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A Million to One

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But while 50% of this cover is non-white, the makeup of the overall passenger list was a much, much lower number. This here is an example where Jaigirdar could have given us so much more detail and cultural context.

Like I don't need Hinnah to be a champion of modest fashion, but I don't get what argument was supposed to be here. They couldn’t be more different and yet they have one very important thing in common: their lives depend on breaking into the vault and capturing the Rubiyat. Croatian Violet, who wishes to reunite with her younger brother at home, has a natural talent for acting and gathering information. Emilie - a Haitian girl who grew up in France and desperately wants to meet the Haitian side of her family. While the planning and execution of the heist keep the story ticking along, the action and excitement really escalate in the latter half of the book.In her utterly understandable attempt to bypass an awful trope while maintaining some realism, Jaigirdar, unfortunately, forfeits a genuinely uplifting and satisfying ending. If major character deaths are the only thing that are keeping your reader interested, then something is very wrong with your plot. Violet is a bitch to Emilie from the very first moment they meet because she can’t stand that Emilie, who is rich, would take part in this heist for “the fun of it” (and again — that’s literally what Josefa is doing and Violet doesn’t seem to have a problem with it, but that’s another story for another moment). Thank you to Edelweiss/HarperCollins for a copy of A Million to One in exchange for an honest review.

One of them (Emilie) was not even chosen for her talent, rather mostly because Josefa had a crush on her.

It’s about having the courage to take that leap of faith, to put your trust in someone else despite little or no assurance that it will work out, because you both want the same thing, a better life. B]rief chapters in alternating perspectives reveal conflicting interests, hidden motives, and mutual pining. This plot point left such a bad taste in my mouth, I genuinely don't know what Jaigirdar hoped to accomplish with this. Adiba Jaigirdar, author of one of Time‘s Best YA books of all time, gives Titanic an Ocean’s 8 makeover in a heist for a treasure aboard the infamous ship that sank in the Atlantic many years ago. I stopped reading for a few days and then I couldn’t find the interest or energy to continue it anymore.

First of all, this book is set around the events of the Titanic so I knew it was unlikely that everyone was going to make it and let's just say this book caused me emotional damage. This book has sat on my bedside table for what I thought was months – but upon further investigation was actually years! I have to say I loved Josefa’s character, she was methodical and intense and really knew how to lead a group. A heart-pounding, romantic adventure from the award-winning author of Hani and Ishu’s Fake Guide to Dating.The book is fast paced which I guess is normal for a ya book, but the writing was very simple and often times flat, and the events seemed so rushed that it felt mostly like a middle grade instead of a young adult book.

However, I did like how past actions and connections are revealed when the characters are already onboard. By most accounts, there were roughly 165 Arab passengers, along with 8 Chinese, and 1 Japanese passenger, accounting for roughly 8% of the total amount.This is where Adiba has full authority, embracing a bit of a hedonistic approach as well, keeping their fates ambiguous until the very end. Even when the ship is taking in water, there does not seem to be much of a panic and characters move with ease, hardly noticing the inevitable tilt to the decks. Adiba Jaigirdar describes A Million to One as ‘a sapphic heist novel’ adding that ‘while this is a fun heist novel, it’s obviously based around a historic tragedy. I almost threw my book across the room after reading that passage because it's so unbelievably stupid that Violet would believe that a Black girl in that time period would be privileged because she had finances and a good family.

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