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
Release DateJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreRomance, Fiction, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult, Contemporary Romance

Reviews The Marriage Clock

  • peachygirl
    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 ❀
    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
    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
    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
    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...
  • Jamie
    For anyone who’s ever been pressured to settle down, been on a horrendous date (hello filtered photos), or has had all the Indian matchmaking Aunties in your life try to marry you off (okay, maybe not that one) - The Marriage Clock is going to be as fun of a read for you as it was for me. Relatable, smart and witty with a heroine that you can’t help but root for as she makes her way through the disasters of dating and familial pressure. Zara ...
  • Christine SY
    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...
  • Suanne
    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 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...
  • Erica Boyce
    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.
  • Rachel Strolle
    this book is a whole ass mood
  • Bookphenomena (Micky)
    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...
  • Malini
    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...
  • Stephanie Anze
    Leila Abid is a modern woman, a teacher and she is dreaming about Mr. Right. An avid fan of Bollywood, she dreams of a colorful, dramatic and intense romance and has a very specific and long list of requirements for a future husband. Her tradional Indian parents have other ideas. Already 26 and still single, Leila's parents are concerned that their daughter is not married yet and their relatives are starting to talk. Leila and her parents come to...
  • Julia Phillips
    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.
  • Nalini Srivastava
    Loved the writing and the content is so relatable. I recommend everyone to read this book.
  • Christie Grotheim
    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...
  • Leslie
    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...
  • Tillie
    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
    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.
  • Bookish Anki
    Thank you William Morrow Books & Zara Raheem for my free copy.This was a quick read filled with fun, hearbreaks, wisdom & depth. Leila is given a 3 months ultimatum from her parents to find a boy of her choice from their community, Leila comes up with an 46 qualities checklist that will help her finding her life partner and falling in love with him which is somewhat influenced by Bollywood romantic movies. As her desperate search to find her life...
  • Ray
    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...
  • Megan Collins
    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...
  • Noelle Salazar
    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 - ...
  • Chermaine
    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.
  • Bibliomedico
    Check Out the full review on My Blog : This Is a very disappointing book , Boring , misrepresenting and actually Insulting .I was so excited to read this book as I’m quite fascinated by the Indian Culture and When I read that the main character is Muslim , I was more excited .We need more diverse books that represent Islam religion as well as the Indian Culture in an honest way . But Unfortunately , This...
  • Barbara
    I don't generally read 'chick lit' unless its protagonists are from Asian communities. As a Brit who loves the Indian sub-continent, I'm prone to picking up 'populist' writing to try to better understand how culture is evolving in places like Pakistan and India and I'm also keen on any books about immigrant experience in the broadest sense of the term. I do have a bit of a weakness for an inter-generational conflict over marriage arrangements. Th...
  • Meredith Schorr
    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 ...
  • Fizah(Books tales by me)
    BORINGI was expecting a great book but this book made me betrayed…I don’t know from, where I should start.So our MC Leila, an American-Indian girl, a Muslim girl, who turns 26 but unable to find someone suitable to marry, despite using every dating way available in the world, now her parents have given her a 3 months deadline for someone on her own, otherwise, her parents will arrange her marriage.This sound intriguing, right???But no It wasn...
  • Daniela Petrova
    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!