AUTHOR: UZMA JALALUDDIN
SETTING: TORONTO, CANADA
GENRE: MODERN ROMANCE
READ: 2020 BOOK CHALLENGE
Ayesha is a clever, independent young Muslim woman who just wants to pay her uncle back for his years of generosity, including her recent teaching degree. Khalid is an uber-conservative Muslim man with well-meaning intentions and a warm heart but a terrible habit of sticking his foot in his mouth.
THOUGHTS / SPOILERS
Such a cute story! It’s compared to Pride and Prejudice, which I could totally see. Khalid is a very prickly, judgmental-without-meaning-to-be Mr. Darcy and Ayesha is a smart and self-assured Lizzy Bennet. We even have our Lydia in the form of Ayesha’s cousin, Hafsa, who is every bit the spoiled princess.
Sometimes I just wanted to shake Ayesha and tell her, “Hey, man, didn’t you know we opened this book with Khalid staring at you moonily from his window?! Of course he’s in love with you!” And other times, I wanted to shake Khalid and say, “Dude, you have got to relax a bit. You not relaxing is why you keep sticking your foot in your mouth!” But, honestly, that’s why you just love them both and root for them the whole book.
My favorite character, though, is Amir. I appreciate the chaotic good he brought.