May 30, 2018

#BookReview of American Heart by Laura Moriarty

American Heart


About the Book: 

Imagine a United States in which registries and detainment camps for Muslim-Americans are a reality.


Fifteen-year-old Sarah-Mary Williams of Hannibal, Missouri, lives in this world, and though she has strong opinions on almost everything, she isn’t concerned with the internments because she doesn’t know any Muslims. She assumes that everything she reads and sees in the news is true, and that these plans are better for everyone’s safety.



But when she happens upon Sadaf, a Muslim fugitive determined to reach freedom in Canada, Sarah-Mary at first believes she must turn her in. But Sadaf challenges Sarah-Mary’s perceptions of right and wrong, and instead Sarah-Mary decides, with growing conviction, to do all she can to help Sadaf escape.



The two set off on a desperate journey, hitchhiking through the heart of an America that is at times courageous and kind, but always full of tension and danger for anyone deemed suspicious.








Reviewed By: Rachael
Publisher: HarperTeen
Recommended Age: Teen
Genre: Contemporary 
Overall rating: 
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About the Author: Laura Moriarty earned a degree is social work before returning for her M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. She was the recipient of the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.




Check out author's other books? The Center of Everything
Recommend this book? No way

Notes and Opinions: I feel so bad but I was literally so bored with this book. I seriously hated Sarah-Mary. She was the most racist and obnoxious character ever. I felt so embarrassed for Sadaf. This book dehumanized Muslims and it was terrible. Totally not worth the read. 
 









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