A marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.
An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.
But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry.
When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.
Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her.
Then her path crosses with Adam’s.
Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister.
Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.
Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals.
Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…
Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting.
Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting
From the moment I heard about this book I knew it was one I wanted to check out! IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT! I loved so much about this adorable romance, the fact that it’s from a perspective we don’t often see. The fact that it was about a hijab wearer and written by someone who wears hijab. The aspect of a chronic illness and the way it can take over someone’s life.
I connected so much with Zayneb, her blue head scarfs, her passion but mostly her anger. I am very similar, and easily angered and often outraged. It is all helped by the fact that the world gives her so much to be angry about. I found myself often siding Zayneb as she continually was confronted with Islamophobia.
Adam on the other hand had a heartbreaking story that a few time made me cry. He was such and interesting, caring and well written character, where can I get an Adam of my own? I especially liked the aspect of him being a Muslim convert.
Despite miscommunication and misunderstandings usually being a trope I dislike in romances, here it works. Never have I ever been so happy to see a couple kiss than in this book. I really found the way it explained the customs around Islamic relationships and courting very intriguing. I didn’t expect to learn from this book, yet here we are.
This is a touching, insightful and swoon worthy read that will have you constantly cheering and hoping for Adam + Zayneb = 5ever!
I give Love From A to Z 5 stars
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