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Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged

(Sofia Khan #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,152 Ratings  ·  431 Reviews
'Brilliant idea! Excellent! Muslim dating? Well, I had no idea you were allowed to date.' Then he leaned towards me and looked at me sympathetically. 'Are your parents quite disappointed?'

Unlucky in love once again after her possible-marriage-partner-to-be proves a little too close to his parents, Sofia Khan is ready to renounce men for good. Or at least she was, until her
Paperback, 456 pages
Published September 3rd 2015 by Twenty7
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Ayisha Malik The pb won't be available in the US until later in the year so if you can order from the UK then it'd probably be best.

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Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-reads
Reread!! Brilliant. Loved it! As hilarious and as heartfelt as the first time.

Initial review

It's about time more books came out that feature Muslim protagonists and showcase diversity and representation in all kinds of forms.

This book was just an overall fun read. I had the best time with it and I couldn't put it down!

It follows a Muslim woman who's been asked to write a book about 'Muslim dating' by the publishing company she works for. It tackles many of the stereotypica
HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! <<<<< THAT is the sound of the high pitched squeal I let out of me when I finished this book. LOVE IT!!!!

Chick-lits and women's fiction in general so often seem to get a bad rep... And sometimes I guess that is kinda earned because they frequently fall into the same old clichés and the same old storylines with only moderate differences! Maybe change the geographical setting, change the names of the main characters and their professions... And then it's a cas
Nuzaifa - Word Contessa
If I were to count the number of times I've seen myself represented in fiction, it would take no more than 60 seconds. You'd say I'm lying considering the fact that Muslims are mentioned so often in media. However, literature that is truly representative of Muslims, are few and far between.

Ayisha Malik's debut follows Sofia Khan, a Hijabi Muslim and a first generation immigrant from Pakistan living in London and working in the book publishing industry. Just bouncing back from a broken engagement
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is a book I don’t think I would have come across or been interested in but my friend who was reading it suggested I do too because of how funny it is and she was kind enough to borrow me her copy. She did not lie!! I laughed so hard while reading this and sometimes too much that it led to crying.

This book is about Sofia, a 30-year old Pakistani Muslim who is writing a book about Muslim dating. She uses herself, her family members and friends’ lives as inspiration for the book
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Different. Brilliant. One of a kind. 👏🏼

I was going to give this book 4 stars only BUT THAT ENDING DAMMIT, exactly how I wanted it to be! 😩❤

"I don't care about I love yous - they're for people who don't know any better. You should never change is the culmination of all your flaws made necessary: the imperfect sum of an imperfect past, which turned to be a good thing for someone."

Sofia is thirty years old when she breaks up with her potential husband, Imran, after he asks her to live with his
Please Pass the Books
I'm sorry, but this book reads like a first draft—and not a very good one. There are many, many typos, misspellings, and grammatical issues, and the acerbic tone, which is cute and funny for about two pages, becomes tiresome far too quickly.

I adore books about South Asian culture, especially when they pit the volatile mismatch of tradition against the plight of progressive women. The blurb promised an intriguing tale from a perspective that we don't get nearly enough of: A thirty-something moder
Trigger warnings: Islamophobia, death of a parent.

This book is essentially Bridget Jones' Diary, if Bridget Jones were a Pakistani hijabi who still lived with her parents in 2011. Seriously.

I was a little hesitant going into this, because it uses the same short-chapters-with-time-and-date-stamps format as Bridget Jones, and the story seemed to be going in a fairly similar way. So I was scared that it was going to be TOO similar, particularly as the author acknowledges the fact that she has writ
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Loved this book! It's definitely a favourite of mine. I can't imagine someone not loving this book unless they're racist or can't stand reading stories of diverse characters or just don't want to participate in at least trying to understand the humour or the sentiments presented in the book (basically lazy people). Seriously, I can't imagine a better book than this one when it comes to honest and hilarious Muslim fiction. I've been waiting for the kind of book that would actually be something I ...more
Nick Imrie
May 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
The thing about romantic comedy is that it has to be funny. If the plot consists almost entirely of a round of everyday events - drinks with mates, squabbles with parents, deadlines at work, dates with boys - then it really needs to be packed full of sparkling wit and astute observations. Otherwise, it's just banal.

