American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

Genre: YA Fiction, Realistic Fiction


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?

My Thoughts: Warning Spoilers ⚠️ 

Finally a YA novel with a Haitian protagonist. I’m Haitian and I think this is the first YA book that I’ve read with a Haitian main character.

American Street is a beautiful and breathtaking novel. The characters are realistic and readers can get a sense to who they really are. Fabiola is such a strong character that values her family more than anything and I really admire her for that. Her relationship with her cousins was fun to read about and I love how different they are from each other but they still love and care about each other.

I loved Fabiola’s relationship with Kassim. Kassim is one of the best character in this story and he treats Fabiola so well. Their romance is the best part of the story but since everything I ship ends badly, this couple ends badly.

The novel is very gritty but at the same time very realistic. Fabiola discovers that her cousins are drug dealers and that really change things in the middle of the book. I hated Donna’s boyfriend Dray. He’s literally abusive and full of shit.

The ending of the book is really sad but beyond that, this story displays a really deep message. Freedom comes with a price. Everyone should read this story because the characters are so well written and complex. I hope the author writes more books in the future because she’s an amazing author.



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