Once you start it, that’s it. It has you. You won’t be able to put it down, and honestly, you won’t want to. It is a real page-turner and one of the most engaging YA stories about religion and race that I have ever read in my entire life. I don’t know what people are waiting for. It should get at least a thousand requests on NetGalley and ten times as many pre-orders.

Aside from being important, impactful and interesting, it’
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megs_bookrack
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

Allie Abraham is a regular girl. Living in the South with her close-knit family, she excels in school and participates in the general activities that most kids her age take part in.



The thing is, Allie is keeping a secret from the outside world. Her family is Muslim and she's not sharing that fact with anyone.

This book opens up with a blatant display of discrimination against her father while they are on an airplane. Allie tries her best to diffuse the situation but it was
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may ❀
oh my god, i genuinely want to write a thorough, detailed review stating all my reasons why i thought this book honestly did more harm than good but i feel like launching myself into the sun would be an easier task

in essence, this book sounds amazing.

it's about allie, an american girl who grew up muslim by name and has no idea about the actual faith. this book spans over the course of her journey as she begins to learn more about her faith and the challenges and struggles that come with it

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Ausma Khan
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this book and it is simply superb. It follows the story and personal growth of Allie as she comes to terms with her Muslim identity and with how it differs from her parents' journey. I won't get into plot description in any detail, but will just say that the voice is perfect and stunningly authentic, and that Allie's courage and integrity is such a beautiful thing to witness in a young protagonist like this.

This book could also not be more timely, as
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Maha
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I WANT TO HUG THIS BOOK AND CRY.
London Shah
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this story, and it is absolutely everything to me <3

I love every, single bit of it. Sweet and brave 16-yr-old Muslim Allie's tale is an utterly fascinating one, and her sheer determination and integrity will absolutely win your hearts. It's just the most perfect portrayal of identity and growing up. Allie, a non-practising Muslim girl, explores her identity and realises her growing desire to practice her faith, leaving readers feeling Allie's story is our story—anyone
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Rushda
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won't lie, I mainly picked up this book because the cover was so pretty. When I started reading and Allie, the main character, turned out to be non-practicing, I thought "oh, here we go again" because Muslim YA readers are all too familiar with this. "My family is Muslim but I'm not", or "I wish my religion wasn't so oppressive so I could date this white boy"...I was ready to be let down again.

But Nadine Jolie Courtney said not today and wrote one of the most moving Muslim YA books I have ever
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ikram
Read full review on my blog here!


 e-ARC provided by Edelweiss+ in exchange for a honest review. 



TRIGGER WARNING:
- Islamophobic
- Hate crimes / speeches
- Racism
- Mentions of terrorism
- Mentions of violence (gunshot)

Have you ever felt embarrassed because of a book? Not in a negative way, I mean, you’re embarrassed because the main character is everything you wish yourself to be? That’s what I felt with All-American Muslim Girl.

Growing up as Muslim, I understand how it feels to be one and I was
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Dahlia
Oct 15, 2019 added it
I tremendously appreciated this book as a member of a marginalized religion where scholarship of its laws is continuously and regularly debated. It was so nuanced and thoughtful and *interesting*, and it really was wild how familiar it felt even though so much of the actual information was new to me. This would be great to check out for anyone who’s interested in Islam or religion in general and/or a look at the other side of “passing.”
Ameerah☆
Dec 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
A problematic mess.
May 舞
Nov 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never
This is not a review. I have not read this book and I don't intend to do that, like, ever. This is just me trying to understand why and how people end up loving novels that celebrate Islam and probably tell a bunch of lies about it to make it seem more progressive.

The message about Islamophobia and racism is great and I wholly support it but I don't see how devout Muslims can ever fit into Western Society, or into any society that treats peoples of other faiths, women, and minorities like human
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Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
*4.5 stars*

I really really really enjoyed this!
Sammira (blissfulreveries)
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All I can really say at the moment is that I am so so grateful and thankful that this book exists and is coming out into the world soon. This book was all about validation and acceptance, like a friend pulling you in for a warm hug saying that everything’s going to be okay. You’re okay and you’re valid just the way you are. Thank you so much to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book in exchange for my thoughts. Full review to come ...more
Kate ☀️ Olson
Hands-down one of the most beautiful and important books I read in 2019.
Kelly
An excellent read about a muslim girl coming to understand her faith and how to speak up and out about it. She's white -- she's Muslim via the Caucus region -- and the book dismantles white privilege and how it is so easily tied into religion. A sweet and complicated romance to boot.
Rec-It Rachel
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The interactions with religion in this book are just so well done
Storme
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
So, I chose this book just because of the title. This book touches on important topics, and I enjoyed it highly. I thought it was interesting to learn about a group of Muslim people I wasn’t aware of, and the topics covered were very poignant. Allie deals with a lot of struggles, and I admire her tenacity to explore her faith and to grow as a Muslim and person overall. Of course I can’t even fathom the tough issues she’s faced since I’m not Muslim, I do resonate with the feeling of wanting to ...more
Silanur
Read this as a sensitivity read. :)
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 22, 2019 is currently reading it
Okay. The blurb intrigued me and the reviews are sooo good! Buying and starting ASAP!
julianna ➹
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
- made me want to become more faithful in my own religion (christianity)
- i love the religious interaction and the closeness with other people of your own religion
- changing my rating to 2 stars (see comments)

