Cleverly done, with complex characters and a well-developed plot, the book has all the hallmarks of a summer blockbuster. But it's more t I don't usually go for those 'if you like But it's more than that too. In addressing the kind of issues at the heart of contemporary social, political, religious, and cultural divisions, the author offers up enough sharp commentary to leave you bleeding.
It's horrifyingly plausible, the kind of story that makes you question yourself as much as the characters. Who do I believe and why? And what does that say about me? It can be an uncomfortable experience, but all the more compelling for it. ARC via Netgalley Shelves: arcs4-starsreadmystery. Thank you to NetGalley and St, Take It Back. It was well-written, it was emotional, it was nuanced, and I recommend it to anyone who can handle the obviously very sensitive material it discusses.
Take It Back follows a rich and complicated cast of characters. First, we have Thank you to NetGalley and St. First, we have Zara, a Muslim woman who left behind her life as a highly successful barrister to take a low paying job as a caseworker for sexual assault victims.
Her complicated relationship with her more traditional family and her conflict with the Muslim community were complex and interesting threads in this multi-layered story. Next, we have Jodie, the alleged victim. Jodie is disabled, with a very visible facial deformity that prevents her from fitting in with her peers. Finally, we have the four alleged perpetrators: Amir, Hassan, Mo, and Farid.
I felt like another member of the jury, trying to distinguish fact from fiction without letting my own personal biases get in the way. Moving beyond the characters, the plot of Take It Back was right up my alley. I love court proceedings. I had only minor complaints that kept this book from earning a full five stars. That ending, though… It absolutely blew me away. This book contains a brief scene depicting animal abuse and animal death.
I decided to read this book after reading the authors fabulous new book 'Truth be told' and was so pleased to find another excellent read. The book features the same lead character in both books, Zara Kaleel but can be read as stand alone novels. Jodie Wolfe is a troubled sixteen-year-old white girl with facial deformities. She lives with her alcoholic mother in a council flat and is consistently bullied. When Jodie attends a house party she is amazed when Amir Rabbani, the most sought after boy i I decided to read this book after reading the authors fabulous new book 'Truth be told' and was so pleased to find another excellent read.
When Jodie attends a house party she is amazed when Amir Rabbani, the most sought after boy in her school shows her attention. An incident occurs and it becomes the word of one girl against four young well thought of lads. Rape councillor Zara Kaleel who was once a promising young lawyer is called on to defend Jodie but the case is far from a formality. There is severe doubt on both sides and the media is showing interest especially with it being that three Asian lads from immigrant families are accused of raping a white girl.
I found this book gripping, much like the other book I have read by this author a real page turner. A volatile story that is expertly told and keeps the reader guessing to the very end. I felt all sorts of emotions reading this book and couldn't put it down, great characters and lots of twists.
I can't wait to read more books from this author. Aug 11, Bella Jones rated it it was amazing. One of my favourite books of ! Essentially a legal drama, but also so much more than that. Rich and multi-layered Take it Back holds up a mirror to British society exposing the divisions and prejudices which can ignite violent hatred between communities of different cultures.
Jodie, a white One of my favourite books of ! Jodie, a white girl with severe facial deformities, living on an estate with her neglectful, alcoholic mother, versus four Asian Muslim boys with hard working immigrant parents. The story begins with Jodie making her allegation to Zara and then progresses through the court case. The reader learns of the events from different time points and perspectives; which makes it thrillingly compulsive. Who does the reader believe? And, crucially, why? As the case progresses, different factions clash violently as they link the case to race and religion.
This caused me to reflect on my own prejudices, as a white woman, the daughter of immigrant lapsed-Catholic parents, living in multi-cultural London. The multi-perspective narrative is also effective as a symbol of the case itself.
There should have been one voice: that of victim Jodie and then of each of the defendants; but there were many voices beyond the courtroom that claim the narrative for their own agendas because the case came to represent more than rape.
As a Muslim woman born in Britain, Zara has already defied traditional expectations by embarking on a legal career. Now she is prosecuting four Asian boys who Take It Back accused of a Take It Back crime by a white girl from an underprivileged background. This causes friction in her family and aggressive hostility in their Asian community.
Abdullah presents the challenge of unifying the conflicting forces of tradition versus progression experienced by Muslim women growing up in Britain, with astute effectiveness. Understandably, names of organisations e. Church of Englandwhich whilst a western Christian tradition, does not feature prejudice towards non-western culture in its doctrine. I accept extremist organisations comprised of people with predominantly English Christian backgrounds do exist in Britain.
For me, however, the ascription of this extremist group to a single denomination did not sit comfortably. I found myself wondering why this made me uncomfortable? Love is many things including tolerance of other faiths.
I am not religious, but I am white European from a lapsed Christian Roman Catholic background, so perhaps the fact that I picked up on this, reflects my own prejudice. Or perhaps my perspective is naive or simplistic. It certainly gave me pause and any book which makes a reader reflect on their own attitudes and perceptions towards such important issues, is a worthwhile read! Aug 05, Mark rated it it was amazing.
Taut, Gritty, Compelling and Dark Jodie has facial deformities and has struggled all her life to, well do anything and to be accepted for who she is She has accused 4 Muslim boys of gang raping her Zara, a Muslim herself and ex top lawyer now defender of victims of sexual crime takes the case on She knows EXACTLY what she is taking on, how her community will react and how difficult it will be, a Muslim against 4 Muslims Based around the court c Taut, Gritty, Compelling and Dark Jodie has facial deformities and has struggled all her life to, well do anything and to be accepted for who she is Zara is brilliant but at times unlikeable in her role and the same can be said for everyone in the book!
