Well, I just finished book number 2! I got a little distracted and lost some time due to a work issue, but it wasn’t horrible,
Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos
Release Date: June 20th 2008
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Ask Me No Question by Marina Budhos is about a Bangladesh family who are illegal aliens in the United States. They came over to America via a tourist passport and stayed to make a life even after it expired. They tried to become legal, but thanks to a corrupt lawyer and a messy system, their papers never went through. But it really didn't matter, the laws were kind of loose and they stayed invisible for many years. That is until 9/11 and the nation became worried about terrorist living among them. Trying to gain asylum, they run for Canada only to be turned away, which lands Nadira's father in jail. Their mother stays behind to stay close, but sent Nadira and her sister back to New York to continue on with school while it gets straightened out. Of course, that's easier said than done. And while Aisha, Nadira's sister, falls apart, Nadira starts to shine and comes up with ways to help their family out. The only question is will it be enough or will they find themselves deported and without a home?
I really enjoyed this book and thought it gave in insight into what many illegal immigrants have to deal with. Everyone hopes for the American dream, but for many it is so hard to obtain, especially with so much legal tape to get through. Budhos does a wonderful job at showing the emotions of fear, hope, and courage that these families deal with. And while it ended well for Nadira’s family, there are so many others that it does not. Such a complicated situation with no easy answers. This book was one I picked up on a whim and so glad I did! One that I can easily recommend to others!
Total Read time: 2 hrs 45 mins
Books Read: Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams (78 pgs), Ask Me No Questions (162 pgs)