I read a bit of everything.
I'm not Muslim so I don't have personal experience, but this book seems to do a good job of portraying what it's like for an American teen. It works in a lot of the normal teen situations and shows how the religion relates to them. It also shows how everyone is mostly good. There is someone who is thought to be a good person by most and who isn't. I've seen the same with someone who's supposed to be Christian. I enjoyed it and was ready to get back to reading when I had to take a break to work. Since it's intended for a younger audience, I'm assuming they'll like it even more than I did.
Some of this book wasn't really interesting to me because there was a lot of talking about things relating to rank in society, but other things that were more personal pulled my attention. Emma wasn't one of my favorite characters, but I didn't dislike her either. I wouldn't excitedly tell someone that this is a favorite must-read of mine, but I do recommend it. It's like you just can't help getting caught up in their gossip and wonder the who's and what's.
I could see this being turned into a teen film with its quirky family and lead. Everything is told from Merit's POV. She's almost an adult. She has it bad for a boy, a great guy, but this isn't really a romance. It's more about her. It's kind of a realizing-everything-isn't-always-how-you-see-it-tale.
It seems like everyone loves this book so Idk if it's just me and not the book. I had a hard time staying interested. It seems like a story that would be perfect for me. It's fiction but wrapped in a lot of fact. The narrator has a colorful family with lives that seem like each could be their own book. The grandfather is the center of everything but really it's about the whole family. It has spy stuff, war, mental illness, rockets, just a bit of everything. It sounds great in theory, but for me, there were times I had to force myself to keep reading.
This is fast paced and really kept my attention. I liked all the codes and clues and deep meanings. I'm not any type of art historian so idk the truth to most of that, but it was cool to me. Also, I don't get hung up on the religion stuff. As far as I'm concerned, it could be anyone's guess about Jesus. The biggest draw back to this story IMO is how they always found clues or details but never revealed them right away. I know that was supposed to keep the reader drawn into the mystery more, but sometimes I just wanted them to spit it out.