In 'Sofia Khan' the comedy is strongest during moments of culture-clash: when the well-meaning but clueless colleagues in 'the most white-centric, middle-class industry there is' are
Joanne Harris
It's been a while since I read a love story as satisfying as this. Repeatedly and unfairly touted as "the Muslim Bridget Jones", this is a delightful book; light-hearted but thought-provoking. Sofia is a marvellous heroine with a marvellously raucous and opinionated voice, and her story, though peppered with ostensibly Bridget-like comments on marriage, clothes and biscuits, is about as far from Bridget Jones as it is possible to be. Sofia is an unapologetic hijabi, secure in her Islamic faith, ...more
April (Aprilius Maximus)
DNF at 25%. The representation is A+, but I just really wasn't enjoying the story. It's soooo similar to Bridget Jones' Diary which I absolutely hate, and I'm just really not in the mood for a chick lit tbh.
Abbie | ab_reads
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for either of the following things:
1. A fun, light read between heavy books,
2. A fun, light read that is still poignant and moving in parts,
3. To diversify your reading lists with more Muslim women authors with books that feature women as the main characters,
Then I highly recommend you pick up Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik!
It's a funny (hilarious actually) but important contemporary about a young Muslim in Britain and her everyday experiences and issues as a hijab-
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of romantic comedies who want something different
Recommended to Puck by: Warda
“Oi,” I shouted. “Terrorists don’t wear vintage shoes, you ignorant wanker!”

Imagine “The Diary of Bridget Jones” but with an sarcastic, independent moslima as the main character. Doesn’t that sound awesome? And it is, because in this #OwnVoices novel Sofia Khan tackles muslim dating life with reluctant enthusiasm, cheeky questions, but also with the silent wish of finding true love. And what a fun story that is to read about.

Sofia Khan is a book publicist in her thirties, single, a Hijabi Mus
2.5 stars

I've been kind of falling out of love with chicklit lately, but I really wanted to give Sofia Khan a try. Alas, no pancakes. I do think Muslim readers would love this a lot more, as they can really relate to & laugh along with Sofia.
Robin Stevens
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Funny, lovely and romantic, this is an absolutely brilliant book. It's basically Bridget Jones with Muslim dating, with added loving jabs at the bonkers world of publishing. It's weird that it is so weird to see a protagonist who's a practising Muslim, and I'm so glad that this book is beginning to redress that balance.
Suraya (thesuraya)
reread @ 24th July 2018: oh i still love this just as much

4.5 Stars

ok so i have final exam in 6 hours but this book is so unputdownable that i have trouble sorting out my priorities. Review to come later but oh my god I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH
Christine Spoors
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, read-2017
I absolutely loved this book. It follows Sofia Khan, a Muslim woman who has been asked to write a book about Muslim dating. Sofia is probably one of my favourite characters I've read about all year. She was so sarcastic and hilarious, as well as being compassionate and loving towards her friends and family. Sofia is a hijabi, and I've seen other reviewers say they enjoyed Malik's portrayal of a Western Muslim woman living in London (Warda & Nazima).

I really enjoyed the format of this book. T
K.J. Charles
Delightful romcom starring a second-generation Brit of Pakistani origin. It's been called a Muslim Bridget Jones' Diary and that's fair in some respects (first person present, woman working in publishing looking for love) but I found BJD unbearably whiny, trivial, and solipsistic, whereas this book has a lot more depth and heart, and the heroine and her friends have far more gnarly and serious love dilemmas. It's very funny, and immensely engaging in its portrait of Sofia's friend group, also th ...more
Dane Cobain
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

This book has been described as the Muslim Bridget Jones, and I guess I can see that – I’ve never read or watched Bridget Jones, but I know what it’s about, and it is true that there are some similarities. This book is laid out like a diary, for example, and it follows the trials and tribulations of Sofia Khan as she attempts to write a book about Muslim dating for her work, even though she doesn’t particularly
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged is a book that I fell in love with from the first few pages. Sofia’s voice is so warm and likeable that you quickly get sucked into her crazy life and root for her like you would a friend.

