Book Review: Saints & Misfits by S.K Ali
Jana is a hijab wearing muslim girl growing up in the West. Finally someone relatable!
The cover is beautiful. Pink is my favourite colour and with a hijabi on the front, what’s not to like.
The blurb doesn’t give much away and I assumed it was going to be a light read, but it wasn’t. It deals with sexual assault, that alone had me turning pages. I found the adult in me screaming in places, especially at the end. BUT I had to remind myself this is a #youngadultbook
Other themes in the book are friendship, arranged marriage- the Islamic way and the process of it. Mahram issues and in general what it’s like to be a muslim teenager.
I loved the way the author weaved in facts about Islam, fatwas and Rumi quotes without being preachy.
Most of the characters are likeable, Jana’s best friend was awesome, the girls always got her back! Reminds me of my own girls. ￼
There are three types of people in Jana’s life. Saints- special people moving the world forward. Misfits- people who don’t belong and lastly monsters- people that are actually monsters but wear a saint mask. — Jana