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You Truly Assumed

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I honestly didn’t enjoy this book. I felt that it was pretty slow and shallow. The story line also could have been better!
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I think this book just wasn’t written for me. I’m not a Black Muslim living in the US, yet the author asked for readers to review her book who were Black and/or Muslim, so I went into this expecting that I’d relate to some aspects at least. Besides for one character who wears the hijab and mentions praying, the other two don’t mention anything about Islam (besides having an Allah necklace and mentioning Ramadan and Eid). They also both date/end up in a relationship by the end of the book. None of these things are explained or challenged in any way. It’s considered normal and accepted. I did speak to a friend about it and she said it could just be how Black Muslims express their faith differently than us, but I think this would just leave non-Muslim and Muslim readers more confused. If it was clearly stated that “hey, I date and don’t pray, which I know is not something Muslims do, but I still call myself a Muslim” I could maybe understand? Even our one hijabi character has a best friend who throws parties at her house and invites guys too?? And they both go to an all girls Islamic school? The book seemed to focus more on islamophobia but without the Islam part. The blogposts were super general in the sense where it talks about wanting to be yourself and stand up for what’s right and how difficult it is being Black and Muslim, but we just don’t get that “Muslim” aspect to it. I don’t know, this just wasn’t written for me and even then I went in thinking it could surprise me, but I was disappointed instead.
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You Truly Assumed follows three Black Muslim girls who create a blog as a space for young Muslim girls to come together after a terrorist attack in DC. This is a thought-provoking book that deals with important and relevant issues. The three main characters are all feeling a bit lost in some ways, and the blog allows them to find a safe space that helps them grow in their own lives. I was really interested in seeing how these characters navigated the difficulties in their individual lives. The blog is part of the story, but it is more so about identity, friendship, community, etc. YA books are hit or miss for me and the writing in this book is why I rated this lower. Despite not connecting to the writing style myself, I think this book is important and worth the read. 

*Thank you to Inkyard Press and NetGalley for this eARC!
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A book about assumptions, truths and owning your identity, ‘You Truly Assumed’ by @lailasabreenwrites was a treat to read ahead of publication. I was so thankful I was given a copy to review by #NetGalley, and look forward to the publication by @inkyardpress/@harpercollins on 2/8/22.
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Sabriya, a Black Muslim teen, was supposed to be spending her summer in intense ballet courses, but a terrorist attack nearby at Union Station in Washington DC interrupts all those plants. Sabriya begins processing her feelings via writing on a blog she thinks is private, but accidentally posts it to the world. There, she connects with Zakat and Farah, other Black Muslim teens living in different parts of the US, who begin contributing in different ways to the blog. Pushback against the blog and within their own communities heats up, and one of the girls gets threatened. Should they take the blog down, or risk everything to be heard?
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When I shared with a colleague that I had recently read a story about three Black Muslim American girls, she was sure she had heard me incorrectly. ‘They’re Muslim and Black?’ she clarified. Yes! The different lives the girls live, and the different ways that their Blackness and faith plays out in their lives, drew me into the story. This story will break your heart and throw the reader into the uncertainty of adolescence, as well as the pain of being othered for faith. As someone who does not share this faith, it is illuminating for me to read to understand a sliver of someone’s identity that is different from mine. The themes this book explores - from religious and racial identity, family, friendship, love and belonging - are important and rich and play out against anti-Muslim sentiment and incidents in the girls’ respective communities. This is representation that is difficult to find, and surely should be celebrated. The ending did feel a bit rushed, but didn’t take way from how much I appreciated the story. I am excited to add this to libraries after it is published in February.
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What do a ballerina, an artist, and a techie have in common? Nothing and everything. Bri, Kat, and Rose are the pseudonyms of three female black Muslim teens that are reeling from a recent terrorist attack and the repercussions they face based solely on their skin color, sex, and religion. 

I'm a white, middle-class female with no real "religious" leanings. I've experienced misogyny and been subjected to inequalities when it comes to the patriarchal society we live in. The catcalls, the pay differences, the lack of respect when involved in a "male dominated" field. But, after reading You Truly Assumed my experiences were no where close to what these three ladies dealt with. 

