All-American Muslim Girl
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's just that her parents don't practice and raised her to keep her Islamic heritage to herself. But as Allie witnesses ever-growing Islamophobia in her small town and across the nation, she begins to embrace her faith—studying it, practicing it, and facing hatred and misunderstanding for it. Who is Allie, if she sheds the façade of the "perfect" all-American girl? What does it mean to be a "Good Muslim?" And can a Muslim girl in America ever truly fit in? ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL is a relevant, relatable story of being caught between two worlds, and the struggles and hard-won joys of finding your place.

All-American Muslim Girl Details

TitleAll-American Muslim Girl
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 12th, 2019
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary

All-American Muslim Girl Review

  • Ausma Khan
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 it confronts the reality of what it means to be a young Muslim woman struggling with religion, identity, belonging, falling in love, growing up, and confronting the expectations of family and community - but never in a way that feels forced or inorganic. Nadine Jolie Courtney is a wonderful writer. Her lightness of touch and quiet honesty shine from every page. There is such respect and kindness in this book, such deep empathy for a wide range of characters, and for the necessity to allow each one the space to make mistakes and grow. What I especially loved about it is how well the author understands how deeply personal the political can be for vulnerable and marginalized communities, without ever losing sight of the fact that this is the story of a teenage girl. I also love how the book very simply and forthrightly demystifies the religion of Islam and its practices, while emphasizing a common humanity, that should never need to be emphasized...but that all too regrettably does, during our present times. Yet for all the seriousness of the subject matter, there is love, and laughter, innocence and wonder shining from every page. I learned a lot that I didn't know about the Syrian and Circassian communities through the family relationships that the author details. No character is a stereotype, and one of the great joys of reading a book like this is that it confounds your expectations of nearly every character.The author does a wonderful job of representing the pluralism, dynamism, and feminism to be found within diverse American Muslim communities, and setting all of that against the larger backdrop of a shared society. I fell in love with Allie and Wells, and Allie's family, and I loved that the author told a story wherein the protagonist discovers her own connection to a world, a language, and a history that she grows to love, despite the fact that her path is so different from that of her parents. I think a lot of people across a wide range of communities will recognize themselves in this beautiful, uplifting story, and I highly recommend it. It made me feel so much - I hope it does the same for you.
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  • London Shah
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished reading this story, and it is absolutely everything to me <3I 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 I just finished reading this story, and it is absolutely everything to me <3I 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 who's ever grappled with their beliefs, their faith's place and reception in the world around us, the rules, laws, culture, and politics, all of it. To that extent we're all Allie, always wondering, always questioning and discovering—wanting and trying to practice with all our hearts who we are, what we believe. It might not always go as smoothly as we'd desire, yet still we persevere, forever carrying the faith in our hearts and minds and would never be without it. Allie's persistence in seeking out and practicing what she truly believes in—no matter the challenges she faces—is beyond inspiring.Reading All-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL has been an absolute joy. It's truly fascinating for so many reasons . . . I'd never even heard of Circassian Muslims until reading this. It's endlessly interesting. It's also timely and a great reminder of how every group of people is made up of thinking, feeling individual human beings.An incredibly skilful novel, executed so considerately and honestly—with the authenticity only an author who shares the identity of the main character could ever weave. In fact, this story tackles so many anti-Muslim biases and stereotypes that it should be required reading in schools. Ack, I'm in awe . . . A truly poignant tale of self-discovery and finding your place. Such an important, moving, and beautifully inspiring tale—and exactly what we need right now <3
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  • Silanur
    January 1, 1970
    Read this as a sensitivity read. :)
  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 sucked in and totally into the story the entire time.As a former middle school teacher, I think every middle and secondary school and classroom should have a copy of ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL available for students. It is an important book that will educate, entertain, spur great conversations, and (most importantly) keep students turning pages. I can't wait to see it on the shelves!
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  • Jerramy
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 required reading for every teenager (and their parents!).
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  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Katherine Mckenney longhi
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Dara Smith
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book so much! Allie is a great, brave, nuanced protagonist and the writing is excellent.
  • Katelyn
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting; I just couldn't read an entire novel of teen romance. If you enjoy teen romance, this would be a good book to try. I especially liked Allie, who is a well rounded character.
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