PositiveShelf Awareness...propulsive ... The facts carry readers along as they would in a crime novel, with clinical details that force observers to imagine the motives and emotions of the perpetrators and victim ... By toggling between the timelines before and after the book\'s central event, she conveys the universal experience of survivors--the divide between the person she was and the person she becomes afterward ... precise, lucid.
PositiveShelf Awareness... skillfully nuanced ... Mustafah authentically portrays Afaf\'s enjoyment of her friendships, music and the limited independence her bike affords her, alongside her growing awareness of her mother\'s displeasure with American life ... With exquisite pacing, Mustafah builds suspense and also Afaf\'s quiet courage until--in the book\'s final chapters--Afaf must do her hardest work yet. She must confront the shooter in order to save her students and herself.
PositiveShelf AwarenessThrough Adunni\'s perspective, Daré demonstrates how social strata matters little for women in Nigerian society ... Through Adunni\'s narration, Daré introduces readers to the full scope of the young woman\'s widening world. The narrator\'s attempts to make the unknown familiar often come across like metaphors in poetry. Readers leave Adunni knowing that she has the intellectual resources and the guts to face whatever challenges she must in order to attain her goals.