This has been a good year for coming-of-age stories by debut authors and Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali is another one. Just read the sales copy and you'll want to read this book, which came out yesterday.
There 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,
Also, there’s Jeremy and me. Misfits.
Because although, alliteratively speaking, Janna and Jeremy sound good
together, we don’t go together. Same planet, different worlds.
But sometimes worlds collide and beautiful things happen, right?
3. Monsters. Well, monsters wearing saint masks, like in Flannery O’Connor’s stories.
Like the monster at my mosque.
People think he’s holy, untouchable, but nobody has seen under the mask.
Here's the author's page at Simon & Schuster.
Follow her on Twitter @SajidaWrites