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Nothing Is Predictable

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Zara is eight years old, her father, in a drunken rampage, accidentally shoots himself dead.
Her childhood memories leave her struggling with romantic attachments and hinder her from developing healthy relationships.
Seeking answers, She meets a monk for wisdom, and a gypsy for insight.
The journeys Adalina Mae takes us on are interspersed with heartbreaking moments as well
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published April 2018
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Rabia Not like the usual humdrum romance. The element is there, but the story is more focused on Zara finding herself
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Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
This is a wonderful story about finding yourself and dealing with all the crap that life throws at you. I loved it. It's so real and true and the characters are top notch. The plot is simple but it doesn't always feel that way. You feel the emotion with these characters and sometimes it feels like there is no way out.

I can't even imagine the childhood Zara had and the things she had to deal with but she came out of all this so strong in my opinion. I love her.

This book would make an amazing mov
Yelda Basar Moers
Adalina Mae’s autobiographical novel begins in Lebanon in the 1970s. Zara at the age of eight is fleeing and hiding from her abusive, explosive and alcoholic father. He soon after gets shot and dies. Zara is made to believe it is an accident. From that moment on Zara has nightmares about her father that haunt her and follow her into her adulthood. The story moves from Lebanon, to the U.S., to Switzerland, to meditation in a Buddhist Temple in Japan, to Rome, where Zara seeks adventure, but also ...more
Julia Blake
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I'd realise when I bought this book that it was an autobiography, I probably wouldn't have bought it, as that is not a genre I particularly enjoy. However, that would have been a shame, as Nothing is Predictable is a tightly written, entertaining read which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Charting the journey of Zara through her life, from abused and lonely childhood in the Lebanon to successful American businesswoman, the plot cracks along at a fair old pace. It was interesting to read about a differen
Deborah Lloyd
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

Born in the United States, and living much of her childhood in her parents' native Lebanon, Zara often felt like she did not fit into either culture. Add in the fact that her next older sibling was ten years older than her, and her father’s alcoholism worsened over the years, Zara had more life challenges. Her father was a successful and loving man when he was sober, frightening when he was inebriated. He died tragically at a young age, leaving Zar
Ray Simmons
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing is Predictable by Adalina Mae is a short but powerful novel about the twists and turns life can take you through before you are even sure who you are or begin to get a glimpse of what life is about. Sometimes I think that all of us have troubled childhoods, but undoubtedly some childhoods are more troubled than others and in my opinion make for stronger people and stories. This is one reason I liked Zara, the protagonist in Nothing is predictable so much. I believe that what doesn’t kill ...more
Mei's Library
"Nothing is Predictable" is the first novel of Adalina Mae.
While I was reading it, I kept reminding myself that this book was not an autobiography and that Zara is not our writer.

Before I explain what I felt about this book, I would like to say that it is not my cup of tea.
Her writing is simple and dynamic, so I didn't have to push myself to read it.
Moreover, this story reminds me of "Eat, Pray and Love", a story that I truly loved, although the end is not the same.

Zara is an American woman with
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Main character, Zara, is a complicated woman of Lebanese descent. The book opens up when she was 8 years old with a very realistic scene showing the terror she, her mom, and older siblings had to go through while they were young. Their dad was a drunk, abusive man, who took his anger out on Zara’s mother but only when he was drunk which was almost all the time. The first chapter pulls you in with the fear that young Zara and her mom feel as they run to hide in a barn from the drunken man who is ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reads like a memoir. I had to keep reminding myself that Zara (the protagonist in the book) is not Adalina (the author). However, some of the book is indeed based on true events. So, which parts?

This book was not really my “cup of tea”. However, it was impossible not to like Zara and to be able to relate to her struggles. I think most women will be able to relate to her.

Zara was born in Los Angeles to Lebanese parents. Her childhood is somewhat veiled as she had multiple sexual molest
Nancy Dabit
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adalina, I was taken by this story as my background is also a Lebanese Christian like Zara. You certainly got the culture and humor of Zara perfectly, particularly, the tension between Muslim and Christian Lebanese marriages. Overall I loved Zara's story and strength. It's great you showed that love conquers all no matter what religion.

