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Love from A to Z: A Novel

Love from A to Z: A Novel

Scritto da S. K. Ali

Narrato da S. K. Ali, Priya Ayyar e Tim Chiou


Love from A to Z: A Novel

Scritto da S. K. Ali

Narrato da S. K. Ali, Priya Ayyar e Tim Chiou

valutazioni:
4.5/5 (423 valutazioni)
Lunghezza:
9 ore
Pubblicato:
Apr 30, 2019
ISBN:
9781508295372
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descrizione

From William C. Morris Award Finalist S.K. Ali comes an unforgettable romance that is part The Sun Is Also a Star mixed with Anna and the French Kiss, following two Muslim teens who meet during a spring break trip.

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.

Pubblicato:
Apr 30, 2019
ISBN:
9781508295372
Formato:
Audiolibro


Informazioni sull'autore

S. K. Ali is the author of Saints and Misfits, a William C. Morris finalist, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Honor Award and Middle East Book Honor Award, and Love from A to Z, a Today show’s Read with Jenna Book Club selection. Both novels were named best YA books of the year by various media including Entertainment Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.  

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  • (5/5)
    I loved this book and everything it stands for. From showing the amazing parts of Islam that are often ignored, to inspiring readers to look for the marvels of life— it’s wonderful!
  • (5/5)
    BEST BOOK EVER!! I absolutely love this little novel ♡
  • (5/5)
    It’s one of my favorite books. Makes me believe in love and feel a lot emotions I pushed away before.
  • (5/5)
    Loved every bit of it. Amazing storyline. Go listen to it!
  • (5/5)
    Loved it! Very beautifully written and wholesome story-line and characters overall.
  • (5/5)
    This book was everything. From the 5 first minutes I knew I was going to fall in love with it. And I did. With every word. Every character. Every marvels and every oddities.
  • (5/5)
    Beautiful and thought provoking, I absolutely adore Zayneb and Adam
  • (4/5)
    I loved this book, it tugged at my heartstrings and made me cry more than once. The family aspect of it was amazing, and I really liked the authors note at the end aswell.
  • (5/5)
    This was a wonderful book that I have Immensely enjoyed listening to
  • (4/5)
    This book was very real stable and real! I enjoyed reading it.
  • (4/5)
    Such a refreshing read! I loved the representation and romance in this one.
  • (5/5)
    Incredible and awesome presentation of LOVE, Justice and UNPREDICTABLE Life!
  • (5/5)
    Such a beautiful book, a must-read for readers of all ages and all backgrounds, but especially for those who come from different backgrounds and are willing to learn more about the world and the privilege we take for granted sometimes.
  • (5/5)
    Really wonderful book which gives you an insider look at many topics some may not think about and the romance aspect is so pure
  • (5/5)
    Marvel: Books you read unplanned that are impactful

    Love from A to Z has been my last-minute TBR addition for #AsianReadathon and #StanAsianAuthors this May and I'm glad that the universe worked in my favor and gave me another wonderful book, accidentally.

    Just a little backstory, I did a little research for this book because I need a book with disability rep for #TNTWReadathon and I want the same book to be inclusive of Asian theme. The male MC in this book, Adam, is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis which, if not treated early, can affect our nervous system.

    Also, S.K. Ali is a Canadian author born in India and notable for her multi-awarded debut novel, Saints and Misfits, for tackling a life of a Muslim teen unapologetically and in this sophomore novel, Love from A to Z, she offered us a brand new contemporary novel that will open your eyes and mind in the reality behind the everyday life of our Muslim brothers and sisters.



    Marvel: Strong female protagonists

    Zayneb is tired of all things Islamophobic. Her social studies teacher, Fencer. Her 'white' woman plane seatmate. Her aunt's neighbors who frequent in their complex' pool. Zayneb is just too fed up of all the hatred connected with her religion, culture, and way of clothing.

    This is what made Zayneb a great example of a strong female protagonist. She did not back down to all the slur Fencer threw at her and her religion in all his classes she attended. She made herself look composed and at peace when she noticed the white woman plane seat mate's prejudice at her wearing a hijab is beyond belief. And she remained unwavered with Marc and the bobbing man who both questioned her for wearing a burkini in their shared condo pool.

    Also, that part when Zayneb prioritized her personal belief of fighting for what she knows is right over her feelings for Adam - that's what I admire her the most. She knows no bullshit about man who don't recognize the fight she is putting up.

    Here are some Zayneb quotes that concreted her as one of my favorite female protagonists:

    "Everyone has a different definition of what “doing your best” means. For Mom and Dad, it means not rocking any boats. For me it means fixing things that are wrong."

    "If I had been that white, blond girl with a lap full of a journal, a pen, headphones, phone, and a sandwich, a coffee in my hand, would Hateful Woman have slammed her carry-on so hard above me? Would she have excused the time I’d taken to get up, thinking of her own daughter or granddaughter and how it took them a while to get their stuff together? Would she have made small talk and gotten to know me a teeny bit? Then would she have smiled fondly at me like the flight attendant walking by the coloring girl had smiled at her right now?"

