American Street by Ibi ZoboiAmerican Street by Ibi Zoboi

American Street

byIbi Zoboi

Hardcover | February 14, 2017

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A National Book Award Finalist with five starred reviews!

A New York Times Notable Book * Publishers Weekly Flying Start * Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year * ALA Booklist Editors' Choice of 2017 (Top of the List winner) * School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * Kirkus Best Book of the Year * BookPage Best YA Book of the Year

American Street is an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Everything, Everything; Bone Gap; and All American Boys.

In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture.

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

Title:American StreetFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.09 inPublished:February 14, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062473042

ISBN - 13:9780062473042


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Among the best of 2017 American Street is a National Book Award finalist, and it absolutely deserves to be. The plot is heart wrenching, the characters are alive on the page, and the story is one we don't get to hear from very often. Ibi Zoboi offers up a real voice for a young Haitian girl, that tells of the real experiences of immigrants, especially teenagers. This story makes my heart ache, and I mean that in the best possible way. I read this earlier on in the year, and I still maintain that it is one of the best of 2017.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic story, diverse novel SO GOOD. THAT ENDING THOUGH. I AM SO SAD. Real review: This was so good and I'm having trouble putting that into words. Zoboi is a gifted storyteller. The characters of AMERICAN STREET captivate you from the very first page. I would say the character development is the strongest aspect of this book and the story is quite unlike anything I've ever read. I also loved how Fabiola would compare her experiences as a Haitian immigrant in America with Vodou culture. I'm paraphrasing here but Fabiola described her situation as, "American by birth, Haitian by blood". I didn't expect the magical realism and it was a really beautiful surprise. A superb debut YA novel! I'm avidly awaiting Zoboi's next work. I was not 100% convinced that the detective Fabiola was giving information to could get Fabiola's mother out of the detention centre that easily, unless she had strong connections with ICE (which isn't confirmed). Obviously the case the detective was working on was a big one, but it didn't seem like a case that crossed state lines or would get national headlines. It just seemed too good to be true. I still enjoyed the ending and concluded the author wanted to give the reader hope.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 320 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 2 Maybe I didn’t like this book because I will likely never know what it is like to be an immigrant. Maybe I didn’t like this book because of my dislike of contemporary books. Either way, take this review with a grain of salt. I have no way of knowing if anything in this book is accurate. All I can comment on is what I liked and didn’t like. Fabiola’s voice is very juvenile. While there is nothing necessarily wrong with being juvenile, and I understand that moving to a new place will induce a child-like wonder, I personally did not enjoy her voice. It also didn’t help when she makes a complete 180 and starts swearing and beating people up later on. I did however like how the book showcased Fabiola’s religion. It is rare that religion is shown in YA, especially non-Christian religions, so seeing Fabiola’s strong religious beliefs was really nice. My choir sung a Haitian spiritual song last year, and knowing more about the culture, I have even more respect for it. I did not like the romance. It happened way too early on, and was very strange. There weren’t really any feelings between them. They kissed, didn’t really know anything about each other, and then something I will not mention because of spoilers happens at the end. It almost seemed as if Fabiola wasn’t in a relationship at all. Speaking of the end, I have never wanted to change the end of a book. That is, until now. I really don’t like how this book ended. It seemed unnecessarily violent and pointless. Fabiola’s reaction to something that happens is also incredibly unconvincing. Additionally, the detective must be well connected if she managed to do something no one else was able to do. The whole thing with Fabiola’s mother being taken into custody was strange as well. Fabiola would occasionally be concerned for her mother’s well-being, but other than that she doesn’t seem concerned as she should be. Her mother was likely in custody for at least a month, yet she is only sporadically concerned. Also, if they were going to send her back to Haiti, they would have done it by the time the book ended. Overall, American Street was informative, but not enjoyable, earning it 2 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2017-04-15

Editorial Reviews

“A refreshing take on a common literary preoccupation, the American dream...fascinating and beautiful.”