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No Sex in the City

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  348 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a student visa must be in want of an Australian wife.

Twenty-eight-year old Esma has a masters in human resource management, never orders just a salad, is well-travelled, has excellent taste in music, watches the ABC news, has the Guardian saved as an app on her iPhone, knows all the two-letter words
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Pan MacMillan Australia
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Sep 08, 2012 Mary rated it liked it
Quite an easy read and mostly stays true to the chick-lit formula. Young woman trying to find mister right amidst troubles with work and friends. But it was one of the most refreshing books I've read in a while. I enjoyed the cultural context of the book as it explores the lives of rather socially conservative young professional women. With the arranged dating scene creating a different scene to most chick-lit books. There was less jumping into bed with random men and more women knowing what ...more
Bree T
Esma is 28, has a master’s in human resource management and works as a pharmacy recruitment consultant in Sydney. She’s of Turkish origin, has traveled widely, still lives with her parents, has a great group of friends and is looking for Mr Right. She has some criteria though, which does narrow down the search just a little:

He has to be Muslim who speaks good English (Turkish background a bonus)
A Muslim who isn’t fanatical, but not totally clueless either
He has to be educated, employed and care
Feb 12, 2016 Gulen rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
Avustralya’da nasıl bir “eligible bachelor with Turkish origin” bolluğu varmış da haberimiz yokmuş, inanın Türkiye’de bu kadarı yoktur. Kitabı Müslüman Türkiye kökenli bir kızın “the one” arayışı olarak özetleyebiliriz, buna benzer bir kitap daha önce de okumuştum. O kitapta baş kadın karakter Pakistan kökenliydi. Ancak iki kitap arasında aileler ve kültürel topluluklar o kadar benzerdi (ve hatta aynıydı) ki, bu kitabın yazarının Avustralya’da genel bir “Müslüman” profili oluşturup farklı ...more
Jul 17, 2015 PageTurner rated it liked it
No Sex in the City is like a 21st Century Austen tale, complete with a 28-year-old virgin protagonist looking for a suitable husband. ‘Hang on,’ I hear you ask, ‘in this day and age? Surely it must be about some sad young woman, oppressed by her parents and cultural background? Tsk, tsk.’

The fantastic thing about this book is that it could have gone down that path but it doesn’t. The protagonist, Esma, is an independent and outgoing young woman who is happy to keep her hands to herself before sh
Sena Khateeb
Jul 15, 2014 Sena Khateeb rated it it was amazing
Growing up, Randa Abdel-Fattah was my favorite author. I read each one of her books (Does My Head Look Big in This and Ten Things I Hate About Me) over 5 times (I am not even joking- I can recite those books from memory!)
Randa did not disappoint me in No Sex in the City. I enjoyed this book so much, I could not put it down. (I can't help it, I love chick-lits.)
The characters were funny and witty. This is definitely my favorite Randa Abdel-Fattah book, and I hope she writes more similar one
katayoun Masoodi
Jan 23, 2016 katayoun Masoodi rated it did not like it
why, oh why i do this to myself!! am maybe going to finish it though with a lot of skipping, and maybe it is cute and fun, though i can't really see it with all these cartoon characters.
i think for a while i am not going to read any chicklit, either i am getting old or i should choose a book that friends have reviewed!!!
and ooh it's so good that i've written this review cause made me think about the book (and life and cosmos and ....!) and i am not going to finish this! hurrah!
Jessica Maria
Apr 29, 2016 Jessica Maria rated it really liked it
If you're into chick-lit, strong women, friendships, family and love this is the book for you! The characters are very real and they give very big NO to victim blaming, sexual harrasment and idiotic men!
Steve lovell
Jun 21, 2013 Steve lovell rated it really liked it
No Sex in the City – Randa Abdel-Fattah

Sam de Brito writes regularly as a columnist for The Sunday Age, and writes well. Recently, though, it seems to me that some of his ruminations have taken on a more jaded tone that usual. I know from his jottings that he is a single dad of a young daughter, and it would seem that, rightly so, much of his world revolves around her. How he writes it it would seem he is a devoted, responsible parent – but it is patently clear it was a more than bitter Sam who
Fran Macilvey
Apr 19, 2014 Fran Macilvey rated it liked it
No Sex in the City by Randa Abdel-Fattah

There is no sense in these book scores. Three stars doesn't really reflect how good this book is, in an easy-chic-lit-happy-ending kind of way. There were plenty of genuine laughs too, which I do so appreciate when I'm reading. If my husband also guffaws at the right moments, I know what I am reading is good.

