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American Street

American Street

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The rock in the water does not know the pain of the rock in the sun.

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 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?

Title:American Street
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0062473042
Format Type:
Number of Pages:336 pages
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    American Street Reviews

  • Emily May

    According to my papers, I’m not even supposed to be here. I’m not a citizen. I’m a “resident alien.” The borders don’t care if we’re all human and my heart pumps blood the same as every...

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    This was great. The authenticity of this story was really the driving force for me. You could tell that the author knew what she was talking about and could very much relate to the MC. I loved the fac...

  • Lola  Reviewer

    3.5 stars.As an immigrant myself, I connected with Fabiola tremendously.When you move from one place to a very different place – or even if you’re just there to visit – there’s usually a cultu...

  • Maggie

    The teachers know my story. They know our story—the Three Bees. No. The four bees.Chantal is brains.Donna is beauty.Pri is brawn.I am brave. No one has to tell me this. I know it for myself. As I...

  • Lala BooksandLala

    That got so intense....

  • Trina (Between Chapters)

    Video review (spoiler free)- https://youtu.be/5vWLZipIyLgThere are plenty of own voices reviews of this book here on Goodreads, so please scroll through those for opinions other than mine!What I liked...

  • Sarah

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “We will get my Manman.I exhale deep as we leave the airport. It feels like I’m leaving part of me behin...

  • Rincey

    I almost gave up on this book towards the beginning, but I decided to keep going and I'm glad I did. I love the topics is covers, but I think it suffers from trying to cover too much in too short of a...

  • Dianne

    Hmmmm....As the characters in this book would say, "I'm not feeling it." A lot of interesting characters and ideas that didn't gel into a cohesive finished product. It felt less like an immigrant's st...

  • Jessica

    I’ve started and deleted this review a zillion times now because I’m struggling to figure out how to say what I want to say. I seem to be in the minority with my opinion of this book and that’s ...