A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family . . . until the bombs strike. His city is in ruins. His life is destroyed. And those who have survived are left to figure out their uncertain future.In the wake of destruction, he's threatened by Daesh fighters and witnesses a public beheading. Tareq's family knows that to continue to stay alive, they must leave. As they travel as refugees from Syria to Turkey to Greece,...

Details A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

TitleA Land of Permanent Goodbyes
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherPhilomel Books
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Historical, Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Fiction, War

Reviews A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

  • Atia Abawi
    It’s my book 😊 Thanks to all who have taken the time to read ALOPG! And to those who plan to read it. As someone who was a refugee myself this story was important for me to share.
  • Amy Layton
    What an astounding book.  Though not too violent at its core, this book certainly displays an affinity for discussing the aftereffects and reactions to the violence which humanity commits on a day to day basis--namely, in this book, terrorism caused by Daesh in Syria.  As we begin to follow Tareq, we are also allowed insight not only into what used to be his everyday life, but into the horrors he now bears witness to and the fears others harbor...
  • Lisa Heins
    2.5 stars. I went back and forth trying to decide if this was a 2 star read or a 3 star and finally decided to round up based solely on the story. It's important for these stories to be told, for YA readers to be exposed to them, and for the experiences of refugees to be heard and understood from their perspective. This book does exactly that. Unfortunately, the story was the only element I really enjoyed. The book is told by destiny much the way...
  • Claire Draper
    This book made me cry. At my desk. In public. It was every bit of a lovely book that I needed this year.
  • Noor
    The refugee crisis is one that needs to be talked about, and despite this book’s many shortcomings, it did, at least, do that. It doesn’t do so as well or as powerfully as I hoped, but it is one of the few positive things that definitely cannot be discounted. It’s just a shame, because it could have been so much more. This is clearly a book that panders to a white audience. From the offset, the book was obviously invested in creating charac...
  • Rachel Strolle
    The last paragraph of this left me breathless
  • Laura
    This one fell firmly on the line between 2 and 3 stars for me. It's a serious and heartbreaking story about a teenage boy from Syria who becomes a refuge when his home is bombed, and his journey from Syria through Turkey and Greece. It's devastating, timely material. Unfortunately, the execution was poor. Tareq's story on its own was compelling, and the scenes told from his POV are what tipped the balance toward three stars instead of two. But Ab...
  • K.
    Trigger warnings: death of a parent, death of a sibling, bombing, war, executions, death of a child, manipulation, people smuggling, child trafficking, drowning, mentions of rape. OW MY FEELINGS. Let's be real here: this book is 100% intended for white readers. And white teenagers at that. It's pretty simplistic, and everything is very black and white - there are bad people and good people, that's it. No one operates in a moral grey zone, it's al...
  • Wendy Dopkin
    This book is heavy, but SO worth it. It is so powerful and well-written...Highly recommended!
  • Danielle N
    You may also find my thoughts and a guest post from Atia Abawi on Books, Vertigo & Tea. “The human heart is the most complicated creation I’ve ever encounter. The formation of the cosmos was easier to understand.” ~Atia Abawi, A Land of Permanent Goodbyes (Uncorrected text)Some books enter your life and leave a mark, and then there are those that stay etched within you permanently. You know by the time you close them, that you are wiser and...
  • Lisa Welch
    Thanks to Penguin Random House First to Read for an advance copy.I am reading some amazing and diverse books to start off 2018! This book packs a big punch, but is a powerful and important read. Written by a woman who is a journalist in the Middle East, this novel brings the Syrian refugee crisis to life in a way I never could have imagined. Narrated by Destiny, the journey of Tarek and his family, from their happy days in Syria to their escape t...
  • Chelsey
    Tareq has lost everything except for his father and his youngest sister after the conflict in Syria reaches his home. They manage to escape to Turkey, but living as a refugee is unspeakably hard. Do they risk their lives to try to make it to Europe?Well-researched and heart-wrenching, this is an important story that I'd like all my teens to read. However, the narrator of Destiny gets quite preachy, and the didactic tone really comes out towards t...
  • Lucy Booth
    This book is amazing. Beautifully written. It it truly inspiring. It tells not only of Syrian refugees, but refugees in the Middle East today, as well as throughout history. I also loved how it was narrated by destiny. This put an interesting twist to the book. I honestly can say this is one of the best, if not best books I have ever read. (This book was given to me by a local book store to read and review)
  • Laura
    An outstanding book. I have already recommended it to many friends and family with strong ties to Turkey and Syria. Even though I wish I could have gotten to know every one of the characters more deeply, I will not soon forget the scenes in this story, especially the trip across the Mediterranean, knowing that they will be in my mind for a very long time. I struggled a lot with the author's portrayal of Turkish people, having lived through much o...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Abawi, Atia A Land of Permanent Goodbyes 278 pages. Philomel Books (Penguin Random House), 2018. $7 (paperback). Language: G; Mature Content: PG; Violence : PGTareq’s family has a wonderful life until the Syrian Civil conflict comes showering down on their heads. Of the family Tareq, his father, a younger brother and a younger sister are the only survivors and they work to make their way to Europe, specifically Germany. The going is really hard...