You will topsy turvy your virrs throughout! The ending was a shock, the then next ending was even more of a shock The writing is very real to life, no punches pulled here, no niceties observed and the subject matter is difficult at times to read but unavoidable You will feel like your are enveloped in this case and the unseen juror A fascinating, uncomfortable at times but brilliantly written book that asks as much as tells and will stay with you!!
Take It Back by Kia Abdullah is a modern day story that explores some pretty tough but current themes, sexual assault, racial tensions, prejudice, and poverty. This is one of those books that would make the perfect book club read, it explores Take It Back by Kia Abdullah is a modern day story that explores some pretty tough but current themes, sexual assault, racial tensions, prejudice, and poverty.
This is one of those books that would make the perfect book club read, it explores current and relevant topics that will make for lively, thought-provoking discussions. Sixteen-year-old Jodie Wolfe enters a sexual referral centre, wanting to share her story, she reveals an appalling tale to lawyer Zara Kaleel, a horrific crime has been committed and Jodie firmly points the finger at four Muslim boys.
This sets the scene for an explosive courtroom thriller, where no one could foresee the far-reaching consequences for Jodie, Zara, four teenage boys, their families and the local Muslim community. Jodie a young girl who is bullied and tormented for her facial deformities, dragged up by an alcoholic mother?
Or the four teenage boys, handsome, popular and from decent hardworking families? Truth and lies become blurred, the opinions of professionals, the evidence from witnesses, I found my thoughts constantly changing throughout the court scenes, making for a tense and unpredictable read.
Then you have Jodie Take It Back will pull at your heartstrings, dragged up by a mother who resents her, bullied and ridiculed by her peers for being disfigured, her story is desperately sad and yet very credible.
The author keeps the reader on tenterhooks almost to the very last page, there were many surprises hidden within the pages that were unexpected but added to the over all tension. She is bullied at school and taunted everywhere she goes. She lives on a rundown London estate with her Alcoholic mother who neglects her.
Zara Kaleel is an ex-barrister, now working for a sexual referral centre where Jodie goes to and confesses that she has been raped by 4 Muslim boys that go to Take It Back school. Four boys that come from immigrant families.
She needs to share her story. Wow what can I say about this book. This is such a powerful and controversial story about Race, culture, class and race. The author keeps you captivated throughout. I thought it was cleverly written. First you feel sorry for Jodie but some things she said, but then you here from the four boys you think differently.
It was a case of he said, she said, and you wondered who was telling the truth. I highly recommend. Thank you NetGalley and HQ for a copy of this amazing book.
View all 5 comments. Feb 19, Bookread2day rated it it was amazing. This story is quite heartbreaking specially at the beginning and is honestly, literally a page turner.
I couldn't put it down. I do very highly recommend Take it Back to all crime fans. Author Kia Abdullah is a fantastic writer, the idea for this novel is absolutely brilliant, I don't think I've read a book with a twist in so good. I'm keeping a close look out for future books by Kia Abdullah. I will admit I don't like watching any TV court drama series, but do like reading court room drama book This story is quite heartbreaking specially at the beginning and is honestly, literally a page turner.
I will admit I don't like watching any TV court drama series, but do like reading court room drama books. Take it Back is a fictional court room drama story, about Jodie and Nina who are best of friends. Nina is busy dancing with some guy. Amir Rabbani want Jodie to go to a secret place with him.
She didn't tell her friend Nina what had happened because for one particular reason Jodie didn't think Nina would believe her. The court case is going to prove that Jodie Wolfe was raped. But during this court case, someone is lying, but who and more importantly why? Thank you, St. Martin's Press, for the ARC! I have been feeling courtroom dramas lately, so looking forward to checking this one out! Aug 24, Jasmine rated it really liked it Shelves: anticipated-releasesnetgalley-ebooks.
I don't really know what to say about this book. At the moment my head is just swarming with so many thoughts that I can't pick one out. I jumped from one side to the other side throughout this book, not knowing who to believe. The ending honestly just made me feel sick to my stomach. This is a GOOD book - but a fair warning, it's really heavy and absolutely not something to take lightly.
Mar 03, PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps rated it it was amazing. I always want to believe women who come forward with allegations. Truth is often messier than fiction. As a white woman, I feel often feel like my opinion about racial issues is less important than those of people who live in the trenches of racial inequality and prejudice. Kia Abdullah is a gifted wordsmith. I highlighted many passages. Aug 27, Clare rated it it was amazing Shelves: perusals-reading-challengenew-authorsnetgalley-challenge.
With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. Sixteen year old Jodie Wolfe had not had an easy upbringing. Jodie had been born with a severe facial deformity. Her father had left when Jodie was two due to the way she looked. Jodie was also a carer for her mum who was an alcoholic. Jodie had been bullied at school but her friend Nina persuaded her to attend a classmates party.
Once there Jodie left the party with Amir who she had a crush on. The With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. They went to a warehouse where Amir and his friends raped her.
Shocked Jodie went to ex barrister now rape counsellor Zara Kahell. Zara believed her but knew the trial would be controversial because Jodie was white and Amir and his friends were British Muslims. Zara herself came from a traditional Muslim household which she had always fought against. Zara had left her arranged marriage after two weeks when it wasn't working and left the criminal bar. Take It Back is set to be my favourite book of This plot was bigger than a courtroom thriller.
It was about rape, racism, religion, sexism and trial by media. I constantly changed by mind constantly throughout the story. At first I believed Jodie and was angry on her behalf. However I changed my mind when I read about Amir and his friend Hassan, they seemed like a decent kids. I loved the double bluff at the end, I did not see that coming. I liked Zara and the mysterious private investigator Erin. I enjoyed reading about Zara and the problems she had fitting in with her conservative Muslim family.
I would love her to have her own series. Mar 03, Liz Barnsley rated it it was amazing. External Reviews. Metacritic Reviews. Photo Gallery.
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