I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan

I Am Thunder

Fifteen-year-old Muzna Saleem, who dreams of being a writer, struggles with controlling parents who only care about her studying to be a doctor. Forced to move to a new school in South London after her best friend is shamed in a scandal, Muzna realizes that the bullies will follow her wherever she goes. But deciding to stand and face them instead of fighting her instinct to disappear is harder than it looks when there's prejudice everywhere you t...

Details I Am Thunder

TitleI Am Thunder
Release DateJan 25th, 2018
PublisherMacmillan Children's Books
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews I Am Thunder

  • Erin
    Fellow bookworms, keep your eyes peeled for this book on January 25th. Set in present day Britain, Muhammed Khan explores the racism and discrimination of the Muslim population in England(and the Western world) while also bringing the topic of the recruitment tactics of some extremist groups . His protagonist is a teenage girl by the name of Muzna Saleem. An only child, Muzna's future is filled with plenty of expectations from her parents, immigr...
  • Sarah
    Sometimes I feel like YA novels are a little reserved when it comes to talking about serious issues. I'm not sure why, maybe the author hasn't fully committed to the idea, maybe they don't think YA readers could handle it or maybe they are afraid to write something that could end up being a little controversial. But when I read those books that are afraid to really talk about an issue, it just kind of skits around the issue and the book often end...
  • ilsa ➹
    “You are Thunder. Don’t keep Quiet” HOLY CRAP.There’s a lot to unpack in this review so buckle up! Recently, I went to a Writers of Colour event. It was an amazing, eye-opening experience and it was something I will never forget. For once, I didn’t feel out-of-place and we could discuss the real problems of diversity in publishing. How publishers excluded so many just because they already had one black author already so they couldn’t...
  • Kate (beautifulbookland)
    This book is going to stay with me for a long time. I almost didn’t request it on NetGalley, because, honestly, I usually avoid religion like the plague because it scares the shit out of me - how it can completely brain wash someone. The PlotFifteen year old Muzna dreams of being a writer, while her overbearingly pushy parents only care about her becoming a doctor. Her parents control her life, and their family image is everything; so when her ...
  • Marie Andrews
    I Am Thunder follows the story of 15 year old Muzna, an ordinary Muslim-teen, trying to fit into a new high school in London. Her strict Pakistani parents want only the best for her - urging her to become a Dr, even though Muzna dreams of becoming an author, especially so she can represent Muslim voices in writing. Whilst trying to settle into the new school environment, she becomes friends with Arif, and it is this relationship, along with his b...
  • Suzanne Bhargava
    I’ve been prevaricating about writing this review, because I wanted to do the book justice. It was brilliant. A strong contender for my Carnegie nomination next year. As debuts go, I was blown away by the dialogue and narrative voice, which feels fresh and authentic (it was brave genius of Muhammad Khan to use his South London students as beta readers / slang police). The story is mainly about Islamophobia, extremism and the balancing act of be...
  • Usman
    Witty, smart and clever. I had heard a lot about this book and was a bit worried it would not live up to its hype. It is even more amazing. The main character is detailed and very relatable. She explores her faith and her identity in a very realistic way. She reminded me of my younger sister who is reading the book and will post her own review in time. The reader sees events and experiences shape Muzna in real time. When things start to go wrong ...
  • Taneika
    I received this book for free from Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I Am Thunder is an own voices story about a Pakistani and Muslim girl named Muzna who is just trying to fit in and deal with her controlling, overprotective parents. Muzna just wants to try and fit into her new high school while also dealing with her controlling, overprotective parent...
  • Annie
    One of the most confronting books I have read this year and a story that really hits the nail on the head. Firstly, I want to take this moment to thank the author, Muhammad Khan, for writing this story. This book is definitely an eye opener for Non-Muslim readers and a warm hug to the Muslim readers as stated in his author’s note. Whilst dialogue among 16 year olds can be cheesy, I found the book to be very well written, honest and beautifully ...
  • Jananee (headinherbooks)
    The Rating: 2.5/5 stars In order to best summarise my thoughts, I’ve decided to split it up into things I liked and things I didn’t like so let’s just get into it.Just a brief summary first to get started though – this book follows Muzna who’s a teen trying to fit in a world where most everything seems to be going against her. We follow her as she tries to juggle the differing societal expectations of both her British and Pakistani back...
  • Umairah
    I’ve been reading a lot about representation lately, what with diversity being a buzzword nowadays. In the past, when I’ve read a book there were never any expectations to see a Muslim protagonist, I just expected (as Shakespeare said, expectation is the root of all heartache) a good book and an absorbing story with some relatable experiences. Then everyone started talking about how there are different types of readers (duh) so there should b...
  • Kausr H.
    Made me proud to be a Muslim. Muzna is an amazing hero. I saw myself and my sisters in her. Loved how the author touched on so many important issues with honesty and compassion.
  • Megan (YABookers)
    Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book free from the publisher.Fifteen-year-old Muzna Saleem is passionate about writing. She struggles with Maths and Science but her parents want her to become a doctor. After her best friend is shamed by a scandal, her parents force her to cut off contact and she is moved to a new school. Having to face the world alone is a scary concept for Muzna, as she has always had her friend by her side. At her new sch...
