OTHER WORDS FOR HOME | (short) book review

# of pages: 352

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Title: Other Words for Home

Author: Jasmine Warga

Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary

Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives.
At first, everything in America seems too fast and too loud. The American movies that Jude has always loved haven’t quite prepared her for starting school in the US—and her new label of “Middle Eastern,” an identity she’s never known before. But this life also brings unexpected surprises—there are new friends, a whole new family, and a school musical that Jude might just try out for. Maybe America, too, is a place where Jude can be seen as she really is.

“Hoping, I’m starting to think, might be the bravest thing a person can do.”

When I saw Other Words for Home was available at my library, I checked it out thinking it would be a pretty average read. Mainly, I loved the cover. However, I am happy to say that this book is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the out, and was easily one of the best books I have read. 

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