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This is the first contemporary I ve read with a muslim main character and damn, I was excited as heck but also so fricken worried that it would show a bad representation of islam The first thing I think all people need to understand is that the religion of islam is perfect but muslims are not We all have faults and its not about judging and boasting about who the best is, but it s about working your hardest on a daily basis to be the best and most honourable you can be There s a lot of things This is the first contemporary I ve read with a muslim main character and damn, I was excited as heck but also so fricken worried that it would show a bad representation of islam The first thing I think all people need to understand is that the religion of islam is perfect but muslims are not We all have faults and its not about judging and boasting about who the best is, but it s about working your hardest on a daily basis to be the best and most honourable you can be There s a lot of things I want to discuss but also a lot of things I m not sure I have the capacity to explain due to my lameness in language and expressing myself If anything is confusing or unclear plz let me know, I ll try my best to explain.Be warned that I will be mentioning minor spoilers but I will try my best to be as vague as possible Pros Janna has a wholesome and realistic and beautiful relationship with her brother, Muhammad Loads of banter but theres still the underlying love and respect they have for each other I loved how the author used Janna s uncle as a means to explain Islamic laws and rulings For exampleDear Imam, can Muslims grow medicinal marijuana I m all for helping people Besides, God grew it here on earth, rightWhich the answer for was the laws of God ask us to not come near anything which alters our senses to be mindful of Allah s creation at all timesAnd yes, God did grow it But he also grew poison ivy R O A S T E D Islamic traditions were mentioned and explained without being preachy There was a good grasp of the muslim community Janna was trying to figure out life like most kids but still wanted to be a practicing muslim and tried to stand her ground even if she didn t always The whole thing with non causal dating in islam was discussed though progress throughout the entire plot of the story Cons I felt that the way the hijab was handled could have been better There was a moment where a non related male saw Janna without her hijab and instead of freaking out and rushing to get her hijab, she stood around and sulked AND TO MAKE IT WORSE view spoiler SHE CURLED HER HAIR THE NEXT DAY FOR SAID BOY hide spoiler I just feel like that needed to be addressed again but it wasn t And while Janna is still young and is bound to make mistakes, she made the choice to wear the hijab and so she has to fulfil those guidelines Hijab isn t a cloth you take on and off as you please, it s a piece of identity and a commitment made to God And pulling it off and on as you please only belittles the sacredness of it SO be respectful and don t bloody do itI m really glad we got to see a closer to actual muslim representation in contemporary YA and I hope this is the beginning to manydiverse books being released because it was v v v refreshing to read.Now I probably forgot to mention 50% of the stuff I intended to mention but I m TRYING MY BEST OKAYThat s all for now, folks 4 starsBuddy readwith my babes, Jia Em Prag This is very different from Love from A to Z, my first book from this author, but still really well written and Janna, the heroine, easy to understand and like She, a Muslim, was abused by a Muslim boy She doesn t know what to do, how to deal, who to open up to about it Meanwhile, a non Muslim boy is interested in her and she in him, despite her brother s pressure to date within the Muslim community This is a story about Muslim culture and life, coming of age in a modern American world, and This is very different from Love from A to Z, my first book from this author, but still really well written and Janna, the heroine, easy to understand and like She, a Muslim, was abused by a Muslim boy She doesn t know what to do, how to deal, who to open up to about it Meanwhile, a non Muslim boy is interested in her and she in him, despite her brother s pressure to date within the Muslim community This is a story about Muslim culture and life, coming of age in a modern American world, and finding the strength to speak up wow who knew this book was going to be such a breath of fresh air, and at the same time, hold an incredible emotional burden tw sexual assault to be honest, i think the best way to write this review is just tell you what i loved and what i hated because me jumping into this expecting some great muslim rep a cute contemporary didnotprepare me and it made my reading experience so much better the good this was so rich in culture i loved the close knit family dynamic that is so presen wow who knew this book was going to be such a breath of fresh air, and at the same time, hold an incredible emotional burden tw sexual assault to be honest, i think the best