Title: Love From A To Z
Author: S. K. Ali
Publisher: Salaam Reads
Genre: YA Fiction
Love From A to Z is a YA fiction story of Zayneb and Adam. This is a sweet and romantic story highlighting issues like Islamophobia. Zayneb and Adam, unknown of each other’s existence, have been writing in the similar named journals, The Marvels of Creation and The Oddities of Existence for years. Until one day when they meet on an airplane travelling in the same direction – not knowing that.
Zayneb is fed up of her teacher who is spreading hate about her people and her culture. She is expelled from the school for some incident which is misunderstood by the teachers. Her parents send her to her aunty for that period. Adam who has been diagnosed with the same problem that killed her mother, comes back to his home from the University.
Adam and Zayneb meet at a party in Adam’s house when they realise that their ways were not separated yet. They start developing feelings for each other which they are having a hard time to believe in. But they never give up on planning their hangout places.
Adam is scared to give the news to his dad and before that only, he suffers an attack which leads his wounds open to Zayneb. Zayneb, though she is in her aunty’s house, she doesn’t give up on avenging the racist teacher.
The book will give you a deep insight on Muslim culture. It is shocking and indigestible to see people being looked down just because they belong to a particular community, follow a particular religion or a culture. Also, this book clears your doubt how wearing Hijab is a choice and not something women are forced to do.
I loved the format of the book with all the journal entries. It was like peeking into two worlds. The writing style was engaging but could have been better as some of the parts do not seem to be suitable for a journal entry. Maybe the author could have described them in a different and more personal manner.
Overall, it was a good read and you can finish it in a go. If you are into YA fiction and want to get insight on Muslim culture, do give it a read. It’s also good for beginners.
About The Author
Sajidah ‘S.K.‘ Ali is a Canadian author of children’s books, best known for her Asian/Pacific American Award-winning debut young adult novel Saints & Misfits, about an Arab American hijabi who grapples with getting sexually assaulted by a friend from her Mosque.