Love From A to Z-Book Review

40148146marvel: 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.

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali 


Author: S.K. Ali

Pages: 384

Publishing Date: April 30th, 2019

Publisher: Salaam Reads


I have been raving about how I want to read this book for so long, I read Saints and Misfits last year and fall in love with the way of storytelling and writing style of S.K.Ali.

I am busy in my master’s exams and got 3 days for preparation for a really hard paper and I choose to spend 6 precious hours reading Love from A to Z, Not a mature decision I know, I wanted to read a few pages then few chapters and like this, I finished it…You know this struggle right?

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

This is going to be that type of review where I don’t know where to start or what to say…
This book is written in a different pattern, in the form of journal entries so 2 POV Adam and Zainab, and they have divided the entries into two parts Marvel and Oddity, There are a couple of chapters where the author comes from nowhere and it is 3rd person POV, Maybe it sounds odd…But I really enjoy it.

“Never, ever quake in the face of hate, Zayneb.” 

Zayneb is a Muslim Hijabi girl, with full of passion. She wants to stand against all the people against racism and Islamophobia, which she faces a lot. In school from a teacher, from students, while traveling. There are small parts of how little hate for apparently no reason from strangers is even enough to affect anyone. But as usual, her parents don’t want her to become a target while seeking justice. After getting suspended from school she was traveling to Qatar to her aunt when met to Adam.

“But it’s not smooth sailing”
“Life isn’t?” 

Adam is the opposite of Zayneb he is Zen calm, practical. He is also Muslim who converted but the way he looks or dresses up people can’t just claim that he is Muslim, so he never had to face Islamophobia as Zayneb did.

Adam is sick but the way his sickness was portrayed it just torn my heart, It wasn’t overwhelming or focuses too much on his sickness but whenever it did, it was so heart wrenching.

“Human rights. For everyone. Because that was the only way the world made sense. When the arc of care went far and wide, it journeyed and battled to exclude none.” 

You already know I am a sucker for family’s presence in a book and Oh Cat it was heaven for me. This book is set in Middle East Asia, I rarely find books which are set in Asia or represent Muslim countries, It felt really nice. Both the MC’s family background is so diverse, this book is full of diversity, not the force one. As a Muslim and Asian, I connected too well with each and everything about this book.

I loved the chemistry between Adam and Zayneb, this book is a perfect example of how you can have a cute relation without going physical.

The H2O scene was bit corny, I know but it really made me laugh. The ending totally got me, That was my ideal type of ending.

I loved EACH and EVERYTHING about this book….Thank you so much S.K. Ali for writing it.

“This is a love story. You’ve been warned.” 

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39 Comments Add yours

  1. The busy shelf says:

    Oooh, this sounds like a book I would love! Thank you for the review!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It is not gonna disappoint you 🙂
      Happy Reading…


  2. This sounds like an awesome book! I keep hearing about it so I definitely will be putting it higher on my TBR. Thanks!

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    1. This is an awesome book…I hope you’ll love it 🙂

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  3. Empress DJ says:

    You have me intrigued

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Mission accomplished 😀


  4. Nice review. The book looks so good.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It is sooo goood.


  5. Gemma Jackson says:

    Great review. I’m glad you enjoyed this one.
    Gemma @ Gemma’s Book Nook

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Me too 🙂
      Happy Reading Gemma 🙂

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  6. Oh I’m so happy this was a five star read for you. I’m really interested in this one and haven’t seen many talk about it yet! Thank you for the great review, I’ll be picking it up for sure now.

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    1. It is been so long since I’ve give any book 5 stars…It released at the end of the April…I hope it’ll get all the recognition it deserves…Happy Reading 🙂


  7. Jenchaos says:

    Great review!

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  8. Great review and you got me curious!!!

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    1. I hope for good 🙂


  9. mhmcneill says:

    Love your review! I’m hearing great things about this book!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. This book deserves all those great things 🙂


  10. Karina says:

    Glad you loved this! I’ve been reading all good things about this and I can’t wait to read this myself. Great review!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I hope you’ll love it…Thank you 🙂
      Happy Reading 🙂


  11. First Ramadan Mubarak! Second I loved Saints and Misfits and this book is definitely on my tbr list. Your review just made me want it that much more! I agree with your point about a lack of contemporary books portraying asians of any kind much less hijabis. However, the tide seems to be turning.

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    1. Thank you…Recently I’ve been many books with Muslims or Asian rep but as an Asian Muslim. I did’t think any of these represent the reality without trying to glamorize it, until I found S.K.Ali’s books…I am totally in love with her writing and stories…I hope you’ll love 🙂


  12. Star Brite says:

    Oh my goodness I cannot wait to read this!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I thought you have read it.

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      1. Star Brite says:

        Nope not yet! I’m waiting to receive my copy!

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      2. Rameela you are gonna LOVE it…

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  13. Wow 5 stars! Glad you loved it!

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  14. A Morrow says:

    This looks like such a sweet book! I love the quotes, they instantly make me want to read this. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I am glad you, I hope you’ll love it 🙂
      Happy Reading 🙂

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  15. Imogen says:

    My tbr pile is getting so large at this point…

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Love this review! Definitely added to my tbr pile!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. You are gonna love it 🙂

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