Other Words for Home Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-08 
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" Such an important eye-opening book. Jude is a Syrian refuge in America with her pregnant mother and staying with her uncle's family. But her heart and her home straddle both sides of the Atlantic Ocean as her father and older brother are still back in wartorn Syria. A beautiful book told in accessible free verse. A story everyone of all ages should read. No matter our homeland, we are all more alike than different. " said.

"“Sometimes I feel like you have to say things out loud
just to remind the universe
that you’re still thinking about them.”

Jude and her mother has to move away from Syria to America. Life back home was becoming bad everyday. They arrive at Jude's uncle's home in America and a new world starts for Jude to discover.

“I break a lot of things,
But I try not to break promises”

The poems made my heart ache, I smiled at Jude's innocence and the way this kid matures up so much. I love how she's soft and brave. I loved how real her feelings felt. Learning English, adjusting to an entire different environment, new school, new people. Jude's development was incredible.

“That I cover my head
not because I am ashamed
or hiding.
But because I am
and want to seen
as I am.”

This brave and beautiful kid doesn't waver. She stands up for her choices and even with her very new English she speaks and says what she think is right. I have so much love for her. Learning about Syria and how Jude's brother is revolting against the wrong, how hard it is to be separated into two parts in two different places in the world. Everything about this book was so pure.

“In my months of speaking English
while still thinking,
still dreaming,
in Arabic,
I have learned that sometimes
the simplest things are
the hardest things to say.”

I heart this book. I adored so many things. Definitely recommend this to anyone who loves poems that tell a story. Or a story that is made up of poems. Vise versa. It's fascinating.
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" This was such a beautiful, immersive and emotional experience. I don't remember the last book I've read that was written in verse, but Other Words for Home really inspired me to look for more books written like it. I've read so many different stories related to migration and important social causes, and this is definitely one of the best. Full review coming closer to release date on my blog! " said.

" I recommend everyone to read this poetry book. It was so deep and eye-opening.For example:'Americans don’t have much historyso they like things they think are old.''I know my brother is shouting forhis country.But I also feel like he is shouting at Baba.I do not think Baba islistening.'It's a light read, easy to be finished in one sitting. That being said, grab this book asap and enjoy the ride! " said.

"I've been excited to read Jasmine Warga's debut middle grade, OTHER WORDS FOR HOME, ever since I first began seeing things about it. So many of my favorite things are wrapped together in this book: wrestles with identity, tight-knit family structures, a poignant examination of big issues, and a child who slowly flourishes as she finds her place in the community around her. And to top it all off, it's told in verse, one of my favorite formats! Warga's poetry is spare and beautiful, capturing perfectly both Jude's hopeful, courageous voice and the details of the world around her, in both Syria and the United States—as well as in the liminal space between them, as Jude searches for what it means to consider a place "home."

Warga balances disparate plotlines expertly, showing us all the facets of Jude's life from her and her mother's sudden immigration, to Jude's determination to shine in the middle school musical, despite her Arabic accent and the way other students look askance at her headscarf. Jude navigates her world with vulnerability and spunk, coming through the course of the novel to recognize the complex humanity in the people around her, and beginning to understand the quiet pain carried in the hearts of many people she knows. The book ends on a bittersweet but strongly hopeful note, perfect for such a wise and nuanced novel.

Jude and her story will stay with me for a long time to come, and I can't wait to see further middle grade offerings from Jasmine Warga!
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" Lucky. I am learning how to say itover and over again in English.I am learning how it tastes—sweet with promiseand bitter with responsibility.loved every moment of reading this book. can't recommend it enough. " said.

" This beautifully written novel-in-verse provides readers with an important context for examining prejudice, racism & misinformed assumptions. A story everyone should read & share. " said.

" Fantastic. I love the decision to make this a novel in verse. It felt so right as Jude tells her immigration story. " said.

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