book reviews

You Truly Assumed by Laila Sabreen

Pub Date: February 8, 2022

Rating: 3.75/5

Thank you to Inkyard for the copy. My review is unbiased and honest.

I can’t speak to the experiences in this book as a non Black Muslim, so I won’t be talking about that. I can say, however, that it was really insightful seeing these three unique Black Muslim experiences in this story.

I think the book did a really great job of creating this impactful and emotional story while also having some really great friendships and family relationships.

I loved the way the blog brought these three girls from all over the states together, even amidst some tragedy and struggles. It was great to see this friendship blossom!

There were a lot of quotes that really hit hard and a lot of instances where I could feel the emotion and passion. I would definitely recommend this for a story of power of a small action to start big change.

I do think that there were a lot of times throughout the book where I had a bit of a difficult time remembering which character was supposed to be doing what. While the three girls had distinct storylines, I felt like I wasn’t catching the changes in voice style, so I had to keep going back to remember who was supposed to be talking.

While I also did find the three separate stories really interesting, I felt like because of that, the larger story was put to the side and the story felt a bit choppy because it felt like too much was trying to happen. And because of the separate storylines, it felt like I didn’t get as much of an inside look into the friendship between the three girls as much as I’d have liked. The problem was that I wanted more and it felt like it was all being compressed into too short of a book to properly fill all the gaps.

Of course, I really did love the individual storylines. I loved how they each grew into their own. I especially loved Farah’s story as it was more family orientated and really heartwarming to see. However, I do think the execution of the overall story left me feeling a little underwhelmed. I would still recommend this to everyone, especially because it’s almost nonexistent to see Black Muslim representation and these experiences definitely deserve to be highlighted.

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