Interesting but Disappointing
This was an interesting book that delved into religion and prejudice, and for that I thought the book was great.
It was extremely interesting for me to read Maya’s life with her parents and family, because it’s so different to my own. It taught me an awful lot about other people’s cultures, and made me reflect on my own life as a result of this. I really loved this part about the book.
However, while the context was interesting, the writing I struggled with. There was one fatal flaw with this book: I didn’t feel like the main character was a teenager or young adult. The dialogue was extremely unrealistic for teenagers - it was trying too hard to be young but often came across as more awkward and just, well, awfully cringey. As a teenager, I struggled to imagine myself or my friends talking like Maya, her friend Violet, or Phil. I did, however, love The Breakfast Club reference, just because I love that film!
As for the cover, it’s beautiful and apt for the book. There was just a lack of realism for the characters, that made me struggle to keep reading it.