Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Saints and Misfits

8 Hours and 5 MinutesThere are three kinds of people in my world:1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They’re in your face so much, you can’t see them, like how you can’t see your nose.2. Misfits, people who don’t belong. Like me—the way I don’t fit into Dad’s brand-new family or in the leftover one composed of Mom and my older brother, Mama’s-Boy-Muhammad.Als...

Details Saints and Misfits

TitleSaints and Misfits
Release DateJun 13th, 2017
PublisherListening Library
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Reviews Saints and Misfits

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    Seeing yourself represented in a book when you live in a world that sometimes puts you in a box and being able to identify with the MC is the equivalent of walking in the cold and then suddenly the sun hits your face and it’s like a warm hug you didn’t ask for but it happened.And as a practising teen muslim girl who's fed up with being reduced to stereotypes, one-dimensional characters or just a walking apology, this book was important to me....
  • Jiana
    Full review The review includes one unmarked spoiler. There is a warning before it is stated. When I heard this book is about a Muslim MC, I bumped it right up to the top of my TBR, because this is the first time I hear of a book portraying Islam. I admit I was very scared to see how my religion was going to be portrayed, especially when we live in a world where Islam is associated with stereotypes and bad generalizations and many false negative...
  • may ❀
    This is the first contemporary I’ve read with a muslim main character and damn, I was excited as heck but also so fricken worried that it would show a bad representation of islam. The first thing I think all people need to understand is that the religion of islam is perfect but muslims are not. We all have faults and its not about judging and boasting about who the best is, but it’s about working your hardest on a daily basis to be the best a...
  • Yusra ✨
    wow. who knew this book was going to be such a breath of fresh air, and at the same time, hold an incredible emotional burden?tw- sexual assault to be honest, i think the best way to write this review is just tell you what i loved and what i … hated? because me jumping into this expecting some great muslim rep + a cute contemporary did not prepare me and it made my reading experience so much better the good - this was so rich in culture. i l...
  • Sana
    I'm crying. MUSLIM. TEEN. AKA ME. REPRESENTED. It was kind of meh but i still enjoyed it.REVIEW TO COME!!!!《》《》《》《》《》《》《》《》《》《》《》《》《》what am I going to do with my life until June?:) :) :)
  • may ➹
    This was such a great contemporary with the right amount of fluff, heavier topics, and diversity!!I actually was not expecting this book to handle such heavy topics like rape & sexual assault, but I felt like that really added a lot more to the story and made it even more poignant.I was also very excited to read this for the Muslim rep that I’d heard was overall quite accurate. I recommend reading ownvoices reviews (like May’s, Em’s, and Ji...
  • leenahreads
    1970-01-01 *a lot of incoherent screaming and squealing and oh my god*You can find my, very long, full review here the tales of two readersThis book has EVERYTHING: family (one hell of a cute brother that I demand a full book about), friendship (truly tatyana is best friend goals), romance, character development AND positive Muslim representation. YOU REALLY WANT THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE!Saints and Misfits is a multidimensional #ownvoices...
  • Romie
    Trigger warning : sexual assault, photos posted on the internet of the MC without her hijab without her consent, disrespect of the MC’s faith with ignorant comments and microagressions.It’s so hard to articulate my thoughts, because there are so many things I want to talk about and I’m afraid I won’t do the book any justice! Which I’m pretty I actually won’t.This book is extremely important, and I’ll try my best in this review to ex...
  • Norah Una Sumner
    3.5 starsBuddy read with the one and only Sara. I was really torn on how the rate this book but I'll have to settle for 3.5 stars. Saints and Misfits is a good and important book and I would recommend it to my dear Goodreads friends who maybe didn't have the opportunity to read a book with a Muslim protagonist and learn more about Islam. Everyone knows that I love YA books with developed family dynamics and I was happy to see how nicely the relat...
  • lady victoriana
    I loved this book. I loved it, I loved it, I loved it.I will try to write a coherent review, though mostly I just feel like squeezing this book and hugging it tight and typing something nonsensical in all-caps, so forgive me if this isn't especially eloquent. As a Muslim woman (and Egyptian! like the protagonist of this novel! I've literally never read about an Egyptian girl before!), this book meant so much to me. I've been reading for as long a...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    Assigned reading for MLIS 7421: Multicultural Youth Literature.A bit repetitive, but a sweet story full of representation that I can only hopefully assume was as amazing as it seemed to me. ♥ RTC
  • Fizah(Books tales by me)
    “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”I wanted to read a light and cute read and from nowhere I picked this one, and I only have one problem from this book and that is Why I haven’t read before, I started in morning and finished it at night.I was completely submerged in this book. My most favourite thing about this book is that it is different from other books on Islamophobia, It didn’t even slightly try to ma...
  • Grace (BURTSBOOKS)
    It's so nice that a book like this exists and I appreciate all it was trying to do but .... yikes. RTC
  • Mariah Roze
    "Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box. And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t ...
