More to the Story

More to the Story

by Hena Khan


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More to the Story 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BookwormforKids 6 months ago
This is a lovely read about family, friends, siblings, first love interests, and chasing your dreams. Jameela is a seventh grade girl, who has a loving family and a good head on her shoulders. But that doesn't mean life is simple. Her father is having trouble finding a job and must head across seas, leaving the rest of them alone. A boy her age, and family friend, moves to their town from Britain, with troubles of her own. While she's becoming good friends with him, her ambitions to because a great reporter for the school paper have her chasing him for an inclusive. And that might not go as planned. Add troubles with the head of the newspaper, regular life with her siblings (which isn't always smooth) and she's in for quite the time. The author does a terrific job at introducing a wholesome family and bringing their situation to life in such a way that readers of this age group will easily identify with. Jameela is a girl with energy, determination, a big heart but that doesn't mean she feels secure in every situation or always knows what to do. The problems she faces are the type readers will recognize and sympathize with, and the solutions are realistic as well as nicely laid. While the tale follows every day problems (more or less), it's never boring. Jameela has her plate full and not every problem is easy to solve. Her insecurities make her easy to like and fun to root for. Even her mistakes are simple to understand. The Muslim life weaves in seamlessly. This allows readers not only to learn more about the religion and culture, but doesn't take over the story. Readers from other religions and cultures can still identify with the characters and their issues without ever feeling pushed. It's simply well done. There are surprising twists and turns as well as humor built in, making it a fun read from start to finish, too. This is a read kids ages 8 to 12 are sure to enjoy and identify with. I received an ARC copy and found this to be such a nice read that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
MaleehaS 7 months ago
Hena Khan does it again with this heartfelt story about 4 sisters whose lives are turned upside down by more than one setback. For a short book, it packs quite the emotional punch. I teared up at the end. I call that the mark of a good writer :)
2Shaye 8 months ago
This lovely book follows the lives of four Muslim American sisters who live in Georgia: Aleeza is 10, Bizma is 11, Jameela Mirza is 13, and Maryam is 15. While not always obvious, the story is based on Louisa May Alcott's beloved Little Women. In fact, I had forgotten this little fact when something happened in the story and I thought, Hey, that reminds me a lot of Little Women! It's told from the perspective of the second oldest sister, Jameela Mirza, who has just been given the position of feature editor of her middle school newspaper. She hopes to write an award-winning article for the school paper this year and send it to her Baba (father) who has to been sent overseas for a 6-month position. Meanwhile, their father's best friend (who the sisters lovingly refer to as "uncle") brings his nephew, Ali, to Georgia from London. While this was a fairly short book, each character is well developed. The plot line is nicely paced and the sisters share noticeable similarities to the March sister counterparts while also having their own personalities and unique experiences. Neatly woven into the story are important holidays and customs, and I especially appreciated the careful attention to explaining microagressions in a way that young readers can understand. I enjoyed this one so much and highly recommend it for any children's and young teen library. My sincere thanks to Netgalley, Salaam Reads, and Simon & Schuster for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
mudder17 8 months ago
4.5-5 I loved this book! I admit I downloaded it because of the blurb that said it was inspired by Little Women. But as much as I loved that book when I was young, I probably only read it once or twice, so I didn't remember much of it. So as I read this, I didn't really notice similarities to Little Women other than the fact that there were 4 daughters and they all had different interests and personalities. But as I continued with the story, I started remember some details of the original cast of characters. Still, I don't think that it was important or necessary that you had any background with Little Women. This story is about a lovely Pakastani family living in America and it's told from the point of view of the second daughter. Without giving away any spoilers, the family experiences hardship and the narrator even makes some mistakes. But she and her sisters learn from these experiences and grow closer as a result. The last paragraph had me completely bawling as it was a perfect way to end the book. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Little Women, but also to those who like realistic fiction and stories about families, especially with a cultural bent. Now to recommend this to my younger daughter--I know she's going to love it! Thanks to #NetGalley, #HenaKhan, and #SimonandSchusterChildren for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Meag 8 months ago
This was a sweet story that tackles a lot of topics - death of a parent, illness of a sibling, racism and battling stereotypes, and even the pillars of good journalism (as a former journalism major, I thought everything was on point!). Hena Khan does a good job of basing the story on Little Women but making it her own. There were a couple moments where the writing got lazy and things felt rushed toward the end, but overall I enjoyed this (and even teared up a couple times!).