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A music loving teen with OCD does everything she can to find her way back to her mother during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in this heart-pounding literary debut.

Melati Ahmad looks like your typical movie-going, Beatles-obsessed sixteen-year-old. Unlike most other sixteen-year-olds though, Mel also believes that she harbors a djinn inside her, on
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by Salaam Reads
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CW (new book blog coming soon! ✨)
I don't often share thoughts about a book before reading it, but here, I'll make an exception.

I can't wait to read this book. It's one of my most anticipated reads ever.

My parents survived the race riots in 1969, and May 13th has left a deep and traumatic emotional scar on my family, their friends, and the older generation of Malaysia. I don't know much about it beyond brief personal recounts and the limited information on the internet - so reading this book, learning a bit about my family's hi
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Hanna Alkaf
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This seems like a good place to put this, so if you're considering reading my book -- I'M THE AUTHOR! HI! -- I'd like to warn you ahead of time that the contents include: Racism, graphic violence, on-page death, OCD and anxiety triggers. If you're not in the right frame of mind to take that on, please consider setting it aside and waiting until you're better able to take these on.

Thank you for wanting to read THE WEIGHT OF OUR SKY; it's a very personal book to me in a lot of ways, and it means
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Lisa
Jul 21, 2017 marked it as in-my-wishlist
Shelves: out-in-19
HEY LOOK MALAYSIAN REP

I don't read YA anymore but I'll make an exception for this book #MalaysiaBoleh

also I'm lowkey scared because the 1969 riots and the racial tension are two (2) sensitive things so I'm curious as to how the author is going to portray that
Rachel Strolle
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
so so so so so so so so good
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Oct 28, 2017 marked it as releases-2019
guys, 2019 is totally the year of historical fiction. I've never read anything about the 1969 riots in Kuala Lumpur, but this sounds amazing. and this cover is GLORIOUS.
Katie Zhao
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well this book absolutely ruined me, over the course of a single day. I started in the morning during quite a busy day and kept reading whenever I had a moment of spare time, and finished reading in the evening.

Simply put, this book is spellbinding and so incredibly relevant to what's going on in today's world. Hanna doesn't hold anything back in a brutal depiction of the 1969 race riots. This is a hard read but a very important one. Mel is a strong heroine who you'll be rooting for from page on
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Nafiza
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brutally honest, sincere, and heartfelt, THE WEIGHT OF OUR SKY offers a window into a place you may not know and to a time you may not be familiar with. The book with simmers with tension and danger. You accompany Melati as she navigates familiar roads made unfamiliar in a chaotic world she thought she once knew. You hold Melati's hand as she battles her very own demon and you will her to win because giving in is not a choice. This book will probably make you cry so I recommend you read it with ...more
Bookevin
Jul 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
FEB 5, 2o19! Please come sooner.

I am on tenterhooks, just waiting for the marvel that is Hanna Alkaf to write an UNAPOLOGETICALLY MALAYSIAN story, which is published by an American publisher.
Hesione
Aug 16, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: sign-me-up
um asian history i'm here for this
Claire Bartlett
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book tore me up. And if you're smart, you'll buy it, and let it tear you up, too.

Okay, okay, real review time. Yes, I got to read this book early. I am so pleased I did. It's incredible, simply put. The writing is raw and vivid, the tension ratchets up on every page, and the characters completely break your heart. I started crying on like page five, and that was it for the rest of the book. Which I finished in one sitting, by the way. No one was going to tear me away.

Hanna is amazing. I hop
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Margaret Owen
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hi, this book made me cry on the train. FIVE STARS.

But seriously: I'm lucky enough to have read this early, and this is a beautiful and heartbreaking and lovely book. Hanna does a wonderful job of drawing out the humanity - and the human cost - of a terrible time for Malaysia. You won't want to fall in love with the characters because none of them are safe; alas, you won't have much of a say in the matter. This book will haunt you (in a good way) long after the last page.
Rory Power
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
brutal, harrowing, and full of heart. don't miss it.

Sam Taylor
A very powerfully written book, in both it's portrayal of the Malaysian race riots and a girl struggling with OCD through those terrifying, dangerous times. I think this book will resonate a lot with today's teens, given the frightening situations sweeping across our world, as they experience Melati recognizing the humanity in people like and unlike her--and most especially, as they see Melati fight through her fears, insecurities, and personal demons to become a force for good in her community. ...more
Kip
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so lucky to have gotten the chance to read this before it's out next year--what a compelling, page-turning historical! This book contains all my favorite things I look for in a YA historical: gut-wrenching tragedy, a window into a different place and time (especially here, with one I haven't seen before in YA), and compelling characters I want to stay with. Not only does this book provide a glimpse into a terrifying time in Maylasia's history, but it will also resonate with teens today who ...more
Sami
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dealing with diagnosed OCD, teen Melati is unprepared to face the horrors of racial violence in her community, as well as the impulses in her head that she believes is a demon haunting her. Nevertheless, the kindness of strangers and the strength of her determination to find her missing mother keep Melati fighting against every force that opposes her, in her head and on the streets of Malaysia. This is a difficult read, but I desperately had to know what happened to Melati and I'm glad I stuck i ...more
Taasia (libraepaintspages)
May 18, 2018 marked it as i-need-wishlist
Shelves: 2019, diverse
Oh my God - South! East! Malaysian! Rep! AHHHHHH - home country represent so excited
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