Article Title

The Lines We Cross


Meagan Andrus


Outstanding, Young Adult, Randa Abdel-Fattah, Islam, Teenager, Australia, School, Romance, Immigration, Political Controversy, Activism, Family, Afghanistan

Document Type

Book Review


Mina is an immigrant from Afghanistan who fled the rule of the Taliban when she was very young. Now settled in Sydney, Australia, Mina moves to a new prep school. There, she meets Michael, whose family has started a grassroots organization opposing what they call the Islamification of Australia and illegal immigration. Michael's always just gone along with what his family tells him, but finds that his unexplainable attraction to Mina and her beliefs complicates things. Mina and Michael find themselves falling for each other, while also struggling to understand their own beliefs and their place in a gray world, void of the convenient black-and-white of innocence and naivete. Though at times it's difficult, they discover that they can find strength in their relationship and also learn from each other about what it means to be a good person in a conflicted and messy society.