  • Dean_o
    The first two chapters really got me. I had tears in my eyes just by being introduced to the characters and the whole situation.As a whole the book was really interesting and got me thinking a lot. It's good to be reminded of why all those refugees are here. Especially when you live in a country like Germany.I was expecting it to make me feel a little more though, to completely wreck me if I'm being honest. So it did fall a little bit flat in the...
  • Jaime Davis
    Absolutely phenomenal! A beautifully written, yet heart wrenching story of the struggle for survival in the war torn Middle East. Narrated by Destiny personified, this novel depicts the tragic experiences of a Syrian youth, and his determination to find a safer world for his sister. Without a doubt.......a MUST READ!Thank you to Penguin First to Read for access to an advanced reader copy!
  • Amanda Kingswell
    Very seldom do I give a book 5 stars but, this one really earned it. In this story we meet a boy named Tareq and his family who live in Syria, tragedy strikes his family and those that remain are left to flee Syria so they can survive. The story is narrated by Destiny. It is so wonderfully done and I could not put it down. I will admit this is definitely a story that will make you cry or at least have some emotional feeling. We see on the news ab...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    Author Atia Abawi, a foreign news correspondent whose parents were Afghan refugees, first gained popularity among young adult readers with her romantic novel, SECRET SKY, set in modern-day Afghanistan. In her latest novel, A LAND OF PERMANENT GOODBYES, Abawi draws from her experience reporting in the Middle East to tell the continuing story of the Syrian refugee crisis to her teen audiences. Raw and authentic, A LAND OF PERMANENT GOODBYES is a wi...
  • Shaye Miller
    This book — it’s a MUST in a young adult library. It was a difficult read because I know this stuff is reality for many people. But we need to understand these inside truths to have a better grasp on what is and isn’t happening. The story begins with Tareq in Syria (where his home was bombed) and follows him on his journey through Turkey and Greece. We witness the story from the viewpoint of “destiny” as narrator, which allows the reade...
  • Nicole Means
    Writing about current and controversial issues can be a daunting task, particularly portraying the situation without minimizing it, but not to minimize the situation, but Atia Abawi proves to be worthy of the task in her book, “A Land of Permanent Goodbyes.” Selecting “Destiny” as the narrator proved to be a brilliant strategy to recap historical details without disrupting the flow of the plot. Since Destiny has been around for an eternit...
  • Sumaiyya
    I really wanted to love this because it aims to tell the important story of what Syrian refugees go through, but the writing and characterization failed to catch my attention and it all felt flat. There were a few moments when the prose felt promising, especially in the earlier part of the book, but overall I was underwhelmed by Destiny as a narrator and overwhelmed by the didactic narrative and conversations between characters. It felt like I di...
  • Nikki Flynn
    This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. I was so hooked in from the start. With the exception of the first 11 pages, I read the entire book in about five hours. It was a powerful story that I know will stay with me for a while. I think it did an excellent job portraying a refugee’s story, however, as someone who is not, I can never truly say how well of a job it did. It is an own voices novel, so I think that this is an accurate r...
  • Mattie Richards
    2.5Don't get me wrong, this is a very heart wrenching and good read if you are unaware of the conflict in Syria or haven't had any interest in the topic and need a good shock of reality. My issue comes in with how quickly the story moved and how somethings shouldn't have been resolved as easily as they were. I don't know. I also have been force fed so much darkness lately that this just landed in my pile of "more depressing material to mull over"...
  • Becky
    This book uses a similar narrative device as The Book Thief, using "Destiny" as the narrator. But every part where the narration steps back from Tareq's story into Destiny's pontificating is overwrought and obviously didactic. I thought the portions with the volunteer Alexia were also like that. For example, on page 115, the narrator describes urinating as "the most human of actions." Despite this, A Land of Permanent Goodbyes is a very moving no...
  • Pat
    4.5 Stars This novel depicts the ravages of war torn Syria and the young Tareq who, with his four year old sister, desperately tries to cross the border into Europe where they hope they will be welcome and safe. I realize this is historical "fiction"...but even if only half of it is true, this story will devastate you and make you always want to view the world and its people with great compassion and understanding. Memorable and haunting.
  • Jan Sandro
    Narration reminded me of The Book Thief - in this, Destiny tells the story instead of Death. It took me a while to read because I kept putting it down when I could feel my chest clenching from the pain and despair of the refugee crisis. But in the end, hope and kindness and the urge to help are what I am left with instead of the sadness.
  • Melissa See
    Gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, eye-opening, and incredibly important.
  • Jacqueline Lehe
    One of the best books I have read. The story gives insight to the immigrant issues and concerns. Such anguish to reach freedom!
  • Margie's Must Reads
    WOW. I am still thinking about this book.