Happy weekend book lovers! I can’t say goodbye to this week before sharing with you a new review. Are you ready for some cute YA romance?
I enjoyed most of this book. It was a colourful and cute YA romance. It was so refreshing to read a story about the beautiful Bangladeshi culture. Although there were words and terms I was not familiar with, it was a bit confusing. Still, it was fun. I also loved the girls’ friends group. It was so sweet and wholesome to read about such supportive and lovely friends.
I loved that Zahra, our FMC, was a dreamer and determined enough to chase those dreams even though everything looked to be against her. Her love and devotion for her family were so sweet and admirable. I loved seeing how she supported her family and mother’s talent as ferociously as she did, even if sometimes her mother was a bit blind to Zarah’s own opinions and dreams.
Harun, one of the love interests, was such a sweet, thoughtful, reliable and enjoyable character. I loved how we got to know him the more the story progressed.
Nayim, the other love interest, was the artistic, romantic, dreamy boy every girl has a soft spot for when they’re teenagers. It was sweet to read about him.
Unfortunately, I didn’t quite resonate with any of the characters, and it was a bit tough to connect with the story as a whole. I feel like the romance part of this book was a bit underdeveloped and shallow. It felt rushed because they thought they loved each other almost immediately. It gave me the feeling of emotional immaturity, especially on Zarah’s part, as her romantic feelings seem so mercurial. Well, they are only eighteen, so maybe it makes sense. Still, I think it could’ve been done better.
Nonetheless, I’m pretty sure many people love this book enormously. Especially if they are from this same community and culture; actually, I think if I had read this book in my teens, I’d have loved it way more.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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