The Tyrant's Daughter

The Tyrant's Daughter - J.C. Carleson

With all that is happening in the world nowadays this book is extremely relevant. This book tells the story of Laila, a teenager who flees from her home in the middle east after her father, the leader of the country, is assassinated. Laila must now deal with adjusting to life in America and with her struggle to find out who her father really was.


It was really interesting getting to see American culture from the point-of-view of Laila. Sometimes it is easy to forget that not everyone has as many opportunities as we do. My heart broke for Laila as she struggle to adapt to American life while she was still dealing with the pain and violence of her past. One thing I would have liked to have seen in this book was starting the book off while she was still in the middle east and showing some of those events more in depth and then showing her going to America. Clearly Laila was torn between her two worlds but I just wish we could have read more fleshed out parts about her living before she came to America.


This was a really interesting book that touches on something that hasn't been discussed much. Do the families of tyrants and dictators really see what is going on; what do they see when they look at their father, husband, brother?


Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me the chance to read this book.