Bound To Stay Bound

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 All my rage
 Author: Tahir, Sabaa

 Publisher:  Razorbill (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 374 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 870976 ISBN: 9780593202340
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Pakistani Americans -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Immigrants -- Fiction
 Forgiveness -- Fiction

Price: $23.98

A family extending from Pakistan to California, deals with generations of young love, old regrets, and forgiveness.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 12.0   Quiz: 517032

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (01/01/22)
   School Library Journal (+) (00/12/21)
   Booklist (+) (04/15/22)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/03/22)
 The Hornbook (00/05/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 12/01/2021 Gr 9 Up—In a genre flip from fantasy, Tahir has created a contemporary novel that spans both time and place. In past Pakistan, Misbah weds Toufiq in an arranged marriage that results in a move to California after upheaval at home. Now they run a small hotel in the Mojave Desert. Their son Salahudin and dear family friend Noor hold a connection bound by their history and the challenges they face due to Islamophobia, racism, and more. When his mother's health fails and his father battles alcoholism as he grieves, the financial and maintenance aspects of the hotel fall to Sal, who takes drastic measures to save the hotel his mother loved so very much. Simultaneously, Noor is striving to leave her uncle's grasp by planning to go away to college, but finds herself caught up by Sal's choices. Tahir's lyrical prose unpacks both the beautiful and the brutal. She deftly captures the layers of grief, rage, family, examination of faith, and forgiveness, while managing to inject levity into dire situations and provide a semblance of hope. Music aficionados will revel in the songs referenced throughout various scenes in the book. VERDICT This deep dive into the complex ferocity of emotions within families is a love letter to Pakistani culture and revelations from the past that test the boundaries of survival. Put this book at the top of your list.—Lisa Krok, Morley Lib., Cleveland, OH - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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