Monday, November 9, 2015

I Love, I Hate, I Miss My Sister by Amelie Sarn

Sohane is observant of her family's Muslim faith.  She dresses modestly and follows the rules.  But her sister Djelila is the opposite - drinking, smoking, dating, questioning authority, and standing up to the local gang of boys who don't approve of her ways. That course of action is what causes her death when one of those boys sets her on fire.  Now Sohane is reeling from her sister's death as she recounts the story of their lives.

This is a short book but it packs a lot in a few pages.  There are not many books available that focus on Muslim characters and this does a good job of presenting them as real people, not a stereotypical herd.