All My Rage: A Novel (Paperback)
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"Two Pakistani-American teenagers whose lives are intertwined struggle to build their futures in a world that seems to be pitted against them. The shifting perspectives and timelines paint the story in fragments that ultimately come together to form a bigger meaning. A coming of age book that deals with challenges that no teenager should deal with but is all too real. Among the struggles, the characters seek solace and love in unlikely places. So great for teenagers and adults alike." YA, 14+ --Reviewed by Vanessa
March/April 2022 Kids Indie Next List
“A fierce, beautiful novel about two generations of Pakistani Americans making their way in a small California town. Three points of view give unique perspectives on loss, hope, and forgiveness. This book will stay with me for some time.”
— Cynthia Hand, Rediscovered Books, Boise, ID
National Book Award WINNER
An INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
An INSTANT INDIE BESTSELLER!
"All My Rage is a love story, a tragedy and an infectious teenage fever dream about what home means when you feel you don’t fit in." — New York Times Book Review
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir comes a brilliant, unforgettable, and heart-wrenching contemporary novel about family and forgiveness, love and loss, in a sweeping story that crosses generations and continents.
Lahore, Pakistan. Then.
Misbah is a dreamer and storyteller, newly married to Toufiq in an arranged match. After their young life is shaken by tragedy, they come to the United States and open the Clouds' Rest Inn Motel, hoping for a new start.
Juniper, California. Now.
Salahudin and Noor are more than best friends; they are family. Growing up as outcasts in the small desert town of Juniper, California, they understand each other the way no one else does. Until The Fight, which destroys their bond with the swift fury of a star exploding.
Now, Sal scrambles to run the family motel as his mother Misbah’s health fails and his grieving father loses himself to alcoholism. Noor, meanwhile, walks a harrowing tightrope: working at her wrathful uncle’s liquor store while hiding the fact that she’s applying to college so she can escape him—and Juniper—forever.
When Sal’s attempts to save the motel spiral out of control, he and Noor must ask themselves what friendship is worth—and what it takes to defeat the monsters in their pasts and the ones in their midst.
From one of today’s most cherished and bestselling young adult authors comes a breathtaking novel of young love, old regrets, and forgiveness—one that’s both tragic and poignant in its tender ferocity.
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About the Author
Sabaa Tahir is a former newspaper editor who grew up in California's Mojave Desert at her family's eighteen-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, listening to thunderous indie rock, and playing guitar and piano badly. Her #1 New York Times bestselling An Ember in the Ashes series has been translated into more than thirty-five languages, and the first book in the series was named one of TIME's 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time. Tahir's most recent novel, All My Rage, won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, was an instant New York Times bestseller, received eight starred reviews and won the 2022 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and Poetry. Visit Sabaa online at SabaaTahir.com and follow her on Instagram @SabaaTahir and TikTok @SabaaTahirAuthor.
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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A 2022 National Book Award Winner
2022 Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Winner
A Walter Award Honor Book
An NPR Best Book of the Year
A Book Page Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Best Book of 2022
A Booklist 2022 Editor’s Choice Top of the List Winner for Youth Fiction
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Shelf Awareness Best YA Book of 2022
A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2022
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2022
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2022
A New York Public Library Best Book of 2022
One of The New York Times’ 10 Best California Books of 2022
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
Audible’s Best of 2022: Top Pick
An AudioFile Best Audiobook of 2022
A Read With Jenna Jr. Book Club Selection
One of The Mary Sue’s 10 Best YA Novels of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Selection
“This is not the Sabaa Tahir you know…but it’s the Sabaa Tahir you NEED to know. All My Rage is a gorgeous, star-crossed story about the costs of the American Dream and the way unexpected routes appear when you need them most. I read this in a single day.” - Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Two Ways
“Searing. Riveting. Beautiful. All My Rage takes the reader on an unforgettable journey into the heart of love. Exploring the painful truths of hidden traumas and the crush of broken dreams, Sabaa Tahir shows us the healing, redemptive power of forgiveness, of hope, of connection in her stunning contemporary debut." —Samira Ahmed, New York Times bestselling author of Internment
“We all know Sabaa Tahir is a master at creating epic fantasy worlds filled with terrifying, imaginary monsters. Here, Sabaa turns her considerable talent and skill to the real—but no less terrifying—monsters that dwell in the human heart. In richly evocative prose and with characters so well crafted I'm sure I know them, All My Rage takes a clear-eyed look at the ways in which we hurt and heal each other. It's a gorgeous meditation on grief and love and the possibilities each of us have for redemption. This book will stay with me for a long time to come.” —Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Is Also a Star
"All My Rage is an unflinching, profound force that will rattle your heart and toughen your soul. Sabaa Tahir's razor-sharp writing never shies away from the world's harshness while always finding the light in the dark for our special, unforgettable narrators." —Adam Silvera, New York Times bestselling author of They Both Die at the End
“All My Rage is an expert study in all that's tangled within the closest of our relationships—the pain and the love, the ugliness and the beauty, the potential to break and the potential to repair. Painful, powerful, hopeful, and magnificently crafted.” —Randy Ribay, author of Patron Saints of Nothing
"Tahir packs an absolutely unforgettable punch in her first contemporary YA. . . .This is the kind of book that positively climbs into your bones and steals your breath in the very best way." —Buzzfeed Books
★ “Tahir’s lyrical prose unpacks both the beautiful and the brutal. She deftly captures the layers of grief, rage, family, examination of faith, and forgiveness, while managing to inject levity into dire situations and provide a semblance of hope . . . Put this book at the top of your list.” —SLJ, starred review
★ “Tahir brilliantly shows how interconnected societal forces shape communities and people’s lives through the accumulated impact of circumstances beyond their control. A deeply moving, intergenerational story. An unforgettable emotional journey.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “An unyieldingly earnest generational story for contemporary audiences, Rage is a knife-sharp narrative with an obliterating impact that will leave readers thinking of it long after turning the last page.” – Booklist, starred review
★ "A gift every step of the way."– Bookpage, starred review
★ "Heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful, this memorable novel leaves the characters with what they deserve most: a future."– BCCB, starred review
★ "This standalone novel feels timely and important and should be on every library shelf for teens.” – School Library Connection, starred review
★ “[A] powerful, viscerally told novel.“ – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
★“This unforgettable multigenerational contemporary YA novel delivers pain, heartache and anger – but also love, hope and redemption." – Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“Some of the best contemporary fiction out there is YA, and ‘All My Rage’ is one of the strongest new examples. This moving—and at times devastating—book follows best friends Noor and Salahudin as Sal tries to save his family’s motel and Noor tries to strike out on her own.”
“This powerful novel tackles everything from systemic racism to the fragile bonds of friendship.”
“The first-person prose vibrates with adolescent intensity—of grief, desire, and above all searing rage—as Tahir’s young heroes are faced with grown-up choices they feel ill-equipped to make. But equipped they are: with poetry, music, tradition, and their capacity to love.” —Entertainment Weekly