I received this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were so easy to love that it was so hard to put this book down. One thing I really loved was their character development throughout the entire book and how S.K. made it happen. Being a POC, person of color, I always appreciate a story with POCs as the main characters. I also love learning about different cultures, so this book was so interesting because I learned things I didn’t know before. One of my favorite things about this book is that from the cover it looks like it’s going to be a sweet, maybe funny, contemporary. There are a lot of sweet parts, and there are some funny parts, but this story is so much deeper than that. There is so much emotion going on in both these characters together and separate .
Our first POV is Zayneb. She is the youngest of three kids and is known as the angry one. She embraces that. Zayneb isn’t just angry about everything, or at the world, but she is angry for all the right reasons. Because she decides to wear a hijab she is the target of many racist people. Her main problem is her teacher who is most definitely racist towards her and treats her horribly. He has it out for her and it’s very annoying. It seems everywhere she goes she gets the stares and the comments and I love that she doesn’t back down. When she goes and visits her aunt in Doha, she decides to try not to get so angry and to be more peaceful.
Adam is our second POV. He is the total opposite of Zayneb. He is very quiet and very peaceful. Adam is attending college in London, but while there has found out that he has MS. He isn’t sure how to tell his father without making him totally crumble. Adam is also trying to figure out what he wants to do. Like Zayneb, Adam is going to Doha to visit his parents. Adam and Zayneb’s path crosses and they can’t help but notice each other. Especially Adam when he realizes they have the same journal.
I thought this book was so well written and I am so glad that I got approved for this ARC. I read most of this book, but I did end up listening to some of it as well. From what I heard, the audiobook was well done. I loved the voices for Zayneb and Adam. After reading this book I definitely want to read more of S.K’s books!