American Street (Book Review)

*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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The Sun is Also a Star (Book Review)

*Synopsis*

Daniel is a first-generation Korean-American. His parents are doing all they can in hopes of providing him and his brother Charlie with a better life. Daniel has an interview that could determine the course of his future. Getting into Yale is the first step to becoming a doctor, the profession his parents long for him to pursue.

Natasha is being deported today. Her father’s mistake has caused her undocumented family to be discovered. In the midst of packing, Natasha leaves to try to right her father’s wrong one last time. She is on a mission to preserve the life she lives.

Chance or fate or sheer determinism bring Daniel and Natasha together on this pivotal day.

*Review*

I read this as an audiobook. I loved the voices of Natasha and Daniel, this flowed really well as an audiobook. I used the Overdrive app to borrow this audiobook from my library. It was great for cleaning my room and twisting up my hair since my hands were full.

Life is complex and this book does a great job of displaying the complexity. The story is centered around Natasha and Daniel’s first and possibly only day together. Third person accounts of other individuals mentioned in the story are also given throughout the novel. The ripple affect of one person’s actions is ever present.

I’ve been wanting to read The Sun is Also a Star ever since I read the excerpt in Everything Everything. Nicola Yoon is a master author. I thought the story was incredibly well written. I didn’t agree with everything expressed by the characters but Yoon expresses the opinions of characters without making them offensive towards those who disagree. This book would be great for sparking debate. I would love to see this read in high school classrooms, especially in this social climate.

As a child of an immigrant I could relate to both Daniel and Natasha. The way their parents didn’t completely understand how different being a hyphen America made them. The struggle of interracial dating with parental disapproval is also something I can understand all too well.

*4.5/5 Stars*

I’m so excited to see the movie when it comes out next year. I absolutely love Yara Shahidi. She’s such a wonderful person on and off the screen. I’m so happy she got this major role.

What I’m Watching

I’ve been so into the World Cup this month and now that it’s over, I feel so incomplete. I really do love watching soccer. Even if all my favorite teams lost (Spain, Nigeria, and Portugal). France’s victory was quite something. Croatia definitely made their mark, though. Who doesn’t love an underdog?

Watch Marlon Episodes - NBC.comI don’t have a show review this week but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching Netflix. I started watching the show Marlon. I’ve been wanting to check it out for a while but I didn’t have cable when it came out last year. Season one is currently on Netflix so I watched it and it definitely gave me some My Wife and Kids vibes. I have Xfinity now so I’m going to start watching season two. It’s a pretty funny show and Marlon Wayans is great. His hour long comedy special “Woke-ish” is also on Netflix and it is absolutely hilarious.

Kim’s Convenience - CBC Media CentreI just started watching Kim’s Convenience yesterday. It’s a really cute sitcom about a Korean-Canadian family. Mr. Kim runs the convenience store and his daughter Janet is a photographer in art school. Mr. and Mrs. Kim’s relationship is very interesting. Their son Jung is estranged and works at a car rental agency. I’ve seen a couple episodes so far and I think I’ll continue watching it.

The Loud House Wallpapers (96+ images)As far as TV goes, I’ve been watching a lot of The Loud House on Xfinity On Demand. It’s one of my favorites as far as the newer cartoons go and it’s honestly really good. The premise is interesting, the show is really funny, and there’s always a lesson at the end. It has everything I loved about my favorite cartoons growing up.

DiazFamilyS2.jpgI haven’t liked a lot of the new shows coming out on Disney Channel, but Stuck in the Middle is really good. Harley is the middle child of the Diaz family. Being stuck in the middle of six other siblings isn’t easy but Harley’s inventions often help save the day. I love how the main character is so into STEM. Her inventions are pretty creative.

Cartoon Network USA Craig Of The Creek Sneak Peek 19th ...Craig of the Creek is a new show on Cartoon Network that I’m absolutely loving. It’s a show about a black boy who has adventures with his friends down at the Creek near his home. The characters on the show are great and I love the family dynamic. It’s another one of those shows the always has a lesson at the end.

All in all, I’m loving the diversity I’m seeing in a lot of these newer shows. Not every new show is the best, but that doesn’t mean that they’re all bad either.