God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems by Ishara Deen

March 2, 2017
God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems, Ishara Deen, Book Review, InToriLex
Published By: Deeya Publishing Inc on January 15, 2017
Format Read: Paperback Edition (236 pages)
Genre: Young Adult/ Mystery/ Contemporary
Series: Book One of An Asiya Haque Mystery
Source: Author Request
Rating: FOUR STARS
God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems
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Craving a taste of teenage life, Asiya Haque defies her parents to go for a walk (really, it was just a walk!) in the woods with Michael, her kind-of-friend/crush/the guy with the sweetest smile she’s ever seen. Her tiny transgression goes completely off track when they stumble on a dead body. Michael covers for Asiya, then goes missing himself.

Despite what the police say, Asiya is almost sure Michael is innocent. But how will she, the sheltered girl with the strictest parents ever, prove anything? With Michael gone, a rabid police officer in desperate need of some sensitivity training, and the murderer out there, how much will Asiya risk to do what she believes is right?

VERDICT:

REVIEW:

Part murder mystery, family drama, and romance this is a really engaging peak into a Muslim family's life. Asiya is not only adventurous but relateable and  really funny. Asiya's humor helped me deal with the uncomfortable feelings I had about her Mom repeatedly saying girls mixing with boys brings Satan. This short book, made me feel a range of emotions while reading, and I was happy to care about the characters described. Micheal is Asiya's friend who has lived a hard life, and brings up important life experiences that are glossed over in many young adult books.
"He just didn't get what it was like to have to protect every ounce of freedom he had because he was a guy he was afforded way more than I was despite being four years younger."
Asiya tries to abide by her strict Muslim parents rules, investigate a murder and deal with teenage hormones brought on by her first crush. While there was plenty that happened plot wise, the short chapters and flow of the narrative worked together seamlessly. Asiya grows up fast in this short book and has to confront some clear insensitivity and hostility that is directed at her religion and family. She stands up to the opposition she faces bravely, is smart, and could serve as a role model to young readers.
"I patiently reminded myself that the circumference at my thighs had as much to do with muscle as it did fat. And that Nasreen Aunty's life was the stuff of my personal nightmares, so I should feel sorry for her." 
This book was genre bending and memorable. I would recommend this to everyone who wants to take lighthearted peak into a Muslim family's life. Now more then ever readers should look for and read about people who are being targeted and marginalized in our society. I look forward to keeping up with this series as it continues.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ishara Deen, author of God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems, is also a copywriter and grad-school dropout. She did finish a Master’s degree in World Lit, but still prefers a good mystery, fantasy, or romance over “literature.” She’s a hobby-collecting nerd, the latest of which are archery and bass guitar, and her goal in life is to write and publish what scares her, because it’s likely to scare the people that put that fear in her even more.
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