I received this for the publisher in exchange for a review. This does not affect my review which is unbiased and honest.
This picks up a little bit after Saints and Misfits so I would definitely recommend reading the first one before reading this! What I loved about this book is that Janna is a really flawed young woman that is constantly learning and growing. She’s so different from Zayneb from Love From A to Z which is my favorite of Ali’s books but I love that there’s such a distinct difference between these two leading ladies because we get to see different perspectives of Muslim stories.
Getting to see Janna grow up and see her flaws and try to grow up was a big highlight of this book which I truly appreciated it. It’s not often we see a flawed character actually address her flaws.
Of course, this book was not without its drama! Not only does Janna have to deal with some new boys on the block that may or may not be showing some interest in her… she also has finally built up the courage to talk to Nuah about her feelings for him! I loved getting to know these new characters and see each of their stories.
Of course, I think what really stood out to me in this book was Janna’s relationship with her mother and father. I loved that Janna was fiercely protective over her relationship with her mother and wasn’t afraid to call out problems within her father’s mentality. It brought up a lot of interesting discussions about anti blackness in the desi community and family relationships between different cultural groups within the Muslim community.
I loved getting to know the new characters in this book and revisit old characters and see them all interact! The drama was so fun to read while also giving me the appropriate amount of anger and excitement that book drama tends to give! I was pleasantly surprised by the ending especially because it took a turn that I didn’t think it would take. And I’m really glad I got to feel every emotion surrounding a big desi wedding! Would definitely re read and recommend to everyone for some fun drama as well as great openings to important discussions!
I would recommend this to anyone who likes books that start important discussions of anti blackness and antiracism, big family weddings filled with big family drama, and flawed characters that have growth. If you like planning weddings, lake houses with movie nights, ice cream, and flower decorations for weddings this is definitely a book you should check out!