By: Margaret K. McElderry
It’s post-9/11 America, and every body is on edge, nobody knows how to continue their lives before the attacks, and Samar is one of the thousands of students who were continuously forced to discuss the events in almost every class at school. Although Samar is Indian-American, she had never been directly affected by the attacks until one day, while coming home from school, stood a man in a turban.
This book heavily discusses the effects of 9/11 and the mentality that resulted from it. People of color, whether they were Muslim, Sikh, American, or South Asian, were being targeted as terrorists. This isn’t a white-washed perspective of what occurred post-attacks, this is written in the point-of-view of a seventeen-year-old girl who had no real knowledge of her heritage, but once her uncle came back into her and her mother’s life, she realized how different she truly was.
Shine, Coconut Moon is a novel based on prejudice, and perseverance. Samar had been living a life that consisted of very little knowledge of her extended family, but when she realized she had been sheltered for so long she started the journey of wanting to learn about Sikhism, about her family, about everything she could gain about a life she never thought was possible.