Overview

Reena Jamil doesn’t do taboo. She’s a simple girl from a conservative Pakistani family who wants nothing more than for her to settle down and marry a nice Pakistani guy. But, unknown to her family, she falls for a white guy - something that would shock her parents. Deeply in love, yet torn over her familial duty, Reena must decide whether to pick love over obligation.

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The First

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Overview

Reena Jamil doesn’t do taboo. She’s a simple girl from a conservative Pakistani family who wants nothing more than for her to settle down and marry a nice Pakistani guy. But, unknown to her family, she falls for a white guy - something that would shock her parents. Deeply in love, yet torn over her familial duty, Reena must decide whether to pick love over obligation.

Meanwhile, her best friend, Sofia Azeem, is facing her own romantic struggles. She’s in love with her best friend from high school - but the feeling’s not mutual. Or is it?

Reena and Sofia each have soul searching to do. Should Reena choose the man she loves or accept a guy her parents would approve? Should Sofia wait for her feelings to be reciprocated or should she move on? Will each woman get a happy ending?

Its premise is a clash of cultures but The First is also a story about relationships, friendship, love, marriage, new beginnings, and most importantly, a story of hope. Saadia Ahmed’s unique cultural perspective makes this romance novella a fun and insightful read.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012236906
  • Publisher: Saadia Ahmed
  • Publication date: 3/5/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 742 KB

Meet the Author

Saadia Ahmed was born in Pakistan and moved to the United States at the age of 19. A graduate of George Mason University, she is the author of the film blog, “It’s All In the Movies” at http://itsallinthemovies.blogspot.com/. She lives in Northern Virginia, where she works as a corporate accountant. This is her first novella. Visit Saadia Ahmed’s official website at www.saadiawrites.com.
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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    A Highly Engaging Story

    Saadia is a skilled writer who is able to take on difficult issues, such as cultural expectations and religious beliefs and weave them all together into a story that is relevant, meaningful, and current to our culture. In addition, I was pleased with the fact that she had the characters stick to their morals and not engage in behaviors just to "be like everyone else." Saadia is able to bring together the key elements of romance, family issues, relationship problems, and subplots of other characters to a climax and subsequent successful resolution. Even though her book is an engaging fictional story, Saadia is not afraid to incorporate real issues of today's culture.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    A great look into the life and love of a Desi woman trying to figure out who she is in an American culture.

    Wow...

    This powerful and fast paced "Novella" touches on so many different aspects of love and the intermingling of cultures, all the while being able to never stagnate on one specific subject. This keeps the reader interested from the first moment you meet Reena all the way to the heartwarming end.

    The story moves quickly through the life of a growing Reena, a young woman who's family won't let go of the orthodox traditions of the Pakistan they left ten years ago. This combined with Reena's longing for love and acceptance in an ever moving American landscape makes for an engrossing read that anyone who has felt love can relate to.

    This blossoming author manages to touch upon SOOO many different aspects of young love, while progressing through the trials and tribulations of growing up in a very different subculture. She manages to educate the reader with tidbits of cultural wisdom like different expectations and even clothing and customs, but does so in a way that never takes away from the story or feels like you are being educated. The author also manages to touch upon some very deep and very disturbing life issues, ensuring the reader knows that this is not just a happy story. It has depth and sustenance, while still flowing freely.

    Like most will find, this is a fast and fascinating read. For many unfamiliar with the South Asian culture, this will be a welcome and surprising foray into another world of thought. For people that are familiar with the Desi lifestyle, they will immediately feel a connection with the author and all her characters.

    For readers of love novels or female empowerment stories, this is a must have. For anyone that has ever fallen in love, or had to make a hard decision, this is a read you can relate to. And at this price, how could you NOT take the plunge into this future bestsellers "The First".

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