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American Street (2017)

– tekijä: Ibi Zoboi

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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?… (lisätietoja)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 32) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I listened to the audio book for this. I would give this a 3.5 if I could. This story is about a girl from Haiti that has come to America with her mother. She is allowed to enter the United States, but her mother is detained and held in a detention facility for a very long time. I thought this story was going to be more about their struggle as immigrants, but instead it was more about teenagers in mixed up in the drug business in Detroit. It was a good story, but just not really what I was expecting. Just a quick note about the narrator of the audio book: She was absolutely amazing! ( )
  Completely_Melanie | Sep 10, 2021 |
teen fiction - daughter of Haitian immigrant living in poor part of Detroit. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Better than 3 stars, not quite 4 stars. This is a hard one. The secrets we keep to protect ourselves and the lengths we'll go to to protect family are at the center of this story. ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
"Fabiola Toussaint is a black immigrant girl whose life is flipped upside down when she moves to Detroit, Michigan, from her homeland of Haiti and her mother is detained by ICE, leaving her to go on alone.

Though Fabiola was born in the U.S., she has lived in Haiti since she was an infant, and that has now left her unprepared for life in America. In Detroit, she lives with her aunt Marjorie and her three thoroughly Americanized cousins, Chantal, Primadonna, and Princess. It’s not easy holding on to her heritage and identity in Detroit; Matant Jo fines Fabiola for speaking Creole (though even still “a bit of Haiti is peppered in her English words”), and the gritty streets of Detroit are very different from those of Port-au-Prince. Fabiola has her faith to help keep her grounded, which grows ever more important as she navigates her new school, American society, and a surprising romance—but especially when she is faced with a dangerous proposition that brings home to her the fact that freedom comes with a price. Fabiola’s perceptive, sensitive narration gives readers a keen, well-executed look into how the American dream can be a nightmare for so many. Filling her pages with magic, humanity, tragedy, and hope, Zoboi builds up, takes apart, and then rebuilds an unforgettable story.

This book will take root in readers’ hearts. (Fiction. 14-adult)" A Starred Kirkus Review. www.kirkusreviews.com
  CDJLibrary | Mar 30, 2021 |
"-where Joy Road meets American Street. Joy and American. A crossroads. Intersecting. One is not the other."

American Street by Ibi Zoboi was pure gold from the first page until the last. You are immediately sucked in to the story and introduced to rich, characters that you want to know more about. Zoboi gives a glimpse as to what it is like to be a young, girl from Haiti coming to America for the first time through Fabiola, the main protagonist. She is quickly thrust into a world she doesn't know, trying to fit in and make sense of what she sees around her. Fabiola has to reconcile what her preconceived notions of the American Dream. She navigates her new world by holding on to her Haitian traditions and using her spirituality practices to help cope with the confusion.

There was so much to love about this book. Zoboi gives us layered characters, rich Haitian culture, masterful storytelling sprinkled with magic and social commentary that will leave you thinking long after you close the book. Zoboi introduced me to my first book bae in Kasim.

What will stay with me the most are the questions that this story brings up.

¤ What is the American dream and who is it afforded to?

¤ How do you make a life when you are torn between worlds?

¤ Does being an American automatically mean you will be happy?

¤ Why do immigrants from black & brown countries get treated as criminals?

¤ Does becoming American mean that you forget home?

¤ When does the world become safe for women & young girls?

¤ How do you overcome the violence & anti-blackness of the American dream?

¤ Does poverty automatically equate with violence & crime?

¤ How do you overcome personal trauma & grief in a country that exerts violence on & blocks opportunities for Black people?

This story was compelling, insightful, and heartbreaking but it leaves room for hope. Fabiola and Kasim's love story warmed my heart but it also made me think about stolen dreams which was the main theme of the book.

Bookdragon rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 ( )
  Booklover217 | Jan 9, 2021 |
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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?

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