All My Rage

Winner, National Book Awards 2022 for Young People's Literature

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir - National Book Award Winner, 2022
ISBN 9780593202340
Razorbill / Penguin Random House
author photo of Sabaa Tahir. (Photo credit: Ayesha Ahmad)
Sabaa Tahir

Sabaa Tahir is a former newspaper editor who grew up in California's Mojave Desert at her family's 18-room motel. Her #1 New York Times bestselling An Ember in the Ashes series has been translated into more than 35 languages, and the first book in the series was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time. More about this author >

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Lahore, Pakistan. Then.

Misbah is a dreamer and storyteller, newly married to Toufiq in an arranged match. After their young life is shaken by tragedy, they come to the United States and open the Clouds’ Rest Inn Motel, hoping for a new start.

Juniper, California. Now.

Salahudin and Noor are more than best friends; they are family. Growing up as outcasts in the small desert town of Juniper, California, they understand each other the way no one else does. Until The Fight, which destroys their bond with the swift fury of a star exploding.

Now, Sal scrambles to run the family motel as his mother Misbah’s health fails and his grieving father loses himself to alcoholism. Noor, meanwhile, walks a harrowing tightrope: working at her wrathful uncle’s liquor store while hiding the fact that she’s applying to college so she can escape him—and Juniper—forever.

When Sal’s attempts to save the motel spiral out of control, he and Noor must ask themselves what friendship is worth—and what it takes to defeat the monsters in their pasts and the ones in their midst.

From one of today’s most cherished and bestselling young adult authors comes a breathtaking novel of young love, old regrets, and forgiveness—one that’s both tragic and poignant in its tender ferocity.

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In unflinching prose, All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir layers grief and love in a complex exploration of how we hurt each other and how buried traumas can cloud all. Seamlessly traversing from Lahore, Pakistan to Juniper, California, Tahir has created a compelling cross-generational story where characters are interconnected in their search for community. All My Rage is of the moment, urgent in its honest depiction of abuse, debt, and the significance of forgiveness.


Sabaa Tahir accepts the 2022 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for All My Rage

Sabaa Tahir at the 2022 National Book Awards Finalist Reading