way to write this review is just tell you what i loved and what i hated because me jumping into this expecting some great muslim rep a cute contemporary didnotprepare me and it made my reading experience so much better the good this was so rich in culture i loved the close knit family dynamic that is so present in our culture today, the family rep and the various perspectives given i related so much to the experiences that the characters shared together, despite not sharing the exact same culture comes to show how we can all find some connection if a story covers it properly, which this book definitely did muslim rep I LOVED IT done so so well except for a few things which i shall explain in my hate section i loved the connections between each character and asdfdfsdl i was so happy to find this rep characters janna i found myself liking her as the book went on her thoughts and emotions are portrayed in a very natural and realistic way not a thou must be pious and be as pious as me or on the other hand, let me rebel against my religion which i adored she was the perfect in between fizz she has a very strong religious connection while still being funny and living her life without limiting herself at all, which is so easy to relate to muhammad i ve alwaysss wanted an older brother so you can imagine how much i loved his character nuah YES YES YES 1000% YES you already know i was shipping him had janna like nothing else he was funny that s so important get yo head in the game janna, you re missing out saint sarah tbh despite janna thinking she was the most annoying girl on the planet, sarah was actually one of my favs soon lee SUCH A FIERCE QUEEN that needed a lotcoverage therefore i have not muchto write for her sorry to let you down soon lee sausan she was a NIQABI this was the rep that hasbeenmissing i loved it i also have the most respect for niqabis especially in this day age all in all the characters were done extremely well what i m going to mention below is not exactly a spoiler bc it s a trigger warning as well as happening in the 2nd chapter but don t read it if you don t wanna janna is sexually assaulted my her best friend s cousin, who also happens to behafizmemorizer of the Holy Quran so naturally, everyone thinks he could never do something like that guys this was SO important so so so important recently i ve seen news stories where imams leaders of mosques molest young girls this is not a representation of an entire religion but it happens, and the fact that the author managed to craft such a heartbreaking and raw story around this topic literally gave it all the stars it was so real and emotional, and made me relate to janna evenbecause I can only imagine what it s like to have nobody believe you, to have someone who is regarded as a saint to the rest of your community to have done something so violating it s a lot to digest the bad okay y all i am not, in any way, saying that muslim girls are not allowed to have crushes on non muslim guys, okay or vice versa the difference is that guys can end up marrying non muslim girls, while the other way isnot permittedi m not trying to preach anything here, just stating the facts that should have been at the very least discussed by an ownvoices author who was advertising and delivering on in most aspects muslim rep regarding the next point when a girl wears a hijab it is a commitment however i am not degrading or demoralizing anyone who chooses to take it off, because it is not in my place to judge so what was the issue janna has a crush on a guy named jeremy janna has an all female gym class in which she takes off her hijab jeremy walks in, sees janna without hijab janna is aware of this fact andstill resumesto sit there and gawk at him and you know who ends up reminding her that she is uncovered HER TEACHER who pronounces the word as hajeeb and then janna gets embarrased not even because she wasn t wearing her hijab but because HER TEACHER EMBARRASSED HER in front of the whole class,specifically JEREMY i would be fine by this i would have waved it off but here is the deal the next few days, she begins to condition her hair and plan on leaving it out purposefully because she wants to look good for jeremy Jeremy tells the gym teacher he needs to practice softball during the female gym class, and once again, the gym teacher ms.hajeeb is the one who calls janna and tells her to wear her hijab to class but janna takes the wide opportunity tonotwear it and is once again embarrased that she was called out on it by ms.hajeeb and when there is a supply teacher, she is ecstatic because that means she doesn t have to wear her hijab I just don t understand why this was necessary why it had to be about janna taking off her hijab to, what, make jeremy like her in conclusion, my personal opinion is the author should have known better than to elaborate on jeremy and janna s relationship in the way that she did, using the plot that she did it was unnecessary for them to meet just so they could feed chickadees despite my little rant, don t let it take you away from this book it was really cute, good, and still holds the strongest message