This is the tale of a boy whose family immigrated to Astoria from Jordan, after being displaced from Palestine. The author spoke of many incidents from his youth and told of a difficult family relationship. There were many antics described which left me wondering why they were not punished. For example, he wrote of driving a car on the beach in Daytona, smoking marijuana and being surrounded by police who ended up arresting the fellow who was driving-seems he was a drug dealer, but the police let Mr. Kiam go after he said he was not a friend of the pusher. The police never searched the car and the joint was on the floor by his feet. Really?
The writing style was a bit sophomoric and could have used a but more depth of emotion. Over all, a fair first effort. I received this book as an Early Reviewer. I have not been compensated in any way (other than being given a copy of this book) and my opinion on the book is entirely my own. ( )