American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Synopsis: he rock in the water does not know the pain of the rock in the sun.
On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.
But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.
Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?
Publication Date: February 14th, 2017
American Street was one of my TBR books that I was really excited to read about. Even though, I didn’t really enjoy her Pride novel, this book was a little better. The book follows Fabiola as she adjusts living in America after moving from Haiti. The book immediately starts off with Fabiola at the airport with her mom not insight until she learned the news, that her mom is currently in New Jersey at a detention center.
I liked learning about what Haitians believed in, as Fabiola was born in America, but she lived in Haiti for most of her life until her mom decides to go to her Aunt Jo, Chantal, Princess (Pri) and Primadonna (Donna) in Detroit. The spiritual part, and how it’s quite different from America was what I really loved. While I kinda wished I knew what kinda food they ate, but can’t really have everything.
I liked that family was really apart of the novel. They each have different personalities, but at least they were apart of the story. I was really happy to see that they shared a main part in the book. It was really wonderful to see how Fabiola adjusted in living with her family.
This was a type of book that should have had no romance in it. It was dealing with a lot of things and the romance just seemed off like it was included just for the sake of it not being necessary. The romance took away from the story quite a bit, and there was a bit of instalove in this book.
What I absolutely hate is that everyone was okay that someone was dating someone quite abusive? Fabiola just accepted it, as if there was nothing wrong. Dray is ABUSIVE and hits Donna. So from this book, it is quite okay for people to hit others in an relationship? Wow, that’s so accepting. I really can’t believe the author did that.
It was good, just not the best. I really can’t get past the fact that author thinks its okay for someone to be an abusive relationship, because its absolutely normal. I’m sorry but that’s just messed up because no one questioned that.