Ayesha At Last
AYESHA SHAMSI has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ay ...more
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All the stars for this debut Canadian author! Ayesha at Last was without a doubt my most anticipated 2018 release. Come on, a modern P&P set in Toronto and featuring two Muslim characters. It was absolutely perfect and I was all too sorry when it was finished. The characters(main and seco ...more
needless to say, i am EXCITED AS HELL
When I saw that this book was a Pride and Prejudice retelling featuring two Muslim characters living in Canada I knew I had to read it. I'm always up for a nice retelling with some good representation.
This novel did not feel like a debut at all, the author Uzma Jalaluddin really did a good job, I was quite impressed.
I must say I struggled a bit in the first third of the book. I think i ...more
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When I heard about this book I was really excited! Unfortunately I didn't care for it.
As a Pride and Prejudice retelling I felt this was really strong at. I wasn't invested and didn't care much for the characters.
Regardless I still high recommend. It just wasn't for me.
Ayesha At Last is without a doubt my favorite Jane Austen retelling. In fact, it’s the first P&P retelling that broke 5 stars for me. Uzma Jalaluddin has done what no one else has been able to. Ayesha At Last is the poster child of what all other Retellings should be: familiar yet surprising, classic yet modern, and completely able to stand in their own right.
I loved the modernizations like Ayesha directing slam poetry at Khalid as a reference ...more
After meeting the author at a recent event hosted by the publisher, I could not wait to dive into this one.
I adored this book!
I still can’t get over that this is a debut novel for this author. Her writing style was so genuine and easy to follow. She portrayed the many challenges faced by immigrants today in a way that keeps you engaged and n ...more
One of my goals of 2019 was to read a wider variety of book i.e. non-YA/Fantasy. So I am happy I got approved for an ARC of this, but again also kind of anxious because already one book behind on my reading goal. SEND HELP! Lol
I liked most of the characters, but felt that into the second half of the novel some of the characters became far less interesting or unbelievable. Particularly Hafsa.
It was a page-turner throughout, but I do wish some of the plot points were reached in a slightly different way. I don't want to reveal spoilers so I'll simply say I wasn't a fan of Khalid's meeting with Sheila at the end. The one othe ...more
There are a lot of first book flaws, though, enough that I almost put this d ...more
I also enjoyed the allusions to Pride and Prejudice. Many retellings get it wrong and make "Darcy" mean. Here, both Khalid and Ayesha had to grown and change. The both realized they were guilty of making assumptions based on initial impressions.
Even though this is a retelling, the story stands on its own. ...more
My husband compared it to Clueless in the sense that if you had read Emma and caught the references, great, and if you didn't, you still really enjoy the movie. I felt the same way about this book.
Ayesha is smart and outspoken and passionate, a modern Lizzy Bennet. I love that we get Khalid (the Darcy counterpart) and his POV up front - he's not a mystery to us and we understand his motivations, even if Ayesha doesn't. And we get to see them banter and flirt and both realize that they're d ...more
There were a few times when I found the plot/characters a little hard to believe, but none of it took away from my enjoyment of the book.
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This novel was phenomenal! And to think it is a debut novel? Incredibly! I was practically glued to the pages! I’ll be waiting (not so) patiently for any other work this author comes out with.
First of all, one of the things I enjoyed a great deal was the usage of our beloved prophets life as an example. An example would be explaining how Khadidja proposed to the prophet while she was 15 years older th ...more
Khalid is adorable, kind and honest and trying his best to make his mother happy even though he starts to have doubts about her approach to life and her restrictive views on how to be a Muslim. Ayehsa is intelligent and caring - her family allow her more freedom but she isn't sure what she wants to do with it.
When Ayesah and Khalid meet at the Bella lounge, Ayesha thi ...more
First off, a lot of people told me they didn’t enjoy the book, so I went in with low expectations.
Overall though, I thought it was a really fun, light read :)
Yes, I did want to strangle all the characters... but maybe me feeling that way was a good thing? *hmm* Guess the author did a good job making the characters get on my nerves.
I also had a lot of fun making the connections to Pride & Prejudice! Mr. Collins, Wickham ...more
oh dear, where do I even start.. I enjoyed this book so so so so so much <3 when I told my bf that I was reading a retelling of PaP, he was like "oMg wHy", but come on! this was like one of the best PaP retellings I've read!
Our Ayesha (Elizabeth) and Khalid (Darcy) are Muslims living in Canada, struggling with pressure from their families and discriminations at work but still stay true t ...more
I definitely wouldn't class this as Islamic Fict ...more
This book was relatable in ...more
A brilliant combination of Jane Austen and warm Muslim family culture ~ A modern-day Pride and Prejudice set in a Muslim community in Toronto!
The protagonists, Ayesha and Khalid, are thoroughly enjoyable within their own story - but it wouldn't be the same without the ensemble cast of characters that brought this revival to vivid life.
Treat yourself, and experience this timeless story all over again!
Galley borrowed from the publisher.