Internment – Samira Ahmed | A Book Review

Internment - Samira Ahmed

Title: Internment

Author: Samira Ahmed

Genre: Young Adult

About the book: It’s a standalone novel about a Muslim American teenager named Layla who gets sent to an internment camp.

I received an advanced review copy from Hachette in exchange for an honest review.

First impressions: I was excited to read this novel because of its premise. The cover is gorgeous. From the start, I wanted to see how the plot would play out.

Characters: Layla’s a great protagonist. I enjoyed seeing her development. She’s likeable and relatable. So are her parents as well as the friends she makes in the camp.


“Sometimes it takes incredible strength to survive.”

Writing: It’s told in the first person from Layla’s perspective. I liked the short, suspenseful chapters. I didn’t love the romantic scenes with Layla and her boyfriend.

It’s such a heart-wrenching, heavy read, but I appreciate the lighter moments in the dialogue. I experienced so many emotions throughout the story.

Final thoughts: Although not everyone gets a happy ending, I enjoyed it.

I highly recommend Internment. Even if you aren’t a fan of young adult, I think the novel’s message can speak to almost anybody.

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