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A marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.Summary courtesy of Amazon
An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.
But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry.
When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.
Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her.
Then her path crosses with Adam’s.
Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister.
Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.
Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals.
Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…
Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting.
Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.
Overall, I gave this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!
Ali writes in dual perspective- Adam and Zayneb-using their journals of Marvels and Oddities. I have written my thoughts about this book using marvels and oddities.
I would recommend this book for those in grades 7 and up. There are a couple of instances that discuss romance and although it does not give specifics, I believe that a more mature audience would be better.
I do believe this book needs to be read. It needs to be shared and discussed. It is a sweet romance full of love and friendship, but that has so many other important topics embedded into this story.
Thank you to the following for sharing this book with mean exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.