I was in the fifth grade when 9/11 happened. I remember the fear that swelled behind people and can only imagine what that fear morphed into for people of the Muslim faith. After reading this, I supposed I don't have to imagine too much. I don't remember being afraid or wishing harm on people who looked like those that committed the act; but I also don't remember standing up for people who looked like them either. This novel has put a lot into perspective and I've taken quite a bit of time to reflect on my own views. I don't judge people, I try to always be fair and honest, to judge individuals on their actions rather on the actions of people who look like them. But micro-aggressions exist. And even though we believe ourselves to be fair and good and not judge by appearance, we might indirectly be exhibiting micro-aggressions. This novel was an extra push to be ever-mindful of those as they can be just as, if not more so, damaging to those communities. 

Teenage girls attempting to find a safe space to express their fears, worries, and even their joys is something to be celebrated. To have outside forces (in this case adult men) making that space feel wrong and dangerous is disgusting. I literally could feel my body recoil when reading some of the comments and actions taken by "pillars of the community". Laila Sabreen did a wonderful job of immersing you into their worlds; and allowing you to experience a small percentage of what it must be like to live in their skin. It was beautifully done; tragic, and yet one of the most uplifting pieces I have read this year.

You Truly Assumed was filled with young women that find hope and joy, and themselves, are worth fighting for. They were inspiring not only to the people they came in contact with throughout the novel, but to me as the reader. These women also came from tight family units, that even when they disagree with one another, are supportive and understanding in the ways that matter. I would have liked to see a family dynamic that didn't necessarily support their child; because unfortunately, that happens. Just because someone is family, does not mean that they value or respect you the way they should. There are moments when we need to stand up and against our family -- which, we do see in this novel, but I felt like this moment was rushed. This plot point was a huge moment for all parities involved, and I felt like it deserved a little more "screen time". But overall, bravo. 

This entire novel was about speaking up. Sharing truth even when the threat of this truth could cause additional harms. I was sucked in and wrapped up in the lives of these three brave, talented, and dynamic characters. Highly recommend!
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Thank you to Inkyard for the copy. My review is unbiased and honest.

I can’t speak to the experiences in this book as a non Black Muslim, so I won’t be talking about that. I can say, however, that it was really insightful seeing these three unique Black Muslim experiences in this story.

I think the book did a really great job of creating this impactful and emotional story while also having some really great friendships and family relationships.

I loved the way the blog brought these three girls from all over the states together, even amidst some tragedy and struggles. It was great to see this friendship blossom!

There were a lot of quotes that really hit hard and a lot of instances where I could feel the emotion and passion. I would definitely recommend this for a story of power of a small action to start big change.

I do think that there were a lot of times throughout the book where I had a bit of a difficult time remembering which character was supposed to be doing what. While the three girls had distinct storylines, I felt like I wasn’t catching the changes in voice style, so I had to keep going back to remember who was supposed to be talking.

While I also did find the three separate stories really interesting, I felt like because of that, the larger story was put to the side and the story felt a bit choppy because it felt like too much was trying to happen. And because of the separate storylines, it felt like I didn’t get as much of an inside look into the friendship between the three girls as much as I’d have liked. The problem was that I wanted more and it felt like it was all being compressed into too short of a book to properly fill all the gaps.

Of course, I really did love the individual storylines. I loved how they each grew into their own. I especially loved Farah’s story as it was more family orientated and really heartwarming to see.
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Actual rating - 3.75★
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an early copy in exchange for an honest review. 
I was beyond excited to read a story about three Black Muslim woman who bond and blog after a terrorist attack hits DC. The writing style was really good and I liked reading about the different experiences of Sabriya, Zakat, and Farah. It was very impactful but the characters didn't click for me. Their development and bonding was often told of but we don't see them actually unfold. Each character's voice was unique but didn't really mesh with the other characters. I did feel that I was reading three different stories at times but I liked reading about them embracing their identities. I would definitely be looking forward to reading more of Laila Sabreen's works in the future.
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Thank you Netgalley and Laila Sabreen for the book arc!

3.5 stars

“You truly assumed that the world would heal and stay healed while spinning constantly. A spinning driven in part by accepted half truths and rumors that get taken as facts.”

I’m not big on contemporary fiction but when I heard about You Truly Assumed and that it’s about three Muslim black girls I knew I had to read it. I requested it immediately and I was lucky enough to get an arc from the author!

I haven’t read any black Muslim women stories so it was very nice to finally see them represented in books (which we desperately need!!).

