Saints and Misfits is a standalone contemporary book that follows Janna, an Indian-American hijabi teenager.
It’s a quick read – I finished it in less than a day – but not necessarily an easy one, as it deals with sexual assault in the Muslim community.
I really liked Janna’s PoV and seeing what it means to be a teenage Muslim girl in America. Janna would like to go on with her life, but that’s not easy when a person your community admires is actually a predator. She also has a crush on a guy that isn’t Muslim, but she can’t date.
I liked some of the side characters, like Jenna’s brother, Sarah and Sausun.
It’s a story about letting go of your shame and learning to stand up for yourself, and I really liked the message of it.
As I’m not American and the setting was never described, I never really got a sense of it. I like to have an atmosphere, even in contemporary – it helps to set the tone. I also love when books don’t assume that everyone knows how American towns look like, but this one did.
While this was a quick read, I wasn’t always interested in what I was reading. I liked seeing the exploration of faith and the family scenes, but I didn’t care that much for anything that happened at school and the related subplots.
My rating: ★★★