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When Michael Met Mina
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When Michael Met Mina

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Before Mina, my life was like a completed jigsaw puzzle but Mina has pushed the puzzle onto the floor. I have to start all over again, figuring out where the pieces go. When Michael meets Mina, they are at a rally for refugees - standing on opposite sides. Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother via a refugee camp, a leaky boat and a detention centre. Michael's parents have founded a new political party called Aussie Values. They want to stop the boats. Mina wants to stop the hate. When Mina wins a scholarship to Michael's private school, their lives crash together blindingly. A novel for anyone who wants to fight for love, and against injustice.… (mer)
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"When Michael meets Mina, they are at a rally for refugees - standing on opposite sides. Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother via a refugee camp, a leaky boat and a detention centre. Michael's parents have founded a new political party called Aussie Values. They want to stop the boats. Mina wants to stop the hate. When Mina wins a scholarship to Michael's private school, their lives crash together blindingly. A novel for anyone who wants to fight for love, and against injustice."

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As soon as I read the summary, I knew I had to read this book. I took it for granted that Michael would eventually come around to Mina's perspective, and I was curious to see how he got there and how Mina came to love someone who had once hated people like her. There's definitely some good here; Abdel-Fattah deserves commendation for her thoughtful, nuanced portrayal of Michael and his family. His father, Alan, is particularly well-drawn. This is exemplified about a third of the way through when we find out that Alan will reenact the refugees' journey. He will fly to Afghanistan, secure passage to Australia from a human smuggler, and take the dangerous journey across the Indian Sea.

I admire Abdel-Fattah's choice to opt for a complex character over a strawman stereotype. She fails, however, to really wrestle with the ideas at hand. Michael's family argues, for instance, that Australia should not accept economic migrants who come to the country illegally. Abdel-Fattah never clearly articulates why this is wrong, offering at best a muddled "because economic migrants are people too." Perhaps she feels this is so obvious as not to require explanation, but in doing so she undermines the message she's trying to convey.

This is a simplistic, straight-forward, good-guys-win love story. For characters wrestling with complex ideas and issues of self-identity, I'd say look elsewhere. ( )
  aechipkin | Jun 27, 2018 |
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Before Mina, my life was like a completed jigsaw puzzle but Mina has pushed the puzzle onto the floor. I have to start all over again, figuring out where the pieces go. When Michael meets Mina, they are at a rally for refugees - standing on opposite sides. Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother via a refugee camp, a leaky boat and a detention centre. Michael's parents have founded a new political party called Aussie Values. They want to stop the boats. Mina wants to stop the hate. When Mina wins a scholarship to Michael's private school, their lives crash together blindingly. A novel for anyone who wants to fight for love, and against injustice.

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