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...
  • Mrs Bond
    Dec 11, 2017
    A memoir that feels like it could be written by the girl next door. At times painfully ordinary, but I believe that was by design. The author is your typical teenage girl, worried about fashion, friends, and sibling rivalry. I could almost hear the gum popping and upward inflection whi...
  • Jen Ifer's Inklings
    Feb 02, 2018
    4.5 stars. I adore this book. It's everything that I want in a memoir. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Overview: This book is a memoir about growing up as an illegal immigrant in the United States and the process of gaining a green card an...
  • 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...
  • Sarah
    Jan 17, 2018
    As someone who is very interested in the effect of the Iranian revolution and Persian culture in general, I truly thought I would enjoy this more. I have read several other accounts of people who have fled Iran for America. However, parts of this memoir did not sit well with me and fur...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Sharon
    Mar 24, 2018
    Engaging and heartfelt memoir about growing up in the US in an undocumented immigrant family. The author addresses her family's cultural differences and the fear that comes with being stuck in legal limbo, but the book isn't a primer on those subjects, it's a personal story of her life...
  • Brittany
    Dec 31, 2017
    I was expecting this to be more serious than it was. It was beneficial to showcase how many of the trials and tribulations of being a teenager are the same no matter who you are or where you're from, but the forced humor got a little old after a bit. I appreciate the author sharing jus...
  • Jennifer
    Mar 25, 2018
    Serious yet funny story of one immigrant teen's experience working her way through the system, as well as discovering what it means to her to "become American." ...
  • Sarah Ressler
    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! ...
  • Ilana
    Feb 10, 2018
    'The eighties weren't the most ideal time to be a Persian in America. With the hostage crisis still fresh in the country's minds, we were public enemies number one. The news footage of Iranians protesting in the streets, burning the American flag and screaming 'DEATH TO AMERICA', didn'...
  • 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...
  • Christina
    Apr 04, 2018
    I really enjoyed this humorous, teen-geared memoir about life as an Iranian, undocumented immigrant. Saedi's voice felt naturally funny and her tone was reflective and respectful of the hard choices her parents and her extended family made for her, her sisters, and her cousins. I appre...
  • 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
    Review to come. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Meredith
    Mar 07, 2018
    A great memoir of a teen girl coming of age in the 1990s who happened to have a real problem; she was in the US as an undocumented immigrant. ...
  • 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...
  • Daphne
    Mar 01, 2018
    I'd rate more as 3.75 stars. Americanized was probably written as a response to Trump's winning the election and his words about undocumented immigrants in the United States. Sara Saedi writes about her experiences, her family, and life growing up in the Bay Area of California as a...
  • 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...