My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Why are children born and a parent(s) are unable to accept the child and love them unconditionally. Don't take this the wrong was and not all parents are under my scrutiny, but the parents to the teens in this book are and I'm just speaking out loud, making myself heard regarding those parents that would be so cold and commit the most heinous of crimes in my eyes: Sending them to a correctional facility.
This is what happens to Ahmed. He's the one telling this story. In first person. Read about how he was yanked from his own bed. How he's tossed into this facility where the torture and torments have no limits. Neither does the brain washing these children are subjected to. Why? Because these teens are not what their parents expect of their own children to be after they've brought them into this world where it's confusing, acceptance is everything and you must be and act appropriately or else...
Because they're queer.
Ahmed escapes when the opportunity arises and brought to a safe house for other teens who have been in the same situation as Ahmed who will alter his name to conceal his identity. He will tell you about his experiences of his journey. Read about other teens he meets and interacts with. His near brush with almost getting caught and the extremes others will do to assist him with freedom till his is able to be free when he turns 18.
The ghetto lingo can make the story tricky and challenging some to follow, but don't let that deter you from reading an excellent YA story. I was too caught up in the events of this story to care.
The author notes that he would write more on Ahmed if requested. Well... I'm dayum well begging for it. The ending didn't finalize it for me and I'm feeling left with needing closure.
Two thumbs up for this one!