This is the part where I admit to the fact that I should have already read this book. I was granted an ARC for Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali some time ago, I just haven’t gotten around to reading it. And honestly, with the number of books that I request, this really isn’t that much of a surprise in the long run. Even so, I’m slightly ashamed about it because this one has been on my TBR for a long time. Now, I don’t usually want to read contemporary novels, but this is one that I think is important to pick up.
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.
How do you feel about Love from A to Z? Is this a book you think you’d be interested in reading? Have you added it to your TBR or nah? Thoughts on the plot? The diversity? Have you already read it? If so, what did you think? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments!