American Street Paperback – Import, 28 June 2018
“Self-assured, elegant and utterly captivating.” -- New York Times
“A poignant meditation on one girl’s struggle to find her way in a new world.” -- Nicola Yoon, bestselling author of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING.
★ “Filling her pages with magic, humanity, tragedy, and hope, Zoboi builds up, takes apart, and then rebuilds an unforgettable story. This book will take root in readers’ hearts.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
★ “A breathtaking story about contemporary America that will serve as a mirror to some and a window for others, and it will stay with anyone who reads it.” -- School Library Journal (starred review)
“Brimming with culture, magic, warmth, and unabashed rawness, “American Street” is ultimately a blistering tale of humanity. This is “Manchild in the Promised Land,” for a new generation, and a remarkable debut from Zoboi, who without question is an inevitable force in storytelling.” -- Jason Reynolds, award-winning co-author of ALL AMERICAN BOYS
★ “Zoboi’s stunning debut intertwines mysticism and love with grit and violence…Fierce and beautiful.” -- Booklist (starred review)
“Will reach young readers regardless of their background.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“Zoboi urges us to examine the American dream to see if there is room within it to hold the ones we love -- Ebony Magazine
“Following in the footsteps of Edwidge Danticat, Zoboi’s young adult debut is equal parts gritty and transcendent.” -- The Horn Book
From the Back Cover
On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.
But after they leave Port-au-Prince, -Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immi-gration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, -Chantal, -Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of -Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a -surprising -romance, all on her own.
Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an -impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?
In her stunning debut, Pushcart--nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of -America with magical realism and Vodou culture. Unflinching yet filled with joy, American Street is an evocative and -powerful coming-of-age story.
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- Publisher : Balzer and Bray; Reprint edition (28 June 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062473050
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062473059
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Item Weight : 272 g
- Dimensions : 13.49 x 2.01 x 20.32 cm
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I truly enjoyed this novel considering I did not expect this book to do well.
American Street is about Fabiola Toussaint who immigrates to America with her mother from Haiti, but upon arrival, her mother is detained at customs, leaving Fabiola to navigate a new country and culture on her own with some help from her cousins and aunt.
The theme of this story is based on Fabiola trying to make sense of what happened to her mom and then trying to find a way for her mother to join her. As she begins to settle into her new environment, she meets and falls in love with a young guy named Kasim Anderson. Anderson will teach her about her new world and also serve to temporarily fill the void that Fabiola only desires for her mother.
So many events occur that keep the storyline interesting and moving, but I must say, it is also sad. Honestly, I experienced many emotions while reading this book, and when I finished it, I still had all the characters I met in my mind. I finished this book in two sittings, though I did take a break because of work.
I gave this book 4 stars on GoodReads, but it is technically 4.5 out of 5.0. Zoboi did a great job writing this book. Our main character, Fabiola Toussaint, is well developed and the theme is real and will resonate with many readers who have foreign blood in them. I enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it.