Tuesday, August 7, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review: Rebels by Accident by Patricia Dunn + Giveaway

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by Patricia Dunn
Publication Date: August 16, 2012
Publisher: Alikai Press
Pages/Format: 290; Paperback
Source: ARC

A coming-of-age tale of an Egyptian-American teen looking for love and adventure.

When my first party ends in jail, I think things can’t possibly get worse. But then my parents send me to my grandmother in Cairo, and I’m sure my life is over. My sittu is Darth Vader’s evil sister, and I’m sure the only sites I’ll get to see in Egypt are the rooms in her apartment. Turns out she’s not so bad. We ride camels by the pyramids and ice skate at a mall.

As Sittu says, “Sometimes a moment can change your life.” But it can change the life of a country too. When a girl named Asmaa calls the people of Egypt to protest, I find myself in the middle of a revolution, running from tear gas and guns.

Oh yeah, and I meet the cutest guy I’ve ever seen. Fall in love for the first time. And have my first kiss.
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Rebels by Accident is fun and enlightening. Patricia Dunn engages readers with a young Egyptian-American teen who struggles to accept being Muslim and her Egyptian roots. Every page captures the essence of a young girl who finds herself  through hope and motivation.

Mariam and her best friend Deanna are sent to Cairo, Egypt as a form of punishment. Turns out the trip not only straightens Mariam's attitude, but the time spent with her wise sittu also helps Mariam come to terms with who she is. Dunn gives Mariam's experience more than one outlet to inspire young teens. Mariam's learning to stand up for what she believes in and learning to believe in herself are just examples of the lessons that add value to the novel.

Deanna and Mariam can both be considered the main protagonists of the novel, even though Deanna isn't Egyptian. Deanna's passion for Egyptian culture coupled with the fact that she has insecurities similar to Mariam's allows her to share the spotlight of the story. But, at times Mariam's thoughts center around Deanna just a little too much, and not enough on her own ideals and perspectives on the culture she's reacquainting herself with.

Rebels by Accident is all in all an inspirational read that's not to be missed. Mariam's story is one that will no doubt reach the hearts of all through its realness and ability to relate to all readers.

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  1. the story line to me seems like a good one. I like to read inspirational books. This also may be one that I can let my daughter read sooner than later.

  2. I would love to read this book as it looks fantastic and anything with a star wars reference is a must read for me !


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