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.
Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali
Author: S.K. Ali
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”
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.”