Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali

Love From A to Z

A marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry.When she gets suspended ...

Details Love From A to Z

TitleLove From A to Z
Release DateApr 30th, 2019
PublisherSalaam Reads
GenreContemporary, Romance, Young Adult, Fiction

Reviews Love From A to Z

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    This book resonated in chambers of my heart I’d never known existed. It stirred memories too deep to claim, and it all poured out of me and onto every surface, taking something vital with it. There is still an expansiveness in my chest that reminds me of how important voices like these are, for readers like us. This feeling is a language all its own: to reach and find, to be reached for and found, to belong to a mutual certainty.Love from A to ...
  • Melanie
  • Lola
    This was wonderful. I have not read this author’s debut novel – Saints and Misfits – but I immediately added it after closing this book. I’m really happy this didn’t turn out to be a beautiful book on the outside and shallow on the inside. Actually, while it seems to be mainly a breezy YA summer romance from the cover, I was delighted to discover multiple important themes in the foreground and sometimes lurking beneath the surface, too....
  • Hamad
    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription “Make sure that you make the beginning of whatever you begin beautiful.” This is not a solid 4 stars read for me, but I decided to be generous as I don’t read many books with great Muslim Representations! The writing was good, It was not magical or anything special. I was bothered by the HP references that are now apart of almost every YA contemporary. I feel a...
  • may ❀
    this book made me so ridiculously happy oh my heart where was this all my life "this is a love story. you've been warned."i LOVE the characters so much. zayneb and her stubbornness, her heated personality. her passion for justice and how she took no crap from anyone, what a legend. adam and his caring, sweet personality. this boy is so soft, his whole being is just caring about his little sister and worrying about his father, my smol son.this boo...
  • Nenia ⚜️ Author of Filthy Trash and Unhinged Psychos ⚜️ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestThis book made me shed a tear, and while that may not exactly sound like an impressive feat, you should know that I am an individual who guards their tears as jealously as a dragon guards its hoard. When I first heard about LOVE FROM A TO Z, I was so excited - I was ready to love it for that adoring glance between the hero and heroine on the cover, the hijabi rep, and of course, the promise o...
  • ALet
    /5This was really good, I really glad I read it. The story itself was simple, but executed very well. Writing style was simple, not flowery, so it was easy to understand. Because of simplistic style it was a very quick read.The main characters were interesting and fully formed, had their separate arcs so they were formed outside each other and that definitely helped the story. On the other hand, because the plot itself was a little bit simple it ...
  • C.G. Drews
    Ohhhh, I so so loved this one! It's the kind of contemporary I adore: mixing soft squishiness and family and loveable characters...with harsher issues and deep conversations. It makes and breaks your heart. It so does. It's centred a lot around finding peace vs being validly angry. And the love and care and nuance that went into all the discussions was so palpable (another reason why #ownvoices books are so important). marvels to love two POC Mus...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Listening to the audiobook of this one might not have been the best decision because I had a really hard time focusing on what was happening :( I think I'm going to re-read it physically before I post a full review.TW: Islamophobia, racism, chronic illness, death of a loved one
  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
    Thank you Salaam Reads for the free (gifted) review copy in exchange for an honest review! Here's my attempt to string together a bunch of sentences about the best thing that has ever happened to me.*Clears throat* When I heard that a book like this was going to exists I was ecstatic. S.K. Ali wrote a book that made me feel seen. Books featuring Muslim characters are quite rare. I've made it my goal to read as many books centering around Muslims ...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    tw: racism, islamophobia, xenophobia, death of a loved one (in the past), mentions of rape/honour killings, discussions of victims of war (drone killings), cultural appropriation, chronic illness (multiple sclerosis).rep: Hijabi, Muslim, biracial MC (dad is from Pakistan and mum's parents are Guyanese and Trinidadian), another biracial MC (mum was Finnish/Canadian and Dad is Chinese/Canadian), lots of diverse side characters (biracial, black and ...
  • preoccupiedbybooks
    What a wonderful book! I couldn't stop listening.Rtc
  • Saajid Hosein
    woo child, the quality.
  • Romie
    I definitely want to write a full length review for this beautiful, beautiful book, but until I finally find the time to do so (probably after my finals, huh) I just want to say that this book was absolutely incredible, and soft, and pure, and I loved every single moment of it. It's not just a book about two Muslim kids falling for each other, it's about fighting for justice, for what you know is right; it's about standing up for yourself, but al...
