Hardcover, 277 pages
Published March 24th 2015 by Nancy Paulsen Books
Edition Language : English
This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?
Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.
Heartbreakingly beautiful. I was shedding too much tears and I wasn’t even halfway of the book. All through out the book I was thinking how strong this girl was and how this should be changed. People shouldn’t live like this. The way it was written, you can really relate and feel what the character was feelung thus making the ache ten fold much more heartbreaking.
I know these culture and norms for Muslims are much more common and severe and I respect that it is their belief but no one should have to go through something they do not want. This book opened my eyes to a whole world of new perspective regarding freedom and strength.
Giving this amazing inspirational book 4 Royal Stars. Kudos so Ms. Saeed for making my eyes look like two puffy black holes.