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Maddie & Sayara

3.04  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Two girls growing up in very different cultures, driven to fight for what is right . . .

Maddie and Sayara are from very different cultures and meet while on holiday. They quickly forge a close friendship as they discover their similarities—their families, attitudes, dreams, and hopes. Their time together is cut short when Sayara is called home because her favourite cousin
ebook, 152 pages
Published July 26th 2017 by Full Circle Media
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T.J. Burns
My 10-year-old daughter gave it 4/5 points, but I have to give it 2.5-3/5 points.

We both agree with the message: Girls have a right to be treated with respect and as equals to boys, regardless of country, political system, or religion. Women have a right to be treated as equals to men. Both women, and men, should be free to choose what they want to wear, whether they want to drive or not, with whom they associate with, and they should be free to pursue the career of their choice, without being
Aug 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, arcs, aoc
I was super excited for this book. It had such an interesting concept - not one I had seen tackled before in kidlit. Unfortunately, the execution just wasn't great, and was riddled with faults that made my reading less than enjoyable.

- The book's reference to the 'kingdom' seemed... well, unnecessary and redundant when its core message is about the inequalities that exist in our world. It would be understandable if the book had made up place names for every other place in the world, but it didn
Linn Browning
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2/5
Plot: 3/5
Characters: 1/5
Writing: 2/5

Maddie and Sayara are two regular 13-year-olds who meet at a spring break vacation in the Bahamas. They become fast friends and slowly, Maddie comes to understand the differences between her own country's laws regarding women and the "kingdom" where Sayara lives. When Sayara's cousin is arrested for daring to drive while female, Maddie makes a whirlwind decision: she is going to the kingdom to talk some sense into that stupid government.

I feel like
Feb 12, 2018 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Dnf at 7% just because I feel this is too young for me and not on par with what I want to be reading.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked the concept of this book, but it just came off as flat and naive. There were too many unlikely elements. The writing was quite repetitious and it often felt like the reader's intelligence was being underestimated. The messages about cultural differences and empowerment were very clear cut--there was no room for various points of view. The issues were oversimplified even though most readers both young and old are aware that life is messy, nothing is simple. I wanted to like this novel, ap ...more
Ashvin Sangoram
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am reading this book with my 10 year old fifth grade daughter.
What a great unique way to introduce women's issues in a fun exciting age-appropriate story for tweens!
Dunung gets the story-telling needed that draw girls into this very important but overlooked gender bias issue that needs to be uprooted from when it starts to take hold. Girls in their tweens start becoming aware of these differences (and perceived expectations) in a way that will permanently affect their internal self-talk for ye
Annette Jordan
This book is aimed squarely at the children/early YA reader, and tells the story of Maddie an Sayara, two thirteen year old girls from quite different backgrounds who turn out to have a lot in common. While on holiday Maddie, a young western girl is befriended by Sayara, a young girl from what appears to be a middle eastern background ( To be clear, her home is referred to only as The Kingdom throughout the book, but is clearly based in that region). As the girls become closer Maddie is shocked ...more
Lisa Bentley
Sep 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Oh boy.

Ok, so I hate it when I read a review book and I don’t like it and I swear I really try to be diplomatic with my reviews; I’m going to try and do the same with Maddie & Sayara but I think it is going to be hard.

Maddie & Sayara is the story of a friendship formed by the two eponymous characters. Both come from very different worlds. Maddie has the western freedom that she naturally takes for granted. Sayara on the other hand is from a country that forces girls to be covered from head to to
Bejaka Phoenix
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received this book on NetGalley. I really enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. I was a little hesitate at first because the main character, Maddie was only 13 years old, however, the author Sanjyot was able to masterfully describe the perils of the world through her voice. I guess, being a feminist isn't classified to just adulthood. Although, the verisimilitude of the situations Maddie found herself in and getting out of, where unrealistic; it still raised the question of how ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My granddaughter loves this story and continuously brings up the cultural differences from hers! Dunung's goal of bringing together two different cultures, exploring their similarities, and forging a friendship out of adversity is not only educational but entertaining too. Highly recommend this book for anyone interested in culture, especially in today's complex and quickly changing world. Perfect for the YA market. ...more
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
This book had a very powerful message that i enjoyed, but at other parts i was kinda bored. It is a powerful story of friendship and overcoming oppressive leaders/rules.
Aleksandra Markovic
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every teen girl should read this book. It talks about friendship, issues that many may not be aware of and is mind opening to difficult issues that girls are facing. Great read!
Mar 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
I honestly did not enjoy this at all. I DNFed it about 40% through the book.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review the book.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I was provided with an ARC of this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review: I was very excited to read this book based on the synopsis and the great cover design. The concept sounded interesting, but the writing was what made me dislike it most. The dialogue in this book sounds very forced and does not flow like natural conversation does. Although the premise sounds interesting, it is represented in a way that makes it seem as if it is not an aspect of the book that the author had ori ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a cute debut novel! It explored extremely challenging issues of oppression, with an anchor of family and friendship. As a reader, I was drawn in, rooting for their unrealistic success!
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
It was pretty good. Although, I would of been able to read it in 3 days or less but I don’t feel like there was really a plot. I do agree that woman should have the same rights as men where Sayers lives but I don’t think I would read it again
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