*HOORAY! HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO LOVE FROM A TO Z!*
Welcome to one of the last stops on the Countdown to Love from A to Z Blog Tour!
It’s been so awesome being part of the Street Team and promoting this marvelous book! Before we share our post with you, here’s a little bit about the book and author to spark your interest.
From William C. Morris Award Finalist S.K. Ali comes an unforgettable romance that is part The Sun Is Also a Star mixed with Anna and the French Kiss, following two Muslim teens who meet during a spring break trip.
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 for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.
Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her.
Then her path crosses with Adam’s.
Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister.
Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.
Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals.
Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…
Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting.
Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.
Do y’all still need more reasons to pick up Love from A to Z after reading that synopsis? Cool. How about *26* more reasons? Inspired by the A to Z in the title, I present to you…
~ A-Z Reasons to Read LOVE FROM A TO Z! ~
A is for Adam: A quiet, gentle soul that will steal your heart without meaning to.
B is for Blue Hijab: The one that catches Adam’s eyes when he first spots Zayneb.
C is for Cute Cover: Just look at all the chemistry and *heart eyes*!
D is for Destiny: A meet cute written in the stars.
E is for Emotional Investment: Be prepared to fall hopelessly in love with this story and characters.
F is for Friendships: There are so many fabulous friendships in this novel: Adam/Zaynab, Zaynab/Kavi, and Adam/Connor.
G is for Growth: The way that Adam and Zaynab help each other become the people they want to be.
H is for Hope: The one thing Zayneb gives Adam that he didn’t even know he needed.
I is for Illness: S.K. Ali writes about Adam’s illness with care and sensitivity.
J is for Journals: The story is told through alternating journal entries from Adam and Zayneb.
K is for Kindred Spirits: Describes the bond between Adam and Zayneb.
L is for Love: The marvel that Adam and Zayneb discover together.
M is for Marvels and Oddities: The way Adam and Zayneb make sense of the world.
N is for New Experiences: Zayneb steps out of her comfort zone with Adam’s support, and in turn he learns to open up to people close to him.
O is for #OwnVoices: A book written specifically with Muslim readers in mind and is an authentic representation of being Muslim.
P is for Praise: S.K. Ali and this novel deserve all the shining praise for this marvelous book!
Q is for Qatar: A beautiful setting for this story!
R is for Respect: The respect Adam and Zayneb have for each other and for Islam is everything I hoped it would be.
S is for Surprise: There is a very cool subtle surprise for readers familiar with S.K. Ali’s work.
T is for Themes: S.K. Ali explores many heavy themes openly and honestly: Islamophobia, prejudice, social justice, microaggressions, and chronic illness to name a few.
U is for Unapologetically Muslim: Two Muslim teens who proudly practice their faith in words, actions, and ideals. YES PLEASE!
V is for Voice: The message to readers is clear: the most powerful tool you have to combat injustice is your voice.
W is for Warning: The one at the beginning of the book that says, “It’s a love story.”
X is for eXceptional writing: It packs an emotional punch and is deeply contemplative at the same time.
Y is for YAAAS!: The reaction I had when I first read the synopsis.
Z is for Zayneb: A compassionate, brave Muslim girl struggling to be to true to herself.
So, there you have it! 26 reasons to go out and buy Love from A to Z RIGHT NOW! If there is one book you should read this year, make it this one. Trust me, it’s worth it!
Be sure to check out all the other lovely Blog Tour posts below!
April 23: Rameela- Star is All Booked Up: Welcome Post/Marvels and Oddities in my Life (starisallbookedup.wordpress.com)
April 24: Lilli- Utopia State of Mind: Promo (Https://utopia-state-of-mind.com)
April 25: Selena- Life of a Random: Love From A to Z Playlist (randomofalife.blogspot.com)
April 26: Shri- SunandChai: Promo (sunandchai.wordpress.com)
April 27: Aashi Ranjan- Books Bounty Hub: Muslim Representation Matters (https://booksbountyhub.home.blog/)
April 28: Ara- Open Pages: The A to Z of Journals (http://www.foldedbetweenthepagesofbooks.com)
Julia- Juliatfleur: Promo + Graphics/Art (www.juliatfleur.com)
April 29: Nargis- Writing Power: Promo (https://nargiskalani.wordpress.com)
April 30: Michelle- Magical Reads: Promo (magical-reads.blogspot.com)
Amna- YA Book Corner: A to Z Reasons to Read Love From A to Z (yabookcorner.wordpress.com)