Nothing Is Predictable: 2017 Silver Medal Winner - Readers' Favorite

Nothing Is Predictable: 2017 Silver Medal Winner - Readers' Favorite

by Adalina Mae
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Nothing Is Predictable: 2017 Silver Medal Winner - Readers' Favorite 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BettyTaylor More than 1 year ago
This book reads like a memoir. I had to keep reminding myself that Zara (the protagonist in the book) is not Adalina (the author). However, some of the book is indeed based on true events. So, which parts? This book was not really my “cup of tea”. However, it was impossible not to like Zara and to be able to relate to her struggles. I think most women will be able to relate to her. Zara was born in Los Angeles to Lebanese parents. Her childhood is somewhat veiled as she had multiple sexual molestations, one of which is she unable to recall. Her now-deceased father, while pampering his “princess” was also an abusive alcoholic. Zara has one disastrous relationship after another with men. Zara must confront her feelings regarding her father before she can find peace. The writing flowed smoothly, as if I were reading Zara’s journal. I followed Zara’s travels from the US to Lebanon to Switzerland to Italy. She was quick to fall for men, especially gorgeous men. She was vulnerable and used by some, loved by some, hurt by them all. At times I wanted to wipe away her tears, or slap her and tell her to grow up, or have some wine and get drunk with her. While not my “cup of tea” I still found the book to be enjoyable. It did keep me interested, wondering what she will be up to next.
ReadersFavorite5 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite Born to Lebanese emigrants Youssif and Amal, Zara is in search of herself as she shares in this inspirational tale. Moving between the States and Lebanon during her childhood, Zara is challenged with where exactly her true place is. With her mother fluctuating between running from the alcoholic abuse of her husband and attempting to find temporary solace by agreeing with the man, Zara’s introduction into the adult world is tremulous at best. As Zara struggles through life and ultimately achieves her own success as a businesswoman, she reaches this conclusion: “My life’s incidents have taught me that nothing is predictable and nothing can last forever.” Zara wears her mistakes in life choices as a badge in remembrance of the many curves life can throw. While she admits to growing up in fear, distress, and instability, while making her own relationship mistakes, she admits to being all the stronger for her experiences. Married once and the victim of several failed romances, Zara comes out on top. Nothing is Predictable by Adalina Mae is an interesting journey through the life of a family who emigrated from Lebanon in the 1950s, only to return repeatedly to their home country before settling on America as a home. Adalina Mae is quite candid in her portrayal of Zara. Incorporating the native idiosyncrasies of the Lebanese language with the more contemporary English of America, the author successfully creates a vivid image of her main character in this example of memoir style realistic fiction. The addition of photographs at the end is a nice touch. I enjoyed this story and had to constantly remind myself that this is fiction.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite Born in the United States, and living much of her childhood in her parents' native Lebanon, Zara often felt like she did not fit into either culture. Add in the fact that her next older sibling was ten years older than her, and her father’s alcoholism worsened over the years, Zara had more life challenges. Her father was a successful and loving man when he was sober, frightening when he was inebriated. He died tragically at a young age, leaving Zara caring for her mother. Adalina Mae, author of the novel Nothing is Predictable, presents a realistic, multicultural story. The book covers several decades of Zara’s life, from childhood to mid-thirties, detailing her singing and business careers, as well as a failed marriage and several serious love relationships. Zara illustrates the resilience and courage of a woman who has experienced trauma, betrayal, and other heartbreaking situations. Her commitment to her family always remained the most important aspect of her life. Nothing is Predictable is both an entertaining and a thought-provoking novel, due to the excellent writing skills of author Adalina Mae. While there are fun and humorous scenes, there are also difficult ones – similar to real life. The tone of Ms. Mae’s storytelling is memoir-like, told in a chronological sequence. There is a seemingly effortless flow in this easy-to-read book. Yet, there is much substance within the book, filled with important life lessons. The ending is unforeseen, explaining some of the struggles of Zara’s life. There are still some loose ends – just like life. Well done!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Zara is a US citizen, born in LA to Lebanese parents. When she introduces herself, the reader immediately gets the impression of someone who could be real fun, someone who lives life fully, and someone who loves to party, but beneath the outside beauty and the exuberance she exudes, there is a kind of darkness about her, a darkness she’s carried with her from childhood. Zara is a troubled girl because of a traumatic incident that happened when she was a child, an incident that will leave her waking with nightmares, even as she matures into a beautiful woman, seeking meaning and happiness. Nothing Is Predictable by Adalina Mae chronicles the life of a young woman fighting to make sense out of life, a journey to unveil her true identity and to create the life she wants, and the reader will watch her moving across countries, testing the waters in different relationships. Can she create a beautiful life of her dreams with the recurrent nightmares? There is a lot that readers will enjoy in this story. Zara is a very compelling and a well-developed character and I enjoyed the way the author explores her psychologically. In a story that is fast-paced and filled with unpredictable moments, readers will find themselves turning the pages, itching to discover what happens next to this heroine. The narrative voice is powerful and very clear. I enjoyed the fact that the story is told in the first person narrative. The narrator introduces the psychological conflict right at the beginning: “I am gazing around at all the other patrons, my mind racing with thoughts of how I got here and why I’ve ended up single, with no children, married once, divorced once, then engaged twice after my divorce. Along with a few short-term dysfunctional relationships.” Readers will undoubtedly enjoy the narrative, the drama, the humor, and those moments they’ll wish they were the protagonist, because there is a lot of humanity in this beautiful story.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite Nothing is Predictable by Adalina Mae is a short but powerful novel about the twists and turns life can take you through before you are even sure who you are or begin to get a glimpse of what life is about. Sometimes I think that all of us have troubled childhoods, but undoubtedly some childhoods are more troubled than others and, in my opinion, make for stronger people and stories. This is one reason I liked Zara, the protagonist in Nothing is Predictable, so much. I believe that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and Zara is a very strong but troubled woman. She is most definitely an American woman, and I think American women will relate to her story. This is especially true if they are the daughters of immigrants. I think children of parents who just immigrated to America have an especially confusing childhood as they try to combine all the aspects of their heritage with the American life that they absorb in school. Beautifully and honestly written, Nothing is Predictable takes us around the world as Zara tries to come to terms with her past, while at the same time find what we all seek; love and happiness. Adalina Mae has a unique and very powerful, yet subtle way of telling a story. I think women will relate to Zara more than men will, but all fans of good writing will like Nothing is Predictable. The characters will move you, the story will move you, and the title makes all the sense in the world. Nothing is predictable. Sometimes we just can’t find the answer. Sometimes we just must be content with who we are. This is a powerful story by a powerful woman. I am glad I read it. You will be too.