Article Title

Calling My Name


Bailey Ondricek


Outstanding, Liara Tamani, Young Adult, Multicultural, Growing Up, Teen Girl, Exploration, Love, Dreams, Religion

Document Type

Book Review


Taja is a young girl growing into herself. This story chronicles the thoughts and feelings of the middle schooler as she contemplates themes of love, religion, education, and friendship up until her high school years and acceptance to university. The author’s final acknowledgement at the end of the book effectively summarizes the heartfelt theme, “And to every young person who’s ever struggled with departing from your family’s or community’s teachings: it’s OKAY to follow the voice inside.” Indeed, Taja’s raw exploration of God and sin model a form of questioning and discovery that validate the very natural questions common to humanity. They call her name.