  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    An ARC of Saints And Misfits by S.K. Ali was provided to me by Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.--Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars--Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali has been one of the most talked about books of the summer. The hype was definitely real! I even had the opportunity to meet S.K. Ali prior to the book’s release at an Indigo Teen Preview event! Did you know that she is based ...
  • Trevor
    3.5 starsI will start by saying I won't be fleshing out a full review for this book. SAINTS AND MISFITS is about Janna's story, an Egyptian Indian Muslim teen. What I have to say about this aspect doesn't really matter; I am not Muslim so I cannot attest to whether or not this is an accurate portrayal or the specifics of Janna's actions. (Though I have read that this is a more realistic look at the religion, which makes me happy because everyone ...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    That was excellent. Why did I wait so long to try it? I highly recommend this YA #OwnVoices debut novel. I'm definitely looking forward to Ali's upcoming projects.
  • Fuzaila
    I am pretty sure I had on a long-ass review for this book.. you messed up again, GR!! 😡😡😡😡
  • Fafa's Book Corner
    DNF Mini review:I was so excited to read this! This is one of the first books featuring a Muslim teenager as the main character. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. I liked Janna. She was nice as was her family and friends. The portrayal of Islam was well done and accurate. There was a point where I was engaged but then it went downhill. It started to get really boring and it was becoming tedious. I tried to read a physical copy and an audiobook but ...
  • alexis
    ❈ Huge thanks to Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair review ❈Before I get into my review of Saints and Misfits, make sure to check out these #ownvoices reviews by Hadeer on Goodreads and Leenah over on her Blog. They are both Egyptian and Muslim.Saints and Misfits follows Janna, a teenage Egyptian Indian Muslim girl, who loves Flannery O'Connor and has to navigate her faith, high scho...
  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    Saints and Misfits is a feminist book about a Muslim teen struggling with identity. While I enjoyed the concept and the main character, I found the book’s pacing to be a bit slow. This is an important read, however, and one of very few Muslim YA books that I have seen.This book is all about the life of a Muslim teen. Janna figures out her own identity while dealing with feelings that slightly go against her religion. She also deals with the rec...
  • Kamalia
    Saints and Misfits is everything i've been waiting for in the Young Adult genre. It is so exciting to finally see proper Muslim representation in one of my favourite genres to read, and a huge bonus is that the book is actually pretty incredible. I am very impressed by S. K. Ali's debut novel, and I am definitely excited to read more books published by Salaam Reads. I am rating this beautiful book 4.75 stars, it's definitely going to make it into...
  • Suraya (thesuraya)
    A MUSLIM TEEN YOUNG ADULT NOVEL I WAS SO ECSTATIC ok here we go1. Relatable Islam element: never knew i needed this so much ever since i read sofia khan and now this. i love how the author explains some things that non-muslim dont understand and some other stuffs. The 'Ask Imam' thing though, that's brilliant!!!!!!!2. Muslim dating: ok technically thats how things shouldve been done but in reality not many of us actually follow that so yea3. Plot...
  • Mana
    TW: for sexual assault and mention of the former.My favorite kind of books are the kind that really touch on the intersectionality of issues cross culturally and across different waves of life. It's important to examine issues and to shed light on them, and that's exactly what Ali did. I just really loved that it showed all the facets of how a Muslim girl deals with specific experiences in her life. Love, hurt, and betrayal and all of that throug...
  • Julia Sapphire
    TW: Rape and Sexual Assault 2.5 ish stars This book was interesting, we follow a Muslim teenager and her dealing with her family, friends and something horrible that happened to her. At first I was quite liking this one. I still am glad I read this because it had such a unique perspective. I just felt this huge disconnect with the story. I listen to it via audiobook and liked the narrator and everything. At times I just didn't really like the m...
  • Xueting
    Trigger warning for minor sexual assault.As a Singaporean Chinese, I’m quite familiar with some of the basic practices and values of the Singaporean Muslim community. But unfortunately, I don’t know much beyond the surface about the experiences and struggles of the people because they are Muslim, not as much as I should, living among many Muslims in multi-racial Singapore. This book talks about Muslim characters in America, but I could make s...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Saint. Misfit. Monster. These are titles bandied around within this story of self-discovery. Janna often identifies as a "misfit" - she is a book nerd, avid photographer, academic over-achiever, who likes boys with high foreheads, and one high forehead in particular, belongs to a non-muslim boy. While Janna is struggling with this "crush", she is also grappling with exposing a so-called "saint" for the monster he really is.There were so many thin...
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    I'm really glad I stuck with this! It was a beautifully complex book about a Muslim teenage girl dealing with an attempted sexual assault by a boy in her community, her crush on a non-Muslim boy, her expectations about who people really are (Surprise! People surprise you), and more. The teenage voice in this felt very authentic. I wouldn't say I'd recommend the audio version though; the narrator's voice was too slow and not expressive enough. One...