Saints and Misfits

Saints and Misfits

Book - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Fifteen-year-old Janna Yusuf, a Flannery O'Connor-obsessed book nerd and the daughter of the only divorced mother at their mosque, tries to make sense of the events that follow when her best friend's cousin--a holy star in the Muslim community--attempts to assault her at the end of sophomore year
Publisher: New York : Salaam Reads, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481499255
Branch Call Number: YF Ali
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 22 cm


From Library Staff

William C. Morris finalist.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

AL_MARY Feb 20, 2018

Janna Yusuf is a good student, a budding photographer and writer, and a Muslim. She struggles with all the things many High School students deal with - challenges with family, friends, her social life, and how it all connects with her faith. But when she is assaulted by a seemingly "untouchable" boy (adored for having supposedly memorized the Koran), she struggles with how to overcome the dread and fear she feels every time she sees him. Will anyone believe her if she tells the truth about their encounter? This is a highly relatable story that will resonate with many teens.

Feb 13, 2018

Great character development - of an under-represented character group. Reading about Janna's journey to understanding her Muslim faith, family, friendships and American life and how they fit together is enlightening, and equal parts heartache and humor.

Jan 28, 2018

When I started off this book I had high hopes for it considering the buzz it received with my Muslim friends and I have to say it lived up to expectations. This book did a great thing by humanizing and giving a normal face to a culture that many people in the world don’t seem to understand. The narrator, a teenager named Janna, showed us the complications of being a teenager along with the restrictions and empowerment put on her by her culture. Overall the story was very powerful and well written and the ending was enjoyable. It’s a great YA novel that I feel like everyone can learn from.
- @bookanarchy of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Nov 24, 2017

Saints and Misfits is an interesting modern bildungsroman story following Janna, a Muslim teenager, as she balances trouble with her family, friends, school and her religion. At times the pacing is very slow or fast; however, I would would read this book again and look into S.K. Ali's other works.

Aug 02, 2017

You can definitely tell this is a debut novel, to be honest. The beginning is very rocky, and the pacing a little uneven. I had a hard time getting into it due to the writing style; it felt very flat to me, though there were a few funny lines and moments. I also couldn't get a handle on Janna's character that well. But the characters I liked, I liked a lot, and once the rocky beginning was out of the way, it was easier to get into.

It wasn't bad, I just didn't like it as much as I'd hoped to. I'm not sorry I read it and I'll likely look into what S.K. Ali writes next.

Jul 05, 2017

This is a good book. I was so glad when she finally told that guy off and stop blaming herself for what he done to her.


Add Age Suitability

Aug 19, 2017

vivi_p thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at CHPL

To Top