Monday, February 19, 2018

Mondays Need a Good Book: AMERICAN STREET

American Street 
THE BLURB: On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?
THE SCOOP:  Here's my hint: read the author's note at the end of the story first. It was so interesting, I wish I'd started out with it! She discusses what she tried to accomplish with the story, and she does. 

I loved this book. Really, really loved it. The magical realism was perfect. It felt real to me. Fabiola is such an interesting fish out of water desperately trying to swim.

My only complaint was that I wish the sbook had been a bit longer to flesh out the story more, especially the romance story line. 

THE VERDICT: Although it's YA, it's definitely for older teens, as there is sex, violence, and lots of strong language in it.

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