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You Truly Assumed by Laila Sabreen is  her debut book which is about three black muslim girls; Sabriya, Zakat and Farah, who get together after a bombing occurs in DC, through a blog that Sabriya created called ‘You Truly Assumed’. 

Sabriya started You Truly Assumed as an online journal, which was supposed to be set on private but turned out it wasn’t. After the likes, comments and support she got she decided to turn it into an official blog to create a community for young black Muslim women. 
Zakat decides to reach out and join YTA to contribute her art into the blog, and Farah offered to help design the website. 
We see how they deal with islamphobic people and how they turn it into a stepping stone instead of a brick wall. 

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This was such a quick and fun read. It’s was really inspiring to read how these characters showed how proud they are of their identities and didn’t try to separate them to fit into society. 

Their friendship is so nice to read about and see how true friends can be made online. Each showed how talented they are and how much they cared about protecting their community. 

The reason I rated this a three stars is because the dialogue felt awkward and stiff at times and didn’t sound natural. This also applies to some events. 
The characters didn’t seem to have their own unique voice. I wish their personalities were more developed so you can feel more attached to them. 

As for the Muslim rep I believe it’s different for everyone. I can’t speak for black Muslims but in general it was okay. I personally prefer Muslim rep that are similar to the one in ‘Love From A to Z’. This one leaned more towards ‘A Very Large Expanse of Sea’ which I wasn’t a big fan of (I’m not comparing the books as much as comparing the muslim rep in them). 

Other than that I enjoyed this book and hope to read more books with Muslim representation!
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After a terrorist attack near her home, Sabriya’s summer plans are thrown out the window. Instead, she turns to an online journal to express her feelings. You Truly Assumed (the blog)  becomes a hit as Muslim teens gather around the new community. Soon, Zakat and Farah join the team to help, but as their numbers rise, so makes the malicious comments. And the community they’ve worked so hard to build might just come tumbling down if they don’t speak up. 

You Truly Assumed is a story that had a lot of potential. And I feel like it almost hits the spot but fails to keep its momentum. Let’s start with the plot. Three girls, Bri, Zakat and Farah. Bri is a ballet dancer whose summer auditions are cut short after a terrorist attack makes her hometown standstill. Her sister encourages her to put her pen to a digital paper and sets up an online blog to discuss her thoughts privately, or so she thought. Instead of auditions, she’s helping the terror attack victims while YTA thrives.  She recruits Farah, who is currently spending the summer with her estranged father and joins the team to help run the tech side of the blog. Zakat’s artistic flair brings a new image to the blog; however, her family aren’t supportive of her future in art. When Bri notices an influx of hate comments, a physical threat almost tears them down, and they have to figure out how to control it or risk shutting the site down. 

You Truly Assumed thrives in concept. I adored the idea of three young women using the blog to tell their stories, creating a community where they can discuss what they want on their terms. It also highlights the voice and individual levels of three young Black Muslim girls. I really enjoyed seeing the diversity in their lives and how Sabreen explores the different ways a person can experience Islamaphobia and racism. 

My main issue with You Truly Assumed is that while the plot is engaging, the writing simply isn’t. It felt weird reading the story of Sabriya, Zakat and Farah because it reads like three stories forced into one book. It’s one big book telling the readers what happens and not an ounce of showing. We are told their blog is thriving, yet we only see three, maybe four, posts within the book. If I can recall correctly, only two of them were actually blogging content.  We are told these girls have become close friends, but their conversations are limiting and most of their development happen off-page. This entire book hinges on the emotional connection between these girls, but the emotion isn’t there, so readers are left just to watch it all happen. 

Overall, I wasn’t impressed. The heart of the story is so there and close within our reach. It feels like a story incomplete, and it was exhausting to read, mainly because I was imagining what the book could’ve been.
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Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC.
I enjoyed the characters right away in this book, but I felt that there were times that the dialogue and inner-dialogue was sometimes clunky, and at first it bothered me.  As I got farther in and more attached to the characters, however, I forgot about it and by the fantastic ending I was completely on board and decided in total this was an easy five star.  Really enjoyed this.  You will love the characters!
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I read this in one sitting and going forward will be reading everything that Laila puts out cause this was such a great book. I loved all the characters and seeing them come into their own and stand up/deal with the issues they were facing outside of the blog was such great. (Please if you have one shots etc please release them I shall read them all). Each girl's interpretation of their faith and how they saw/handled? their blackness was interesting, I also found the side characters response to microaggressions and situations that our MCs were placed in very interesting as well . <spoiler> Jess can go kick rocks, I did not like that woman, it was so hard to see her actions as that of a concerned parent and then she was trying to say like it was because she cared for Tommy and the kids and didn't want them to get hurt if Farah didn't stick around but in no way made her home welcoming to Farah so that she might have stuck around. Also Lucy can kick rocks too. Bri telling that nasty old man to buzz off was gold.  </spoiler>

