Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Sister to Honor by Lucy Ferriss

Afia Satar is studious, modest, and devout. The young daughter of a landholding family in northern
Pakistan, Afia has enrolled in an American college with the dream of returning to her country as a doctor. But when a photo surfaces online of Afia holding hands with an American boy, she is suddenly no longer safe—even from the family that cherishes her.

Rising sports star Shahid Satar has been entrusted by his family to watch over Afia in this strange New England landscape. He has sworn to protect his beloved sister from the dangerous customs of America, from its loose morals and easy virtue. Shahid was the one who convinced their parents to allow her to come to the United States. He never imagined he’d be ordered to cleanse the stain of her shame...

My thoughts...I could hardly put this book down. My heart was racing during a good part of this novel. I am familiar enough with some of the ideas of Honor codes many groups have. The novel is really of a story spiraling out of control. You are sitting there on the sidelines wanting to yell at the characters before it is too late!

Lucy Ferriss tells A Sister to Honor in alternating perspectives, so you get to know a few of the characters pretty good and some just enough. The story mostly centers on Afia and Shahid. I really liked both of them and wanted so much for them to be open and really discuss what was going on, but with a culture like theirs it seemed almost impossible. I felt like if they just spoke up everything could have been cleared up...

I felt a multitude of things while reading A Sister to Honor. I mean here these two young people were from home and it seemed like it was ok for Shahid to live an American lifestyle and no one would really hold it against him, yet Afia could not. Nor was anyone really helping her like they were helping him.

An amazingly good novel, peeking into another culture that will set your heart racing! I'm highly recommending A Sister to Honor!

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