Before Mina, my life was like a completed jigsaw puzzle but Mina has pushed the puzzle onto the floor I have to start all over again, figuring out where the pieces go.When Michael meets Mina, they are at a rally for refugees standing on opposite sides.Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother via a refugee camp, a leaky boat and a detention centre.Michael s parents have fouBefore Mina, my life was like a completed jigsaw puzzle but Mina has pushed the puzzle onto the floor I have to start all over again, figuring out where the pieces go.When Michael meets Mina, they are at a rally for refugees standing on opposite sides.Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother via a refugee camp, a leaky boat and a detention centre.Michael s parents have founded a new political party called Aussie Values.They want to stop the boats Mina wants to stop the hate.When Mina wins a scholarship to Michael s private school, their lives crash together blindingly.A novel for anyone who wants to fight for love, and against injustice.
When Michael Met Mina Before Mina my life was like a completed jigsaw puzzle but Mina has pushed the puzzle onto the floor I have to start all over again figuring out where the pieces go When Michael meets Mina they are
Why am I always the black sheep Like seriously, someone smother my disagreeable brain please While I think this book has an excellent message and is an entirely IMPORTANT read, I sadly didn t fall in love with it For me reading, I felt like it was 93% political agenda and 7% story about two teenagers Dude World issues are important Discussing immigration and racism is so important and such a big thing in 2016 in Australia right now, so this book is like RIGHT ON IT with the discussion But I felt [...]
Randa Abdel Fattah has done it again I m lucky enough to be a part of the blog tour celebrating the release of this book, so you can watch my review here youtube watch v y25F3
4 strong stars Alternate title to WHEN MICHAEL MET MINA I must have been sleeping under a rock for the last couple months, because I wasn t aware that this was the US release for WMMM Embarrassingly, I was waiting for the better part of a year for Book Depository to get it back in stock was even considering the hefty 25 postage fee for it But unfortunately, I m not in that financial circumstance at the moment, so I was delighted when I realized that it was already available to me I m always hesi [...]
I feel like I m one of the only readers to have seriously disliked this book The politics and discussion is ON POINT and super relevant But I felt there was a HUGE disconnect with the characters, nothing really happened, and there was no character development whatsoever except for Michael, and even that felt super forced Ehhhhhh idk I ll probably write a proper review for this soon, but overall I really wanted to love this and I love the messages, but I think the execution and story was poorly d [...]
When Michael Met Mina was an emotionally and politically charged read that ignites passionate debate between Australians Told from dual points of view, Michael is a quiet young man who has been raised in a household with strong social beliefs His father is head of the Aussie Values political group who support policies of stopping the refugee boats and denying those seeking asylum and scaremongering amongst supporters to believe Australia will be overrun, making our lives poorer for the intake in [...]
It s so much easier to live in a world where everything is black and white When Michael Met Mina is such a relevant book for today s society Turn on the TV or the radio and listen or watch for long enough and you re bound to hear something in regards to immigrants, boat people, asylum seekers, Muslims I m not going to talk about my beliefs and political views here, although I do think that no matter what those views and beliefs are, we should all have the freedom to discuss them in a civilised m [...]
Growing up in Western Sydney, the ethnic hub of NSW, I feel like I have been pretty sheltered to the wider racist views that exist in the Australia community it only really became apparent to me once I started university For that reason, When Michael Met Mina was such a powerful read for me and this book, which discusses casual racism, unconscious bias and hate speech, was really eye opening It was also really good at discussing the justifications that people use for racism and it s definitely a [...]
Full review originally posted on my blog Word WondersThis was hands down the most difficult book I ve had to read in my life It s just too personal and real to be an easy read, it hit too close to home, add that to the fact that I read it during a very difficult week for the muslim community let s just say that I was in a rough state But I loved it, every page of it was amazing and brilliant and so spot on that I couldn t help nod my head with every relevant phrase, sentence or comment.The writi [...]
This review appears on Happy Indulgence Check it out for reviews If there is one Aussie YA book that you will pick up, let it be When Michael Met Mina.The way it addresses social commentary and current political issues about border control, refugees and racism has never been important.The hardships that refugees face when they try and start a new life away from their home country.The racist values that people can hold, while hiding behind a front of protecting our values and encouraging health [...]
My tongue is tripping over the terrifically timely topics touched in The Lines We Cross Universally relevant, remarkably well written my personal recommendation for required reading resonates with me in an invigorating, inspirational way.Generally, offspring look up to their parents, seeing them as large and in charge with all the answers Beyond that, there is an inherent knowledge parents are good people My reminder to myself when first meeting Michael an amiable, ill informed adolescent suppor [...]
Aussie Values can bite me Mina for life.
It s been such a long time since I have read a book that possessed such electrifying energy I don t find it difficult to put a book down, but with When Michael Met Mina, I genuinely struggled Needless to say, I was addicted.When Michael Met Mina is a powerful combination of political discourse and lived experiences, contributing to the conversations and debates surrounding the ongoing global refugee crisis Whilst such conversations can be cold, disconnected, and forgetful of the suffering that r [...]
