In this unforgettable debut, a Muslim teen copes with Islamophobia, cultural divides among peers and parents, and a reality she can neither explain nor escape. American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There's the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy who's "suitable" to her mother. And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City-and maybe, just maybe, pursuing a boy she's known from afar her entire life who's suddenly falling into her orbit at school. But unbeknownst to Maya, there is a danger looming beyond her control. When a terrorist attack occurs in another Midwestern city, the prime suspect happens to share her last name. In an instant, Maya's community, consumed by fear and hatred, becomes unrecognizable, and her life changes forever.
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"Maya Aziz is an Indian-American teen who is struggling to balance her parents' traditional Muslim expectations with her own desires. She wants to attend NYU film school, and she wants to date a categorically non-Muslim boy. Narrator Soneela Nankani showcases her talents with various language skills and accents: In French class, Maya speaks the language impeccably, and at home her parents' Indian accents are fully believable. However, at times Maya's voice has a truly teenaged intensity, particularly as she pines for her crush in a way that some listeners will find refreshing and others may find irritating. Between each chapter there's a cinematic glimpse of events leading up to the story's climax, a terrorist attack near Maya's hometown. Nankani handles these as if they're voice-overs in a dramatic film trailer. S.P. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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