Love From A To Z is a thought provoking YA romance/ contemporary following the journey of Zayneb and Adam and how they deal with Islamophobia and the troubles life throws at them. An educating read for those who don’t know much about the Islamic faith and the struggles Muslims go through on a daily basis. A relatable read for Muslims who deal with hate for being who they are.
Introduction To Love From A To Z
When Zayneb gets suspended for confronting a teacher about his Islamophobia, she’s sent to Doha, Qatar to spend Spring Break. Upon her stay she aims to better herself, but then meets Adam who’s also dealing with his diagnosis of sclerosis. Putting his family first before himself, Adam results to journal his thoughts. The exact same one Zayneb uses, Marvels and Oddities.
The Plot Of Love From A To Z
To start off, I could not put this book down! I even switched to listen to the audiobook so that I could find more time to read it. One of the first books I have read where Muslim representation in the modern world has been done well. It didn’t show a story of two young adults being oppressed by their religion, it showed a story of them loving and being proud to be Muslim It explores prejudice and discrimination whilst simply telling a coming of age story. I loved how it was written in two formats, marvel and oddities. Definitely a fresh approach which I appreciated. With Zayneb feeling angry at Islamophobia and Adam dealing with the burden of sclerosis, S.K. Ali has written an unforgettable book.
The Characters Of Love From A To Z
Zayneb is a fierce woman who will stand up for what is right, even if that gets her into trouble.But she also had a gentle side, one that was tired of being angry and just wanted to be treated like a normal human. I related to her and her struggles, I can only imagine that Muslim women who’ve read this would have felt the same way.
Adam is less vocal of his emotions and is a soft character that I instantly loved. Although he bottles up his emotions, Adam is a great listener oozing of kindness. As he and Zayneb fight their own battles, their paths merge into one. Adam learns of the Islamophobia women deal with due to their hijabs. And Zayneb learns of Adam’s daily struggle of living with a disability which killed his own mother.
Although not all side characters were fully formed such as their best friends, I did find that Zayneb’s aunt and Adam’s father and sister were fully developed and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about them too.
Conclusion Of Love From A To Z
I’d highly recommend this novel not only does it confront discrimination, injustice, disability, prejudice and Islamophobic issues it’s a story of love. It doesn’t need kisses or sex for it to be one, the journey of Zayneb and Adam developing a deeper understanding of each other is enough for it to be a love story. I applaud the author for writing such a bold book, portraying Muslims in a stronger, much needed light.
I hope you have enjoyed this review! I’d love to know your thoughts if you have read it. If not, have I convinced you to add it to your tbr? For more reviews, my last one was of Sadie, a thriller. And be sure to check me out on Goodreads and bookstagram for more book recommendations!