SN: I loved the lil romances that were taking in the novel as well , they were very cute <3.
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A lot of very important questions are asked in this book, and a lot of potential avenues for answer are explored.  But what was most important is that no firm, clear answer was provided.  And this is such a great reflection of what reality is like.  Activism is no easy path to pursue, and there are so many more questions than answers to be found.  But when treating the various ills of society—in this book, Islamophobia—it is necessary to take a scientific approach (reflect, consult, study, and act), which is slow, tedious, and quite honestly, most of the times, feels like it’s bearing no fruit at all.  And while books focusing on “quick result” activism can be very energizing, ones like this are even more important as we wade through the muck, cleaning it up one little bit at a time, in a bid to create a just world.
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4.5 stars 

What a debut! 

Sabriya (Bri), Zakat, and Farah are the three main characters in this rich debut novel, and readers alternate between their perspectives. Anyone who reads YA regularly is familiar with this format and its potential pitfalls, but one of the greatest successes of this novel is Sabreen's ability to pay equal attention to each character's development. I felt as invested and interested in each character's storyline all the way through, and that not only reflects Sabreen's skill but also heightens the importance of individuals and communities in life (and in contemporary realistic YA). 

After a terrorist attack hits close to home, Bri unwittingly creates a public blog - You Truly Assumed - that becomes popular for all of the expected (good and bad) reasons. Zakat and Farah read the blog, and each reaches out to Bri to get involved with their respective skill sets. The blog is really the backdrop for each character's individual growth and experiences. This ranges from budding romances to personal experiences with Islamophobia to challenging family dynamics. Though I love how the m.c.s are developed throughout, I do think they had it particularly easy in terms of their family lives. There is some diversity depicted in this area, but overall, these young folks come from almost unnaturally supportive home environments that left me wondering if I have read too much YA and have become jaded about family relationships in the process. Though I'd have liked to see a little more challenge at home - as well as at least one central queer character here - I really loved the intersectional aspects of the main p.o.v. identities: Black and Muslim. While we are thankfully getting more representation of both identities in modern YA, there's very little that includes both, so Sabreen offers up something unique and essential with this fact alone. 

There's a lot to like about this novel, which I expect will shock (in a good way!) fellow shallow folks like me who HAD to pick up this read for its cover alone. I'm already looking forward to reading more from this author and excitedly recommending this work to my students for a long time to come.
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Okay. So there's a lot of thoughts I have about this book and most of them...are not extremely positive, I'm not going to lie to you guys. However there were definitely some great elements:

* Interesting concept - as a blogger myself I loved the idea behind the novel; three young women taking action through a blog and telling their stories, it's unique and I really liked this element as it also gave a plausible reason or platform for the main characters to connect and become empowered and impassioned together.
* Highlighting the voices and individual stories of young Black Muslim women - loved that we got three unique perspectives from three Black Muslim girls, from all different walks of life and based in different areas across the US.
* Exploration of Islamaphobia, Racism and Microaggressions - There were a lot of points I could relate to and felt painfully true and I think many readers will be able to connect to the various characters anger, hopefulness and desire for action in the face of these issues. Black Muslim voices, especially that of women in the community need to be amplified and I'm happy to know that this book will make readers in the community feel seen and heard.

Despite the truly great basis the novel has and the authors natural writing talent - which is clearly there and I'm looking forward to whatever Laila Sabreen writes in the future, but this whole novel felt woefully underdeveloped, simplistic and lacked that emotional pull or draw to the characters.

While I related to Sabriya, Farah and Zakat and appreciated them as characters - I thought they were so two dimensional - we were constantly told things about them rather than letting this unfold on the page and there were a lot of moments that felt so awkward. We're led to believe that the girls have this great friendship and connection but we don't really see this developing on the page in a way that felt believable to me- it's like they get in touch for the blog, have a few facetimes and text conversations and are magically close friends? it just felt lazy considering not a whole lot actually happens in the book and there are sections which are unnecessary in my opinion.

