Fatima Tate takes the cake / Khadijah VanBrakle.
Book | Holiday House | 2023 | First edition.

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First edition.
267 pages ; 22 cm.
Ages 14 and up. Holiday House Publishing, Inc.
Grades 10-12. Holiday House Publishing, Inc.
Aspiring baker seventeen-year-old Fatima navigates the challenges of parental and communal expectations in her strict Muslim community while staying true to her dreams.
Seventeen-year-old Fatima Tate, aspiring baker (100% against her conservative parents' wishes), leads a pretty normal life in long drives with BFF Zaynab, weekly services at the mosque, big family parties, soup kitchen volunteering (the best way to perfect her flaky dough recipe!), stressing about college. But everything changes when she meets a charming university student named Raheem. Knowing the 'rents would FREAK, Fatima keeps their burgeoning relationship a secret... and then, one day, her parents and his parents decide to arrange their marriage. Amazing! True serendipity! Except it's not amazing. As soon as the ring is on Fatima's finger, Raheem's charm transforms into control and manipulation. Fatima knows she has to call the whole thing off, but Raheem doesn't like to lose. He threatens to reveal their premarital sexual history and destroy her and her family's reputation in their tight-knit Muslim community. Fatima must find the inner strength to blaze her own trail by owning her body, her choices, and her future. Combining the frank authenticity of Elizabeth Acevedo and the complex social dynamics of Ibi Zoboi, Fatima Tate takes the cake is a powerful coming-of-age story that gives a much-needed voice to young Black Muslim women.
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