Thank you so much to the pub for providing me with a digital review copy of this book!
Jerramy
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this out of curiosity and was blown away by its brilliance. I expected the usual chick lit mixed with high school hijinks, but instead I found a modern-day Romeo & Juliet story with compelling characters, true romance and an important message – especially for young people coming of age in Trump’s America. The author handles heavy topics (like xenophobia, religious stereotypes, and fact-free news) with the lightest touch. It was an absolute pleasure to read and should be ...more
Adiba Jaigirdar
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All-American Muslim Girl is one of my favourite books of 2019, and I feel so lucky that I got the chance to read an early copy.

This novel is about a lot of things but ultimately it's about what it means to be young and Muslim in this day and age, because that unfortunately comes with a lot of baggage. Allie comes from a family who are not exactly practising Muslims, though they often still have to deal with all the stigmas and negative stereotypes that come with being Muslim in America. Allie
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h i n d
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: muslim-rep
I might not agree with everything, but before I get into that -
The readers will fall into the following categories, and each one will have a different experience with the book and be affected in a different way.

1) For the people who "are caught between two worlds" : will identify to the main character and her struggles. This book will hopefully be the final nudge of encouragement for them to set on the journey to discover their culture no matter what stands in their way.

Allie (Alia) is trying
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maya
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
this was one of those books that i found super easy to get through. but that was definitely not the best thing about it - that was the journey we were able to witness.
i knew very little about islam before reading this book, just some basic things but not much more than that, which is why i enjoyed this so much. i learned a lot, the story got me thinking and it's empowering which are three things that usually make a book a good one. it's not a perfect novel (the characters are kinda bland and the
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Shaazia
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book way more than I thought I would. I loved Allies Islamic journey and how she explored her faith and herself, in the process navigating different ways Muslims practice their faith and understand Islam. I also loved the elements of Circassian history and how Allie dealt with bigotry, acknowledging her white privilege.

YA with Muslim characters is one of my fav things. My only problem with a lot of these books is the seemingly inevitable Unproblematic White Hero which I
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KayCee K
THIS! BOOK! I haven't read a book that feels this relevant is a very, very long time. This book covers important topics, it also impacted me more then what I very thought it would. My grandmother was born in a different county, and she came here when she was a young woman, and the idea that she could/might have gone through this broke my heart. What even brock my heart more is that it is almost 2020 and people are still living through and dealing with the topics in this book.

We follow Allie
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The Belle
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the newest novel by Nadine Jolie Courtney, a teenage girl named Allie learns to embrace and accept a part of her that many don't understand. Her journey is one woven with threads of many colors: the gentle blues of self-doubt and purple curiosity, the bright green of support from unexpected sources, the brutal reds of distinct anger, and of course ... the soft pink of faith and love.

I was drawn to this novel in part by my own reality, and maybe more importantly, the reality of my youngest
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Allison
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a good, satisfying read! I loved the realistic depiction of a girl who longs to get in touch with her cultural and spiritual heritage, despite the fact that it might make her life more complicated. Allie's desire to live her Circassan heritage and own her identity as a Muslim rang true with me, and I think a lot of teen readers will relate. That's just such a real thing for this age group- searching for the authentic self.

The way this book addresses the current political climate
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Kate
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a fantastic surprise! I requested it from NetGalley based on the cover alone and briefly thought I wouldn’t read it at all. My sense of responsibility dictated that I at least read a chapter or two and once I started I couldn’t stop. I loved the flawed heroine. Her voice was charming and her drama was so relatable. Highly recommended.

*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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Nadine Jolie Courtney is the author of ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL (FSG/2019). She is also author of ROMANCING THE THRONE, and—under her maiden name Nadine Haobsh—BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL and CONFESSIONS OF A BEAUTY ADDICT.

Nadine is a Circassian-American, a Muslim, and a believer that compassion and education can make the world a better place.

Nadine graduated from Barnard College and was formerly a beauty
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