I read the article on East County Magazine. congratulations for touching the lives of other families and bonding them together through the message of what Zara t
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy
A great debut novel

'Nothing is predictable' tells the story of Zara, who is born in the states to lebanese parents. Very early in her life she experiences great trauma that stretches over the period of a few years. We follow Zaras life back and forth between Lebanon and USA, learn how she tries to deal with the bad experiences she encountered as a child, read how she grows up to be a strong, successful, funny and very lovable woman who just seems to not be able to catch a break from getting her
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Adalina Mae's book Nothing is Predictable. I love an author with a sense of humor, and Adalina Mae's comes through even in the book's difficult situations. Her character Zara is loveable, funny and very believable, making it easy for readers to identify with her. The author has the gift of writing like her character actually speaks. The writing is intensely visual and I can easily imagine it as a movie. This is no fluffy romance. It is about love and death and tragedy and soul m ...more
Suzy Shearer
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend recommended this book to me I wasn't sure as it isn't my usual type of read but I have to admit I loved it.
It proves you can overcome anything. The 'heroine' Zara's journey takes her back and forth between Lebanon and the US. We join her on her travels facing all that life throws at her - sometimes with anger and madness and sometimes with dignity.
I like the ending, the final realisation of who she was and her acceptance.
A quick read but well worth every minute.
Elsie El-Khoury
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved the story within this novel!!The Incredible journey that the character Zara went on was truly heart felt. There was never a dull moment, a true must read!! I read your profile and completely agree with you Adalina it will make for a great movie for sure!
I was honored when author Adalina Mae reached out to me on Instagram and asked me if I would review a copy of her debut title Nothing is Predictable. The story delineates the life and struggles of Zara, a Lebanese-American woman whose childhood trauma follows her throughout her life. The story opens to Zara enjoying adulthood abroad, then backtracks through the tragedies, heartbreaks, and victories of her life which bring her to this opening moment. The reader is carried through Zara's first-per ...more
Duchess Page
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I need to gather all my thoughts first because actually, I have a lot of words to say about this book. I still can't believe all the tragedy that came into Zara's life. If I had the opportunity to wear Zara's shoes, I wouldn't know what to do. Because honestly speaking, no one wants to experience all that. From transitive circulation of homes from America to Lebanon and Lebanon back to America and then repeating all that again. I really don't have an idea how Zara overcame her adjustments growin ...more
Aimee Ann
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing Is Predictable is a novel (which could be defined as creative non fiction inspired by true events) unlike anything I have read before; the unique and moving nature of this contemporary piece of fiction made Nothing Is Predictable a delight to read and an incredibly memorable one that I will struggle to forget for a long time. The story is heart-wrenching at times while at other times it is inspiring as well as eye-opening. This is thanks to the poignant journey of one young woman as well ...more
I just got a DM from the author yesterday via Instagram that I won an ebook of this same book. I joined the Author's of Instagram Summer Giveaway Hop. I thanked and told her that I already have a copy of this book from Netgalley. I suggested she give my prize to someone else so s/he can read her book. I have read her book but have not written a review, yet. The author gave me some updates about the book and was thrilled to be in-the-know of what's going on. I am happy for the author and looking ...more
This book is more descriptive rather than dialogue and I didn't really enjoy reading it like that. I feel that the author should keep the back stories short but precise rather than go on and on about it. I get it that the author wants to tell the whole story of what happened but in my opinion, it dragged the story and made it look dull.

I didn't feel the connection between the characters, especially Zara. I just couldn't understand why she did what she did. I also didn't feel the romance and spa
Violeta Nicola
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Janine Zaman
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adalina and I know eachother on instagram, where I first came upon her book Nothing is predictable....I didn't know if I would read it at first.
I was really drawn into the story, but it's written in English and that is a foreign language for me. After thinking about it a little while, I decided I was to curious not to try.

