Ayesha at Last

Ayesha at Last

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Pride and Prejudice with a modern twist

AYESHA SHAMSI has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn't want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

When a surprise engagement between Khalid and Hafsa is announced, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and his family; and the truth she realizes about herself. But Khalid is also wrestling with what he believes and what he wants. And he just can't get this beautiful, outspoken woman out of his mind.

Publisher: Toronto, ON :, Harper Avenue, an imprint of HarperCollins Publications Ltd,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781443455848
Branch Call Number: F JAL
Characteristics: 339 pages ; 23 cm

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K_ROK Aug 13, 2018

This was a book I normally wouldn't pick up as Romance is not normally my go-to genre however the story was light and fun. It definitely felt like YA fiction and by the end some of the events seemed unbelievable. I could also have done without all the Shakespeare anecdotes. I saw this story as it's own, rather than a P&P retelling.

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imaryg
Aug 07, 2018

This is a young adult novel, it really is just a romance novel but, in a completely muslim culture context. I was very surprised at this, I expected something more.
I actually just skimmed the majority of the novel and even when I left out a chapter or two and joined in 3 chapters later, I had hardly missed anything.
The book is very light reading. I would not recommend it to readers of more substantive books or even those who expect to learn something from reading a novel.

neyoscribbles Jul 18, 2018

Any novel that adopts the patterns of a classic like Pride and Prejudice can be enjoyed in one or two sittings. Though it is very P&P-esque, it is still unique because this novel presents an opportunity to break some of the stereotypes that not only box in Muslims but really any group who is constantly presented as extremists within our community/media. At the end of the day, the characters are all 20 to 30 something year old adults trying to establish and redefine themselves as their own individuals apart from an overbearing and protective immigrant family.

Having said that though, I disliked that the author had to be extreme in order to prove a difficult point about an immigrant family's sense of belonging to their new home while attempting to implement the traditions and staying connected to their roots back home. Some parts just did not feel genuine when you mix in super cliche 'Aunties' spewing rumors and others citing Shakespeare all too often.

Regardless, I still enjoyed the absurdity of some of the situations and my ability to relate to some of the experiences of the protagonist. Added bonus: the references to many parts of Scarborough I know all too well.

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