Janna is a photographer and frames the world with three lenses: saints, misfits, and monsters. Monsters are tricky because they often walk through the world as saints; not everyone sees the evil underneath. Janna sees it. Observant, smart, and thoughtful, Janna sees her friends, her community at her mosque, her family, and herself. What she needs to discover, however, is how to be seen, how to speak, and to speak up. Janna’s narrative voice is fresh and captivating. Saints & Misfits is enlightening and inspiring.
~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017— From Holiday Picks 2017
A William C. Morrow Award Finalist
An Entertainment Weekly Best YA Book of 2017 Saints and Misfits is a "timely and authentic" (School Library Journal, starred review) debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life...starring a Muslim teen. There are three kinds of people in my world: 1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They're in your face so much, you can't see them, like how you can't see your nose. 2. Misfits, people who don't belong. Like me--the way I don't fit into Dad's brand-new family or in the leftover one composed of Mom and my older brother, Mama's-Boy-Muhammad. Also, there's Jeremy and me. Misfits. Because although, alliteratively speaking, Janna and Jeremy sound good together, we don't go together. Same planet, different worlds. But sometimes worlds collide and beautiful things happen, right? 3. Monsters. Well, monsters wearing saint masks, like in Flannery O'Connor's stories. Like the monster at my mosque. People think he's holy, untouchable, but nobody has seen under the mask. Except me.