The pacing is incredibly slow. The rare moments of wit and insight from the girls were eclipsed by the author's heavy-handed attempts to cram a cultural reference in every sentence. The Lifetime Movie Style Ending speedy wrap up and little resolution make it unclear if the girls' spiritual misadventures worked or not. I kept thinking the novel would get better, but it never did, and the ending was completely stupid. Her strategy worked: Jolin found her writer's voice and completed In the Name of God, a character-driven novel that offers a window into a Syrian family's daily life as seen through the eyes of 17-year-old Nadia.
For me, the story felt like a first draft. Gillian contributes the voodoo arts from her native Trinidad. Aliya brings the mystical seances of Syria. I liked the cultural diversity in the story. That's a seemingly brief time frame in which to write an entire book especially a debut novel but the research process began years earlier, when Jolin was living and studying in the Middle East. It was one of those books that built it up, built it up, built it up.
It's going to discuss primarily concerning the previously mentioned topic in conjunction with. They come together to work magic in allowing themselves closure for the death of Trevor Saunders. Gillian contributes the voodoo arts from her native Trinidad. Eventually, though, she realized academia wasn't for her. Connected by their common desire and pooling their knowledge of various forms of magic, the girls hold two séances that have shocking consequences. Mysterious emails from beyond the grave! Will they be able use their powers to bring him back Three seemingly ordinary girls, studying together in the same ordinary high school. The story didn't flow smoothly from beginning to end.
The ending is definitely one that will leave readers a bit questionable. The sassy girl, who transferred from the Caribbean and loves marijuana, warm weather, and steel drum music. Miya, meanwhile, has turned to Asceticism and is convinced that by hurting herself she is able to channel the spirits and invoke their power. Pros: This has a really interesting contemporary setup. In fact, her second young-adult novel, Three Witches, is due out next year. The Japanese American girl who is smart, dresses sexy. The plot jumped around in such a badly-edited jumble of thoughts and actions that you always felt like you were missing something about the characters' motivations.
The writing is passable, but perspective is all over the place, taking the reader out of the story. But, as Jolin makes clear in In the Name of God, while life in Syria may be different from life in America in important ways, there are common bonds human connections and similarities that are universal. Jolin says she wanted to show readers the Syria she experienced, and the sort of people with whom she became very close: families that have joys and conflicts, secrets and celebrations, just like any other. The creators will not be held accountable for any unintentional flaws or omissions that may be found. Aliya was his secret girlfriend, Gillian was involved in a secret business and wants her money to get back home, and Miya had a secret argument the night he died that she'd do anything to ta Reviewed by Lauren Ashley for TeensReadToo. In fact, the open-ended closure of the novel suggests it might even be giving Miya the power she thinks she has. In her search for a foothold in an ever-changing world, for a way to feel powerful in a community that is closely watched and controlled, Nadia enters dangerous territory.
But amid all this pressure and difficulty, people are happy a lot of the time. Aliya, Gillian and Miya have specific reasons for wanting to make contact with the spirit of Trevor, a boy killed in a car accident. Unless these girls have it their way in Three Witches 2009 by Paula Jolin. Nothing that compelled me to keep reading. Her debut novel, In the Name of God 2007 , introduced Jolin as a writer of power and promise.
After Trevor's death, the lives of three girls are forever changed: one wracked with grief, one beating herself up with guilt, and one suffering from her business relationship with him. I'm a stay-at-home mom, and proud of it. The difference is those books eventually do address hurting yourself as being a problem. It was also a bit predictable. Aliya loves him even though he isn't Muslim. Namely Syrian-Muslim, Trinidadian, and Japanese.
With the promise of that bright and shining future, this book gets a lonely single star. Paula Jolin wrote her richly detailed teen novel, In the Name of God, over the course of 10 weeks. I wanted to show someone who's in a place we couldn't imagine being to show how they got there. During her junior year at Brown University, she embarked on a study abroad program in Cairo that became the launching point for several years of cultural observation and exploration. After every page, I debated putting the book down, put I kept wondering if the book would redeem itself, and then the ending just made everything seem even more silly. Shaving boys' heads to steal their powers! Aliya brings the mystical seances of Syria.
The writing is passable, but perspective is all over the place, taking the reader out of the story. Miya shares the secret magic of ancient Japan. A Syrian woman couldn't sit alone in a cafÅ½, or have an apartment, like I did, she says. The Craft and Eastwick witches, with the exception of Rochelle the token black witch, could all pass for white not sure if Cher is Jewish, let's keep going. That had no bearing on my rating, but I am just curious.
Still, she says, I only recently started telling people I'm a writer. It would make a wonderful book club discussion! It would make a wonderful book club discussion! But it happened within one character at times, as well. There are so many problems with that I don't even know where to start, especially because I really liked Miya as a character initially. All of these girls want something that their parents don't seem to understand. The way each culture is woven into the story is interesting. One of the reasons I started traveling was to have something to say. Are non-white protagonists such an exception in this genre that I had to resort to such a badly-written book to get my fill? All the culture groups are totally stereotyped, including accents.