Trigger warnings** There is mention of suicide bombings which may trigger some readers!
Synopsis – Maya Aziz has many hopes and dreams she wants to make a reality. However, her parents have a very different life planned for her. When terror strikes and the suspected attacker shares Maya’s last name, how will the world react to this news? Maya needs to gather enough strength to decide what she truly wants to do.
My thoughts – I really enjoyed this book! I couldn’t put it down, as soon as I’d finished one chapter, I had to read the next and find out what happens! It was an almost typical ya romance, without being a typical ya book, as it focuses on racism and a difficult family home, which many readers will be able to relate to. Which makes it a well timed book to be released with everything that has been happening in the past few years. I really enjoyed the writing style, the book flowed really well.
I really liked the relationships Maya had with the characters, I would love a sequel to find out how these relationships develop and how Maya’s life progresses. Would have liked to have seen the relationship between maya and her best friend, violet a little more, as the book focused in family relationships which was a main aspect of the plot.
You really felt sorry for Maya and her family with the racism they were experiencing. It’s sad to think that things like this still happen in 2018. There is so much that needs to be done to combat experiences like this, books that raise awareness of these events is really good because it makes more people aware of the fact that this does still happen.
There were pages between each chapter of writing that I didn’t really feel added much to the story. Sometimes I wasn’t too sure how they linked to what was happening in the book, but towards the end they have a strong link towards one of the characters in the book.