REVIEW|| Love From A to Z- S.K.Ali || Adorable romance with a great portrayal of real life issues

love from a to z

Synopsis: 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.  (Goodreads) 

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Publication Date: April 30th, 2019

TW: Islamophobia, war 

Ratings: 5/5

I started Love from A to Z with high expectations and I am really pleased to say that this book surpassed all of those. This book is multi faceted because it deals with so many aspects: islamophobia, war, family, friendship and romance. It may seem like a YA romance but it deals with so much more and in a very beautiful way.

Zaynab is a Muslim high school senior who is subjected to Islamophobia by her teacher and is suspended for confronting the teacher. Her parents send her to Doha to live with her aunt earlier than planned so that she can relax and reduce her frustration. On her flight over is when she meets Adam.  That’s when All The Feels start and they will last throughout the book.

Zaynab is one of my favourite protagonists I have ever read about. She is fiery, passionate, aggressive and headstrong but her heart is in the right place and you can see it in the way she cares and she genuinely wants to bring a change. She wants to stand up against any injustice and calls out cultural appropriation and she is navigating this world of injustice and how to handle her feelings about it. Her ideals and beliefs are very important to her and her growth is amazing to read.

Adam is a pure ray of sunshine who is such a pure heart and I just really loved him. His relationship with his sister was super adorable to read. He was such an interesting character to read about and a stark contrast to Zaynab which made their story so good to read.  The author potrays all the relationships in a very beautiful and realistic way. They both keep a Marvel and Oddities journal and it is really amazing to read both their alternate POVs through it.

“Maybe that’s what living is–recognizing the marvels and oddities around you.”

 The book shows the heartbreaking and realistic of Islamophobia and how much it affects one person and to what extent. It was emotional and a heartwarming read. I cannot stress it enough how much you’ll need to read this book. Not only is this book realistic and well-written but the romance is the most adorable and Zaynab and Adam have ALL MY HEART!!! This is a really great book and I could go on and on about the beauty of this book so all I can say is that I highly recommend it.

Have you read this one? Are you planning to? Do you have a favourite character? Are you convinced to try this book ? Tell me about it!

13 thoughts on “REVIEW|| Love From A to Z- S.K.Ali || Adorable romance with a great portrayal of real life issues

  1. I am so so excited to read this I just can’t! The cover is so cute, like wow I love pocs on the cover + the girl is wearing a hijab! Also, the amount of Muslim titles I’ve read is sorely lacking and all the reviews for this have been good so far. I just can’t wait to read this book once I get the chance to. I hope I love it as much as you do 💖💖

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