Le in that sense I do also think it s worth mentioning however that this book is not ownvoices On the one hand I thought this book was an engaging thriller on the other I thought it was a bit too messy in some places and definitely needed a bit of editing before it went out into the world I wish we had gotten to now some characters better because I really liked what we got of the ones we did As If Being 12 3/4 Isnt Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! know better Synopsis Abdi is 13 when his older brother isidnapped at school by a terrorist organization 3 years later Abdi is As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! kidnapped and tortured for 3 days in a cell by the CIA who give Abdi a mission infiltrate Al Shaabab and gather information on his brother who is very much alive and now a terrorist leaderIf Abdi refuses his entire family will beilled
he accepts the offer to go undercover as accepts the offer to go undercover as soldier for Al Shaabab in hopes of rescuing his brother and securing passports for him and his family to leave Somalia and start a new life But at what cost Review This book has the power to be as impactful as The Hate U Give Critical elements such as suspense pacing plot and character development were all 5 stars despite occasional cliche dialogue However the story s true power lies in its meaningful themes Moral ambiguity What are you willing to do to save your family Would you ill Would you sacrifice yourself Mental health in Somali youth Survivor guilt and redemption Joy as a means of resistance and survival I fell in love with the gorgeously written but heavy one liners which contrasted the novel s traumatic events it seemed impossible that such beautiful writing could contain such horror Still I have rarely been so immersed in a story or committed to its outcome I loved the use of flashbacks to create a complete image of Abdi s past and present Sometimes flashbacks create a disorganized narrative but these fit seamlessly and were impecably placed In fact the flashbacks help you meet and fall in love with Abdi s vibrant family to help you understand why he would do such unspeakable things to protect them It also created an incredible amount of suspense and tension Abdi s narration voice is engrossing even funny at times despite that he is drowning from PTSD like so many Somali ids who have grown up in a land ravaged by war It was important to see life in a home where bombings are common as Americans we have had war visited upon our soil
But It Has Never Once Been A Daily Reality For it has never once been a daily reality for The book also illustrates the conseuences of war on girls who always pay the ultimate price for male conuest For all of these reasons I fell in love with this book Abdi is an incredible character and represents so many misunderstood boys worldwide My favorite theme was how black characters used spending time together as a way to reclaim their autonomy and heal from trauma when you live under an oppressive regime joy is a revolutionary act An important note The author has spent 10 years working with the United Nations and with refugees but this is still not an Own Voices novel In an authors note the author calls out that she writes from a white western perspective and recognizes she brings inherent biases into the novel The only time I felt she was writing with bias was when she described the practice of wearing Hijab I disliked that the book harshly represented the practice of wearing hijab it failed to include important reasons why some muslim women do choose to wear it I found this note to be incredibly self aware and transparent I was highly anticipating this book but completely unready for how incredibly it changed me Do not let the heavy subject matter deter you from reading this phenomenal piece of contemporary fiction this book holds immense joy hope and waves of courage If you only read one book this year make it this oneContent warning idnapping sexual assault brainwashing terrorism Representations Somali PTSD physical disabilities muslim. Eeping nights in empty alleyways wondering what's become of the family that was stolen from him But everything changes when Abdi's picked up for a petty theft which sets into motion a chain reaction that forces him to reckon with a past he's been trying to forget In this riveting unflinching tale of sacrifice and hope critically acclaimed author Natalie C Anderson delivers another tour de force that will leave readers at the edge of their seat. ,
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Ips I get all of that but the students that would benefit the most from this story either as a mirror window or sliding glass door might not engage simply based on it s thickness I hate to be the bearer of that bad news and even I finally stopped investing because there was just so much story I was also disappointed to find out that the author while addressing the issue does absolutely help the case never traveled to the area but obviously did extensive research and as she states is not from the culture region nor same race Especially with so many biographies and autobiographies from those that have survived and persevered I d rather share that with a student that this fictionalized oneThe cover art and title are catchy enough though Let s fictionalized oneThe cover art and title are catchy enough though Let s Swimming on Doomsday was nice I m glad Abdi and Dahir didn t die at the end I m glad none of them diedAll the good guys made it Abdi Dahir Sam Muna Bashir and Safiya all survived What s the one show where you can watch a team of forensic investigators uses cutting edge scientific methods and police work to solve crimes CSI MIAMI Well technically any of the 3 CSI shows but that s beside the point CSI Miami was a gruesomely intriguing show that many enjoyed and loved included Abdi a thirteen year old Somalian boy in the book Let s Go Swimming On Doomsday by Natalie C Anderson However Abdi s content CSI watching life ended abruptly when Dahir his older brother was idnapped at their school by The Boys a terrorist organization formally named the Al Shaabab 3 years later Abdi is idnapped and tortured by the CIA who then give Abdi an ultimatum carry out the mission to infiltrate A 35 starsI read this book in one day was very stressed for the entirety of said day and then promptly proceeded to put off reviewing it until now because I honestly don t now what to say about it I mean there is so much I could say about it but I m honestly not sure what my feelings on it are I thought the main character was well developed He had clear goals motivation and a than complicated history that I thought were explored really well in this book I also appreciated the dual timeline to clue us in on some of said history because I would have been very confused otherwise Also I love dual timeline books so that
