Reading Without Walls

Challenge #2 - American Street by Ibi Zoboi

The second book that I read for the Reading Without Walls challenge was a book about a character who doesn't look like you or live like you.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi is about Fabiola Toussaint, a proud Haitian girl who moves to Detroit to be with her aunt and cousins. Unfortunately, the book opens with Fabiola's mother being detained upon their arrival to America, leaving Fabiola to figure out American life on her own.

I listened to the audiobook, which was narrated by Robin Miles. Miles' accents were spot on and emboldened the flavor of each character, whether Haitian or Detroit native.

Although Fabiola's life looks nothing like mine, there was still a lot in the book that I could relate to. I have never been to Detroit or Haiti, but Zoboi's writing left a clear picture in my mind that I could compare to places I know. Plus, who hasn't experienced a time in their life where they didn't fit in or struggled with a test of faith or trust?

I think this challenge proves that reading a book about a person who doesn't look like you or live like you can still make a strong connection to your own experiences.

Challenge #2 done! Just one more left...


Created by Izabel Gronski on Oct 4th, 2017 @ 6:08 PM.
Updated on Oct 4th, 2017 @ 6:44 PM.