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How It All Blew Up

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Funny tale of Muslim teen's coming-of-age and coming-out.

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This often funny coming-of-age (and coming out) novel has a serious storyline about how secrets and fear can break apart even the most loving, supportive family. While the Amir family in How It All Blew Up is Muslim, his parents' problems with homosexuality are presented as cultural rather than religious, making it easy for readers from a wide range of backgrounds to identify with the conflict between them. A note at the front of the book says this is "a story based on true events."

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