The Marriage Clock by Zara Raheem

The Marriage Clock

Named a Must-Read Book of the Summer by POPSUGAR, Bustle, Book Riot, and more! In Zara Raheem's fresh, funny, smart debut, a young, Muslim-American woman is given three months to find the right husband or else her traditional Indian parents will find one for her--a novel with a universal story that everyone can relate to about the challenges of falling in love.To Leila Abid's traditional Indian parents, finding a husband in their South Asian-Musl...


Details The Marriage Clock

TitleThe Marriage Clock
Author
Release DateJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
LanguageEnglish
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult, Contemporary Romance
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Reviews The Marriage Clock

  • peachygirl
    2019-06-19
    ARC received from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I wanted to love this book, I really did. But I had so many issues with the protagonist and her attitude. For a 26 year old high school teacher, Liela was very immature, indecisive and judgemental. Her Bollywood dreams for a love story felt like a 14 year old's soliloquy. And her unrealistic expectations for a Mr.Perfect made me roll my eyes constantly.Her plight ...
  • may ❀
    2019-07-25
    book #6 completed! for the reading rush, under the challenge of: "read an author’s first book" ✓i,,,,,,,feel so cheated right now fjkdahfkja wHAT JUST HAPPENEDto start, i was really excited about this book bc i'm dying for some good, accurate, quality content, romcoms featuring asian muslim characters bc gosh, i am in Dire need of them (you have to live wildly through your books okay otherwise what's the point??)and the book started off pret...
  • Felicia Grossman
    2019-01-14
    I LOVED this book. Like totally loved. Leila is funny and adorable and you only want good things for her (and men who don't ghost her say "BAM" too much or ask about her genetic history or gives her his honest age...). You really feel how she's torn between loving her culture and being frustrated by it (and her well-meaning, lovable, but at times frustrating parents). Her struggle for balance is so genuine.And every single character is so well-dr...
  • Meli
    2018-12-27
    I expected this to be a typical romcom, but there was much more depth to the characters and story than I anticipated. The mother, her friends/cousin, and Leila are each flawed and complicated in their own ways and you can't help but cheer for them throughout. I read this in one sitting because I could not put it down. Raheem's book is a hilarious yet honest look at love, heartbreak and the pressures that come with cultural expectations. I recomme...
  • Sahitya
    2019-06-14
    I so wanted to love this book. I was actually very sure that I would adore it. I won’t say that my expectations were necessarily very high, but I just felt it in my bones and all I’m feeling is sad after finishing the book.Though I’ve been blogging for around 2 years now, I’m still not very observant and tend to not notice any flaws or problematic issues or cliches in the writing unless they are very explicit. I actually had to ask my oth...
  • Christine SY
    2019-01-22
    This book was a spark that I needed in life. As a single, 24-year-old college student busy with her own life, marriage is something I have not yet even thought about, and this book definitely opened my eyes in different ways. The Marriage Clock made me realize marriage and love shouldn’t be something forced and rushed upon and that this chapter you encounter in life will come when you meet the right one. Thank you Zara Raheem for reminding me t...
  • Erica Boyce
    2019-02-08
    This is a lovely and hilarious book about family, love, and finding yourself as an adult within your culture's expectations. I devoured it in three days and was so sad to see it end! Raheem deftly draws a cast of very real characters that I felt for and grew to love very quickly. I laughed out loud at several moments! A really fun and thought-provoking read.
  • Suanne
    2019-02-10
    I chose to read The Marriage Clock because I’m always interested in reading own voices writing about their culture. About this time last year I read a book the premise of which was finding a man through match.com. Though that book was comical, at the end I felt unsatisfied as a reader as the female protagonist didn’t seem to grow emotionally from her experiences. That is not true of The Marriage Clock. I flew through this book in just a few h...
  • Rachel Strolle
    2019-04-09
    this book is a whole ass mood
  • Nalini Srivastava
    2019-02-19
    Loved the writing and the content is so relatable. I recommend everyone to read this book.
  • Julia Phillips
    2019-02-05
    So fresh and charming and fun! I adored being in Leila's world, from her girls' nights with her friends to her conversations with her loving, pressuring parents to her many first dates. What a joy to read.
  • Malini
    2019-03-28
    Let me start by saying that if you’re not familiar with traditional Indian customs, you may have difficulty understanding Leila’s approach to dating, but for someone like me, I found this book to be so extremely relatable. Leila Abid is given 3 months to find a husband otherwise she’ll end up with someone her parents select for her. What follows is a humorous and realistic glimpse into the world of dating from an Indian American woman’s e...
  • Christie Grotheim
    2019-03-30
    This was such an enjoyable read! Leila finds herself pulled between cultures when it comes to dating, love, and marriage, and I rooted for her as she navigates all kinds of dates, some cringe-worthy. This line, especially, made me laugh out loud: "I wanted to grab twenty units of Botox and pump them into his face until he looked like the Mahmoud in the photographs." This is definitely a book most women can relate to. The relationship with her par...
  • Tillie
    2019-01-04
