This is a modern, relatable book for any Western Muslim who's life is completely different to the average Western, yet an enjoyable read for anyone, no matter what your faith. This book handles issues such as racism, terrorism, Islamophobia, and teenage love incredibly well. The main character, a young Indian Muslim girl growing up in 21st-century America, dreams of going to university in New York City when she graduates and becoming a film maker, but...she has to convince her parents first. Unfortunately for her, not long after Maya's parents agree to let her go, there is an attack in a nearby town, and the police suspect it is a Muslim, forcing her parents to reconsider and change their minds. As Maya copes with the struggles of being a Muslim during times when Islamophobia surges, she must convince her parents to let her go the university of her dreams whilst struggling to pick between the boy she likes and the boy she should like.
I loved this book because I could really relate to Maya and what she wanted, yet understood why she couldn't have it and her parents' reasoning. This book was so honest and powerful, and is definitely the best book I've read this year-I recommend it to everyone.