The Women of Baghdad by Hana Avram
EDITED 2/9/16 AS I WAS POSTING MY REVIEWS, I NOTICED THE PRICE IS WRONG, WHICH MUST HAVE JUST BEEN SWITCHED. I WROTE THIS REVIEW TWO DAYS AGO. THIS IS NO LONGER A BARGAIN BOOK, BUT MY REVIEW STILL STANDS.
Warning: Rape scene
The Women of Baghdad by Hana Avram is a story following three best friends as they navigate life in Baghdad during the 2003 conflict and American invasion. While the story is told from many perspectives of friends and family, the narrator is a young girl named Soad.
I feel that I need to warn everyone up front that this is more of a coming of age or slice of life novels, rather than something action packed. While there are a few subplots with the other girls, Soad is more of an observer and the overall book didn’t seem to have much of a main plot. Things happen to Soad and her friends, like the war, and there are consequences, but they are few and hardly felt by Soad herself. Events started picking up near then end, but by then the book was rather abruptly over. While I did enjoy reading and learning about another culture, I had a hard time connecting with the characters.
The author mentions that these girls are finishing school and one is headed to University, I imagine they’re around eighteen years old, though that’s not clarified. They way these girls acted seemed a lot younger and immature than the age they were supposed to be which made it hard to relate to them. I did enjoy experiencing and learning about their culture through their eyes, though there are a lot of foreign words used in every day conversation in this book that weren’t explained and left me confused. An explanation slipped in between scenes would have been beneficial.
Unfortunately, the writing in this book is rife with run-on sentences, awkwardly phrased sentences, passive voice, and misused words, just to name a few issues. The narrator also likes to over explain everything, and it three different ways. I don’t believe this book is read to be published as it needs some time with an editor.
My Rating: 1/5
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