Hmm… staring at people through their townhouse. Not exactly the best foot to start out on Khalid…
I honestly imagined them all with British accents bc i though it took place in England
600 people for a wedding sounds like a party that will never end
“Part of both-worlds, yet part of neither”
Hafsa’s room sounded like a dream—window seat, built-in bookshelves, large windows—until the wall color emerged. Hot pink is way too loud for a bedroom…
Okay, but at the Lounge, how does Khalid not recognize Ayesha from the townhouse? He stares at her every(?) day right!
I know I’m supposed to like Khalid, and I plan on liking him later, but he’s kind of a royal douche.
“I stay away from the type of Muslim who frequents bars,” Awwww yeah Ayesha’s about to shake things up
Lol, I mean who doesn’t think of Kiera Knightly smugly walking away after declaring “Dancing, even if one’s partner is barely tolerable.” But as far as amazing lines, Ayesha totally nailed it.
“Do you want to leave with me?” UM, WOW I died.
Okay but forced proximity really is the best. I LOVE Ayesha and Khalid’s chemistry. They seriously bring out the best in one another.
Ah, and enter stage right, Mr. Wickham.
Ayesha really embodies Elizabeth Bennet in all the best ways.
Okay but Masood wasn’t that bad. He was a little odd, not my type, but at least nice. His mother seemed a bit sketch though.
NO DON’T SAY, “LET ME GO KHALID” SAY “PULL ME CLOSER” THIS IS A ROM-COM DAMNIT
Wow, I mean Hafsa is kind of a bitch
Khalid is just so innocent and naive. He couldn’t hurt a fly on purpose if he tried. HE DESERVES THE WORLD. I feel like the most melancholy part of this book is so many characters feel so misunderstood it’s so sad. It breaks my heart.
“He didn’t trust himself around her,” (30) 12/10 so adorable
“Or you could look around right now,” HE DID NOT JUST SAY THAT. The Lord really has blessed us today wow.
His proposal is the most adorable shy thing I’ve ever read. I’m crying.
Lol this is probably my favorite line this entire book so far: “after a lifelong drought it was suddenly raining men” (147)
“He has looked so resigned as if her words were a confirmation of his own thoughts and not just her anger talking,” (152)
His flipping mother omg someone stops this
No, what the hell?? Why the heck is Hafsa being like this??
NANI TO THE RESCUE SHE’LL FIGURE THIS OUT!!
?? Or not??? 😭😭
Jeez this is just so much to overcome and what is Khalid going to do? Thank goodness we have like at least 100-150 pages left.
YES, when the tall LI reaches over the shorter LI to grab something off the shelf etc. that is my kink
He’s so affectionate now. He has an entire heart of gold omg
I’m sobbing, Khalid’s wedding gift of a bound notebook to Ayesha is 💯💯
I WANT TO CRY “When I think of you, I see my future.”
I think I actually put this line into my WIP, but before I read this.
I can’t go on. Why subject these dear characters to this much agony. And if you think I’m being dramatic it’s because this is a very serious situation.
I love though how life goes on. That can be such a hard theme to communicate in tangent with heartbreak and Jalaluddin does it perfectly.
I flipping love Zareena. Like wow, she’s my hero. I wish she was more in this book.
Okay, so I didn’t get a lot of notes for the rest of the book because I was SO immersed in this book and invested in Ayesha and Khalid.
8/10—I absolutely ADORED this book. It was everything I wanted from a Pride and Prejudice book. The tension between the two main characters was spectacularly done and the side characters weren’t so sided that they weren’t immersive. In addition, the small community Jalaluddin created was amazing and really felt like the small town of wherever most of Pride and Prejudice takes place. It has all the important components of Pride and Prejudice and the execution to boot!
A couple notes:
S.K. Ali author of Saints and Misfits, which I absolutely loved, said “This is the book I’ve been waiting for… Move over Darcy, Khalid’s in town.” and I mean YES.
I love the nuance and complexity that Jalaluddin brings to Tarek ADA Wickham. I like hate him a lot in P&P, but I definitely felt a little bad for Tarek. It was hard to not feel bad for him.
12/10 recommend it, I seriously want to read it again.