Adalina really took me by the hand during reading Nothing is predictable. She told me the life American-Lebanese girl living in America, whos's father says there a
Janine Zaman
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adalina and I know eachother on instagram, where I first came upon her book Nothing is predictable....I didn't know if I would read it at first. I was really drawn to the story but it was in English, but I was to curious not to try it. I was first really excited but also very anxcious. This because English isn't my native language and I hadn't read in English in I think a year or 13. I had said for some time now I wanted to pick up English reading again but for some reason I kept pushing it ahea ...more
Christina Francine
Oppression and abuse of women happens in every culture, which leaves struggling with intimate relationships with men thereafter. In Nothing is Predictable, Adalina shares her story of Zara from the age of eight years-old when Zara’s drunken father, who is in a rage, chases after her and her mother. He beat her mother often, though he loved his family and was a good man when sober. His altered state left his wife and daughters on edge, suspicious, and often non-trusting of men in general. Add sex ...more
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Nothing Is Predictable is a contemporary romantic fiction novel written by Adalina Mae. Zara was American-born to Lebanese Christian parents who returned to Lebanon when she was an infant. While she was the proverbial apple of his eye, Zara soon learned to fear her daddy when he had been drinking. A mild-mannered, charitable and caring man who was successful in business, he soon turned to drink every evening, and the family's fortunes began to dwindl
Romuald Dzemo
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zara is a US citizen, born in LA to Lebanese parents. When she introduces herself, the reader immediately gets the impression of someone who could be real fun, someone who lives life fully, and someone who loves to party, but beneath the outside beauty and the exuberance she exudes, there is a kind of darkness about her, a darkness she’s carried with her from childhood. Zara is a troubled girl because of a traumatic incident that happened when she was a child, an incident that will leave her wak ...more
Yolimari G.
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing is Predictable by Adalina Mae is the story of Zara, who goes from a girl with a traumatic past to a successful woman. Zara was born in the United States to Lebanese immigrants. Her parents take her and her siblings to visit Lebanon, but the holiday becomes a long stay. She experiences a turbulent childhood because her father is an alcoholic abuser. Tragedy strikes her family and they go back to live in the United States. She embarks in a thriving musical career which fills her with joy a ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was impressed by the powerful yet realistic themes in “Nothing is Predictable,” especially the importance and healing properties of forgiveness. I also applauded and respected Zara’s realization that perhaps she isn’t meant to be married and have some epic love story, but instead that she is most successful when enriching her own life with her own successes and experiences. But most importantly was the message of overcoming hardships and being successful and happy. Zara demonstrated that abuse ...more
The story begins in Rome.

Zara introduces herself as an American, born in LA to Lebanese parents. The story is told through Zara.

Her Dad took Zara (who was 6 months old at the time) and family back to Lebanon on holiday, which lasted nine years. Her Dad an alcoholic, her Mum, a disciplinarian. She also had siblings that attended an American boarding school 45 minutes away from where they lived.... thus is the introduction and the start of Zaras very adventurous life.... going to and from America
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing is Predictable is an award-winning, autobiographical story of a young girl growing up in Lebanon with an abusive, alcoholic father, a strong, caring mother and her brother and two sisters. After her father died, Zara and her mother moved to America to start their life over near family.
Zara spends her adulthood travelling, falling in love, and generally leading a glamorous life that many people, myself included, would be envious of. I had to put my Kindle down for a couple of days; the m
Swathi Shetty
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome! Loved every bit of this book. The story takes place in Lebanon and American setting. Zara is an inspiring character and I love strong female protagonists. She is so positive about life and in spite of going through so much in her life, she still leads her life with confidence and positivity. Loved the twists and turns the story takes as you read further on. I love reading about different cultures. You get to learn so much while enjoying the book. I was surprised I could not put it down ...more
Vera mallard
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Nothing Is Predictable, full of emotion and angst, follows Zara through life from America to Lebanon and back. Born to Christian parents in America, Zara see's life from both sides of the fence. Moving back to Lebanon as an infant, Zara lives through abuse and mental cruelty.

Following the effects of an alcoholic father, an abused mother, and pedophilia from neighbors, Zara presses on for the answers to a happy existence. Struggling her whole life,
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I am the author of Nothing Is Predictable and Nothing Can Last Forever.
After leaving the corporate world of management, I decided to pursue my lifelong passion to write.
I am also a lover of movies and I hope that my novels become a motion picture.

I wrote Nothing Is Predictable to inspire optimism and positive thoughts, reminding us we are strong and can overcome life’s challenges. Particularly t

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