    “But are we better people? Is it being better just to look away? Or post a few words of outrage online? What’s so BETTER about that?”



    In between Marvel and Oddity: Adam

    Not sure how to rate Adam as a main character because pity and feeling sorry doesn't sit right with people who are diagnosed with critical illness like, in his case, multiple sclerosis but the author developed him away from the normal masculine archetype that he appeal as an adorable, family-oriented first-child who is perfect for Zayneb's headstrong personality.

    However, his argument with Zayneb at the Marvel and Oddities manuscript museum is a bit strange as his character development has a downgrade on that scene but in the end, Adam managed to turn the table and be back as the adorable Doha wonderboy.



    Marvel: How the universe works

    Adam started writing the marvels and oddities in his life four year ago. Zayneb, on the other hand, decided a couple of years later than him. When they met unexpectedly at Qatar's international airport, Adam noticed that the cute girl with blue hijabi has the same journal with him.

    With this, the universe unravelled everything that made Adam and Zayneb closer and more invested on each other.

    This is the type of swoon story I signed up for. And with this romance perfectly adorned as a sub-plot to what it the most important topic in this book that is defeating Islamophobe together with all kinds of hatred thrown by our fellow, this book deserve a spot in my highly-recommended shelf.



    Marvel: Audiobook, supporting cast, and everything I love about this novel

    I just recently discovered the wonders of audiobook and S.K. Ali is also the one who narrated this novel alongside Tim Chiou as Adam.

    This book also established a strong supporting cast. From Zayneb's Indiana school gang (Ayaan, Kavi, Noemi) and family (her parents, Sadia, and Mansoor) up to Adam's family (Hanna and his dad) and Doha friends (the Emma's, Connor, Madison and co.) who later became Zayneb's circle as well, the sense of inclusion both our MCs are searching were all sufficed by this crew. Also, each of their backstory and history made the novel feel balanced and real. Shoutout to Sajidah for including a Filipino (not token) character in the name of Emma Domingo.



    ODDITIES: The hatefuls

    Yes, I'm talking about Fencer, Zayneb's plane seat ate, Marc and the bobbing man from the pool place, and even Madison. The lengths they'll go to not acknowledge their hatred and ignorance is just otherworldly.


    RATING: 4.5stars
  • (5/5)
    I love the narration plus cultural appropriation at its finest.Read more of my thoughts https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3298523293?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1
  • (5/5)
    A very charming love story between two Muslim teenagers.

    On an unrelated note: I am puzzled by the choice of title and would have thought Marvels and Oddities would have made more sense.
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely wonderful , the best part was how the Islamophobia was explained by the author . Many people go through same situation but are unable to express their feelings because of the consequences. It was an awesome read .
  • (5/5)
    Timely and relevant. Real and pierces through the heart. Amazing story.
  • (4/5)
    "Love From A to Z" was a sweet read and I loved both Zayneb and Adam. From different cultures and social backgrounds, they were unique characters with interesting backstories.Zayneb was from Pakistani/Caribbean descent who chose to wear the hijab. She was utterly real and likeable. She had a strong sense of social justice and refused to be put down by anyone. She was headstrong, unafraid and outspoken, and unapologetically Muslim. Her anger and frustration was palpable and watching her growth throughout the novel was a highlight.Adam was utterly adorable. He came from a Chinese/Canadian background and converted to Islam when he was a young boy. He had a wonderful relationship with his family and I loved that they were there for each other despite messing up at times. Adam was kind, gentle and caring, and absolutely perfect for Zayneb. I liked and admired both Zayneb and Adam as individuals and loved them as a couple. Even though their attraction to each other was there from the start, their romance developed slowly, and I loved the openness and innocence they shared."Love From A to Z" was definitely a Muslim love story. It was touching and sweet, and put a smile on this reader's face, but it also gave an insight into the daily struggles of Muslims living in Western cultures. A wonderful read.
  • (5/5)
    This book is one of the best books I've ever read. It is based on a reality events about love, islamophobia and life. I really enjoyed reading it and finished within 5 days. S. K. ALI I love her books so much.. xo
  • (5/5)

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    I absolutely loved it! Muslim depiction is so on point! Finally something that we Muslims could relate to and feel known as well!

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  • (4/5)

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    I loved the care that was taken in the discussion of Adam’s diagnosis and the religious belief system in the story. I am neither Muslim nor diagnosed with a chronic illness, but I do know someone with MS and I thought this story did a wonderful job. It had me feeling a lot of emotion and I teared up a couple times (not saying much because I tear up about a lot of things), but I do recommend this story.

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  • (5/5)

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    It was an amazing book, so beautiful. Makes you laugh, makes you cry and feel all the feels

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  • (3/5)

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    everything about this book was objectively amazing and important but unfortunately not the book for me. i 100% recommend everyone to read this, though!

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  • (5/5)

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    Okay, this book is one of the most powerful, inspirational, amazing, heartbreaking, heartwarming, beautiful books I've EVER read.

    Everyone should be reading this. It has so many important messages and the cutest relationship as well.

    Absolutely adored this, definitely one of my top 10 books of 2019 ❤️?????

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