S A BONUS POINT IN MYa bonus point in my The characters that I found it hard to connect with though were the characters in the present timeline I thought we didn t spend nearly enough time with them to get to now them or maybe they weren t as fleshed out as the other characters in this book which made for an imbalance A large part of it is that in the present storyline the main character is in his own head a lot of the time and doing his best to ignore the real world however I still thought there was that the author could have done without altering the course of the story too much to help us connect with the characters I was also underwhelmed by the plot in the present timeline Again when contrasted with the plot from the past timeline it doesn t come anywhere near close I think the author was trying to do a different thing with each of the storylines but then they were blended together at the end and I don t now The entire thing just felt a bit messy to me and like it could have used some editing before it went to print That said there were some things that I did enjoy I really liked the side characters in the past timeline and I thought they were really well fleshed out and complex and we spent a lot of time with them to get to now them which was nice I also like mentioned previously really liked the main character in this book And the plot of the past storyline had me on the edge of my seat pretty
Much From Beginning To Endfrom beginning to end it was absolutely thrilling I also think this is a book from a perspective and about a situation that is not really discussed in YA and I really appreciated what it brought to the tab. Cher If Abdi's duplicity is discovered he will be illedFor weeks Abdi trains with them witnessing atrocity after atrocity becoming a monster himself wondering if he's even pretending any He only escapes after he is forced into a suicide bomber's vest which still leaves him stumps where two of his fingers used to be and his brother near death Eventually he finds himself on the streets of Sangui City Kenya stealing what he can find to get by sl. .
Abdi lives in Somalia and has to deal with some horrific stuff The book flashes back between the present as the past as we learn about Abdi s brother Dahir s abduction from his own home and into a radical religious group hellbent on getting revenge on non believers Abdi is recruited by an American to infiltrate his brother s group and reveal their plans of attack In the present we find
out that Abdi survives but is missing several fingers The book does an excellent job of jumping between the pastthat Abdi survives but is missing several fingers The book does an excellent job of jumping between the past the present and filling in the holes that are left in the book at the beginning The characters are appropriately written and are very sad This was a very good page turner and an excellent read Let s Go Swimming on Doomsday follows Abdi a 16 year old Somali boy coerced by the CIA to go undercover as an Al Shabaab soldier Only by providing intel about imminent terrorist attacks can Abdi secure his family s safety He reunites with his older brother Dahir who was abducted by Al Shabaab three years ago But this silver lining uickly fades as Abdi learns Dahir has since embraced the ideologyThis is a brutal book It s about being given choices that aren t really choices then having to live with the terrible conseuences Abdi is wedged between two vehemently opposed groups the CIA and Al Shabaab yet both are led by powerful unspeakably cruel men Both see him as a pawn Both understand his pain only in terms of how it can benefit themMost of the book is fast paced and stressful sometimes even sickening Almost every character shoulders profound trauma and most of them are ids But there is contrast Anderson gives her characters opportunities for redemption and forgiveness Opportunities to finally exercise real agency and then have their choices honored by others Opportunities to begin to heal Abdi s older brother is grabbed by the Somali militia group Al Shaabab from school Three years later Abdi and his remaining family members are idnapped by AMISOM a combined US and Somali army effort After being beaten by AMISOM Abdi is recruited to infiltrate Al Shaabab where his brother is now a commander In exchange for a new life for Abdi and his family he is charged with discoveringfoiling an upcoming attack The story is told as flashbacks as Abdi is now an unwanted teenager under the protection of a US mission worker He is temporarily allowed to hideout in a refugee home for eually unwanted girls Abdi is able to recover his humanity as he develops a relationship with the social worker head of the school and two students and assists them eventually able to deal with the atrocities he has witnessed and perpetrated Violent Not many books that I The Seduction of Miranda Prosper know off that are set in my motherland I am intrigued by this For this review and many others please visit soon as I saw the GORGEOUS cover and read the synopsis Inew that this would be a book that would leave a lasting impact I wasn t wrong This book FAR exceeded my expectations I read a book by this author before It was called City of Saints and Thieves and I really enjoyed it It wasn t perfect but there were a few things that she did really well I loved her writing the dimensions and completeness of her characters her setting descriptions and she actually made me enjoy a mystery So I was very
Excited To Read Thisto read this immediately I was attached to this book I picked it up with the intention to read a couple chapters before I new it a few hours had passed and I had
read half the boo My feelings hmm It s a tough one because the topic is on pointhalf the boo My feelings hmm It s a tough one because the topic is on point it s both representative of a global issue the battles of religion and politics wars in which children are used and abused among horrific violence and destruction with glimmers of hope But clocking in at 500 pages the non linear storytelling that tries to uicken the pace just couldn t with such a heft to the story It s a journey It s about relationsh. When Abdi's family is idnapped he's forced to do the unthinkable become a child soldier with the ruthless jihadi group Al Shabaab In order to save the lives of those he loves and earn their freedom Abdi agrees to be embedded as a spy within the militia's ranks and to send dispatches on their plans to the Americans The jihadists trust Abdi immediately because his older brother Dahir is already one of them protégé to General Idris aka the But.