Rebel Without A Green Card

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"At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States. Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn't learn of her undocumented status until her older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job, but couldn't because she didn't have a Social Security number. Fear of deportation kept Sara up at night, but it didn't keep her from being a teenager. She desperately wanted a green card, along with clear skin, her own car, and a boyfriend. From discovering that her parents secretly divorced to facilitate her mother's green card application to learning how to tame her unibrow, Sara pivots gracefully from the terrifying prospect that she might be kicked out of the country to the almost-as-terrifying possibility that she might be the only one without a date to the prom. This moving, often hilarious story is for anyone who has ever shared either fear."--Jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524717797
Branch Call Number: YA 305.89155 Sa163S 2018
Characteristics: 280 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Sara Saedi, a straight-A students, found out she was undocumented when she was 13. Her memoir is a mix of typical teenager antics and fear of being deported at any moment.

Sara Saedi, a straight-A students, found out she was undocumented when she was 13. Her memoir is a mix of typical teenager antics and fear of being deported at any moment.

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Jul 14, 2018

I suppose when I began reading this memoir, I thought it had been written by the author when she was younger, then published. I then realized she had combined diary entries from her youth and interviewed family members, etc., to put this work together.

For the most part, I did enjoy this book. I was impressed with how hard the family worked for their children. But, I must say I did not like the way she used swear words. I personally do not like the liberal use in young adult literature for any reason. This author did not use an unusual amount, I am just making a statement. Perhaps it is quite common for immigrant families to allow their children to talk in such a manner, I do not know, as she is showing how Americanized she became.

Overall the book was interesting and I did enjoy parts of it very much.

Mar 13, 2018

Iranian-born Sara Saedi takes us on a diverting journey throughout her youth spent growing up in San Francisco, as the child of undocumented immigrant parents. Sara experiences all of the typical things we might expect from growing up in America -- worries about popularity, unrequited crushes, sibling rivalries -- but all that Sara goes through is magnified by the lens of growing up in an Iranian family, struggling through leaping through the hoops to gain citizenship while hanging on to familiar customs of life as they knew it in Iran. Sara tells her story in an appealing manner, bluntly sharing her adolescent concerns with rich humor and engaging honesty, showing us some of the differences and similarities of Iranian and American culture and how we are really all the same.


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