WHEN MICHAEL MET MINA BY RANDA ABDEL-FATTAH BLOG TOUR DAY 18
Before Mina, my life was like a completed jigsaw puzzle but Mina has pushed the puzzle onto the floor. I have to start all over again, figuring out where the pieces go.
When Michael meets Mina, they are at a rally for refugees – standing on opposite sides.
Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother via a refugee camp, a leaky boat and a detention centre.
Michael’s parents have founded a new political party called Aussie Values.
They want to stop the boats.
Mina wants to stop the hate.
When Mina wins a scholarship to Michael’s private school, their lives crash together blindingly.
A novel for anyone who wants to fight for love, and against injustice.
This book was very different to any book that I had read before. I found that after I finished reading the book stuck to me and I couldn’t stop thinking about it for a few solid days.
This book was beautifully written. The writing between the two opposite characters really flowed through, making the story really fast paced and very enjoyable.
Mina was a very intelligent character, her character doesn’t really develop as much over the course of the story as some characters usually do but it wasn’t like Mina had a lot of need for change at the start of the novel. Michael however, went through heavy character development as at the start of the novel his beliefs and opinions were based off his parents opinions, but as the book went on I found that Michael learnt to form his own opinions and thoughts which was a really nice development to have read.
This book is in no way just a normal contemporary read, it had lots of heavy points that are very interesting to read about and aren’t really talked much about in books, these points were very refreshing and new to read about which makes this book very unique from a lot of books you’ve read before. However the heavy talk of politics in this book did throw me off a little but they were also good for me because I learn’t a lot of new things that I wouldn’t have read by myself.
Overall, I suggest that everyone reads this book. It was unique, inspiring and very insightful for me and let me into a whole lot of new information. I am excited to check out more of Randa’s books as her writing style was just beautiful!
STAR RATING: 4/5 STARS
Thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me a review copy for my honest thoughts, all opinions stated above are my own!
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