I Was Their American Dream

I Was Their American Dream

A Graphic Memoir

Graphic Novel - 2019
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"I Was Their American Dream is at once a coming-of-age story and a reminder of the thousands of immigrants who come to America in search for a better life for themselves and their children. The daughter of parents with unfulfilled dreams themselves, Malaka navigated her childhood chasing her parents' ideals, learning to code-switch between her family's Filipino and Egyptian customs, adapting to white culture to fit in, crushing on skater boys, and trying to understand the tension between holding onto cultural values and trying to be an all-American kid. Malaka Gharib's triumphant graphic memoir brings to life her teenage antics and illuminates earnest questions about identity and culture, while providing thoughtful insight into the lives of modern immigrants and the generation of millennial children they raised. Malaka's story is a heartfelt tribute to the American immigrants who have invested their future in the promise of the American dream."--Amazon.
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: 2019
ISBN: 9780525575115
0525575111
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Leigh, Toby - Colorist

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I Was Their American Dream is at once a coming-of-age story and a reminder of the thousands of immigrants who come to America in search for a better life for themselves and their children. The daughter of parents with unfulfilled dreams themselves, Malaka navigated her childhood chasing her paren... Read More »

"I Was Their American Dream is at once a coming-of-age story and a reminder of the thousands of immigrants who come to America in search for a better life for themselves and their children.

I Was Their American Dream is at once a coming-of-age story and a reminder of the thousands of immigrants who come to America in search for a better life for themselves and their children. The daughter of parents with unfulfilled dreams themselves, Malaka navigated her childhood chasing her paren... Read More »

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abcDena
Jan 23, 2020

The story Gharib tells is an important one, but the graphics don’t lend themselves to the story. Simple line drawings and maybe 3 colours used throughout... I don’t know if the writer or the publishers are trying to make a point about race and colour by removing colours from the story. No clue. It’s mind-numbing and took me, what, 2-3 weeks to read? Graphic novels shouldn’t take that long. I’m giving this three stars, but really it’s a two star disappointment.

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LSbook
Dec 12, 2019

For anyone who feels othered by peers for having more than one cultural identity.
Hard enough feeling othered by relatives but when communities and peers do this thing, that is one difficult obstacle to break down.
Everyone should get a say in what they call or label themselves first especially during the tween years.

nsalenga85 Aug 03, 2019

This is a great book that will look familiar to anyone who grew up with immigrant parents and families who have invested their future in the Promise of the American dream.

Groszerita Aug 02, 2019

Malaka comes from a Filipino Egyptian family. Her illustrations are fun and yet show the feelings that she is experiencing as an American with immigrant parents.
I loved it and recommend it.

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