Saints And Misfits – by S. K. Ali


Goodreads Synopsis: 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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This was quite the read! I wasn’t sure where to anticipate with the story, since the synopsis is sort of vague, but the book was really good and a very emotional read for me.

Janna is a great character, I really liked how real she felt to me. I liked that she dealt with real issues like being interested in a boy not of her religion, dealing with parents and sibling issues, and just being a kid in high school.  I think the author is such a great writer and I’m looking forward to reading more by her.

I do think that this book could have come with some content warnings. This story deals with sexual abuse and it’s hard to read. It’s not graphic but it’s there and dealt with in the story. I really liked how Janna was able to deal with the situation, I liked that she avoided it and then slowly got the courage to talk to her parents. It was all very well handled.

The one thing that wasn’t perfect, was the beginning was a little confusing. The narrative jumped around from the present to the past and so forth, and I couldn’t figure out which was when. That said, it was clarified eventually and then I was hooked into the story. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.


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