“Misfit in Love is timely. A novel that has a big heart filled with love, loss, and moments of pure joy.”Cecelia Beckman, Sheaf & Ink
From the Publisher:
Janna Yusuf is so excited for the weekend: her brother Muhammad’s getting married, and she’s reuniting with her mom, whom she’s missed the whole summer.
And Nuah’s arriving for the weekend too.
Sweet, constant Nuah.
The last time she saw him, Janna wasn’t ready to reciprocate his feelings for her. But things are different now. She’s finished high school, ready for college…and ready for Nuah.
It’s time for Janna’s (carefully planned) summer of love to begin—starting right at the wedding.
But it wouldn’t be a wedding if everything went according to plan. Muhammad’s party choices aren’t in line with his fiancée’s taste at all, Janna’s dad is acting strange, and her mom is spending more time with an old friend (and maybe love interest?) than Janna.
And Nuah’s treating her differently.
Just when things couldn’t get more complicated, two newcomers—the dreamy Haytham and brooding Layth—have Janna more confused than ever about what her misfit heart really wants.
Janna’s summer of love is turning out to be super crowded and painfully unpredictable.
My Review: Misfit in Love
Who doesn’t enjoy a book about a wedding?
Because like any good wedding there’s always something that can go wrong, no matter how much you prepare. And Misfit in Love perfectly brings together all the hiccups and missteps, yet soundly ties together a lovely conclusion to S.K. Ali’s Saints and Misfits story.
It’s a summer wedding. A new beginning for Janna Yusuf. Where she can help her brother start his new life and where she can confess her affections for her close friend, Nuah. But when things aren’t going as planned, where the shape of her puzzle she thought fit perfectly with Nuah’s, Janna finds herself in a dilemma, much larger than she had anticipated.
And in those heartbreaking moments, Ali crafts a picture of a young woman who is trying her best to sort through what life brings to her doorstep. Where Janna looks at her relationship with boys, and how they may have been her focal point more often then her own.
A Few Last Thoughts
Further, Ali’s final book to the her Saints and Misfits series is reflective, hopeful, and full of moments that will bring readers a taste of joy. Ali weaves together Janna Yusuf’s coming of age story with the deep threads of Islamic faith, where we as readers experience her culture and heritage as Jana embarks on a new chapter in her life. Helping her older brother with a wedding that feels like My Big Fat Greek Wedding, over the top, yet incredibly fun, where Janna contemplates her own feelings for a close time friend.
A host of characters who readers will delight in, and remember from the first novel, while traversing life, heartbreak, and new romances, Ali’s novel is poignant in how she dives into social themes with a breadth and awareness that readers can contemplate and reflect on.
Happy Reading ̴ Cece
RATING: – Satisfyingly Inked
- Publication day: May, 2021
- Publisher: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster (BFYR)
- Hardcover ISBN: 978-1534442757
- Pages: 320
- Age Group: 14+
- Hardcopy: $19.99
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