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Book Review for: As Long as the Lemon Tree Grows by Zoulfa Katouh

Someone give this author an award, or a cake, or a hug I don’t care, I just want her to know what an incredible book she wrote and what an incredible writer she is.

The story is about a girl surviving amid war, and it reminded of me the dull pain I felt while reading A Thousand Splendid Suns, a masterpiece of the year 2023 and a must-read for every avid reader who likes to cry while reading.

Personally, when I read a book, I don’t only read it, I get sucked into it, I start feeling a huge fraction of the character’s fear, pain, and grief, so books like this leave a scar over my anxious heart. Making me go through the most terrifying roller coaster ride, I felt helpless because I didn’t know what was coming ahead.

And oh what the climax, what a climax! It made me run to my friends to scream at them about it, followed by sending a compliment via telepathy to the author because wow! What a twist, I was traumatized.

Rating: 5/5 stars… for wrecking my heart?

Not suitable for people with anxiety disorder, my anxiety level increased while reading, so please make sure to check through the trigger warnings. (It gets very overwhelming)

Bonus: I sent a text to the author immediately after I finished the book (as if she’s my bestie or something, lol) and threw compliments at her, when I found out she too was a bts army I jumped up and down like a baby.

“I won’t let them own my fears.”

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