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Easily my favorite book I read in March. It was sad, beautiful, maddening, and a little bit hopeful, too. I was really curious about this one since the author's previous books had been YA fantasy, as opposed to contemporary. The author delivered and then some, with an incredible story about family, guilt, trauma, racism and more. I was gripped from the first page, and would have finished it in a day but I needed to set it aside periodically because it was so painful at time. I felt for Sal and Noor so much, and also enjoyed that we got some snippets of the past as well.

I don’t have much else to say other than I absolutely recommend picking this one up (but please proceed with caution and check/ask for content warnings, as there are quite a few). I can't wait to see what the author writes next - fantasy, contemporary - whatever it is, I will definitely be picking it up.