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Almost a Turkish Soap Opera

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Adel and Kamil, two young good looking Turkish men try to immigrate to North America. Adel's ruthless grand uncle arranges him to marry Yonka (his spoiled obnoxious cousin) in exchange for his immigration status in Canada. The problem is Yonka and Adel hate each other. The drama heats up even more when Adel has an affair with Nora, his beautiful English teacher which ruins ...more
Paperback, print, 308 pages
Published September 16th 2012 by AR Publishing
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Justin
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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So, I have had this review in draft form for a couple weeks now, because it was so difficult for me to properly review this book. I didn't want to be overly critical or complementary of something based on my own subjective tastes and interests. I rarely read out of my comfort zone, which is something I've tried working on to expand my horizons and so I could expose myself to different types/genres of writing that I would almost never pick up otherwise. And
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Libby Howell
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Almost a Turkish Soap Opera becomes more interesting as you read on. As the drama goes into full swing, it's difficult to put the book down even for a short break. The characters of this book are colorful; perhaps many of them resemble the characters in some Turkish soap operas, though I haven't watched one.

Action begins when the 25-year-old Adel -- handsome, business savvy, and sometimes quixotic -- leaves his home in Istanbul and arrives at Los Angeles with his best friend Kamil. He meets Nora
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Yonka Emre
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The story of Adel and Kamil's journey from Istanbul to Los Angeles is a story I've witnessed myself when in my early 20s I had the same dreams of leaving my country looking for a better life and opportunity in North America. Anne-Rae Vasquez describes the events in Adel's life so vividly, it feels like I am watching the story unfold right before my eyes. I enjoy the subtle humour and cajoling between both friends Adel and Kamil as they try to find success in Los Angeles. Of course like in any Tu ...more
Cid Andrenelli
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and intriguing story of two young men Adel and Kamil, who leave Turkey for a new life.
The twists and turns of the plot from Los Angeles back to Turkey and on to Canada move with a fast pace
in the tradition of the best soap operas. The style of writing flows easily in the present, with extraordinary
characters and wonderful dialogues. I found this book very entertaining, sometimes sad and poignant sometimes extremely funny.
The writer has perfectly captured the nuances and shades of tho
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G.L. Tysk
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a super entertaining read, even for someone like me who knows nothing about Turkey or its soap operas. The chapters fly by pretty quickly. Sometimes scenes are written in a screenplay-ish style, which summarizes the action in quick succession. For some books this may not be the best style, but I didn't find that this detracted from the pace of the story. I particularly loved how, in the style of a true soap opera, characters appear, disappear, and then pop back up when least expected, es ...more
Rashedul Islam
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's a very awesome book. The book is about Adel and Kamil, two young good looking Turkish men trying to immigrate to North America. Adel's evil grand uncle arranges him to marry Yonka (his spoiled obnoxious cousin) in exchange for his immigration status in Canada. Yonka and Adel hate each other. The drama heats up eve more when Adel has an affair with Nora, his beautiful English teacher. How did his life turn into a Turkish soap opera? In this book written a real heart touching story. everyone ...more
S Wong
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
a Satisfying Quick Read!
Almost a Turkish Soap Opera is a timeless story filled with drama, duty, betrayal, love and friendship. Simple in narrative yet contemporary, which makes it so appealing. I found myself turning page after page to see what would happen next. The book recounts the immigrant experiences of Adel and his struggle to make a life for himself while pursuing the immigrant dream. The author includes many cultural details and highlights the relationships between family generations.
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Macqueline
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this new novel by Anne-Rae Vasquez another one of her great work. I am a fan of the web series of the Almost a Turkish Soap Opera and now I am a fan of this book too. Great job Anne-Rae I am looking forward to all your upcoming work!
Jlynnp79
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Anne-Rae Vasquez’s Almost A Turkish Soap Opera is about two friends, Kamil and Adel, who immigrate to the US from Turkey in order to make money and live their lives to the fullest. They move to LA and get an apartment together and begin working as taxi shuttle drivers for family. Adel, a ladies’ man who seems to have an easier time getting used to the US than Kamil does. Adel is more outgoing, getting him better tips and allowing him to buy his own taxi van in order to start his own business, un ...more
Osman Gulum
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Almost a Turkish Soap Opera is a delightfully well written tale containing excellent plot twists and turns in true ‘soap opera’ fashion, creating the suspense that encapsulates you as a reader and keeps you gripped until the very end. It is written in a very simplistic narrative style that allows the story to flow easily and makes this a book that is extremely difficult to put down. The superb character development throughout the book, in conjunction with the dramatic plot, allows the reader to ...more
Jeff Dawson
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Everything a Soap Opera should be.

