American Street

American Street

by Ibi Zoboi

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A National Book Award Finalist with five starred reviews!

A New York Times Notable Book * Publishers Weekly Flying Start * Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year * ALA Booklist Editors' Choice of 2017 (Top of the List winner) * School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * Kirkus Best Book of the Year * BookPage Best YA Book of the Year

American Street is an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Everything, Everything; Bone Gap; and All American Boys.

In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture.

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062473066
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 86,069
File size: 744 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ibi Zoboi is the author of American Street, a National Book Award finalist. She was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She also edited the anthology Black Enough. Ibi’s writing has been published in the New York Times Book Review, The Horn Book, and the Rumpus, among others. After living in Brooklyn for most of her life, she now lives in New Jersey with her family. You can find her online at

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American Street 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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I chose the book American Street because I’m not very familiar with the Haitian culture and also because the girl in the book was about my age and I wanted to see what it’s like for someone my age to come to America for the very first time. I liked all the emotion in the book and how you felt a new emotion in almost every chapter. I also liked how the book described America as this tough place to live and how everyone is struggling and trying to be at the top because I feel like that’s an accurate representation of America. I would give it 4.5 stars because it gives us an insight into the struggles immigrants coming to America have to deal with, such as border issues, bullying, fitting in, and just overall adapting to a new culture and a new lifestyle. I would recommend this book to ages 11 and up because it does have some strong themes and can be a bit sad at times. I would also recommend this book to people who want to see what it’s like coming to America from a third-world country and also those who want a peek inside the Haitian culture, which is something I feel like many Americans don’t know much about. It’s overall a good book that shows us America from a third-world country point of view.
Soula More than 1 year ago
I didn't initially choose this book, but i'm glad I got it. I like this book because it's exciting easy to follow the plot and understand. I give this book five stars because it's just so got and it deserves it. I don't read at all so for me to like this book so much just shows how good it is. I would recommend this book to 13+ because it have graphic language. And some of the things in this book you need to understand to follow the plot so yeah. HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!
Kairi More than 1 year ago
I chose this book because we had to read it for my English class. It was such a good book. I could not put it down. The author, Ibi Zoboi made me think about how it would be if I had to move to another country and did not have my mother with me. The one thing that confused me was the ¨flashbacks¨ of the other characters. I would give this book a 4.5 stars because it made me think but it is not what I would normally read. I would recommend this book to kids 13+ because of the language used and how hard it is to read emotionally.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced story. Enjoyed every sentence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A gorgeous, heartfelt read. Fabiola has such strength and confidence in herself as she navigates Detroit and America for the first time. Her faith and family bonds had me on her side from chapter 1. Loved this story!
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I have mixed feeling about this novel. I wasn’t expecting what I got when I read this novel. I felt it could have delivered a stronger message but I thought sections of this novels were excellent and I enjoyed Fabiola’s relationships with her cousins. Each of these relationships were unique and they showed something about the character of Fabiola. The novel focuses on Fabiola who arrives in Detroit from Haiti without her mother, Manman. Planning and saving, the two of them were going to stay with Manman’s sister and her daughters who they hadn’t seen in such a long time. Detained in customs, Manman whereabouts are unknown but Fabiola believes in the spirits that she calls upon and in her prayers, that soon they will be safely reunited. I thought that the culture changes for Fabiola as a whole, would materialize through this novel but they were only referred to, in beginning pages of this novel. The noises, the colors, the food, the major culture difference that Fabiola notices that are missing or added to her life now, the author makes a point to mention each one as she experiences them in the beginning pages of this novel but then suddenly she must get used to them because these differences are hardly mentioned throughout the rest of the novel. It isn’t long before Fabiola gets swallowed up into being an American teen. Her cousins wrap her up in their drama, she is casts into high school where peers and fitting in matter, and it isn’t long before boys and romance come into the picture. I wasn’t expecting things to happen so quickly for her and for her feeling to become so intense. The novel is more about Fabiola becoming a teen, the ups and downs, the drama and the dangers when she gets too close to the edge. I wasn’t expecting it to go that far. I expected Fabiola to behave differently but she had gone too far, too fast. I thought the novel would also look at Fabiola and Manman issue(s) and address them, spend time on them but it didn’t happen how I expected. This novel was eventful, I loved many of the characters and I wanted to tie a rope around Fabiola to keep her close to me for I cared for her.
AlexandraOtt More than 1 year ago
This is a stunning and powerful debut. It's full of complex layers, from questions about family relationships and loyalty to those of identity, faith, freedom, and home. Achingly raw yet hopeful, Fabiola's story is not to be missed.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “We will get my Manman. I exhale deep as we leave the airport. It feels like I’m leaving part of me behind – a leg, an arm. My whole heart.” This was a YA contemporary story about a girl newly arrived in America from Haiti. Fabiola was an okay character, and I felt sorry for her the way her mother was detained by customs and she was left to start her life in America without her. The storyline in this was about Fabiola starting her new life in America with her cousins, and learning more about what their lives were really like, and where their money came from. I don’t want to say too much, but Fabiola never stopped fighting for her mother to be released into the states, and did everything she could to make that happen. I did find that the story didn’t hold my interest very well though. The ending to this was okay, and there were realistic consequences for Fabiola’s actions. 6 out of 10