I can’t ignore the tight plots and good writing which illuminates and doesn’t glare, introduces and doesn’t stomp. Stories that take you on a journey you enjoy for the duration and not just in parts.
The message I got from this book was when you believe in yourself when you acknowledge the belief that someone has in you, everything is possible. You find a strength you didn’t even know you had to fight, to stand up for yourself and be a leader. This invokes the times Amani has referenced Binta telling Amani to be brave, as if Binta knew that despite appearances and past behaviour, Amani could be brave.
These books can be classed as young adult romances, modern day fairy tales or coming of ages stories – supernatural or otherwise. But at the heart they are about how young people and adults react and deal with ordinary and extraordinary circumstances.
It is difficult to have enjoyed a book so much but be unable to articulate that in words.