at the roots I m crying MUSLIM TEEN AKA ME REPRESENTED It was kind of meh but i still enjoyed it.REVIEW TO COME what am I going to do with my life until June Trigger warning sexual assault, photos posted on the internet of the MC without her hijab without her consent, disrespect of the MC s faith with ignorant comments and microagressions.It s so hard to articulate my thoughts, because there are so many things I want to talk about and I m afraid I won t do the book any justice Which I m pretty I actually won t.This book is extremely important, and I ll try my best in this review to explain why I think so.Here we have a YA Contemporary with a Musli Trigger warning sexual assault, photos posted on the internet of the MC without her hijab without her consent, disrespect of the MC s faith with ignorant comments and microagressions.It s so hard to articulate my thoughts, because there are so many things I want to talk about and I m afraid I won t do the book any justice Which I m pretty I actually won t.This book is extremely important, and I ll try my best in this review to explain why I think so.Here we have a YA Contemporary with a Muslim teenager girl, opening with a scene of Janna wearing a burkini at the beach and explaining it s her choice to wear it Not somebody else s This first scene shows you what you ll get in this book Muslim girls choosing for themselves a girlchoosing to wear a hijab, a girl choosing the wear a niqab, another choosing not to wear anything on her headIt s their choice Their power.This book also shows how society is being unfair to the Islamic community it s like every Muslim person has to be absolutely flawless if they don t want to be judged They can t make mistake, because if they do, people think what people say about them on TV is right or some BS like that But here s some news for you nobody is perfect Muslims don t have to irreproachable just to please the idea you have of them.In this book, Janna is still trying to find who she is as a person, what are her values, her beliefs, who she can and can t trustand she makes mistakes, BIG DEAL So does the entire humanity And yet people judge her, and what isupsetting, they think they have the right to judge.It deals with what happens when we put people on a pedestal How it s nearly impossible to remove them from it once they re here I m going to leave this quote hereYour cousin ruined himself And you enable it with your stupid belief that just because he memorized the Qur an he s untouchable The Qur an is a book of messages And he didn t get one of the main ones in it respect Janna is stalked and nearly rapped by Farooq, a guy everybody loves for the simple fact that he s Mister Perfect and when Janna fins the strength to fight back, she s met with a wall People prefer to believe perfect Farooq rather than flawed Janna.Farooq, at least to me, is misogyny and male privilege personified There s no better to put it It takes what he wants, and then finds a way to make people feel guilty for something he did to them My best friend s cousin tried to rape me and now thinks it s a mistake but still wants me to admit I wanted him in the first place.No She didn t When someone gets rapped or nearly rapped, they NEVER asked for it Understood Being Muslim and a hijabi isn t everything there is to know about Janna A lot of people don t see her as her own person, but as a window to how a Muslim teenager girl should look act But she s so much.Janna loves photography the pictures you take in the moment, when you capture an expression on someone else s face, the details she loves to read books written by Flannery O Connor or the emails her dad send her everyday She wears black because it s her comfy colour, loves halal gummy bears, or the moments she spends with Mr Ramand so manythings.Janna has to face microagressions daily even from her best friend who doesn t see why it s so bad if a guy saw her without her hijab, or people who think it s okay to post pictures of her on the internetevery day her faith is dismissed, sometimes by people who say I can t pronounce hajeeb it s too hard HOW IS PRONOUNCING HIJAB TOO HARD HOW Because she s different and difference is good she has to face and deal with other people s ignorance They dismiss her pain.If there is one thing I absolutely loved in this book, it s the friendships I loved Soon Lee, Sausun, Sarah, and even Tats when she didn t say something hurtful These are smart, great, strong and powerful women They don t take a no from the patriarchy as an answer, they fight for what they want and believe in, they don t pity themselves, they act Janna is lucky to have them, but it goes both ways, they re also really lucky to have her.Please please please, do yourself a huge favour, and read this book I swear you won t regret it This was such a great contemporary with the right amount of fluff, heavier topics, and diversity I actually was not expecting this book to handle such heavy topics like rape sexual assault, but I felt like that really added a lotto the story and made it evenpoignant.I was also very excited to read this for the Muslim rep that I d heard was overall quite