Love from A to Z

Category: Book
By (author): Ali, S. K.
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / General
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Contemporary
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Death & Dying
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
Audience: young adult
Publisher: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: June 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 0.90in
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From The Publisher*"The bighearted, wildly charming, painfully real love story I've been waiting for." -Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

"Heartfelt and powerful." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

From William C. Morris Award Finalist S.K. Ali comes an unforgettable romance that is The Sun Is Also a Star meets 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.
Review Quote*This book gave me butterflies. Love From A to Z is the bighearted, wildly charming, painfully real love story I've been waiting for.
Review Quote*What makes Zayneb and Adam different is not their faith but their ability to learn from and love one another in a world hurling obstacles their way...Heartfelt and powerful.
Review Quote*Heartfelt, honest, and featuring characters readers will fall in love with, this is sure to become a beloved book for many.
Review Quote*In Love from A to Z, S.K. Ali once again takes an unflinching and moving look at the intricacies of life as a Muslim teen in an imperfect, multi-cultural world. Beautiful.
Review Quote*Love From A to Z ends up being a compulsively readable, beautifully romantic look at how fate can intervene when we might just need it the most.
Review Quote*This is a beautiful, complex, and important book. I hope that all libraries will get this on their shelves and on display. A wonderful story that centers the Muslim experience and shows the power of anger, peace, and connection.
Review Quote*Ali skillfully fashions a love story sensitive to the rules of Muslim courtship that's equally achy and enigmatic.
Review Quote*[Adam and Zayneb] are exceptionally appealing as their well-integrated faith leads them in different ways to seek peace, justice, and each other.
Biographical NoteS. K. Ali is a teacher based in Toronto whose writing on Muslim culture and life has appeared in the Toronto Star. Her family of Muslim scholars is consistently listed in the The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World, and her insight into Muslim culture is both personal and far-reaching. A mother of a teenage daughter herself, S. K. Ali's debut YA is a beautiful and nuanced story about a young woman exploring her identity through friendship, family, and faith.