American Street

American Street

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When Fabiola's mother is detained upon their arrival to the United States, Fabiola must navigate her loud American cousins, the grittiness of Detroit's west side, a new school, and a surprising romance all on her own.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062473042
0062473042
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 22 cm

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January 2018

When her mother is detained by immigration, Haitian-born Fabiola begins a new life in Detroit that doesn’t resemble her American Dream. This debut novel incorporates magical realism into a contemporary urban tale.

When her mother is detained by immigration, Haitian-born Fabiola begins a new life in Detroit that doesn’t resemble her American Dream. This debut novel incorporates magical realism into a contemporary urban tale.


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pink_dove_131
Nov 02, 2018

American street is about a teenage a girl named fabiola who lived in Haiti with her mother and moved in to Detriot to live with her aunt and cousins but on their way to Detriot Fabiola’s mom got deported and got sent to a detenction center in New Jersey.So now that Fabiola is in Detroit she feels that her life has changed completely and is living with her aunt and cousins.Throughout the book it has made me emotional because in the book it has a lot of parts where the characters in the book are giving there point of view of the story and how they see the whole story.This is the first book I read from this author. I do think she has more of a inspirational and strong message in her books than other books that i have read about the same topic.I would recommend this book because in the book theres alot of entertaining details and it also shares a good message for young adults.I recommed this book to high school or college students because this book has violence,language,and little bit of sexual contect so I would’nt recommend this book to a middle schooler or someone younger than a middle schooler.The audience would enjoy this book because the genre of the book is magical realistic fiction.

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ReadItOutLoud
Oct 23, 2018

"American Street" weaves through you like vodou magic. I felt at times that I knew Fabiola (Fabulous) and other times like I desperately wanted too. She has such a powerful persona that gets forced out of her when she is separated from her mother and confronting harsh realties of the Detroit inner city. But Haiti was no picnic either and Fab is not prepared to go down easily. There is some romance in this book but even that is gritty and real. If you like "The Hate You Give" by Angie Thomas you must give this book a read. Looking forward to reading "Pride".

After reading another critically acclaimed YA book that failed to develop the characters and left the reader with an abrupt ending, I fell really deeply into this book and couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what was happening next, how everything would tie together. I loved Fab's voice, I loved getting to know her and watch her grow. Such a great book and yes, a very sad ending--but very relevant in terms of what's going on in the black community. Such a great book, highly recommend.

KatieD_KCMO Aug 17, 2018

After reading another critically acclaimed YA book that failed to develop the characters and left the reader with an abrupt ending, I fell really deeply into this book and couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what was happening next, how everything would tie together. I loved Fab's voice, I loved getting to know her and watch her grow. Such a great book and yes, a very sad ending--but very relevant in terms of what's going on in the black community. Such a great book, highly recommend.

OPL_KrisC Apr 14, 2018

This is a dark and gritty story of a young Haitian immigrant girl who arrives in the US with her mother only to find out that her mother is going to be detained instead of being able to continue onto their family in Detroit. It is gut-wrenching at times and contains some explicit language and violence.

LPL_KimberlyL Mar 04, 2018

American Street is a gritty, harshly realistic take on the immigrant experience and life in Detroit. I would say it's Urban Fiction for the YA age range, and one to pick up if you're looking for an emotional gut punch that tackles MAJOR themes. I would, however, recommend that you listen to the audiobook and pass on the physical form. Everyone I've talked to seems to prefer the audiobook experience - that makes sense, because Robin Miles is a goddess at narrating. She perfectly executes the tone of Ibi Zoboi's writing style, and the two together are the ideal match!

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ
Jan 07, 2018

Fabiola and her mother are trying to move to Detroit from Haiti, when her mother is detained by immigrant authorities. Fabiola was born in the United States, so she is able to go to Detroit where she moves in with her aunt and three cousins. She imagines the man outside their house on American Street is Papa Legba, a guiding spirit who can tell her how to get her mother back. Fabiola seems to adjust to life in Detroit, but at the same time is completely in over her head. The book is gritty and surprising, with a touch of magical realism. Fabiola's relationship with Kasim is a central part of the book, but the relationship she has with her three cousins is really the heart of the book.

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vawbolanos
Nov 30, 2017

If you're considering reading this, DO IT! You won't regret it.

ArapahoeLaura Jul 30, 2017

This book broke my heart, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Wow.

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neha_rainbows
Jun 02, 2017

This book is a stunning, captivating debut from Ibi Zoboi. The story was intriguing and the meshing of Haitian and Detroit culture was done perfectly. The only criticism I would levy against it is that Fabiola's mother took too much of a backseat to the romance. Coming in, I was hoping romance would barely be explored much less take over the entire plot. But I found our romantic interest and the developement of their relationship adequately believable and enjoyable. I really enjoyed the developement and characterization of Chantal, Pri, and Donna. Overall, a truly beautiful novel I would recommend to anyone.

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ReadItOutLoud
Oct 23, 2018

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ReadItOutLoud
Oct 23, 2018

"I have to be like Papa Legba now - a trickster. So I will wear the costume, say the right things, and play the game to get what I need."

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