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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. It' ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: November 12th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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    Yusra  ✨
    Aug 18, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    oui. sí. جی. 是. ja. نعم.
    in all the languages: YES. i need this book in my hands.
    Ausma Khan
    Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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 i
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    London Shah
    Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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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    Silanur
    Read this as a sensitivity read. :)
    Sammira (blissfulreveries)
    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 ♡
    Maha
    Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I WANT TO HUG THIS BOOK AND CRY.
    Rachel Strolle
    The interactions with religion in this book are just so well done
    Kate
    Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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*
    Jerramy
    Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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 req ...more
    Caroline
    Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arcs, 2017-debuts
    A moving and thoughtful novel about family, friendship, love and faith, one that draws you in, and secretly teaches you lots of fascinating things too! I loved Nadine Jolie Courtney's first fun novel, and though this one is very different, I still highly recommend it.
    Chrissie Morrison
    Far too many people in America today don't seem to know much about Muslims/Islam aside from the fear-driven news reports of Muslim terrorists.  And when people are both uninformed and fearful, there is sure to be trouble.  You have probably heard stories about people reporting harmless airline passengers as suspected terrorists because they were overheard saying "Allah," which is a very common word in Arabic.  Well, that is exactly what happens to Allie Abraham's dad in the beginning of this boo ...more
    Barbd
    I recommend All-American Muslim Girl to anyone who has had to explain "where they come from" and "why they don't fit a presumed stereotype". In this case, the main character, Allie, is Circassian-American. (I didn't know what Circassian was until I read this book and then distant memories from World History class about the fall of the Ottoman Empire came forth.). All of this world history serves to explain how an All- American looking girl like Allie happens to be Muslim. Of course, the simple e ...more
    Allison
    Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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 a
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    Sarah Ressler Wright
    FANTASTIC! I loved the premise, and her struggles with learning to be more Muslim and being surrounded by all kinds of different examples of Muslim girls and women. I learned a great deal about the tenants of being a Muslim without the book feeling didactic and I think it would be very enlightening to all students to read this one! Especially interesting is the intersection between the guy she likes being the son of a racist news show host and her growing faith and her ability to stand up to Isl ...more
    Alexandra
    Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I had the privilege of getting an early copy of this book and I am so glad I did. I could not put it down! Even now, a few months after finishing it, I still think about Allie and her journey towards embracing her Muslim identity and religion. This fantastic #ownvoices book provides so much perspective on what it might be like to be a Muslim-American teenager in twenty-first-century America. The book was fascinating; I came away with a better understanding of Muslim religion and culture AND was ...more
    Katherine Mckenney longhi
    A really enjoyable and informative read for all girls (and women) who have struggled to fit in, find themselves, reclaim their birthright, and emerge from the caterpillar’s cocoon a butterfly. Jolie weaves a touching tapestry of cultural collision that melts into a pot of mansef and boy does it taste delicious! Although a fiction book, it should be required reading in all social studies classes in America.
    Dara Smith
    Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I loved this book so much! Allie is a great, brave, nuanced protagonist and the writing is excellent.
    Ms. Yingling
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus



    Ali's father is of Jordanian/Syrian descent, and her mother is Anglo-American, so she doesn't "look" Muslim. Fair, with reddish hair, she sometimes has to diffuse situations in public when her father comes under scrutiny. Even though her extended family embraces their background and her cousins speak Circassian and Arabic, Ali's family is areligious and not concerned with cultural traditions. While this makes it easy for Ali to "pass", she feels guilty about denyi
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    Brittany
    Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I love books that teach me about different cultures through fictional characters, and this one did not disappoint. To be honest, I had never heard of a Circassian and I felt like I got a history lesson from this book. I loved the way this author was able to weave in her culture and religion while also focusing on acceptance.
    Allie is someone that I feel like most high schoolers can relate to. She might practice a different religion than some, but she still has those feelings of wanting to belon
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    Hillary
    Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I'm of two minds about this: At times I felt like it got so close to that THING I've been trying to figure out forever, but then it became about the high school or the live story again...Overall, I enjoyed the read and do not have anything specific I can say bothered me or didn't seem right. I just wish it had gone just a little farther, not that it needed to in order to be taken seriously.
    Heather
    Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I got an ARC of this book from Netgalley for review purposes.

    I read - and loved - Randa Abdelfattah's book, "Does My Head Look Big In This?", and have been looking for the American equivalent ever since. I am so glad to say that I have finally found it.

    Allie's voice is so authentic and the way she expresses herself is like looking into a mirror of the mind in so many ways for me. Her desire to belong and understand herself and her place in the world is relatable. Her family is big, loud, and lo
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    Laura
    The thing about American, is that you are often welcome to come and live, and work, and raise your family and all, but you should "fit in", if you want to make friends. This is how it feels, and this is how Allie feels as well, so since she isn't a practicing muslim, she just neglects to let anyone know that about her family. Also, because she has light skin, and red hair, she passes, pretty much, as a WASP.

    And she could keep this up, forever, except, at one point, she can't. And that is where t
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    Meg Eden
    “If God takes root in your heart, it’s hard to stop fully believing.”

    “You don’t have to be religious to have a relationship with God.”

    It was so refreshing to read Allie’s journey of seeking a faith of her own, her struggle to find a place between “two worlds.” Her desire to have true, authentic conversations and friends is so compelling and relatable. I loved how Allie pushed into uncomfortable territory, asking questions and starting conversations about topics we often shy away from in our ever
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    Jenny
    Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2019, netgalley
    I just joined NetGalley and this was the first review copy i got. Overall, I liked it, but it felt like it was missing something that I can’t quite put my finger on.

    Allie (real name Alia) has recently relocated with her family to live in a suburb of Atlanta, and does typical 15/16 year old middle class girl things like going to a good high school, taking honors classes, having a crush on a dude whose name is Wells (yes, Wells). But what Allie doesn’t tell usually tell anyone is that she’s actual
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    Anna
    Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Disclaimer: I received an eARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    While boarding a plane to visit Dallas, Allie’s father begins to be harassed for speaking Arabic on the phone. Allie, Muslim herself but white-passing, calms down the situation, something that she’s used to doing. But that incident along with visiting her family in Dallas sparks a change in Allie. She’s never really explored her own religion, and for the first time, she wants to.

    But at the same time, none of her fr
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    Susie
    Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    So, I got an ARC from NetGalley of this title and I am glad for the experience. I learned a great deal about Islam and Muslim culture, as well about some of the more intricate parts of the Qur’an AND the Christian bible. There is definitely some appeal in being along for the ride as Allie navigates her decision to embrace the faith in which she was born but specifically not raised.

    Here are the reasons for the 3.5:
    -many of the threads of this story seem disjointed or too stretched to be believab
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    Beth Bryden-miller
    Struggled with believing the main character. I liked that multiple perspectives of worship were shared, as the protagonist learned about her family's faith.
    Shireen Hakim
    Jul 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Disappointing. I understand the points that the author was making but it was not well written.
    Plus it was lame that she insisted on having a boyfriend.
    Katie Goldstein
    rated it it was amazing
    Feb 09, 2018
    Neena
    rated it really liked it
    Aug 04, 2019
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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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