The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, but lately she’s finding that harder and harder to do. She rolls her eyes instead of screaming when they blatantly favor her brother and she dresses conservatively at home, saving her crop tops and makeup for parties her parents don’t know about. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life in Seattle ...

Details The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali

TitleThe Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali
Release DateJan 29th, 2019
PublisherScholastic Press
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Lgbt, Fiction

Reviews The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    3 1/2 stars because I can’t tell how I felt about this at all. The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali follows Rukhsana, a gay girl who is sent to Bangladesh and put into an arranged marriage after being caught in kissing her girlfriend.So despite my three-star, there were a lot of fantastic aspects of this that I’m sure many will really enjoy!! The representation of Bengali culture is #ownvoices and feels very full-of-heart. Rukhsana’s situation...
  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    Actual rating: 4.5 stars*I received an Arc of this book in exchange of an honest review*CW: Colorism, homophobia, islamophobia, physical assault, hospital, graphic description of rape and domestic abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime.Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders Uh. How does one start a review for a book that’s ripped them open? I have procrastinated this review for a month ...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    I really, really loved this.
  • Saajid Hosein
    where the fuck do i even begin?i don't fucking know, that's the answer. just read the damn book.n.b. i should also mentions tw for homophobic violence and sexual assault. proceed with caution if you're sensitive to those.
  • julianna ➹
    I think my main problem with this book is the thing that everyone else also noticed, which was the writing. It was really disjointed at times and it really felt like the author was trying to cram in all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn’t really necessary? There wasn’t a good sense of time passage, it was overall kind of choppy, and the tenses switched up at different times. However, I seriously think that this could be improved in...
  • Iris
    Wow. This book was spectacular. And okay, so maybe the ending was a teeny tiny bit unrealistic, but also I don't care. The ending was perfect. RTC.
  • Vicky Who Reads
    3 stars I had a lot of high hopes for this book, and I'm really sad that it just was not my favorite read.I think the most notable positive about this book was the fantastic representation of Bengali culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism. She confronts her white friends about ways they made her feel uncomfortable/unwelcome/they were not understanding and this scene was definitely one of my favorites in the...
  • kav (xreadingsolacex)
    disclaimer: i received an arc in exchange for an honest review. this is no way impacted my opinions. trigger warnings: homophobia, colorism, emotional & physical abuse, hate crimes, implied rape/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitely existing themes throughout the book) You have no idea how hard it is to constantly feel like you have to represent your entire culture. Sandhya Menon, the author of Whe...
  • Tashie
    *ARC REVIEW i don't think i have the emotional capacity to write an in-depth review for this book. this book hit incredibly close to home as a bangladeshi sapphic. i honestly spent a majority of the book crying and wishing that i could spare rukhsana from what was happening to her. at several points, i had to set the book down because my tears were staining the pages. however, this book is incredibly important and really dives in deep in regards ...
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    See my Quill & Quire review here!
  • Dylan
    3.5 stars.I really enjoyed this! My only qualms with it though are that the writing is very...average, and the pacing definitely had it's rough moments.Still highly recommend for those who are searching for a new F/F romance! Just be warned that it's actually very dark.TW: homophobia, homicide against queer people
  • Jessica | Booked J
    Review also found here at Booked J. (4.5) The review at the top of this book by Sandhya Menon should be taken as the gospel: this book will break your heart and then piece it back together again. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali can be described only as this. Sabina Khan makes sure of this by crafting a story that is equally heartbreaking and heart warming. Readers must bring a box of tissues with them whilst embarking on this story. If you are d...
  • (ZanyAnomaly) Sai Ram
    FOUR FREAKING STARS TO MY QUEER BENGALI MUSLIM QUEEN AND HER POSSE OF AMAZING FRIENDS.I've always come across those tweets and posts on book communities where people from marginalized communities say how emotional they were to get to read about someone from their community in a book, and I agreed and thought I understood. I read Queer YAs and just went: "yay i get to read about a Queer Main character! I feel represented!"⠀BUT OH MY GOD Sabina K...
  • rachel
    I really liked this one A LOT. It reminded me and would be a good fit for fans of Written In the Stars by Aisha Saeed (it's like the LGBTQ version).
  • Mel
    This book was by no means a bad book. In fact it kept me interested and invested throughout the entire novel and I read a good 2/3 of it in one sitting. However, I did have some issues.Please Note: This was sent to be unsolicited by Scholastic but all thoughts are my own.This will be spoiler free.This story follows Rukhsana Ali, a Bangladeshi girl, who is a lesbian and is hiding that part of her life from her family and community. One day her ver...
  • Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from Amazon Vine.Content warnings: child abuse (physical, emotional, medical, sexual), rape, homophobia, homophobic hate crime. This is not a light read no matter what that minty green background on the cover makes you think.The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali is about queer pain, a kind that’s both familiar to any of us who come from less-than-accepting families and particular to ...
  • Manon
    Last time a contemporary book had me so gripped it was The Hate U Give and I can only wish that The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali will know the same kind of success. I will not comment upon the cultural aspects of this novel because it is not my place as a white person. If you want to learn more about this, I recommend checking the most popular reviews as some of them were written by Bengali readers!This book was not perfect. I reckon that there we...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusI loved this one, and the way that Rukhsana tries to make her family happy even though what they want for her is not at all what she wants! I would definitely purchase it for high school, but I find that my students aren't quite ready to worry about college just yet, and romances set in high school tend to be much more angst ridden than middle school ones. I enjoyed this, though! Lots of good descriptions of food!
  • Laura
    Hard to put downWell written story of what happens when parents don’t listen, and follow what others say, instead of what they think is best. Rukhsana is about to be forced into a marriage against her will, because her parents can’t stand that she is a lesbian. Very realistic story that could and probably would happen today.
  • Carolina
    i have absolutely no idea how this book managed to break my fucking heart into a million itty bitty pieces and then mend it all over again, but it did just that. this is such a hard but necessary read, and it was so stunning. god, i'm emotional.actual rating: 4.75/5 stars
  • Books on Stereo
    A bit unrealistic with a dash of blandness for flavor.