Ultimately a hopeful and inspiring story
Alaji clearly has wisdom and a good hand for storytelling...this memoir could shine
A timely and poignant read. This Ain't My Life is a brutally honest and precisely recorded story, one that feels very naturally told, but also framed within larger social issues. This gritty memoir has key moments of poignancy and inspiration and will be especially moving for those navigating the immigrant experience in the present day.
Loved the book, definitely a page-turner from start to finish...
The American immigrant experience, particularly for those of Muslim descent, has become a front-page topic in recent years, giving This Ain’t My Life by author Bilal Alaji a true sense of import, for a timely and poignant read.
Recounting his life from childhood to the present, this is a brutally honest and precisely recorded story, one that feels very naturally told, but also framed within larger social issues and beliefs the author wants to highlight.
The author’s youthful success and whimsy were dampened by brutal familial expectations, run-ins with the law, and self-professed mistakes in judgment. Despite repeated stumbles and low points, Bilal retained his fighting spirit, with the knowledge implied by the title that he was destined for far greater things.
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“Ultimately a hopeful and inspiring story”
“This gritty memoir has key moments of poignancy and inspiration”
“Alaji clearly has wisdom to share, and a good hand for storytelling”
“This memoir could shine”
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