June's Room

American Dervish

American Dervish - Ayad Akhtar I didn't care for this book. I'm Muslim,(though not Pakistani or American as was the young man growing up in this story) and I found the negative stereotypes of Muslims just too depressing. I don't doubt that there are Muslims who are bad people or who act in bad ways, but I just felt this was too heavy handed .I saw several reviewers say they had learned something about Islam from this book. In it, Mina, a family friend who comes to live in the boy's house, tries to teach him about his faith , it's beauty, and what it means..I really do hope that it was those lessons people take away from this rather than the negativity..