accurate I recommend reading ownvoices reviews like May s, Em s, and Jiana s to see how accurate they thought the rep was, sin This was such a great contemporary with the right amount of fluff, heavier topics, and diversity I actually was not expecting this book to handle such heavy topics like rape sexual assault, but I felt like that really added a lotto the story and made it evenpoignant.I was also very excited to read this for the Muslim rep that I d heard was overall quite accurate I recommend reading ownvoices reviews like May s, Em s, and Jiana s to see how accurate they thought the rep was, since I m not Muslim and cannot comment on that Janna was a very well fleshed out character, and I enjoyed reading the from her perspective She had a strong personality and was the exact opposite of a boring, flat protagonist She was so three dimensional and real, with flaws and doubts that made her human, and seeing her grow throughout the story was beautiful.Despite handling heavier topics, this book was quite cute and fluffy Fluff books are either hit or miss with me, and this one was definitely a hit I mean, I totally called the love interest and so did everyone else, probably , but it s okay because I 100% ship it Empowerment was a huge thing in this book, and I LOVE how it was tackled Janna grows to become an even stronger character and has the courage to speak up about what happened to her, despite fearing what people would think at first She learned that she has to take action for herself, and that was so so beautiful to see, especially in a novel aimed towards today s teens This is a very underrated yet important book, so I hope to seepeople picking it up soon The character development and themes of empowerment were truly beautiful, and not only is it a significant book, but also a really fun and enjoyable one I.finished.the.book a lot of incoherent screaming and squealing and oh my god You can find my, very long, full review here the tales of two readersThis book has EVERYTHING family one hell of a cute brother that I demand a full book about , friendship truly tatyana is best friend goals , romance, character development AND positive Muslim representation YOU REALLY WANT THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE Saints and Misfits is a multidimensional ownvoices story that portrays the good and the bad of the M I.finished.the.book a lot of incoherent screaming and squealing and oh my god You can find my, very long, full review here the tales of two readersThis book has EVERYTHING family one hell of a cute brother that I demand a full book about , friendship truly tatyana is best friend goals , romance, character development AND positive Muslim representation YOU REALLY WANT THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE Saints and Misfits is a multidimensional ownvoices story that portrays the good and the bad of the Muslim community, the side that no one bother to speaks of Did you know that Muslims get up in the morning, have breakfast, brush their teeth, fall in love, pay their bills, and have normal stories Did you know that we aren t just terrorists or NOT terrorists Well, Saints and Misfits does just that It shows you the men within our community that are despicable just like many others, but it also shows you the good ones, the ones who are 100% faithful without being on the extreme It also shows you Muslims on various degrees of religiosity This is a story of feminism, rape, interfaith, all intertwined in the complex characterization of our 15 year old narrator, hijabi, Janna Yusuf And by the end of the book, you re left with a tinge of hope that maybe everyone can start seeing Muslims just like that not black or white, but people who don t have to be on either side of the spectrum That is why ownvoices representation is very important, because we get to tell our own stories and not have them told by others who only see us as one thing or NOT that one thing.UPDATE 22 3 2017 WE HAVE A HIJABI ON THE COVER PEOPLE THIS IS NOT A DRILL LOOK HOW GORGEOUS IT IS Muslim Arab and Indian You mean, I, a both Muslim and an Arab, am finally addressed in an upcoming YA book wow GIVE IT TO ME NOW 3.5 stars Buddy read with the one and only Sara I was really torn on how the rate this book but I ll have to settle for 3.5 stars Saints and Misfits is a good and important book and I would recommend it to my dear Goodreads friends who maybe didn t have the opportunity to read a book with a Muslim protagonist and learnabout Islam Everyone knows that I love YA books with developed family dynamics and I was happy to see how nicely the relationship between Janna and her brother developed th 3.5 stars Buddy read with the one and only Sara I was really torn on how the rate this book but I ll have to settle for 3.5 stars Saints and Misfits is a good and important book and I would recommend it to my dear Goodreads friends who maybe didn t have the opportunity to read a book with a Muslim protagonist and learnabout Islam Everyone knows that I love YA books with developed family dynamics and I was happy to see how nicely the relationship between Janna and her brother developed