Anne Rae has written a very compelling soap opera. I say that because every scene is delicately detailed. We know all the players, where they are and what they are thinking. At times, the work does more showing than telling, thus the reference to it being a Soap Opera.

The story revolves around the live of two lifelong friends, Kamil and Adel. Adel has had enough of the “planned” life in Turkey. He is ready to spread his wings and fly. His family and friend Kami
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Mirel
Oct 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
Well, this does live up to its name--it is indeed very much like a Turkish Soap Opera. This has everything in it- rich and poor, weddings and misunderstandings, love and hate, food and more food, inter-generational issues, mafia style beatings and manipulations, twists and turns,the most amazing coincidences. In short,a bit of everything.

The characters are not very deep, and the main protagonist is rather obnoxious, which is why "the surprise ending" didn't really leave me surprised. But I gues
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Literary  Chanteuse
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Having watched many Portuguese and Spanish soap operas before I was very intrigued to read this book. There is a strong sense of culture, religion and tradition that is a vital backdrop to the story. Adel is an extraordinary character who wants to fulfill his dreams and is thwarted time and time again. The reader feels his disappointment and hopes he reaches them in the end. A numerous amount of surprises particularly at the end and with a bit of wit made this a very enjoyable read. I bet if you ...more
Mirza Ejaz
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The book is about Adel and Kamil, two young good looking Turkish men trying to immigrate to North America. Adel's evil grand uncle arranges him to marry Yonka (his spoiled obnoxious cousin) in exchange for his immigration status in Canada. Yonka and Adel hate each other. The drama heats up eve more when Adel has an affair with Nora, his beautiful English teacher. How did his life turn into a Turkish soap opera?
Very interusting story i like it.
Dora Okeyo
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You won't put this book down

A tale of two best friends, as told by one of them from Istanbul to Los Angeles to Canada and back home.
Just like a soap opera, the drama keeps building up and when it seems as though a character is trapped they take their own steps that either makes it worse or slightly better.
Asdfa
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I downloaded this book and read some pages its really a very useful book in my views i will say its precious book. The book is about Adel and Kamil, two young good looking Turkish men trying to immigrate to North America. Adel's evil grand uncle arranges him to marry Yonka (his spoiled obnoxious cousin) in exchange for his immigration status in Canada.
Darlene Jones
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
A (mostly) light heart romp through the trials and tribulations of two young Turkish men who decide to make their way in the US and end up in Canada. Their search for success and love is peppered with obstacles and misadventures.

I liked the glimpses of Turkish culture that the story reveals without hitting the reader over the head. All in all a fun read.
Shruthilucas
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A good genuine yet fine story with beautiful, enjoyment fine screenplay. I cherished each and every element in this play ! Top of the line ,critical acting ,important appearances ,entrancing subject . A wonderful play, brilliantly acted. I enjoyed every moment. thank you for a wonderful experience !!
Austin Kin
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book really shows what life is like and how one must deal with it's challenges. I highly recommend this book because of it's amazing story which can move you in many ways. The book focuses on immigrating to America and the struggles that follow. This is a five star and a must read!
Paddy O'callaghan
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing



This absolutely beautiful, and incredibly eloquently written story i is about friendship,love, and profound emotions, amongst other themes;It has it all, so there's something for everyone. Read it ASAP
John1214
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love reading that book. It was very interesting when Adel has an affair with Nora. I really like it.
Marinela Vuckovic
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting and dynamic until the end. I read it in one breath. This drama is piece of modern soap opera. My true recommendations fo all people, it is must read! 5 stars from me!
Jewel Khan
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
That is really on of the most wonderful, beautiful & nice book about Adel and Kamil. I like this very much.
Usman
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love reading that book. It was very interesting. I really liked Adel character. I really like it.
Ashraful Shohag
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an exciting and amazing book.I like this book so much.
Zec
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is amazing story. If Adel so badly wants immigration status in Canada, then marrying Yonka is good thing to do, even if he hate her.
Tanmoy Basu
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is written beautifully. It teach people lot of things. Keep going on.
Ismail Hossain
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Actually the book is really so much informative enough.I enjoyed reading the book so much and i also want to read such sort of book even in future.
Akulkoshto
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Turkish Soap Opera is really good things.Everybody can know about it from this place.If you need to know about Turkish Soap Opera then please come to here.Thank you
Rxhasan
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a really nice book. I really injoyed this book.
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