Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card

At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States. Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn?t learn of her undocumented status until her older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job, but couldn?t because she didn?t have a Social Security number. Fe At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking th...

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Title:Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card
Author:Sara Saedi
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1524717797
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card Reviews

  • Sara
    Apr 21, 2018
    This was funny and relatable. Identified a lot with her upbringing as an Iranian immigrant in America. I particularly loved her closing analogy of herself as a Spork. ...
  • Laura Gardner
    Jan 29, 2018
    I think this title would be better marketed for an adult audience. I don't think this will appeal to a YA audience given that all the cultural references are from the 1980s and 1990s. That said, I am from that generation and I still found the book fairly dull and had trouble reading it...
  • Bjipson
    Aug 15, 2018
    The beginning of this book is a witty, engaging history of Iran that could certainly serve as an introduction for any 9th grader who is interested in this as a topic for research. Or any grade, for that matter. The memoir is fun to read all the way through; Saedi's story of growing up ...
  • Kelly
    Jan 25, 2018
    A really humor-soaked memoir about life as an illegal immigrant in America. Sara is older than me, but her voice is relatable enough to young readers that teens will enjoy this one without a problem, especially if they love Mindy Kaling style humor. We get a great look at Saedi's famil...
  • Ricki
    Oct 14, 2018
    I really like this book, and my students love it, too. They particularly like how accessible it is. Sara Saedi was born around the time that I was born, so I felt nostalgic reading about all of the pop culture references. I was worried my 20-year-old students wouldn't like it for this ...
  • Mehrsa
    Mar 14, 2018
    I'm wondering who the audience of this book is--Maybe American teens who don't know anything about Iranians? Maybe American adults interested in a funny memoir? It certainly isn't other Iranians. The book is filled with a lot of quirky and funny tidbits about growing up Iranian. I rela...
  • Lisa Mandina
    Jan 23, 2018
    4.5 Stars: As a child of the 80s, this book was a real eye-opener to me about political issues and other history that took place during that decade, as well as the ones before and after. I remember hearing a lot of the terms discussed in the book, but growing up as a white, middle-clas...
  • Michelle
    Jun 22, 2018
    This was funny and fresh and I enjoyed it very much--memoirs of a girl from Iran who was here without documents for most of her childhood. A very good summarization of US immigration procedures at the end, as well, although the way things are going in our country I'm not sure we'll be ...
  • Kim
    Aug 11, 2018
    Sara and her family immigrated to the United States from Iran when she was two. Now a teenager, she learns that her family is in the US Illegally. She is just like any teenager but the fear of being deported is never far from her mind. Her mother had to divorce her father (on paper) to...
  • Lindsay Ercanbrack
    Jun 27, 2018
    "But my nose is undeniably Persian, and changing it would feel like rejecting the most significant part of myself." Sara Saedi tells an honest teen's perspective of living in the United States as an undocumented citizen. She plays to the dramatics of a teen's experiences with zits, boy...
  • Vicki
    Nov 10, 2018
    I initially struggled with the tone of this book - it seemed a little too glib/flippant/cutsey. Soon, however, I really identified with many of Sara's teenage struggles/angst. This wasn't as much about immigration as it had seemed, and I guess I expected more of it to be explicitly abo...
  • Sarah Ressler Wright
    Dec 26, 2017
    Awesome. So much of my experiences were similar and yet the threat of deportation so different. Love the ?Big question? sections and everything is explained so well-never dumbed down, yet never dull. Also made me realize my crazy teenage thinking all over again. So great! ...
  • Eric
    Jul 11, 2018
    Very engaging memoir and so timely! This book deserves a fair reading in light of the immigration mess the US is in. Saedi engenders lots of empathy here. I can?t wait to discuss this with my students. ...
  • Bookphile
    Jan 13, 2018
    I have mixed feelings about this. I could relate to a lot of it because I was also a teenager in the 90s, so a lot of what Saedi writes about resonates with my own experience, but this wasn't quite what I expected it to be. Since this is a memoir, I'm not sure that a spoiler warning ma...