throughout the book I loved Janna s fierceness and the way SHE chose to be a hijabi despite her father s nagging My first problem, however, sort of lies there view spoiler When Jeremy sees her without her hijab she almost doesn t bat an eyelash I seriously doubt that s how a hijabi teenager would react I was extremely taken aback by her behaviour I, of course, am not saying that I expected Janna to be the perfect person but the fact that this wasn t really addressed that much after it happened twice left a bad taste in my mouth hide spoiler Out of all supporting characters, I loved Sarah the most and thought she was a great addition to the story My second problem was that the rest of the supporting characters seemed manic, from the way they talk to each other to the way they act view spoiler After the hijab Jeremy accident, Tats shows ZERO respect towards her friend I cannot accept that she would actually act like a total idiot towards her best friend It s not like they met yesterday and Tats is only now learning about the ways of Islam This was not even addressed later in the book hide spoiler Janna dealing with the monster was another, however, powerful part of this book and I think it was done rather fantastically I love that Saints and Misfits took a darker turn than I had expected it to My third problem is the fact that in this book, like in many other YA books, there is always the need for a love interest Janna is 15 years old, she doesn t need a love interest after love interest just because the first one didn t work out And my fourth problem was the writing style it s choppy and a bit of a mess at times BUT I did really like Saints and Misfits Janna s story is an important one and as someone who grew up in a Christian and Muslim family and was always sort of torn between two religions I could strongly relate to Janna I loved seeing Islam represented in YA literature {Free Epub} Ä Saints and Misfits ò Saints and Misfits is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So Called Life starring a Muslim teenHow much can you tell about a person just by looking at them Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can t figure out what to make of her an Arab Indian American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a boxAnd Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks Not that she would ever date him Muslim girls don t date Or they shouldn t date Or won t Janna is still working all this outWhile her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster Except she knows a monster one who happens to be parading around as a saint Will she be the one to call him out on it What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then I loved this book I loved it, I loved it, I loved it.I will try to write a coherent review, though mostly I just feel like squeezing this book and hugging it tight and typing something nonsensical in all caps, so forgive me if this isn t especially eloquent As a Muslim woman and Egyptian like the protagonist of this novel I ve literally never read about an Egyptian girl before , this book meant so much to me I ve been reading for as long as I can remember, but I do not recall ever reading I loved this book I loved it, I loved it, I loved it.I will try to write a coherent review, though mostly I just feel like squeezing this book and hugging it tight and typing something nonsensical in all caps, so forgive me if this isn t especially eloquent As a Muslim woman and Egyptian like the protagonist of this novel I ve literally never read about an Egyptian girl before , this book meant so much to me I ve been reading for as long as I can remember, but I do not recall ever reading a book where I saw myself and my community represented Especially not in such a positive light I am so happy this book exists now Not only that, I am so happy that it is a good book A positively excellent, hilarious, entertaining book that I will be recommending to every single Muslim girl I know Janna Yusuf is a high school sopho with plenty of wit and snark to spare The story is told entirely in her perspective, which is fantastic, because Janna is one of the most realistic, likeable protagonists I ve ever come across She s hilarious, sarcastic, intelligent, and oddly self aware for a teenager She s also half Egyptian, half Indian, Muslim, and a hijabi She s a part time photographer, part time graphic novelist, part time Flannery O Connor geek.There are no stereotypes in this book Out of habit, I tensed when the older brother Muhammad was introduced, because I am so used to Muslim men, especially older brothers, portrayed as misogynistic oafs But Muhammad is delightful your typical annoying older brother, sweet, charming, caring He wants to study philosophy and marry his girlfriend, whom Janna refers to as Saint Sarah because she seems to be perfect though there sto her than meets the eye Janna s uncle, an imam at the local mosque, answers religious questions with humor and wisdom Janna s father is ultra liberal and secular, now married to a white woman When we first meet him, he loudly proclaims to anyone who will listen that he would