Book Review: Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa


Synopsis from Mornings in Jenin

My thoughts

To say Mornings in Jenin wrecked me is an understatement. I’m not really sure how to share my thoughts on this book. It was so heartbreaking I shed a few tears. Tears that, although fiction (names and love stories, etc..), these events actually happened, that there are real people who lived this tragedy, that majority of the world is so unaffected by the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. That we sit in our safe homes and simply pick a side in the conflict without knowing the full details. I’m completely wrecked that human beings are capable of such wickedness and can inflict so much pain on another.

The writing was so vivid that I could easily picture it all. The author also leaves you with wanting to research and learn and not just take what we see in media as the truth.

What made this such a good book was how relatable the characters were in their friendships, romantic relationships and day to day life. I just loved the love stories of Yousef and Fatima as well as Amal and Majid. It was so pure and made me want a love like theirs. Fatima said, and I’m paraphrasing, people who haven’t been through much don’t love like how people who have had tough times love. They were comparing their (Arabs) kind of love to the United States and Fatima was basically explaining to Amal that, with all that the Arabs had been through at the hands of the Jews, their emotions were stronger and they felt things deeper than people who hadn’t been through that kind of turmoil. I’m not sure if i completely agree but it make sense. I loved that.

I think this novel will make you fall in love Palestine but hate your world and the world, because it will be hard for you to wrap your head around how we could just sit and watch these things happen.

I give this book 5/5

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa

  1. This is such a beautifully written review; it makes the reader share in your reaction to the book. I’ve been curious about this book for quite a while; and, though I typically read non-fiction, sometimes I make exceptions because the reality disclosed in those selected few booms is too powerful to ignore.

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