  • alexandra ling
    i enjoyed this so so much :') gave me all the fluffy cute feels as well as intense sadness and rage at all the islamophobia in this world.
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    ARC provided by the publishers and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not an own voices reader for this novel but I have read the reviews of a few and I love that they believe this story so closely mirrors their own lives and is a reflection of themselves, their culture, and their struggles with Islamaphobia and navigating the world we live in. It honestly makes my heart so happy. "Never, ever quake in the face of hate, Zayneb."At t...
  • AJ
    This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. It was actually somehow so much better than I could have imagined it would be. Just wow. Five stars is not even enough.The book is told through alternative perspectives of Zeynab and Adam, both of them writing in "Marvels and Oddities" journals of their own. Both of them are Muslim, from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. And they're so different from each ot...
  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    I received an arc of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review Original review posted on my blog : Word WondersCW: Islamophobia, racist micro-aggression, cultural appropriation, chronic illness, talk of family death, mention of rape, discussion of war and war victims. Marvel: The fact that Love from A to Z exists.Oddity: The fact that I already read it and there isn’t any more to the story.Do you ever go into a book, expect t...
  • arini
    this book was astounding and deserves so much more love. y’all need to read it!! 3.75 "LOVELY" stars i was pretty sure no book could top a very large expanse of sea in my eyes, but holy smokes!! this muslim love story book by this new-to-me author sk ali was cute and beautiful and heartfelt and educational and just overall wholesome. i used to believe that stories like these two would not make an interesting book to read bcs all the restricti...
  • Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
    SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS BOOK. SO MUCH. SO adorable while also very intense and emotional.
  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    For more reviews and book related chat check out my blog A great book with a cute love story that also exposes and tackles real world problems...feel like I must be dreaming! Zayneb is freaking awesome. Wow do I love her. She's unapologetic, feisty, knows her own mind and yet still has all the insecurities that come along with figuring your way in this world. A fabulously authentic character. If only the world were filled with more Zaynebs. Her f...
  • Acqua
    Love From A to Z is the perfect balance of adorable, romantic and real. It's the kind of contemporary that manages to develop a very sweet romance while also talking about painful and heavy topics, without neglecting any of these aspects.This is the story of Zayneb, a hijabi girl of Pakistani and Caribbean (West Indian, specifically Guyanese and Trinidadian) descent living in America, and Adam, a biracial Chinese-Canadian boy who converted to Isl...
  • Hollis
    I'm so so mixed on this one. To the point that I didn't even want to leave a review because I just don't know how to put my thoughts together about why this didn't work. But lets give it a go.This has great representation, though I can't verify the accuracy behind either the Muslim or MS rep, but as it's #ownvoices for the former, I can hope the author was equally careful with the latter, too. But while I appreciated both, and though I found the ...
  • Hafsah
    Me: I have a confession...I'm feeling quite light-headed.You (somehow able to hear me): The prospect of results day making you feel ill again?Me: well yes, but... no, it's because I am OVER THE MOON; gravity's a little weird here...I'm so happy thanks to this book and it's heart warming story, which has filled a void in my soul. And I'd be lying if I said that wasn't partially due to the good islamic reprisentation and the fact that the book un...
  • Amy Risner
    This is the Dragons & Tea Book Club pick for July! The Dates & Breakdown: July 8th: Pages 1–68 “Zayneb Saturday March 9. Oddity: Unpredictable Creatures”July 9th: Pages 69–134 “Adam Tuesday March 12. Marvel: Strangers”July 10th: Pages 135–207 “Adam Sunday March 17. Marvel: Zayneb at the Perfect Place”July 11th: Pages 208–276 “Zayneb Tuesday March 19. Oddity… And Marvel: Plotters”July 12th: Pages 277–End(Chapter titles...
  • Sakina (aforestofbooks)
    AMAZING. GO PREORDER THIS RIGHT NOW. REVIEW TO COME ON RELEASE DAYToday is the day...Love from A to Z is out in the world! So go out and get it form your local bookstore or borrow it from the library, because this book will absolutely melt your heart and change your life completely!Okay, now for my review, which I wrote the day after I finished this book:I stan one contemporary author and that author is S.K. AliWhere do I even start… My heart f...
  • kav (xreadingsolacex)
    disclaimer: i received an arc in exchange for an honest review, this in no way impacted my opinions. trigger warnings: islamophobia, war Love from A to Z is S.K. Ali's sophomore novel, a love story between two teens - Zayneb and Adam. Zayneb is spending her spring break, and now her suspension, with aunt in Doha, Qatar. Suspended for taking actions against a notoriously Islamophobic teacher, Zayneb exemplifies justice. Adam, on the other hand, e...