American Street

Posted by shorty on February 16, 2017
30256109American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 336
Release Date: Feb 2017
Place on Hold

Fabiola is an immigrant from Haiti. She’s on her way to Detroit with her mother to live with her aunt and cousins when her mother is detained. Fabiola goes on to Detroit without her mother and moves in with her cousins, Princess, Primadonna, Chantal, and her aunt Jo. As Fabiola spends more time with her cousins and their friends, she digs herself a huge hole. Will she be able to get out.

I wasn’t sure if I would like this book, but I actually did. The book has a lot of chapters, but they’re short so it’s sort of a quick read. The one thing I didn’t like was all the cussing that went on throughout the book. I felt like there was someone cussing every 5 pages. It was sort of annoying.

I really liked Fabiola. I liked that she stayed true to herself and didn’t try to act like someone she wasn’t. I didn’t really like when she started dating Kasim, but as the book went on, I liked them as a couple. I also liked that she didn’t give up in the lwas. Overall, I thought she was a well developed character.

I really didn’t like Fabiola’s cousin Primadonna. I thought she was shallow, vain, and kind of stupid. In the book she’s described as “checking her reflection in the rear view mirror, phone, and sun visor mirror”. She also wears so much make up she looks plastic, wears fake hair, and too tight clothes just for her boyfriend. That’s part of the reason I hated Donna. She wears all this crap for her boyfriend and he beats her. She won’t leave him though, because she supposedly “loves” him and he supposedly “loves” her back. I felt like the only think Donna loved about Dray was that he had money. It wasn’t hard earned money though, it was drug money. I seriously wanted to yell at Donna “break up with this idiot already, he doesn’t love you, and you’re probably going to end up dead somehow if you keep hanging out with him!”

I sort of liked Princess though. I liked that she stood up for Fabiola and Donna when things went south, but I feel like she was sort of a flat character. The author doesn’t really give Princess that good if a backstory. Overall, I thought she was an okay character. I loved Chantal. I thought she had a good head in her shoulders. She was going to college and trying to help her family. She also stayed true to herself like Fabiola. She didn’t dress for some stupid guy. Overall, I thought she was a great character. I sort of liked Aunt Jo. I feel like the author didn’t give her much of a backstory.

I wondered what she did for a job and in the end, we find out what it is. They all sell drugs:Aunt Jo, Chantal, Princess, and Primadonna. Everything that they sent to help Fabiola and her mother wasn’t hard earned money, it was stupid drug money. They tried to play it off like no big deal, but it is. They sold drugs to a girl who ended up dying and they talk smack about it when they did it. I wanted to punch all of them, but I couldn’t.

I really liked the plot though. I couldn’t stop reading the book. I wanted to see what happened. I liked the author’s writing style. It wasn’t overly descriptive, but it was just enough to give you a good image in your head. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something new. Overall, I would give this book a 6/10 on a scale of 0-10.

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