It is also confidently well written and well paced.

Being an older, rather stolid mum, I did feel, at times, as if I was eves-dropping on other peopl
Nov 22, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
The beginning was hard work - 4 characters in search of a plot. But half way through the pace picked up, I started to figure out who was who (there's a lot of secondary characters) and it had a nice ending. It was a bit " told, not shown" when it came to the characters and their personalities, and there were an enormous amount of issues in the book - sexual harrassment, unhappy marriages, refugees, finding Mr Right, being an ethnic minoritt...but despite the flaws, it's quite a good read. It's ...more
May 25, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
This was a bit slow to start with but by the middle, I was hooked!! I've never read a chick-lit book where the main character was a muslim looking for her soulmate!! The whole no sex, or even kissing or touching before marriage is hard for me to take - I was quite the run-around when I was young and single so I couldn't relate to Esma's plight at all but still, it was interesting.
Anyway, there's a lot of layers to this book. It's well written (though I found a few things confusing and even one
Dec 30, 2015 Tsaki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My very first time read Randa Abdel-Fattah's writing. No Sex in The Cityis an easy-chic-lit-happy-ending. Oh, with "another" atmosphere. You can't compare NSiTC with Kinsella's novels. :))

There were chuckles when I read it.

Between it's okay and liked it.

At least, it taught me something.
Nov 18, 2013 Iffat rated it it was ok
Boring chick flick. Or maybe read too many like these before. The comforting thing to read was about how some men are universal jerks and every girl comes across one such whether she is from Turkey or Pakistan to Sydney or L.A.
Faiza Mallick
The book was average, but it resonated so well with my life at the time!
Papatia Feauxzar
Oct 28, 2016 Papatia Feauxzar rated it liked it
The book reflects many Turkish well. My only issue was the lack of transition in certain areas so I felt lost at times. There are also many bits of Muslim Secularism but it's expected from the way the characters grew up or were raised. That said, Esma has great values and certainly clean 'men belong to clean women.' I also thought that her work situation was a well done metaphor for an abusive marriage IMO. Not a bad read.
Sep 17, 2013 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Gypsy Reviews

I received a review copy via TBD Affiliates. Thanks!

No Sex in the City was just as I expected it to be – quick, sharp and witty. It takes on the perspective of women who haven’t gotten their happily ever afters yet and are still in the midst of finding someone but yet also have trouble because they have their own standards for example, religious reasons. It also embraced diversity and different cultures and religion and Esma is a MC I can imagine having dinner o
Jocelyn (foxonbooks)
Mar 10, 2013 Jocelyn (foxonbooks) rated it really liked it
Esma wants to find The One. Who doesn’t, right? And as a twenty-eight year old, intelligent, funny, attractive woman with integrity and standards, this shouldn’t be too hard. Sure, she has a few more criteria for a partner to fulfil if they’re The One – they must be Muslim, able to hold up their end of a conversation, educated, interested in social justice, employed, and spiritual without being too overbearing. But Esma refuses to settle for less in her settling down – why should she? It’s just ...more
Mar 04, 2016 Juwi rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
i have to say i really enjoyed this book
it was HILARIOUS at times and shocking too.

i like the characters and the plot lines and it explored a lot of themes.
issues like sexual harassment, mother-in-laws, crazy families but the biggest thing was about love, friendship and trust.

it was really annoying about the whole debt thing but FINALLy i am so glad she told her sister and it worked out because DAMN WHAT A BURDEN man but i totally understand why she kept it quiet.

and the sexual harassment th
Paula  Phillips
Oct 27, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
Randa has achieved what many try to do and fail at , she has successfully completed the transisition of writing for children and young persons to writing her first adults novel. I had tried to read her Teen books but found them quite hard to get into , but with No Sex in the City I was hooked from the first page whether it be due to the Jane Austen opener where Randa had used the Pride and Prejudice famous quote to help shape her story or the fact that I could relate and for me , in a way I was ...more
Jan 12, 2014 Haanim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt an undeniable affinity with the main character of "No Sex in the City". Esma is a 28-year old single muslim virgin who stands by her religious and ethical beliefs, but at the same time has ideas of falling in love and is quite unwilling to settle for anything less. Pressure from family (28 and unmarried, how embarassing!) leads to a steady stream of awkward and unappealing setups, which are frustrating for Esma, but hilarious for the reader.