  • Rosie
    **3.5 Stars**This had slow beginning but it really picked up toward the end!Love the main character.Some of the language (especially in texts) didn't feel authentic.
  • Rachel
    • Family, faith and extremism • Subtle but powerful• Muzna is intelligent and funny• The South London slang is “next level”• Truly eye opening, and a must read for everyone; the voice UKYA is crying out for
  • Sophie
    *I received a free copy of I am Thunder from My Kinda Book (Macmillian) in exchange for an honest review.* - Release Date: 25 January 2018This debut Novel by Muhammed Khan is an own voices story, revealing what it’s like for Muslim’s growing up with protagonists of them all being classed as a ‘terrorist’. I am Thunder is all about 15 year old Munza Saleem who has a passion for becoming a writer once finishing high school, except there are...
  • Adiba Jaigirdar
    It was cruel to bring me up in Britain make me go to school with British kids, then expect me to act like a girl from back home. Outside of having brown skin, speaking the language, and half-heartedly cheering the cricket team on with Dad, I had no real idea of what it meant to be Pakistani. I mean, how could I? I Am Thunder is a YA novel unlike any I have come across before, just because it takes a topic that is timely and significant and tackle...
  • Jessikah Stenson
    A brilliant new voice and a daring story. I can't wait to write my full review.
  • Kath Middleton
    Muzna is a plain looking girl who lacks self-confidence. Her Muslim parents move her to a new school when her father loses his job and her best friend is deemed to be a bad influence. At her new school she falls for Arif, the school heart-throb who, unbelievably, falls for her too. His brother persuades Muzna to wear the hijab. Her own parents disapprove. Gradually, she finds she’s become enmeshed in more than she’s comfortable with. Can she ...
  • Alex Granger
    This book is an absolute tour de force! Instead of watering down difficult topics like Islamophobia and radicalization, Khan tackles them head on through the innocent eyes of an intelligent and relatable heroine. Muzna is adorably flawed and naïve and perhaps the novel’s greatest achievement is in slowly developing her into the powerful young lady she is destined to become. Rarely do teenage female protagonists go on to achieve this level of h...
  • naz
    The more I think about and flick back through this book, the worse it gets.
  • Annalise
    Again, it’s been a while since I actually read this book as I’ve been a bit rubbish at reviewing recently… but I loved this book so much I had to review it. I may have been raving about it on Twitter a little too much already.I don’t want to say too much except - just read it. You know when you read a book that is timely and political, touches a tough subject matter, and is just so fresh and unique, you devour it and want to thrust a copy...
  • Edel
    This is a story about a teenage girl called Muzna , she dreams of being an author when she gets older but her strict Muslim parents have other ideas for her . Muzna is a great character , she is funny and down to earth with ambition and gumption . Muzna lives in the UK with her family who are originally from Pakistan , she has had a rigid upbringing where her parents are always trying to keep her safe in every way, but especially where boys are c...
  • Anisha (sprinkledpages)
    this was very well written and powerful. keep an eye out for it friends!for more, check out my review: https://sprinkledpages.blogspot.com.a...
  • Caroline
    An excellent and important book about the radicalisation of a young girl. Muzna is a shy and unselfconfident Pakistani girl, not particularly religious, until the amazing Arif takes notice of her. Arif leads her into a world of extreme views, step by step. Under his spell Muzna starts wearing the hijab to the distress of her parents. Concerned teachers gently try and get to the truth, but she is besotted with Arif and can’t see the truth. Until...
  • Jemima Pett
    In a line: Brilliantly written,with touches that made me fear coming back to it. This is a thoroughly believable novel, or rather thriller, or maybe it's suspense, about contemporary life in London. Since the author is/was a contemporary London schoolteacher (secondary i.e. ages 11-16), I can well believe the sorts of things that go on, even if it seems a far cry from my experience of school in London.  Muzna is an engaging character, full of th...
  • Angus (Awkwardly Angus)
    Eye opening, informative and bold. This book is such an important read considering recent historical events.
  • Ailsa
    This was a difficult book to read, and I'm sure even more difficult to write for Muhammad Khan, the English teacher and author from London. This is his debut novel, written in the wake of the schoolgirls who travelled to Syria to join ISIS. Muzna is a fifteen year old Muslim girl who deals with a multitude of problems, from her overbearing Pakistani parents who want her to be a doctor, to bullying at school for being Muslim. When she meets Arif a...
  • Sinead (Huntress of Diverse Books)
    Check out my book blog for more book reviews and other bookish posts!I received an ARC of I Am Thunder from Netgalley. This is one of the only UK books coming out next year that has been written by an author of colour. I’ve changed schools a lot, so I am always very interested in stories about children who change schools.This book is #ownvoices for Pakistani British and Muslim representation.__I Am Thunder was a good read. It discusses how extr...
  • Karolane
    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was scared when I first picked this book up. I am still very scared to post a review of this book because I cannot speak for the accuracy of the cultural and religious portrayal of this book. I will not be judging the content related to those topics because I have yet to see own voices reviews for this book to get a better idea of the accuracy of it.In the author's note, it i...