Book of the Week- All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

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In an effort to organize my bookish life I have decided to start sharing a Book of the Week. I have been meaning to start this for quite some time…but…you know how that goes. Life happens and things get pushed aside. But…the time is now…and I can think of NO better book to start with then All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir. I just finished this book today and this book is going to stick with me for a very long time. It was beautiful and gut-wrenching, and emotional, and infuriating, and just plain old fantastic. I can’t wait to tell you guys about this one. Sending a huge thank you to Booksparks for sending this book my way as a part of their #lostinabookdream reading challenge!

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

I am going to apologize in advance for how chaotic this review is going to seem. This book hit me like a ton of bricks and I am truly struggling with how to put it into words. I know that as someone who shares book reviews…that is kinda the name of the game…putting thoughts into words…but trust me…once you read this book you will understand why I’m struggling. It was just all kinds of amazing. I know I am not going to do it justice…but just know that I recommend it so so much!

Let’s start with the writing. Sabaa Tahir’s writing is impeccable. Whether it is a YA Contemporary novel like All My Rage or a YA Fantasy novel like her amazing Ember in the Ashes series, one thing is certain…the writing. is. impeccable. Her words are so full of emotion and she manages to create the most beautiful characters.

This book is one that is going to stay in my mind for a long time. I can’t stop thinking about it. From the very first pages this book took me on such an emotional roller coaster. It is a story about grief and forgiveness…friendships and family…love and loss. If I had to nail down my favorite thing about the book it would have to be her characters. The characters she has written are so real and so complex. I felt so connected to them even after just a few chapters. Characters that are so real that you find yourself cheering for them out loud and yelling at them before they make a huge mistake. That to me is the sign of an amazing author! She has also done an outstanding job with the relationships in the story. I especially adored the bond between Noor and Misbah. My heart hurt for them both! In addition to the main characters, I also found some of the secondary characters to be absolutely amazing and so well developed. I adored Imam Shafiq and Khadija. They had such beautiful dedication to their faith and their community and were the ultimate example of helpers. There were also some characters that I wanted to yell at through the pages…looking at you Jamie Jensen.

There is quite a list of content warnings for this book (death, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, racism, repressed sexual assault, physical abuse etc), but I think that author Sabaa Tahir has done an absolutely beautiful and gentle job dealing with them throughout the pages. Everything was written in an integral way to the story. It was all believable, and raw, and relevant.

This is an important book. Again, it is one that I am struggling to put into words but I can honestly say that I am going to be recommending this one for a very long time. It has joined many other favorites on my heart shelf…the books that just sit in that special place in my heart.

Goodreads Summary

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 Cloud’s 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.

Stay Tuned…

I am really looking forward to this new Book of the Week series. It will help me stay a little more organized and really let me focus in on sharing my absolute favorite books! I am hoping to share a combination of upcoming releases, newer releases, and old faves. If for some reason I am having a lousy reading week and nothing is exciting me, I plan to grab a fave from the past to share here.

I’d love to know what you are reading this week!! Do you have any 5 star Books of the Week? Drop a comment below!

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