Saints and Misfits

Saints and Misfits

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Saints and Misfits is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life…starring a Muslim teen.There are three kinds of people in my world: 1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They’re in your face so much, you can’t see them, like how you can’t see your nose. 2. Misfits, people who don’t belong. Like me—the way I don’t fit into Dad’s brand-new family or in the leftover one composed of Mom and my older brother, Mama’s-Boy-Muhammad. Also, there’s Jeremy and me. Misfits. Because although, alliteratively speaking, Janna and Jeremy sound good together, we don’t go together. Same planet, different worlds. But sometimes worlds collide and beautiful things happen, right? 3. Monsters. Well, monsters wearing saint masks, like in Flannery O’Connor’s stories. Like the monster at my mosque. People think he’s holy, untouchable, but nobody has seen under the mask. Except me.
Publisher: 2017
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 3979 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781481499262

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AL_MARY Feb 20, 2018

Janna Yusuf is a good student, a budding photographer and writer, and a Muslim. She struggles with all the things many High School students deal with - challenges with family, friends, her social life, and how it all connects with her faith. But when she is assaulted by a seemingly "untouchable" boy (adored for having supposedly memorized the Koran), she struggles with how to overcome the dread and fear she feels every time she sees him. Will anyone believe her if she tells the truth about their encounter? This is a highly relatable story that will resonate with many teens.

OPL_AutumnH Feb 13, 2018

Great character development - of an under-represented character group. Reading about Janna's journey to understanding her Muslim faith, family, friendships and American life and how they fit together is enlightening, and equal parts heartache and humor.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 28, 2018

When I started off this book I had high hopes for it considering the buzz it received with my Muslim friends and I have to say it lived up to expectations. This book did a great thing by humanizing and giving a normal face to a culture that many people in the world don’t seem to understand. The narrator, a teenager named Janna, showed us the complications of being a teenager along with the restrictions and empowerment put on her by her culture. Overall the story was very powerful and well written and the ending was enjoyable. It’s a great YA novel that I feel like everyone can learn from.
- @bookanarchy of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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vivi_p
Nov 24, 2017

Saints and Misfits is an interesting modern bildungsroman story following Janna, a Muslim teenager, as she balances trouble with her family, friends, school and her religion. At times the pacing is very slow or fast; however, I would would read this book again and look into S.K. Ali's other works.

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miraellie
Aug 02, 2017

You can definitely tell this is a debut novel, to be honest. The beginning is very rocky, and the pacing a little uneven. I had a hard time getting into it due to the writing style; it felt very flat to me, though there were a few funny lines and moments. I also couldn't get a handle on Janna's character that well. But the characters I liked, I liked a lot, and once the rocky beginning was out of the way, it was easier to get into.

It wasn't bad, I just didn't like it as much as I'd hoped to. I'm not sorry I read it and I'll likely look into what S.K. Ali writes next.

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Doobie2_0
Jul 05, 2017

This is a good book. I was so glad when she finally told that guy off and stop blaming herself for what he done to her.

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Aug 19, 2017

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