All my rage

Sabaa Tahir

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A family extending from Pakistan to California, deals with generations of young love, old regrets, and forgiveness.

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Subjects
Genres
Social problem fiction
Novels
Published
New York : Razorbill [2022]
Language
English
Physical Description
374 pages ; 22 cm
Audience
Ages 14 and up.
ISBN
9780593202340
0593202341
9780593202364
0593202368
Main Author
Sabaa Tahir (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Acclaimed fantasy author Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes series) makes her contemporary-fiction debut with this novel about estranged friends Salahudin and Noor, who are finding their way back to each other—or not—in the wake of Salahudin's mother's death. While Salahudin is confronted with the possibility of the loss of the family motel and Noor with the loss of the future she's dreamed about ever since surviving an earthquake in Pakistan, both are forced to make difficult choices that will retest their already-shaky relationship. Through the alternating perspectives of her characters that include interludes from the past, Tahir skillfully and with nuanced handling navigates themes of abuse, found family, guilt, racism and Islamaphobia, generational baggage, trauma, and more. A damning storyline involving the criminal-justice system makes this novel feel starkly real, while a touch of romance and a clever narrative device revealed toward the end leave an impression of everyday magic. Though their stories may be specific ones, these complex and electrifying characters contend with obstacles that many readers will identify with. An unyieldingly earnest generational story for contemporary audiences, Rage is a knife-sharp narrative with an obliterating impact that will leave readers thinking of it long after turning the last page. Fans of Tahereh Mafi's An Emotion of Great Delight (2021) won't want to miss this one. Grades 10-12. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Acclaimed fantasy author Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes series) makes her contemporary-fiction debut with this novel about estranged friends Salahudin and Noor, who are finding their way back to each other—or not—in the wake of Salahudin's mother's death. While Salahudin is confronted with the possibility of the loss of the family motel and Noor with the loss of the future she's dreamed about ever since surviving an earthquake in Pakistan, both are forced to make difficult choices that will retest their already-shaky relationship. Through the alternating perspectives of her characters that include interludes from the past, Tahir skillfully and with nuanced handling navigates themes of abuse, found family, guilt, racism and Islamaphobia, generational baggage, trauma, and more. A damning storyline involving the criminal-justice system makes this novel feel starkly real, while a touch of romance and a clever narrative device revealed toward the end leave an impression of everyday magic. Though their stories may be specific ones, these complex and electrifying characters contend with obstacles that many readers will identify with. An unyieldingly earnest generational story for contemporary audiences, Rage is a knife-sharp narrative with an obliterating impact that will leave readers thinking of it long after turning the last page. Fans of Tahereh Mafi's An Emotion of Great Delight (2021) won't want to miss this one. Grades 10-12. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—In a genre flip from fantasy, Tahir has created a contemporary novel that spans both time and place. In past Pakistan, Misbah weds Toufiq in an arranged marriage that results in a move to California after upheaval at home. Now they run a small hotel in the Mojave Desert. Their son Salahudin and dear family friend Noor hold a connection bound by their history and the challenges they face due to Islamophobia, racism, and more. When his mother's health fails and his father battles alcoholism as he grieves, the financial and maintenance aspects of the hotel fall to Sal, who takes drastic measures to save the hotel his mother loved so very much. Simultaneously, Noor is striving to leave her uncle's grasp by planning to go away to college, but finds herself caught up by Sal's choices. Tahir's lyrical prose unpacks both the beautiful and the brutal. She deftly captures the layers of grief, rage, family, examination of faith, and forgiveness, while managing to inject levity into dire situations and provide a semblance of hope. Music aficionados will revel in the songs referenced throughout various scenes in the book. VERDICT This deep dive into the complex ferocity of emotions within families is a love letter to Pakistani culture and revelations from the past that test the boundaries of survival. Put this book at the top of your list.—Lisa Krok, Morley Lib., Cleveland, OH Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A family extending from Pakistan to California deals with generations of young love, old regrets, and forgiveness.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When his attempts to save his family’s motel spiral out of control, Salahudin and his best friend Noor, two outcasts in their town, must decide what their friendship is worth and how they can defeat the monsters of their past and in their midst. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!An INSTANT INDIE BESTSELLER!"All My Rage is a love story, a tragedy and an infectious teenage fever dream about what home means when you feel you don’t fit in." — New York Times Book ReviewFrom #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir comes a brilliant, unforgettable, and heart-wrenching contemporary novel about family and forgiveness, love and loss, in a sweeping story that crosses generations and continents.Lahore, Pakistan. Then.Misbah is a dreamer and storyteller, newly married to Toufiq in an arranged match. After their young life is shaken by tragedy, they come to the United States and open the Clouds' Rest Inn Motel, hoping for a new start. Juniper, California. Now.Salahudin and Noor are more than best friends; they are family. Growing up as outcasts in the small desert town of Juniper, California, they understand each other the way no one else does. Until The Fight, which destroys their bond with the swift fury of a star exploding.   Now, Sal scrambles to run the family motel as his mother Misbah’s health fails and his grieving father loses himself to alcoholism. Noor, meanwhile, walks a harrowing tightrope: working at her wrathful uncle’s liquor store while hiding the fact that she’s applying to college so she can escape him—and Juniper—forever. When Sal’s attempts to save the motel spiral out of control, he and Noor must ask themselves what friendship is worth—and what it takes to defeat the monsters in their pasts and the ones in their midst.   From one of today’s most cherished and bestselling young adult authors comes a breathtaking novel of young love, old regrets, and forgiveness—one that’s both tragic and poignant in its tender ferocity.