I think the representation of Islam is also a bit off at times - I fully understand that every Muslim has an individual connection to faith and how they choose to practice but I have to be honest on my feelings purely based on whats in the book. In a novel where being Muslim is central to the plot, there were a lot of things that just didn't sit right and felt uncomfortable to me as a Muslim reader. I've seen other readers pick up on these elements already and mention them in their reviews so don't want to rehash it all again but basically it's a whole load of inconsistencies and things which are not actually permissible within the religion but this is never addressed either so may give an uninformed reader the wrong idea. Also items like necklaces and rings were given so much significance rather than actions like praying salah (the five daily prayers) and abstaining from other actions which is more commonplace in a practicing Muslims daily life. 

Overall, for me I think this was a case of great concept with not so great execution - I think with some more editing and a stronger sense of the characters and fixing the pacing issues it would have been a five star read for me. However, I know some readers will enjoy this and it's important to have books exploring such key issues in the Y/A market, I appreciate that this probably just isn't the book for me.
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You Truly Assumed is the kind of book that can only be described as brilliant in every single way. 

I was utterly transfixed by this book. It radiates such power and nuance in a way that is sure to kickstart such important conversations. Representation is so profoundly important and it’s wonderful to see the voices of Black Muslims being uplifted. In particular, I loved how three-dimensional and full these characters felt. They deserve to be more than the issues they deal with, though these are discussed with nuance and sensitivity. We also get to see their passions, hopes and dreams explored on page. I personally resonated a lot with the discussion around pursuing an artistic talent and that feeling art can create within you. 

Sabriya, Zakat, and Farah are connected by the creation of this blog, which becomes their sounding board for discussion of their identity and issues. This led to some amazing articles within the book that were excellent think pieces and full of such emotional strength that really moved me. I loved following all of them as they navigated their own paths, dealing with Islamophobia, racism, family and fledgling sparks of love. They all had such distinctive voices that I completely fell in love with. 

While I adored the blog, it was really their stories that kept me glued to the page. I really appreciated how much time Sabreen spends with their thoughts and feelings on these issues, the focus is really on how it impacts them and the full effect of hate on their community. Also, I loved how key the theme of friendship was in this book. This is a book fundamentally about community and the power friendship can create. Though these friendships are not perfect, they are ultimately wonderful and supportive. It is only with the support of their friends that they can fully use their voices. 

You Truly Assumed is a moving book that reminds you of the despicable realities of Islamophobia in our society, but it is ultimately a hopeful book full with love, community and friendship.
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The premise of this is what truly sucked me in. It was off to a REALLY slow start and I couldn't enjoy it. I was really excited for this and I'm disappointed that it didn't reach my expectations. DNF @ 35% I will finish it and update this review in 2022
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First and Foremost, this was at times a very difficult read because I identify as Muslim myself. Although I live in an Islamic state and haven't had the experiences that unfortunately many of the Muslims face abroad. Islamophobia is real and a book addressed to it was brilliant and I thank the author for shining light on a very important issue. 
I live in an Islamic state but I know and feel everyday how much Islam/Muslims are hated and that takes a toll on us all. Everytime there's an unfortunate incident, we all ask, WHAT WAS HIS NAME/ HIS RELIGION? AND MANY TIMES OUR HEARTS DROP WHEN HE TURNS OUT TO HAVE AN ARABIC NAME OR IS A MUSLIM. 
So I really connected with the protagonists of this book, I felt each and everything that was discussed in this book, this book isnt fictitious for us muslims, its a reality. 
I loved the characters and this coming from me means alot because I avoid reading about muslim protagonists/ characters. The reason is they are never done right, there're always two extremes, either they are shown as backward as in from the stone ages who are hungry for blood or they are shown as a complete modern individual who is so far from Islam and its practices, a westernised Islam if I may. Both these depictions are utterly wrong but the characters IN THIS BOOK, were muslim teens navigating through life, making mistakes, feeling things like love, hurt, regret and fright. And it felt real, it felt right. 
The story was a simple one, three muslim teens who are already in minority because of their faith but feel even more isolated because they are Black and honestly that was eye opening.The plot was straight forward, showing just a glimpse of how three muslim teens are affected, how their lives come to a standstill, how their dreams take a backseat because of a blast and the resultant Islamophobia. All the while they are trying to navigate through life where they are being threatened, trying to find themselves as individuals and trying to understand why they are loathed because of just a name or a religion. 
A must read for everyone because this is a phenomenal book that is about a very sensitive subject, which in this day and age needs alot of attention!
Once again, thanks to netgalley and the author for providing me with this arc in exchange for an honest review.
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This review will go live on The Wellesley News on January 5.

