Hi Everyone! I recently finished All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney. It took me a few days to get my thoughts and feeling in order about this one.
Title: All-American Muslim Girl
Author: Nadine Jolie Courtney
Note: I listened to the audiobook.
Summary: Allie Abraham has learned how to be a chameleon. Allie has changed schools many times as her father searched for a faculty job at a university. Now, the family has settled into a small town in the south where they plan to stay. Allie quickly makes friends and begins dating her classmate Wells Henderson. There is just one problem…Wells’ father is a famous talk show host known for being outspoken against Muslims. Blond-haired and blue-eyed Allie has always been able to hide the fact that she is Muslim but as Islamophobia grows stronger she must decide what she believes and who she wants to be to protect herself and her loved ones.
Review: I waited a couple of days after listening to this book before I wrote a review because I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Nadine Jolie Courtney wrote a book that honestly depicts what it is like to be Muslim in America that is accessible to tween and teen readers and I think that’s great. Courtney touches on issues of identity and acceptance through blond-haired, blue-eyed Allie’s experiences of being Muslim in the southern United States. This is the kind of book that today’s teens need to read. Allie is experiencing prejudice while experiencing the guilt over being able to pass as a non-Muslim and her story is relatable and well developed. All-American Muslim Girl would be excellent if the book was just about Allie’s experiences as she delved deeper into her beliefs and faith however there are other aspects to this book that didn’t quite measure up. Allie and Wells’ relationship was cute and had sweet moments but it wasn’t really explored as much as I would have liked. Their entire relationship began to move into instalove territory very quickly. Also, the prejudice that Allie faces from Wells’ family felt a little gentle for it coming from someone who had made his career as being outspoken against Muslims. The romance and family issues made the book feel very much like an Afterschool Special instead of a discussion of what was really happening in American. Yet, this is a great book to start a discussion about the way Muslim Americans are treated however if you’re looking for a book that is more than just a brief overview than you may want to look a little farther.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5