Poignant & Romantic: Love From A to Z by S.K Ali

LOVE FROM A TO Z

by S.K Ali
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Publisher: Salaam Reads
Publication Date: April 30th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷
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The story within Love From A to Z was as lovely as the cover! I was expecting this book to be super cute and shippy, but I wound up being very surprised by how much it also hit me emotionally. It's truly one of the best books I've read so far this year, and it's definitely added S.K Ali to my radar of authors to look out for.

Love From A to Z tells the story of two teens who don't know each other but share a lot in common. Zayneb and Adam first stumble upon each other on a flight to Qatar and they think they'll never meet each other again. Life and destiny have got different plans for them though as they find themselves in the same friend group in Qatar. I adored both of these characters so much. They both had such vivid personalities. Zayneb, especially, was a force to be reckoned with. This young woman was so angry at the world, rightfully so, for the way she was constantly treated like dirt just because she is Muslim. Her anger was visceral and I found myself being so upset for the ugly circumstances that befell her. The sad thing is that you know that in today's world there are tons of young Muslim teens like Zayneb who have to encounter racists on a daily basis. It's heartbreaking to think that this is the reality for so many. Zayneb's story is an important one and I hope it will open the eyes of some readers by providing some perspective into what it's really like to live in a world where you are viewed as a threat. Though Zayneb's anger was at the forefront of this book, there were so many more shades to her personality. I loved getting to know this headstrong, beautiful, and kind young woman. She was an inspiration.

Adam was equally endearing for me. My heart ached so much for him. He has been recently diagnosed with MS and hasn't told his loved ones about his condition as he worries it will only bring pain to them. They were still grappling with the death of his mother from MS. It was so much for someone so young to endure, but Adam dealt with all the obstacles with his head held high. He was a sweetheart who stole my heart with his gentleness. I have to say I am really loving this trend of soft and cute boys in books. Adam and Zayneb's romance was also very lovely. It gave me the warm fuzzies. The two connect due to their kinship to their religions and saw life through the same lens. They made for a very complementary couple. I liked how the romance was slow to develop, but the attraction was there from the beginning. Their openness with each other and the innocence in their relationship made their bond so enjoyable for me. The secondary cast also really shone in Love From A to Z. I especially adored Zayneb's aunt who she shared a very strong connection with. She was a very cool addition to this amazing book!

I can't recommend Love From A to Z enough! This truly was an exceptional read that not only has a very very sweet romance, but it also tackles some bold and important themes. Make sure to add this to your TBR.

What are some good books you've read that have tackled Islamaphobia?
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