  • Laura Jean
    Apr 02, 2018
    At first I wasn't sure about the writing style. It IS a memoir and so she gets to write as she likes of course. It was just weird reading about Iranian history that way. But when she got more into her own life it fit perfectly. I had no idea that it takes so LONG to get a green card. T...
  • Megan
    Jul 26, 2018
    Parts of this book were really interesting. I enjoyed hearing about the experiences of Saedi's grandparents in Iran, and the challenges she and her parents overcame as they immigrated to the United States and (after nearly twenty years) received documentation. It's eye-opening and very...
  • Erin Cogburn
    Jul 22, 2018
    I absolutely loved this book! The topic of immigration is very timely in our current political climate. Saedi gives us a different view of what it means to be an illegal immigrant in the US. I learned a lot from reading about her experiences on the road to receiving her green card and,...
  • Shane
    Feb 07, 2018
    I usually stay clear of memoirs because they usually don't hold my attention, but I'm so happy I took a chance with Saedi's story. It turned out to be quite an eye-opening experience that I could relate to on various levels, even though we're both from different countries. This boo...
  • Rachel (Life of a Female Bibliophile)
    Jan 30, 2018
    See even more book reviews on my blog: http://www.lifeofafemalebibliophile.com/ Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card is a memoir that reads like a diary. The author talks to her readers in a casual tone and does a good job at explaining history points and her cultures traditions...
  • Penni
    Feb 22, 2018
    What a beautiful gem of a book! I laughed, I cried, and most importantly, I related. No I did not grow up Iranian. No I did not grow up an ?illegal alien.? But I did grow up an anxious rambunctious teen in San Jose California., just like Sara. At times touching, at times funny,...
  • Irena
    Feb 08, 2018
    Americanized is a non fiction piece of work, written by Sara Saedi, about her life and culture. She is from Iran and when she was little, her family moved out to USA, but they did not have green cards. We follow Sara and her family through the journey to become USA legal citizens and ...
  • Morgan Denton
    Jul 18, 2018
    This is a funny, witty, honest memoir about a girl going through the long and arduous process of becoming an American citizen. She tells her tale through the lens of a teenage girl trying to fit in with her American peers yet also holding on to her native Iranian culture. This book exp...
  • Kayo
    Nov 06, 2017
    I wanted to like this more. It dragged on and wasn't that interesting. Liked the premise, but just wasn't a good read for me. ...
  • Morris
    Apr 05, 2018
    I can?t sing the praises of this book enough. It?s written so that it feels like you?re listening to your friend tell you a story filled with humor and emotion. I learned so much about the immigration process and all of the pitfalls that can happen to families looking for safety ...
  • A.R. Hellbender
    Apr 23, 2018
    I would like to preface this review by saying that I am half Iranian. I?ve sadly never been to Iran, but my mom was an immigrant to the US at age 18. This book taught me things I didn?t even know about the Iranian culture, and made me smile about the aspects I was familiar with...
  • Critterbee❇
    Jan 15, 2018
    Americanized is the memoir of a young girl brought to the United States for safety and freedom when she was two years old, and her experiences growing up 'undocumented.' The trials of teenage years and her fear of being deported to a land she does not remember are honestly and humorous...
  • Jennifer
    Sep 19, 2018
    This young woman writes about what?s it like being ?undocumented? in the United States, paying particular attention to recent years under the current administration. She writes about struggling the ?normal? teenage experience (part of the reason her parents came here from Ira...
  • Erin ღYour YA Readerღ
    Dec 07, 2017
    ????? 5 Cookies My YA Blog! I was giving this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honestly review First off. This book was amazing. I honestly should end it at that and call it a day but... I won't allow myself! This book is the first ARC I have rated 5 full cooki...
  • Jacinth Valera
    Aug 11, 2018
    I decided to read this book due to the events that are sadly occurring in our nation. Although I was naturally born as an American citizen, I grew up in a whole different country. I did go through the discrimination once and it does affect how I am now. I don't usually like to read...
  • Riya Shah
    Sep 28, 2018
    Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card By: Sara Saedi 1 out of 5 stars This book is about a thirteen year old girl named Sara Saedi. She uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States. Only two years old when her parents fled I...