I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Netgalley for allowing me to read an early copy of Love from A to Z.

  • “Maybe that’s what living is—recognizing the marvels and oddities around you”
  • ADAM IS A FRESHMAN IN COLLEGE IS THIS A COLLEGE ROMANCE?
  • She’s smiling so happily at that rude woman, lol. I like doing that with my hostile clients at work.
  • And now she’s turned up the music so there’s no way the Islamaphobic woman can’t hear the Arabic coming through her headphones. This is my brand of petty.
  • I love Zayneb already so much. She has so much fire and heart.
  • Hearing about teachers who are so prejudiced makes me so mad. Like the kids have enough to deal with without their teachers being assholes
  • Zayneb is really hilarious.
  • Adam and Zayneb are going to meet on the plane right? I can feel it. They’re both heading for the same place.
  • Oh no, there’s something very tragic coming for Adam T_T
  • He’s sick… Please let this not be basic YA sick lit.
  • THEY BOTH HAVE A MARVELS AND ODDITIES JOURNAL OMG
  • THAT MEET CUTE WAS EVERYTHING BUT NOTHING HAPPENED—they just chatted by the bathroom for like 5 seconds
  • Oh I bet Adam is going to be at this party Zayneb and her aunt are going to.
  • Oh he has multiple sclerosis.
  • It’s really hard not to rock the boat and point out someone’s being problematic—especially when you are in a group and don’t know the group at all.
  • She already loves him so much!
  • “I was pretty sure meeting her went beyond serendipity” Adam is such a hopeless romantic—I love it.
  • You know, sometimes there is just no justice to be found. Mr. Fencer getting Zayneb’s friend kicked off the student council; there was nothing to be done.
  • Adam is so quiet and sincere. It’s such a rare character in YA.
  • His mom died from MS to T_T
  • Madison is kind of trip jeez
  • They both like each other so much but are so bent on not liking each other!!
  • Sometimes when your friends make new friends it can be hard not to feel left behind. I can totally see why Kavi likes Noemi, but I can also see why Zayneb feels left out.
  • Not all heroes wear capes, some wear a hijab.
  • Ali has done a great job of making sure all the events fit together despite the story being somewhat non-linear.
  • “Oddity: jealously, the tiny kind” it’s hard to be in love haha
  • Noooooooo don’t investigate Fencer (the teacher) further, your friends asked you not to!
  • “The clearest feeling I remember is this: the way that it felt like the space between us folded and folded, and kept folding until the distance shrank, until we made sense to each other.” I love them so much.
  • Nooo, noooooo, why are you two fighting?!?!
  • STOP stop saying things without thinking and understanding
  • Whew, okay they’re talking it’s going to be fine.
  • NO WHY DID SHE LEAVE HIM AT THE MUSEUM WITHOUT TALKING IT OUT
  • “Lying on my pillow, I shook my head. Because he didn’t ruin it somehow. The circumstances of our lives did.” She’s grown so much and has learned a lot about seeing things as they really are.
  • 8/10—This was such a lovely and quiet book. I love the sincerity and the love that Ali brought to all the characters. It’s definitely a standout contemporary YA romance. I felt like Zayneb and Adam’s relationship, the events in the book, the external forces, and other characters in the book were very well balanced. A lot of times with contemporary romance the book focuses on the couple only; but there was still al to happening in this book. All in all, I just think “heartfelt” is the best way to describe this book. I loved how Zayneb’s arc is so very subtle, but also outstanding and distinct. I also was a bit worried that this would be like YA sick lit, but it completely was not; as far as I can tell this book was handled with care and concern. Adam’s MS diagnosis didn’t feel fetishized or glorified, it felt like a factor of his life he needed to adjust and deal with.
    • Another things I really loved about this book: Zayneb and Adam keep a Marvel’s and Oddities journal and it reminded me of my spouse and I who do “best and worst” every night before we go to sleep. Basically we tell each other the best and worst thing about our day, something we were grateful for, what we’re excited about tomorrow, and why we were grateful for each other that day.