Review

Lately, there has been a lot of talk around the blogosphere about the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement so I figured, what is a better way to promote books with diverse characters than to review a diverse MG novel? Spoiler alert: there isn’t one.

I read Saving Kabul Corner back in January and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. Most diverse children’s novels I have seen in bookstores seem to be about teaching life lessons and accepting everyone the way we are. That’s great, but one of the things I most enjoyed about Saving Kabul Corner is that the story is based more on the actual plot of the story (saving the store, running a business, ect) than life lessons.

Ariana is a wonderful character to read about. She’s independent, curious and goal-oriented, someone I would love to be friends with in real life. Her cousin Laila is completely different, but their relationship ended up being something I really enjoyed.

While the plot wasn’t a fast-paced thriller or anything along those lines, it was a really sweet, interesting story. Ariana’s family’s shop is in danger of being shut down since a more successful, new store recently opened at the same plaza. At the same time, Ariana is struggling with adjusting to living with her cousin and problems at school. I think this would be relatable to tween readers since, well, everyone struggles with fitting in and adjusting to new changes, after all.

I only learned that this book is actually a sequel to another MG novel called Shooting Kabul after I finished Saving Kabul Corner. I didn’t struggle to understand the story, so N.H. Senzai did a great job with that. Saving Kabul Corner can easily stand on its own and if you’re looking for a diverse MG novel to check out, I can easily recommend this one! Four stars!

10 Comments on {Review} Saving Kabul Corner by N.H. Senzai

    • Samantha
      August 21, 2014 at 11:28 pm (3 years ago)

      Friendships are one of my favorite parts of MG, I think. I haven’t been reading much YA with strong friendships lately, so that might be why.

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  1. Greg Pattridge
    August 11, 2014 at 1:01 pm (3 years ago)

    I like the sound of this one. A very unique setting for an MG book with an intriguing story line. Thanks for featuring a book I will certainly look for in the future.

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    • Samantha
      August 21, 2014 at 11:27 pm (3 years ago)

      I have a feeling you’ll enjoy this one. The premise is definitely interesting!

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    • Samantha
      August 21, 2014 at 11:26 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks for the heads-up… I don’t plan to. 🙂

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  2. Jennifer@5 Minutes for Books
    August 11, 2014 at 11:00 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m so glad you featured this. I enjoyed the characters in Shooting Kabul a lot, and figured with the similarity in title that they were related. I didn’t know this existed, but will look into it.

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    • Samantha
      August 21, 2014 at 11:25 pm (3 years ago)

      I definitely want to read Shooting Kabul now. I saw it in the bookstore a week ago and I was ridiculously tempted. Alas.

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  3. Sunny Smith
    August 21, 2014 at 1:51 am (3 years ago)

    This sounds really interesting! I’m going to have to put it on my to-read list. I’ve been trying to read more MG stuff, so this looks like a good option:) Interesting review!

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    • Samantha
      August 21, 2014 at 11:24 pm (3 years ago)

      Huzzah! MG is pretty awesome. I actually have an interview with the author coming up within the next month(ish), so stay tuned for that…

      Reply

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