The Friday 56 – American Street by Ibi Zoboi

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted over at Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple and go something like this.

Friday 561.  Grab a book, any book.
2.  Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
3.  Find any sentence, (or a few, just don’t spoil it)
4.  Post it.
5.  Add the post url, not your blog url to the Linky.
6. Tweet it #Friday56 (not an official Freda’s Voice rule)

I finally got my grubby little hands on American Street by Ibi Zoboi. It took nearly a month, but I remained patient and steadfast to the cause and when I got the notification I high tailed it to the library to retrieve my book booty.

I decided to hold off on reading until Bout of Books weeks because I knew it was going to be a fast read and I’m glad I did.

The whole house seems to want to squeeze me in, force a deep wail from out of my body because it’s only been one day and I am losing myself to this new place. This is the opposite of the earthquake, where things were falling apart and the ground was shifting beneath my small feet. Here, the walls, the air, the building, the people al seem to have already fallen. And there is nothing else left to do but to shrink and squeeze until everything has turned to dust and disappeared

pg. 54 American Street by Ibi Zoboi

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American Street Synopsis from the book:

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they (Fabiola and her mother) leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

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