Seventeen-year-old Samar -- a.k.a. Sam -- has never known much about her Indian heritage. Her mom has deliberately kept Sam away from her old-fashioned family. It's never bothered Sam, who is busy with school, friends, and a really cute but demanding boyfriend.
But things change after 9/11. A guy in a turban shows up at Sam's house, and he turns out to be her uncle. He wants to reconcile the family and teach Sam about her Sikh heritage. Sam isn't sure what to do, until a girl at school calls her a coconut -- brown on the outside, white on the inside. That decides it: Why shouldn't Sam get to know her family? What is her mom so afraid of? Then some boys attack her uncle, shouting, "Go back home, Osama!" and Sam realizes she could be in danger -- and also discovers how dangerous ignorance can be. Sam will need all her smarts and savvy to try to bridge two worlds and make them both her own.
Now, I was so excited to read this novel and it doesn't dissapoint. I have a friend who actually is Sikh and she was very excited to hear that someone had written a book that starred teenagers and involved her religion. I was also just really into the story. I was in 2nd Grade at the time of 9/11 but I remember it vividly. This story follows the after math of it through the eyes of a teenager girl-Samar.
Samar is an average girl. and like average girls-she has some problems. The book shines in the fact that it is very realistic. Her mother is not evil-but shes no where near perfect. Every character has flaws and I like it that way. And I think you will like this novel. :D I reccomend it to my world culture readers and to anyone who wants a good coming of age story.
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