#Tightrope by #saharabdulaziz
Don’t you just love the cover of this book?Anyone for cookies and tea?
The inside is just as good! If you’ve read THUG by Angie Thomas, then this is a brilliant read just like it, but in a different genre.
In a country that is socially and politically divided, after the presidential election. Nour Ibrahim, an American Muslim activist, is preparing to deliver a speech at an anti-hate rally. She’s speaking up against the surge of attacks against people of colour, immigrants, Muslims and anyone who’s seen as different.
We can never make excuses for bigotry and hate, because the minute we do that, the enemy wins, and the stakes are too high now to ever now to ever let hate be permitted to win again.
— Nour Ibrahim
Nour not only faces mental anxiety because of the racist, xenophobic hate mail filling up her inbox. Her physical health deteriorates too, as she neglects the warning signs her body is telling her. She makes excuses after excuses, not get it checked out.
Although Nour is the main character, the story is told in many points of views and at first I thought it might be way too many characters to connect with, but it honestly wasn’t.
I was able to spend just enough time with each character, to get to know them. They all had some sort of problems in their lives and I got to see how they were dealing with them from the inside and out. It was interesting to see how hate and love, both can grow at one time, in different places.
It got me really thinking, you know. It made me emphasise and feel sad, for the lack of support and care for one couple. I wanted to jump in and help another couple. It made me want to shake one character- the mother in me! I wanted to get to know another one a bit more… if you know what I mean! Only joking, LOL. And some characters, well I just want to run away from.
Although I wanted Nour the protagonist to succeed, I couldn’t help but want to read more about Doris. YES, Doris! Doris, Doris, Doris, woooaaaaah, now that was some crazy woman. I used to love watching CSI, about 7 years ago. I’m happy to say that’s the only thing I have in common with her.
Something with a little pizzazz for God’s sake! Doesn’t anyone have any imagination anymore? At least when I plot to bump somebody off, I do it with genius and style!
— Doris Tetler
I loved the way the writer brilliantly crafted this story, how she weaved all the characters lives together was incredible.
The plot was unpredictable through out. Everytime I made a prediction, i was wrong, lol! It kept me turning pages for sure. I stayed up late a couple of nights reading, until the book hit me in the face. Yes, that happened!
There are some bits that have offensive language, even racist slurs but it all adds to the story and the hateful characters wouldn’t be hateful if they didn’t use it. That’s what made the story feel real, for me.
I’ll finish off with something that surprised me in the book, it was George’s gender. All along I thought George was one gender, but half way through I found out George was the other gender. See what I done there? You’ll have to read the book now. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.