The Girl Who Fell to Earth by Sophia Al-Maria (2012)
Sophia Al-Maria’s mother is a white woman from Washington and her father is a Bedouin from Qatar. As she grows up, Sophia is caught between these two cultures and families – not fully fitting into either – as she tries to figure out her identity.
I got this book because it was on sale, I liked the cover, and it was partially set in Washington. 😛
The concept of the book was interesting and I liked it, but I really wish there had been more depth. I wanted to read more about things like how Sophia’s father got by on his own when he traveled to America and what it was like to experience 9/11 in the Middle East, but these were just glossed over. Characters other than Sophia also felt superficial.
You might like this book if you are interested in…
- Coming of age stories
- The Bedouin
- Arab vs. American culture
- Teenage angst