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:Autobiography
ISBN:1524717797
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card Reviews

  • 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...
  • Jennifer
    Mar 04, 2018
    Read for review in the NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/02/bo... ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Joan
    Jan 09, 2019
    I'm hoping this wins the Printz but that might be expecting too much. At least I hope it wins the YALSA nonfiction award as well as the Siebert Award. Maybe I'm expecting too much in hoping both Front Desk and Americanized win awards but that is what I'm hoping for. If this trend keeps...
  • 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. ...
  • Hailie Roblyer
    Jan 27, 2019
    Just brilliant! An authentic, empathy-building memoir told with grace and just the right amount of humor. This book shows how complicated, frustrating, and slow the process of becoming a permanent legal resident is in the U.S. The author is honest and relatable, and she destroys stereo...
  • 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...
  • Kara Belden
    Jan 20, 2019
    2.5 - Interesting info about illegal immigration and living in the US without a green card. Beyond that, I didn?t much enjoy Saedi?s stories of becoming ?Americanized.? Though her experiences contain SOME staples that could be considered the ?American experience? (i.e. prom...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Shawn Smith
    Jan 31, 2019
    This book follows the life of Sara Saedi and is an autobiography. It isn?t written chronologically and tends to jump back and forth from being a child to a teenager. It?s about her struggles when finding out that her and her family, who are originally from Iran, are undocumented im...
  • 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...
  • Carpe Librum Online Bookstore
    Mar 15, 2019
    https://carpelibrumonlinebookstore.co... 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 st...
  • 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...
  • Scott Aldrich
    Jan 22, 2019
    This was an informative and entertaining look into the life of a typical teenage girl who happens to be an undocumented immigrant. The story of her family and their LONG journey to become citizens while still functioning as everyday Americans provides a thoughtful look at those people ...