The book is told in a diary format and follows Sofia’s adventures as a modern muslim woman. After breaking off her engagement with a man a little too close to his family, Sofia swears off men for good to the horror of her relatives. When her boss at the publishing house where she works
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This isn’t usually a genre I read, but I have been waiting so long for a normal Muslim woman protagonist without the weight of the world on her shoulders that I thought I’d give it a go. Sofia Khan is flawed but likable, her narrative is engaging and fast paced, and the surrounding characters are realistically drawn. There are a few serious issues tackled, but seamlessly within the story and without any pontification.

There are some laugh out loud moments, and though I am not a fan of the diary
Clair Sharpe
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one grew on me - to begin with I didn't think I was going to like it at all and now I don't even know why! Told from Sofia's point of view, maybe it took me a while to get her "voice". Sofia Khan is a 30 year old Muslim woman and the book looks at dating, marriage, family and friendships in the Muslim culture. I found it interesting and funny and I look forward to see what will happen next (apparently there will be a sequel...)
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'Never marry a man that can't be bothered to spell "Night" properly. Lazy with words, lazy with life.'

Two words to review this book - Bloody Brilliant. 99p on Kindle. Go get it if it's not sitting on your shelf already. The most hilarious yet accurate account of Muslim fiction. I can't remember when I have laughed so much whilst reading a book yet at the same time nodded in agreement. Ayisha Malik gets it spot on. Worth every single 5 star on Goodreads.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it❤ ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, read-in-2017
Review on my blog The Fictional Reader

I picked this book because a) it’s an own voices, diverse book, b) the author was attending YALC and c) I’ve been wanting some adult contemporary romance in my life. And I’m incredibly glad I did.

This book is about Sofia Khan who is a book publicist in her thirties, single, a Hijabi Muslim, living in London and the daughter of Pakistani immigrants. If you only take these descriptors, the only thing Sofia and I have in common is that we are single. Yet I fou
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sofia Khan is young English woman, trying to make her way through the tough world that is dating. Add to the fact that Khan is a devout, hijab-wearing Muslim with a family that keeps asking her when she will marry and a boyfriend who wants her to live with his family, and things become more complicated. When Khan is commissioned to write a book about Muslim dating, she begins exploring the intricacies of the dating world again and might even fall in love.

I really enjoyed this and it was definite
Rebeca Arruda
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Review coming soon.
roxi Net
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: roxiown
Such a lovely book! While I’m not overly fond of comparing books, I do recognize how helpful comparisons can be
This definitely put me in mind of Bridget Jones’ Diary, however with a very definite Muslim identity. Having close Muslim friends and being very familiar with non-Muslim, cultural and religious conservative upbringing, Sofia Khan is Not Obliged really hit my funny bone in a manner that was honest and very true to life.
Being 30 years old and just having broken off her engagement, Sofia
Solaine Chioro
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ameeeei!!! Só não é 5 estrelas cravada de fato porque o começo do livro é bem lento e demora bastante pra gente entrar na história, mas tirando isso eu realmente adorei essa história. A Sofia é uma personagem maravilhosa e uma narradora espirituosa que nos cativa fácil, fácil. Adorei o desenvolvimento das relações familiares e das amigas (meu deus, eu amei as amizades!). Eu achei que ia me irritar com os múltiplos interesses amorosos, mas gostei de como cada relação se desenvolveu em cada te
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
I really wanted to like this book. Muslim representation is important and I was excited to learn more, understand more, open up my horizon.
This book made none of that possible. It needed a good editor so, so much. It's way longer than it should be and I skipped so much uninteresting, pointless dialogue.
I also couldn't connect with the comedy style or the characters and...
well, it just fell really short of my expectations.
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