Today we are presenting a little post about The Next New Syrian Girl by Ream Shukairy to celebrate the book’s release! This post is brought to you by Charli’s Book Box & TBR and Beyond Tours. I would like to wish Ream Shukairy a very happy book birthday today! Read on for more information about this awesome book and check out the tour schedule here.
Published by Little Brown on 03/14/2023
Genres: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Contemporary
Buy on: Amazon CA // Amazon US // Author Direct // Barnes & Noble // The Broken Binding
Khadija Shaami is a Syrian American boxer fed up with the expectations of being the perfect Syrian daughter. Saddled with a monstrous ego and a mother to test it, she will stop at nothing to leave Detroit and travel the world with her best friend.
Leene Taher is a Syrian refugee enraptured by the lavish lifestyle of the Syrian girls in Detroit. America is her fresh start, if only her haunting past will let her move on.
When their worlds collide, the result is catastrophic: To Khadija, Leene embodies the tame, dutiful Syrian ideal she’s long rebelled against. And to Leene, Khadija is the strong-willed, closed-off American who makes Leene doubt her place in the world.
But as Khadija digs up Leene’s past, a startling discovery brings the two of them closer together. As the girls secretly race to unravel the truth, their blossoming friendship challenges what each knows about the other and herself. And what they find takes them all the way across the world, back to the place of Khadija’s memories and Leene’s nightmares.
CW: Islamophobia, the Syrian Revolution, depression, reality of socioeconomic gaps, generational trauma, PTSD, Syrian refugee.
Representation: Syrian, Muslim
I will say that I am about a third of the way through The Next New Syrian Girl and I have to say, I am really enjoying it. I’m not a big fan of YA Contemporary Romance books, so the fact that I’m enjoying this book so much should tell you something about how good it is. I definitely recommend checking this book out.