When Michael Met Mina

When Michael Met Mina

Book - 2016
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A boy. A girl. Two families. One great divide. When Michael meets Mina, they are at a rally for refugees - standing on opposite sides. Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother via a refugee camp, a leaky boat and a detention centre. Michael's parents have founded a new political party called Aussie Values. They want to stop the boats. Mina wants to stop the hate. When Mina wins a scholarship to Michael's private school, their lives crash together blindingly.
Publisher: Sydney, NSW : 2016. Pan,
ISBN: 9781743534977
Branch Call Number: YF ABDE

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 09, 2019

The Lines We Cross is a wonderful and moving story about two teens, Michael and Mina. Michael is a calm guy that likes anything digital, his parents run protests and rallies in support of their Australian Anti-Immigrant group. Then, Mina, a Muslim refugee from Afghanistan arrives. Mina is very smart and her parents have arrived to Australia with dreams of building a successful Afghan restaurant. Then, when tension towards Muslim’s continuinly increases, Michael must decide which side he stands on after meeting Mina. This book is one of my favourite books because it shows both perspectives of Michael and Mina. It is also very interesting and you will want to read until the very end! It is a very good book that will also teach you more about different religions and perceptions. I highly recommend this book for anyone ages fourteen and older, looking for an interesting read. @readit12 of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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violet_giraffe_901
Nov 02, 2018

finished this book in the span of 15 hours(night and morning). Even though is not a thriller or mystery it is a high step above everyday high school romance. The story took place in Australia which is a country I am not entirely familiar in its politic. (though I love going on vocation there) I LOVE the progression of story line of Michael. Often author tries to redempt people who had really done bad thing/or portray them as people who cannot be helped. But Michael he learned and listened.
There definitely is a political overtones within, however I don't think the author would agree that trying to save human being as a political statement rather than a humanitarian statement. This is exactly why that the author and I know a lot of people including me that find the nationalist kind of movement to be very racist and frankly kill peoples. This book also brought this really important issue that often these grass roots nationalist movement traditionally are thought as screaming yelling irrational all yelling and screaming pretty much violent individual. They try to pretend to people and often themselves that they are the civilized being. Now this brought up a problem, of whether or not these people are evil at heart. This is exactly where a day muddy and gray, Michael's parents are frankly every normal parents. They make him food they sometimes ground him but they are generally fair and care about the family.
Also just a side note, I appreciated the teacher knowledge being simple bystander per se. Sure they don't seek out bullying and harassment, they have made sure classroom "chatters" are not ignored. The school also tackle subject important to humanity. It is a place that student are not afraid to speak out. So at the end, the school have in some sense given Michael a space to understand the world.
This is one of those book that should be on the school reading list. Not only is it a simple high school romance novel, it is a story about evolution(not the ancient kind), education, equality, and lost but most importantly compassion. Compassion is one of those things that should be spoken and embraced it by every culture and land

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lizardi
Mar 02, 2018

Found this book in the "Lucky Day" section - thank you, Hollywood branch! I didn't realize it was a YA book until half way through, when I noticed the "Y" on the binding. It was a compelling story, and wish the author would write a sequel. I now want to read more by the same author. The issues of "anti-immigrant" in Australia, sadly reflect our own dark times in the U.S. (I am not seeing how to add star rating - I would give it 4 stars.)

ArapahoeSusanW Nov 07, 2017

Randa Abdel-Fattah is one of my favorite YA authors. An Aussie immigrant, she handles the issues faced by post 9/11 middle eastern immigrants with a light and sensitive touch."The Lines We Cross" is a meaty read involving a modern day Romeo and Juliet, Michael and Mina. The two find themselves irresistibly attracted despite his conservative family's anti immigrant stand and her status as a new arrival from Afghanistan.

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