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, LGBT, Contemporary, 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 ...
  • ellie
    a part of my heart is in this book, and i loved finding it as i read rukhsana's story. this was almost painfully relatable, but in a way that i loved it for doing so, if that makes sense? i loved rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was just a little awkward for me sometimes, but i think the author can only improve from here, so im excited to see what she will write next!honestly? i'm just so glad th...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Kiera
    5 stars.This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back togetherSummary from GoodreadsSeventeen-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 ...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    I really, really loved this.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
    closer to 4.5 stars but wow. incredible, gutting, and heartbreaking. i knew this was going to be amazing when i picked it up and i was not disappointed.
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    See my Quill & Quire review here!
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Trigger Warning: Homophobia, Child Abuse, Domestic Abuse, Murder, Colorism, IslamophobiaRukhsana has toed the line under her conservative Muslim parents' rule. But in just a couple short months she'll be 18 and living her dream life at Caltech, studying astrophysics and free to openly date her girlfriend. But when her mother catches them kissing, Rukhsana is whisked away to Bangladesh, where she is faced with conservative views and an arranged ma...
  • Rachel
    What an eye opening book, beautiful and heart rending.
  • Cori Reed
    4.5 Stars!
  • 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
  • Laurie
    Just finished this powerful, important and courageous book. Rukhsana Ali is a lesbian teen growing up in a conservative Muslim family. When her family finds out that she's a lesbian, it sets off a string of terrible and painful events spanning two countries. I think author Khan has achieved something truly stellar here - a book that simultaneously holds up what is beautiful and wonderful about both Bengali culture and Islam, while shining an unfl...
  • 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).
  • 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...
  • Kathy
    I had to try so hard, at multiple times, to not cry in public while listening to this audiobook.
  • - ̗̀ jess ̖́-
    This book packed a huge punch. I wasn't expecting such a ride when I cracked it open, but The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali was brutal in its events. It centers around a young Bengali lesbian living in a conservative Muslim family and her struggles after being taken to Bangladesh for an arranged marriage, and Rukhsana's story was a lot to read.Rukhsana was by far the most well-written out of all the characters. A lot of the book shows her exper...