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*3.5 stars* I flew through reading this book, it was very quick and fast-paced! In the book, Amir is Muslim and Iranian and fears coming out. He fears his family’s culture/religious beliefs will make it difficult for them to accept his sexuality. When someone threatens to expose him to his parents, Amir makes the spontaneous decision to run away to Rome to escape his life. While in Rome, Amir stumbles into a group of older queer friends who take him under their wing and help him become comfortable in his own skin. Interspersed into the story of Amir’s time in Rome is him and his family in an airport interrogation room. It was interesting to read these scenes because we got to learn more about Amir’s family from their own perspective and it helped make them more well rounded characters. I am not Muslim or Iranian or in the LGBTQIA+ community, so I cannot speak to the accuracy of those representations in the book. I encourage you to seek out #OwnVoices reviews for that. I did have a few issues with a particular storyline in the book and how the story was resolved, but overall I’m happy I had the chance to read this book!