There are very few modern romantic works (books
Oct 24, 2015 Miss rated it liked it
aww yeah, this is the kinda chick lit i like

so esma's a turkish muslim woman on the search for The One. she's got a crew of ride or die girls -- ruby, lisa, and nirvana, each from different backgrounds and p much all some variety of feminist. they start their 'no sex in the city' club as an excuse to hang out more and vent about romantic woes

there's a lot that i liked about this book -- muslim representation, what up! -- but something that stood out to me was the minimal presence of consumerism.
Nurul  Ardlian
Jan 07, 2016 Nurul Ardlian rated it really liked it
"Memilih pasangan hidup memang harus sepaham. Imagine jika kau bermain dengan aturan sepak bola, sementara dia bermain dengan aturan rugby, akan ada banyak kekacauan bahkan sebelum kalian memutuskan akan bermain di tim yg sama atau tidak."

Well done, Randa! Yessss, I like your story here! *a lot of screaming*. Okay, maybe it's too hyperbolic. But how you manage the story of sociality, religion, culture, lifestyle, is so cute-mixed. Saya sudah baca buku pertama Randa yang berjudul "Does My Head Lo
Meredith Walker
Mar 03, 2014 Meredith Walker rated it liked it
I’ve read but not been a huge fan of Randa’s young adult readers. “No Sex in the City” is a move in the right direction. The story follows four best friends since college, together they are a melting pot of cultures but they all have one thing in common - they are all single and looking. The main character of the story is Esme - a Muslim who works for a sleazy boss. All intelligent, educated Esme wants in life is a Muslim husband who will treat her as an equal. Nirvana hopes to land herself an ...more
Oct 31, 2012 Sharon rated it liked it
I liked this book. It was a light easy read but a little disappointing. I love Randa's young adult fiction and was excited to see she had made a foray into the adult novel. These girls do remind you of 'The sex in the city' girls but the characters are not revealed through their thoughts and actions as much as we are just told who they are and what they believe in. I felt as if some of the characters were not as we'll developed as characters in Randa's young adult fiction. The characters work ...more
Sep 08, 2016 Tineke rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit
I really liked 'No Sex in the City' and I wish more chicklit is like this. I like reading chicklit for a change, but find it rather difficult to find likeable novels in this genre. The heroines in these books vex me most of the time by doing stupid things while drunk and spending to much money on designer clothes or objects. Esma, the heroine in this story, is a pleasant change for the average chicklit main character. She has good friends instead of frenemies and a job I never encountered in ...more
Naeema Abbas
Feb 25, 2014 Naeema Abbas rated it liked it
Quite an entertaining read with some genuine LOL moments. However, at times I felt Esma's character as a "modern Muslim woman" may have at times compromised the "Muslim" and let the modern win out.

Although the book focuses around Esma and her search for Mr Right, the books redeeming quality is the deep and binding friendship that Esma and her friends have established with each other. Weaved into the fabric of Esma's quest for The One are the mishaps of both Ruby and Nirvana's love-lives alongsi
Christina Rochester
Jun 21, 2015 Christina Rochester rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. It was great to see how things are in a different culture, and it has shown me just how much freedom I have. As a single mum who has never been married I couldn't be any more different to Esma. However Esma is a brilliant character with a strong set of morals, and it's delightful to see her life.
As for the men, I was definitely more drawn to Aydin than Metin. Metin reminded me too much of Danny, even if his possessiveness and jealousy were for good reason, if there is suc
Jun 08, 2013 Neda rated it liked it
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Sep 07, 2013 Amira rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-general
A thoroughly enjoyable read. I have been eagerly expecting this novel to be released and wasn't disappointed at all for waiting so long to read it. Randa Abdel Fattah has wrote a brilliant debut chick lit novel given that all her previous ones were YA novels . She tells the story of Esma, a young Muslim professional woman born and raised in Australia to Turkish parents, in her search for the One. Esma's story of finding the One is interweaved with the stories of her single female friends who ...more
Nov 09, 2012 Rab rated it really liked it
If someone asked me if this was a good read I would hesitate. It is a flawed book and I would never classify it as good literature. However Randa Abdul Fattah is one of those authors that you can see all the flaws in her writing but they are idiosyncratic and I can't help enjoying her books so much. I really wanted to read what happened next. I laughed out loud and enjoyed reading the dilemmas. A really good feel book.

The only criticism that I feel should be changed (the rest I'm happy to leave
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Randa Abdel-Fattah was born in Sydney in 1979. She is a Muslim of Palestinian and Egyptian heritage. She grew up in Melbourne and attended a Catholic primary school and Islamic secondary college where she obtained an International Baccaularetate. She studied Arts/Law at Melbourne University during which time she was the Media Liaison Officer at the Islamic council of Victoria, a role which ...more
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