American Street (Book Review)

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*Synopsis*

Fabiola has just gotten off the plane from Haiti into the United States. It is her first time back since she was a baby. She is excited to start her new life with her mother as they plan to move in with Fabiola’s aunt and cousins in Detroit. Before they can reach their connecting flight to Detroit, Fabiola’s mother is detained by customs. They don’t believe that she is just here for “a visit.” 

Now, Fabiola finds herself immersed into an American culture that she feels unprepared for. At the corner of American Street and Joy road, Fabiola has important decisions to make. Her fighting cousins, empty fridge, and quiet aunt are just a few of the things this America has in store for her.

*Interlude*

Before we get into the review, check out these pictures I took myself. I’m working on taking more pictures myself. If you have any picture taking advice, let me know in the comments.

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Last Minute Christmas Gifts (Book Edition)

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Working at a department store has taught me a lot about how people shop. There are the individuals who start shopping for Christmas three months ahead of time and then there are the ones who wait until the last week. I can definitely relate to the latter. If you’re looking for some gifts for the book lovers in your life, look no further!

For that social justice warrior:

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (Book Review)

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*Synopsis*

Lara Jean is a hopeless romantic. She falls in love with boys that she has no chance with, and when she’s ready, she writes these boys a letter. After she writes the letter, she’s not in love anymore. Then she stores the letters away in her hat box.

Lara Jean never planned for the letters to reach these boys. She just kept them for herself, but one day they get out and Lara Jean has to figure out how to save face. Her misadventures lead her into a fake relationship that leads to some real self-evaluation.

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Black Klansman (Book Review)

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*Synopsis*

Black Klansmen is the story of how Detective Ron Stallworth went undercover and joined the Colorado Springs chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Detective Stallworth was one of the only black men working in his department. This nonfiction account includes how Detective Stallworth gained information on the KKK and continued to fool them over the course of a year, with the help of a white counterpart. Amid conflict in his department, Detective Stallworth continued pushing for what he believed to be right.

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What I’m Reading #2

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These past two weeks, I’ve been alternating between two books in between studying for exams. Finals coming up soon and I’m honestly so ready to be done with these classes.

Last Monday, I started reading my hardcover copy of American Street by Ibi Zoboi. I mentioned it here oh so long ago.

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I really like it so far. I’m Haitian and it’s great to see Haitian authors coming into the mainstream. After reading Roxanne Gay’s Hunger, this book is definitely easier to get through.

When I’m not reading this, I’m listening to the audiobook of Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth. I had wanted to see the movie when it came out, but I didn’t get the chance. Listening to Black Klansman makes me want to rent the movie at some point.

My review should be up shortly for this one.

I plan on listening to the book To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han next. I tried reading it last year, but I couldn’t get past the first chapter. Hopefully, I can get through it this time. I want to watch the movie right after.

What are you currently reading?

What do you plan on reading this month?

What has been your favorite book of the year?

Let me know in the comments down below!