All My Rage – Sabaa Tahir

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir comes a brilliant, unforgettable, and heart-wrenching contemporary YA novel about family and forgiveness, love and loss, in a sweeping story that crosses generations and continents.

Lahore, Pakistan. Then.
Misbah is a dreamer and storyteller, newly married to Toufiq in an arranged match. After their young life is shaken by tragedy, they come to the United States and open the Clouds’ Rest Inn Motel, hoping for a new start.

Juniper, California. Now.
Salahudin and Noor are more than best friends; they are family. Growing up as outcasts in the small desert town of Juniper, California, they understand each other the way no one else does. Until The Fight, which destroys their bond with the swift fury of a star exploding.

Now, Sal scrambles to run the family motel as his mother Misbah’s health fails and his grieving father loses himself to alcoholism. Noor, meanwhile, walks a harrowing tightrope: working at her wrathful uncle’s liquor store while hiding the fact that she’s applying to college so she can escape him—and Juniper—forever.

When Sal’s attempts to save the motel spiral out of control, he and Noor must ask themselves what friendship is worth—and what it takes to defeat the monsters in their pasts and the ones in their midst.

From one of today’s most cherished and bestselling young adult authors comes a breathtaking novel of young love, old regrets, and forgiveness—one that’s both tragic and poignant in its tender ferocity.

Review:

Thank you to Penguin Teen Influencers & Sabaa Tahir for sharing this e-arc of All My Rage with me. The following review reflects my honest reading experience.

This book was incredible. I am so thankful that Sabaa Tahir wrote this book and shared her story. All My Rage was beautiful, devastating, inspiring, and heartbreaking. It contains themes of love, grief, forgiveness, regret, healing, and (of course) rage.

I was completely captivated by Noor, Salahudin, and Misbah. I was beside them through each of their incredibly harrowing journeys. I felt so deeply for these characters. These three, especially Noor & Salahudin, are now a part of my heart. They will be with me forever.

Sabaa Tahir has once again absolutely blown me away. I already knew that her writing and storytelling were stunning. But she really outdid herself with All My Rage. She navigates sensitive issues and storylines with grace, empathy, and compassion. All My Rage tore my heart into a million pieces. And then it put it back together. This one will stick with me for a long time.

All My Rage will be released March 1st.

*Please make sure to read the content/trigger warnings provided. All My Rage addresses many serious, potentially triggering subjects including: drug and alcohol addiction, physical abuse, Islamophobia, mentions of repressed sexual assault, tense exchange with law enforcement, and death.

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