Home Is Not a Country
By Safia Elhillo
This gorgeous novel-in-verse tackles identity, family, and finding yourself. It focuses on a teen girl named Nima, who feels like an outsider in her suburban American town and at home with her mother, who grew up in a foreign land. Luckily, Nima has her childhood friend Haitham, but when he’s ripped away from her, she’s left to grapple with loneliness as well as the phantom life she could’ve had. Her parents had a name for her they didn’t give her at birth: Yasmeen. Author Safia Elhillo constructs a magical otherworld, prompting readers to ask important questions like:
If you had been born in a different country and culture, how would it have impacted who you are today? Do you ever feel isolated in your hometown or from your family, or both? How do you think your parents’ history and personal experiences affect who you are now?