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Saints and Misfits de S. K. Ali
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Saints and Misfits (edició 2017)

de S. K. Ali (Autor)

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A William C. Morris Award Finalist An Entertainment Weekly Best YA Book of 2017 Saints and Misfits is a "timely and authentic" (School Library Journal, starred review) 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.… (més)
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Títol:Saints and Misfits
Autors:S. K. Ali (Autor)
Informació:Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2017), 336 pages
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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.
  CarolBurrows | Mar 9, 2021 |
I wanted to love this, but ultimately I didn't. I did enjoy it but I don't think it will particularly stand out in my head. I appreciated a contemporary YA book told from the POV of a Muslim teen girl, as well as the discussion about culture and religion. I think the plot of what to do when you know something awful about a trusted and beloved community member will resonate with many, both Muslim and non, as well as the question of what to do with unwanted male advances (so much about rape culture is touched on here).

But ultimately, this didn't gel for me. I think teens would love it, though, so I'll chalk it up to one of the YA books that I've grown past.
  wisemetis | Dec 7, 2020 |
I think I may have added Saints and Misfits to my TBR on a whim just before it came out (two years ago) and then promptly forgot about it. … Until it popped up at the head of my TBR! I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut lately – I’ve been reading and listening, but haven’t really been able to fully immerse myself in anything, even old favorites. Little did I suspect that Saints and Misfits would pull me in so thoroughly!

I would like to take this moment for the traditional aside – I am a white woman and cannot begin to understand what life is truly like for a young hijabi Muslim girl with Indian heritage. This is an #OwnVoices book, and I urge you to seek out #OwnVoices review to see how the representation holds up.

That aside.

Saints and Misfits did such a good job of following a minority character in her daily life. Janna is regularly at her mosque, and wears her hijab. She deals with racism from the well-meaning friend – who does not get that she doesn’t want to show her hair to a boy – to strangers who back away from Sausan (who is niqabi). She makes mistakes in her practice, and she acknowledges there. Janna is flawed, but from the perspective of a non-#OwnVoices reader, she was very well written.

Not just Janna, though. Everyone was well-written. Sausan was a favorite, as well as Saint Sarah. I liked the relationship between Janna and her brother Mohammad. The relationships in general were all so good. Janna and Mr. Rand had an amazing friendship and my heart broke at the turn of that relationship in the story. There were a lot of good connections between characters throughout, even when I was deeply disappointed in the actions of the character.

The plot here was good, but despite the weight of the incident, I found that the weight did not brand the book as “a book about attempted sexual assault” any more than Janna’s beliefs marked it as “a book about a Muslim girl”. This was a book about Janna, who happened to be a victim of attempted sexual assault, and who happens to be Muslim. I actually liked that about the book, because it allowed the character to be more than her labels. I can see where other readers will feel let down by the lack of absolute whether on certain issues and circumstances, so this is just something to be aware of.

All together, an enjoyable read, despite some of the themes. Saints and Misfits was a refreshing break back into novels that I felt like I could just… read. Read and get to know the characters. Even though important things were happening throughout, S. K. Ali wrote in such a way that this book felt like a novel and not a social commentary. It’s a novel with social commentary, and I really liked that. ( )
  Morteana | Oct 31, 2019 |
3.25 ( )
  Jonez | Oct 24, 2019 |
This book was really easy to read. So approachable. It has some very important messages. It also fails in a key place.

There is a character that thinks not wanting to face your attacker and take them down is weak. And she isn't challenged for that belief. She is called a bitch for other things. She is never explicitly called out for that wrongheaded belief.

Ultimately this book was just okay. I really loved the writing style though. Trigger Warning for attempted rape. ( )
  thebacklistbook | Apr 24, 2019 |
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A William C. Morris Award Finalist An Entertainment Weekly Best YA Book of 2017 Saints and Misfits is a "timely and authentic" (School Library Journal, starred review) 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.

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