Borderline (Review)

I originally wanted to read this book because it seemed to be one of the few YA novels that has a Muslim protagonist, and one of the even fewer YA novels that has a male Muslim protagonist. (I mean, I’m sure there are more, but this is one of the first that I’ve heard of.)

Then I started reading about how many awards this book has won over the past year. And you know what? They are entirely deserved.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Review)

I’m not sure what I expected from this book, but it wasn’t what I got.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was simply fantastic – way better than anything I had imagined.

I think that I was expecting a somewhat dry narrative about medical ethics gone awry and the things that our society have done to people over the years, focusing specifically on the case of Henrietta Lacks, aka HeLa. What Skloot wrote was, instead, a deeply personal look into the lives of Henrietta’s descendants and how the legacy of her cells has affected them.

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