Review: God Smites and Other Girl Problems – Ishara Deen

God Smites and Other Muslim Girl ProblemsLIKE NANCY DREW, BUT NOT…

Craving a taste of teenage life, Asiya Haque defies her parents to go for a walk (really, it was just a walk!) in the woods with Michael, her kind-of-friend/crush/the guy with the sweetest smile she’s ever seen. Her tiny transgression goes completely off track when they stumble on a dead body. Michael covers for Asiya, then goes missing himself.

Despite what the police say, Asiya is almost sure Michael is innocent. But how will she, the sheltered girl with the strictest parents ever, prove anything? With Michael gone, a rabid police officer in desperate need of some sensitivity training, and the murderer out there, how much will Asiya risk to do what she believes is right?

I received a copy of God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems from the author. I adored Nancy Drew as a child, and when I was given the chance to read a murder mystery novel, I couldn’t say no!

This book is #ownvoices for Muslim and Bengali representation.

While reading the first chapter, I thought that this was a Middle Grade novel for some reason. However, it quickly became clear that this was indeed a YA novel.

I really enjoyed reading about someone who volunteers at an environmental organisation. I used to do that, and it’s such a nice way to be in nature. I laughed out loud when Asiya wanted whether she’d be fired from her volunteering job.

I loved the X-Men references. They really made me want to watch the movies or read the comics again.

The relationship is very slow in building up, and both partners respect each other and their boundaries. This was beautiful to read, and I really loved how he didn’t pressure her to do something she wasn’t ready to do.

One thing that makes this book stand out in comparison to others, is that her family is actively involved in her life. They are always mixing in and interacting with her. It was nice to see this for a change.

This book combines contemporary romance with mystery, and discusses cultural differences, Islamantagonism, and sexism. I really liked how it all came together.

There were some ableist slurs.

I enjoyed reading God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems, and eagerly await the sequel. I’m really excited to see what the next mystery will be!

4 stars

Do you love reading murder mysteries? Do you want to read God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems?


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