My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: YA Contemporary
In The Tyrant's Daughter a big question is asked: What if I didn't know he was doing all these horrible things? Fifteen-year-old Laila is asking herself this very question about her father, a dictator, killed in a coup which sent Laila, her mother, and her brother fleeing their home. Now in Washington D.C. Laila is finding out that her father is not the man she thought he was when atrocities against her people seem to be the doing of her father. How can someone so sweet and loving towards her brutally murder so many people.
Torn between old customs but wanting to fit in at school and make friends Laila has to find a balance between them that is all her own in order to cope with all the changes in environment and the changes also going on inside of her.
A wonderfully written YA novel. The narration fits perfect for this genre her tone and style is not to adult but just where it needs to be for those young adult readers. The book tackles a hard subject and does it with tact and without to much scary details.
Discover: A change in perspective of how we view the families of dictators and sultans.
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