Hi there! This is Marissa, Adult Services Librarian and YA Book Lover. My book pick for this week is “American Street” by Ibi Zaboi.
Fabiola Toussaint is a Haitian immigrant who movies to the west side of Detroit to live with her aunt and three cousins. Her mother is detained by U.S. immigration authorities during their journey. As Fabiola struggles to adjust to American life, high school, homesickness, and a potential new romance, she finds herself in way over her head. Everything she has worked so hard for is put on the line when she is forced to make an unthinkable choice. Zoboi’s story is based on her own trials and tribulations as a young Haitian immigrant.
This novel is filled with heart and I just couldn’t put it down. I learned a lot about Haitian culture and the struggles that are common for young people emigrating to the U.S. It is easy to put yourself in Fabiola’s shoes and feel her pain. I think everyone should read this realistic portrayal of a teen immigrant grappling with a new country’s expectations and holding on to the traditional and culture she finds comfort in.