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Love from A to Z

Written by: S. K. Ali
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
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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 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.

©2019 S. K. Ali (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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A story for everyone

I'm so happy I got into this book! This is not your typical teen love story. It was rich with the drama and issues we all like to think kids are not affected by. Pain and grief. Loss of loved ones. Racism and health scares.

I loved watching both main characters navegate and come together with the strength of community and family to overcome such giant obstacles.

This book gave me great insight into Muslim culture and faith, of which I know little to nothing. I felt like it was a great introduction into a lot of polarizing topics in a smart and insightful way. I greatly enjoyed this read.

Deffinatly recommend.

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Very well written story

I loved listening to this book. The most memorable thing would be the Marvels and oddities Journals. I wish they existed in real life.

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  • Dana Al-Basha
  • 2019-09-02

Love from Adam to Zainab

Who else googled marvels and oddities journal? Just me. Okay (=^▽^=) Anyway, when I first saw the cover I felt happy but worried, blue in literature means illness and it also means someone will die by the end of the book, but the cover was also romantic and a Muslim girl is on the cover! I liked the issues addressed in the book, from Burkinis and how people react to them, to converting to Islam, to racism against muslims, to people from different nationalities religions and colors, to Zainab's fight for justice for herself and others, I think she would be an amazing lawyer. The book is good, but for some reason I didn't love it as much as I hoped I would.

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  • M. Allen
  • 2019-07-13

A Beautiful Story

This book was heartbreaking, hopeful and beautiful. The uncertainty of senior year/first year of college is made even more fraught by Zaneb’s battles against Islamaphobia and the injustices all around her and Adam’s battles with a new diagnosis. They each find an anchor in a Marvels and Oddities journal and the story is told primarily through their entries.

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