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Posted April 12, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 8, 2011
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".