|| Book Review || This is My Truth by Yasmin Rahman ||

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Genre: Thriller, Contemporary Fiction

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: July 22nd 2021

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Best friends Amani and Huda are getting nervous about their GCSEs – and their future beyond school, which they’re both wildly unprepared for. Shy, quiet Amani has an outwardly picture-perfect family – a father who is a successful TV presenter, a loving mother, and an adorable younger brother – while confident and impulsive Huda has grown up with over-affectionate foster parents who are now expecting a baby of their own. Both girls are jealous of each other’s seemingly easy life, without realising the darkness or worries that lie underneath. Then Huda witnesses Amani’s father hitting her mother, and Amani’s biggest secret is suddenly out. As Amani convinces Huda to keep quiet by helping her with her own problems, a prank blog starts up at school, revealing students’ secrets one by one. Will this anonymous blogger get hold of Amani’s secret too? Will Huda keep quiet?


Thank you to Kaleidoscopic Book Tours, Hot Key Books and of course the author for providing me with a gifted physical copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. 

 

I recently posted a short review over on Bookstagram and figured it was about time I posted my full thoughts on this powerful book.

This is the story of Amani and Huda, two Muslim teenagers who are best friends but who both have secrets.

Amani strives to be the “perfect daughter” in her family of four. She has a mother, father and a little brother who she adores. She works hard at school, especially in the sciences so that she can follow in her fathers footsteps and become a vet. She would never tell anyone that her true passion lies in making videos and that she doesn’t want to be a vet. She can’t imagine how her father would react if he found out she were failing her subjects. Amani is also hiding a dark family secret, her violent and abusive father.

Huda is quite the opposite and has lived in foster care from being a young child. She has landed on her feet with a wonderful set of foster parents who she has lived with for four years and who love her like their own. Only now they are having their own baby together and Huda is terrified that they won’t have time for her when the new baby is born.

The two friends envy each others lives… to Huda, Amani’s family and home life seems picture perfect and to Amani she sees fun, love and laughter with Huda and her foster parents and neither can understand the other’s view at first which causes a bit of a rift to form between them.

Eventually Huda finds out what is happening behind closed doors with Amani’s family and although Amani has sworn her to secrecy she thinks that Amani needs to tell someone what is happening and get help. Amani is terrified of people finding out and of her family getting split up.

In their culture a woman would be shamed for breaking up a family in this way and it is expected that they just accept the way things are and put on a brave face for the sake of the family. So this really does cause a big problem and their friendship breaks apart which is terribly sad for them both as the support they both get from each other is invaluable and you can see the impact not having each other has especially on Amani.

A big plot point in the book is the “burn blog” which is very like the burn book from Mean Girls if you ever saw that. An anonymous person starts posting secrets online and no one knows who is doing it or why.

This book was an incredibly tough and emotional read. Not only covering domestic violence in a very direct way but also high school bullying which I think we can all relate to in some way or another. I think as teenagers we have all had moments where we felt alone and I think that everyone will be able to relate to both Huda and Amani’s struggles both in high school and at home.

I found the story to be both realistic and honest as well as sensitive. It’s a powerful and important book that highlights very real issues. I highly recommend it! 

 

Read This is My Truth if you like…

— Strong high school friendships

— Books that highlight tough, real world issues

— Muslim representation

 


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