Do you ever just know that something is going to wow you upon first glance?

I’ve written a lot in my column about books that have surprised me, but sometimes, you can just tell when a book is going to rock people’s worlds even before you pick it up. That couldn’t be more true for Laila Sabreen’s debut novel, “You Truly Assumed.”

The novel follows three Black Muslim girls from around the United States who form a blog together after a terrorist attack sparks increased Islamophobia throughout the country. Sabriya, from Washington, DC, is at the head of it all, the one who formed the blog and the one who writes the posts. Zakat, a resident of the Atlanta suburbs, does the website’s artwork, though her parents don’t approve of her internet presence. Farah, a Californian staying at her father’s house in Massachusetts for the summer, writes the website’s code. 

As the three of them become friends and their blog grows, so does the hate being thrown at them in the comments of their posts. And then one of them is directly threatened, and the three of them must figure out who’s behind all of it and decide what to do with the website before the situation gets worse. 

Throughout the story, each character also gets their own individual storyline, navigating situations ranging from friend drama to first love. Sabreen shows quite well that there’s no one way to be a Muslim teenager, and the book balances these three characters’ points of view seemingly effortlessly. It was very easy for me to distinguish between perspectives, which is often hard to do when you’re writing in the first person. 

I find myself in awe of how everything was tied together, the way that Sabreen wove themes of girlhood, family and Black Muslim identity. I, of course, don’t come from the same background, but I can still know that this book comes from Sabreen’s heart. The girls of this book seem much more realistic as teenagers than a lot of YA books I’ve read recently — their feelings jump off the page, but they aren’t quite as childish as YA protagonists can sometimes be. 

And I can’t end this review without talking about the blog itself. The way the internet was depicted, from Twitter virality to internet friendships, was done in a way only a member of Gen-Z can, and it absolutely cemented my belief that we should be publishing more books written by teens and young adults. 

I simply think that everyone should read “You Truly Assumed.” It offers a window into the minds of three teenagers with vastly different but impressively similar lives, and I can’t wait to see what else Sabreen has in store.

“You Truly Assumed” comes out on Feb. 8, 2022. I received an advanced copy from the publisher, Inkyard Press, in exchange for an honest review.
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This was a well-written, interesting look at three Muslim girls who are experience racism in the wake of a terrorist attack and how they confront it. 
Following a terrorist attack in Sabriya's hometown, Sabriya, Zakat, and Farah work together to create and maintain a blog, making it a safe space for young black Muslim women. At first the blog is a welcome addition to their lives and the lives of their readers, but soon the young women start experiencing the ugly side of online life. 
The book explores how the attack affects these young women in their real lives and online. It's a good read.
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To be clear—I think the topic of this book is incredibly important, and I’m grateful to Sabreen for creating space in the YA world to discuss Islamophobia. If anyone picks up this book and learns to be more inclusive, that is absolutely a win. My qualms and review come from the craft of this book, but absolutely not the subject matter. 

You Truly Assumed follows the stories of three Muslim teenagers as they react to a terrorist attack and the personal impact of bigotry against their communities. Sabriya, Zakat, and Farah all end up coming together to stand up for themselves and what they believe in, while also facing the typical teenage drama along the way. 

My problem with You Truly Assumed is that the writing simply isn’t engaging. It’s clunky. I felt like I was hovering over what should be an engaging novel but is actually an uncomfortable collection of three tales forced into the same book. Sabriya, Zakat, and Farah have no real personality. Most of the conflict, excluding the terrorist attack that brings the girls together, is solved in three sentences. To be truthful, if I weren’t reviewing this novel, I wouldn’t have finished. 

I am so glad that these types of stories are being published and made accessible for all readers! But I am also looking for the quality of the storytelling to match the importance of the content. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Inkyard Press for an advanced reader copy in each change for an honest review.
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