rather his daughter wear a bikini rather than a burkini not the best thing to say, but still, a refreshing change of pace from what we re used to seeing of Muslim fathers.Another great character is Sausun, a niqabi girl who also wears Doc Martens and is the Muslim equivalent of goth emo teen She s tough as nails, hosts a YouTube show about niqabis, and absolutely shatters any stereotypes about women who wear niqabs The niqab itself, the act of wearing one, is given nuance Sausun implies she wears it because she wants to decide who is worthy of seeing her face Janna talks about the protection the niqab offers, to someone who perhaps might wish to see but not be seen.And then there s Nuah A black Muslim boy who clearly has a crush on Janna though she doesn t see it until the end of the book , he s sweet, optimistic, and silly I loved him so, so much Please, give me a sequel to this where Janna and Nuah are dating Not all is rosy, however the main conflict in the book is that Janna has been sexually assaulted by Farooq, a boy who has memorized the Qu ran and is seen as the most pious Muslim around For those of you non Muslims out there who don t know, memorizing the Qu ran is a big freaking deal Doing it pretty much guarantees you re untouchable, which is why Janna has such a difficult time telling anyone what happened She worries people won t believe her, especially as Farooq has started talking about how Janna is straying from Islam Janna is also hesitant to say anything for fear of making her community look bad.There are two important things I want to say about all this 1 There s a slang term in the Muslim community called wallah bro It is used to describe a Muslim man who thinks waaaay too much of his own alleged piety and takes the time out of his day to admonish Muslim girls on how they should behave Wallah bros, a side effect of patriarchy as it manifests in Muslim communities, are pervasive and annoying as hell Now, Farooq, attempted rapist, takes this to a whole new level, but he still displays the utter hypocrisy of a wallah bro when he posts vague statuses on Facebook about how it s sad that Muslim girls are straying from their religion in response to Janna accidentally being seen without her hijab , when he s literally going around assaulting women Growing up Muslim, I ve witnessed this hypocrisy so many times that it was so validating to see it utterly destroyed here on the page.2 When Janna talks about not wanting to make her community look bad, my heart hurt I completely understood No community is perfect, but non Muslims are always so ready to talk about backwards Muslims and men who beat their wives and savage religions that it s difficult to say anything in criticism of your own culture, for fear of it being co opted by others It s not that our cultures shouldn t be criticized but these outsiders looking in, blinded by prejudice and ignorance, simplify an enormously complex issue to suit their racist existing narratives.I fully expect this book to see criticism from such people who will insist that the representation of the Muslim community in this book is too positive or unrealistic or whatever To those people, I would say two things first, screw you for thinking that Muslim communities can t be good and kind and supportive Second, yes, Muslims communities have their issues You know what So does literally every other community We re not special What is special about us is that we re nearly always portrayed negatively, so let us catch a fucking break for once We don t always have to talk about our intra community problems just because that s the narrative that people have come to expect.This is one of very, very, very few ownvoices books about Muslims by a Muslim, and it s lost in a sea of books written by non Muslims that portray us as violent sadists at best, ignorant savages at worst It s nice to have some positive representation for once We deserve it If that bothers you, work hard to make sure that thousands of other ownvoices books about Muslims flood the publishing industry, so we can seevariety of stories Anyway you guys, this book was so, so, so good Every time I read something in this book that I related to, I got thisjolt Like, hey, yeah, that s me That s my family That s my community It was an amazing feeling Is this what everyone feels when they read books with people they can relate to on such a personal level Read this book Even if you re not Muslim actually, especially if you re not Muslim Especially if you don t know much about Muslims or have conflicting feelings about Muslims You ll learn a lot And even if you rarely read YA contemporary, I highly recommend picking this book up It s worth your time, I promise It s not juvenile or overly preachy and though it discusses many heavy topics, it s never heavy handed with them And I literally could not put it down Janna s hilarious and deadpan narration kept me hooked, in a book where not too much happens This is one of the few books I can see myself reading again and again, and I can t wait for it to come out so I can buy a copy for my bookshelf Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book