This review can also be found on The Reader Dragon Blog.Please Note I received a free copy of When Michael Met Mina from it s publisher Pan Macmillan in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my review in any way, and all thoughts expressed are solely my own There s a lot of ugliness under this sky But there s plenty of beauty here too I want to find it, spread it around, all over the cruelty and injustice I want to shake this world like a can of lemonade, pop the lid and watch the b [...]
This not an easy book to read And yet, it s an incredibly IMPORTANT book It tells the story of Michael and Mina, two year 11 students with completely different world views Mina came to Australia by boat as a refugee from Afghanistan, having lost her father, her baby brother, and basically everything she s ever known Michael s parents run the group Aussie Values ugh , which is one of those godawful racist groups that doesn t see how racist it really is Basically, his parents are Islamophobes who [...]
4.5 stars This book comes out on June 28 and believe me, you ll want to read it It s relatable, funny, intelligent and modern The romance was beautifully written as well it s a relationship that brought out the honesty and courage in both Michael s and Mina s characters, which was so fulfilling to read about If PanMacmillan hadn t sent this to me, I wouldn t have picked it up, would ve dismissed it as just another contemporary which isn t a genre I usually read But this, THIS, needs to be read b [...]
who wants to join my petition for a sequel this book was utterly amazing and I refuse to believe that this is the end Can t this story go on forever full review to be posted closer to release date
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This review was originally posted on Young Adult At HeartSUMMARYFollows the interactions between an Afghani refugee and the son of the leaders of a burgeoning political party against immigration queue jumpers PLOTMichael meets Mina at a protest and later realises they share classes as school As they clash, Michael learns that he doesn t have to believe what his parents teach him, and that Mina faces certain persecutions just by being a non Australian To be honest, the book is quite light on plot [...]
a book that unpacks racism and has a white person unlearning racism that doesn t a objectify the POC involved or b coddle the white person s privilege, huzzah maybe read this instead of The Black Witch if you think it s important to show someone unlearning prejudice because it also has the POV of the POC who has to put up with the shit and shows her calling Mr White Boy out, and it s written by a POC with a far better understanding of race marked down one star because of repeated casual use of a [...]
Was part of our contract walking around depressed and broken Wearing our trauma on the outside Mina is just an Afghan Australian teenager trying to be live her life She s than the trauma that s expected of her narrative as a refugee who survived the odds she s brilliant, nerdy funny This was incredibly cute, full of great friendships, family and thoughtful discussion that wasn t in your face morally preaching You d just have to be human to love both Mina Michael s sides of the story.I m an immi [...]
It was an enjoyable read It was much juvenile than I had hoped for it s young adult so I don t really know what I was expecting, I m just pretentious all the time I s2g But the line that drew me in was the whole Michael and Mina meet at a protest on opposite sides but that ends first 3 pages I was ready for some heated mic drop savage infuriating discussions and things in the book and that did not happen at all.I also wish the opposing side would have been taken seriously never thought I d say [...]
This book is amazing Enough said.
On a super shallow level, it s awesome when it s a girl who changes the boy in a relationship and not vice versa But this is a book about much than that.Mina is a Muslim Afghani refugee in Australia, and Michael is a white boy from Australia whose father is the leader of an anti immigrant organization making huge waves throughout the country They meet and everything changes as Michael s not only forced to confront his own racism, but he s forced to stand up to his own parents and their beliefs [...]
Searing, true and full of heart.
Romeo, Juliet and the Right Left Schism In Australia.So yeah, that s basically it Guy comes from a conservative family, girl comes from an immigrant family She gets a scholarship to his swanky private school and they culture clash from the getgo There s no mistaking which side the author comes from, which story she s telling Which isn t necessarily a bad thing This is pretty much propaganda for stuff I believe in with a thin veil of high school romance Parts of it were hard for me to read, as so [...]
When Michael Met Mina is Aussie author Randa Abdel Fattah s latest novel, set on the North Shore of Sydney Mina, her mother, and her step father have left Auburn for Lane Cove Mina has received a scholarship to a local private school and her parents are determined to give her the best chance at life, hence the move They are leaving behind friends they ve known for years, and a suburb that embraces their culture Mina and her mother came to Australia as refugees ten years ago, her father had died [...]
Michael is Aussie born and bred and proud of his parents and their stand against boat people invading Australia His dad is trying to grow his organisation called Aussie Values, keen on opening debate on how and refugees and asylum seekers are hitting their shores illegally.Mina is from Afghanistan, after surviving a sea voyage from her home, her father murdered, her baby brother dying along the way This past haunts her dreams, but she has grown up and studied hard in her new land Her mum has r [...]
This is one of those books that I think everyone should read It was thoughts provoking kind of book and with everything that s happening around the world today, this book is so important Such a great readI NEED A HARDCOPY OF THIS BOOK NOW
4.5 stars holy gosh this was beautiful So relevant and unflinching I loved Mina s perspective and the way she challenged everybody around her Everybody needs to read this, not just Aussies It brings to the surface the debates surrounding refugees, but also multiculturalism cultural identity Full review to come on blog tour.
This book is so much heart and wisdom, unflinching and bright with hope.