This YA novel successfully combines teen romance and one teenager’s struggle to follow her dreams with a chilling examination of the effect of Islamophobia on a single, blameless, Muslim family.
As if being a teenager isn’t hard enough, Maya is conspicuous as the only Muslim student at her high school, and also has to contend with the demands of her parents who want her to be a dutiful Indian daughter. She often takes refuge behind her camcorder, enjoying the perspective it gives her on the world around her and dreaming of a career in film-making despite the disapproval of her parents.
The portrayal of the Islamophobia directed at Maya and her parents following a terrorist incident feels realistic and frightening and a sad blight on the life of a delightful young woman.
Helped by her best friend Violet – another lovable and feisty character – and her supportive and pioneering aunt, Maya must seek the courage to choose the life she wants for herself.