    Excellent book. Really opened my eyes to the Muslim culture. Leila's dilemma was presented in a very real fashion. Her thoughts and struggles were real and poignant. I applaud her decision in the end.
  • K Chess
    2019-03-22
    THE MARRIAGE CLOCK was a fun, fast read. Leila is a convincing modern heroine and the Muslim/Indian-American cultural context added depth and interest to her story. I found the speed-dating scene hilarious, the rainstorm swoonworthy, the swift reversals surprising and the resolution satisfying.
  • Megan Collins
    2019-04-25
    THE MARRIAGE CLOCK is a fun yet poignant debut that follows Leila, an American-born Indian woman whose parents are determined to marry her off to a man of their choosing within the South Asian-Muslim American community. Leila has her own plans, though, which include being swept off her feet by a man equal to a Bollywood hero. When she strikes a deal with her parents in which they’ll allow her three months to find a husband on her own terms befo...
  • Bookphenomena (Micky)
    2019-07-07
    THE MARRIAGE CLOCK is a witty insight into the pressure for marriage to take place on parents’ timescale for an American, South Asian, Muslim woman. Leila was a free-spirited protagonist with a desire not to hurt her parents but also with a strong feminist streak. She was also a big Bollywood fan and this fandom had influenced how she imagined her falling in love to play out.“He’s a nice guy, but we just didn’t connect,” I said.“Conne...
  • Ray
    2019-07-02
    ARC provided by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review, thoughts expressed in this review are completely my ownHey When Dimple Met Rishi check this out, THIS is how to have a very good rep and a good plot.I absolutely LOVED this book!It was really well written, the language was simple and straight to the point.The plot was interesting to say the least, there was always something going on and it had no down moment.I loved...
  • Noelle Salazar
    2019-01-31
    LOVED this book. Elegantly written and fun, quick, and insightful. Lovely and sassy Leila is so many of us women in America with our lists of wants and needs for a partner - but unlike many of us, she is Muslim-American and her parents have very different ideas about how marriage is done. The clock is TICKING and Zara Raheem kept me laughing and commiserating as Leila went on one date after another, finding suitable men and not-so-suitable men - ...
  • Daniela Petrova
    2019-03-22
    I so loved this book about family tradition and relationships. Leila is a very interesting and relatable young woman with a great sense of humor. She had me laughing out loud throughout the book. This fun, breezy novel will be perfect as a beach read. I highly recommend it!
  • Chermaine
    2018-12-22
    This is defiantly an author that I will put down in my new book to read list.The great thing about this book and the main character is they chose a path that not many people let alone cultures would take and gained their own respect and well as the respect of the people around them.
  • Leslie
    2018-11-25
    This forthcoming novel (July 2019) might easily be written off as "chick lit," but behind the humor, the angst, the determined search for a husband, is a pretty powerful look at the life of a first-generation Indian Muslim young woman whose family's expectations for her are marriage--first, last, and everything. While reading this, I happened on a new NPR report about marriages in India where arranged marriages still account for 4 0ut of 5 unions...
  • Meredith Schorr
    2019-07-21
    This book was fantastic. It was so witty at times, I laughed-out-loud (the speed-dating scene was hilarious). Yet it was also heartbreaking, frustrating, and enlightening. There were times I wanted to scream at Leila to tell her mom to leave her alone, but I grew to understand the culture in which she was raised. The descriptions of India - the food, the sights, the smells - put me right there. I honestly had no idea what was going to happen and ...
  • Mikaela (Booklover1974)
    2019-07-09
    3,5 star rounded up! This was a good story about the pressure a Muslim, South Asian girl usually feels regarding marriage. Is all your self worth in how fast you can get married and have children? There's a lot of great questions about family pressure... How far do you let yourself get pressured? I'm not a Muslim or from South Asia so it was very interesting to read this!
  • Jan
    2019-07-11
    This was a cute and humorous book that shared the cultural struggles regarding dating and marriage of a South Asian/Muslim American girl. I learned quite a bit and laughed my way through all the frogs Leila had to date looking for her Bollywood Prince. I would have given it a higher rating but I found Leila’s personality a bit grating and wished she would have been a little more forthcoming with her parents sooner than later. But I thought it w...
  • Lauren Gershell
    2019-07-06
    I absolutely adored this book! It was laugh out loud funny and I so enjoyed reading more about the culture and customs of Leila and her family as she tries to find a husband. With vivid scene-setting, well-developed characters and an engrossing storyline, it was the perfect, smart summer read! Thank you for the advance copy!
  • Lauren Archer
    2019-07-06
    The Marriage Clock was such a delightful book to read. This seems to be the year of arranged marriage books. But I found this one different from books like Unmarriageable and Ayesha at Last.To read my full review please visit: https://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/0...Thank you NetGalley and William Morrow Paperbacks for an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book, for an honest opinion.
  • Liv Arnold
    2019-07-07
    I love this story! It’s so funny and something everyone can relate to regardless of your race, religion or marital status. Leila goes on a string of awkward dates to find a potential husband. The speed dating scene was hilarious. The story isn’t your typical chick lit. Reminds me of (a G rated) Sex and the City, with lots of culture and diversity.