Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card


At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States. Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn’t learn of her undocumented status until her older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job, but couldn’t because she didn’t have a Social Security number.

Fear of deportation kept Sara up at night, but it didn’t keep her from being a teenager. She desperately wanted a green card, along with clear skin, her own car, and a boyfriend.

Americanized follows Sara’s progress toward getting her green card, but that’s only a portion of her experiences as an Iranian-“American” teenager. From discovering that her parents secretly divorced to facilitate her mother’s green card application to learning how to tame her unibrow, Sara pivots from the terrifying prospect that she might be kicked out of the country at any time to the almost-as-terrifying possibility that she might be the only one of her friends without a date to the prom.

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  • Erin

    🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪5 CookiesMy YA Blog!I was giving this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honestly reviewFirst off. This book was amazing. I honestly should end it at that and call it a day but...

  • Kelly

    A really humor-soaked memoir about life as an illegal immigrant in America. Sara is older than me, but her voice is relatable enough to young readers that teens will enjoy this one without a problem, ...

  • Rachael

    update 2/11/18I originally took this review down because I didn't want to deal with certain comments, but upon further review I've decided to repost it and still include my original rating. I think th...

  • ?Critterbee

    Americanized is the memoir of a young girl brought to the United States for safety and freedom when she was two years old, and her experiences growing up 'undocumented.' The trials of teenage years an...

  • Irena

    Review to come....

  • Bookphile

    I have mixed feelings about this. I could relate to a lot of it because I was also a teenager in the 90s, so a lot of what Saedi writes about resonates with my own experience, but this wasn't quite wh...

  • Lisa Mandina

    4.5 Stars: As a child of the 80s, this book was a real eye-opener to me about political issues and other history that took place during that decade, as well as the ones before and after. I remember he...

  • Rachel (Life of a Female Bibliophile)

    See even more book reviews on my blog: Rebel Without a Green Card is a memoir that reads like a diary. The author talks to her readers in a casual...

  • Mehrsa

    I'm wondering who the audience of this book is--Maybe American teens who don't know anything about Iranians? Maybe American adults interested in a funny memoir? It certainly isn't other Iranians. The ...

  • Shane

    I usually stay clear of memoirs because they usually don't hold my attention, but I'm so happy I took a chance with Saedi's story. It turned out to be quite an eye-opening experience that I could rela...