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The Marriage Clock

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  2,295 ratings  ·  470 reviews
In Zara Raheem's fresh, funny, smart debut, a young, Muslim-American woman is given three months to find the right husband or else her traditional Indian parents will find one for her--a novel with a universal story that everyone can relate to about the challenges of falling in love.

To Leila Abid's traditional Indian parents, finding a husband in their South Asian-Muslim A
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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ARC received from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to love this book, I really did. But I had so many issues with the protagonist and her attitude. For a 26 year old high school teacher, Liela was very immature, indecisive and judgemental. Her dreams of a Bollywood type love story felt like a fourteen year old's obsession with DDLJ. And her unrealistic expectations for "Mr.Perfect" made me roll my eyes constantly.

Liela's plight was relatable to some ext
may ❀
book #6 completed! for the reading rush, under the challenge of: "read an author’s first book"

i,,,,,,,feel so cheated right now fjkdahfkja wHAT JUST HAPPENED

to start, i was really excited about this book bc i'm dying for some good, accurate, quality content, romcoms featuring asian muslim characters bc gosh, i am in Dire need of them (you have to live wildly through your books okay otherwise what's the point??)

and the book started off pretty good. i thought the writing was engaging and hil
Felicia Grossman
I LOVED this book. Like totally loved. Leila is funny and adorable and you only want good things for her (and men who don't ghost her say "BAM" too much or ask about her genetic history or gives her his honest age...). You really feel how she's torn between loving her culture and being frustrated by it (and her well-meaning, lovable, but at times frustrating parents). Her struggle for balance is so genuine.

And every single character is so well-drawn, form Leila's group of friends, to her various
I so wanted to love this book. I was actually very sure that I would adore it. I won’t say that my expectations were necessarily very high, but I just felt it in my bones and all I’m feeling is sad after finishing the book.

Though I’ve been blogging for around 2 years now, I’m still not very observant and tend to not notice any flaws or problematic issues or cliches in the writing unless they are very explicit. I actually had to ask my other blogger friends what it meant when reviewers talked abo
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I expected this to be a typical romcom, but there was much more depth to the characters and story than I anticipated. The mother, her friends/cousin, and Leila are each flawed and complicated in their own ways and you can't help but cheer for them throughout. I read this in one sitting because I could not put it down. Raheem's book is a hilarious yet honest look at love, heartbreak and the pressures that come with cultural expectations. I recommend this to not only gain insight about Muslim-Indi ...more
Jamie Rosenblit
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
For anyone who’s ever been pressured to settle down, been on a horrendous date (hello filtered photos), or has had all the Indian matchmaking Aunties in your life try to marry you off (okay, maybe not that one) - The Marriage Clock is going to be as fun of a read for you as it was for me. Relatable, smart and witty with a heroine that you can’t help but root for as she makes her way through the disasters of dating and familial pressure. Zara Raheem has knocked it out of the park with this one.

the heroine just couldn't catch a break and that got old pretty fast...
yes!! for more own voices books
yes!! for more diverse romance books

sadly this one just a bit lacking for me...
it is hard to accept that ending after the whole book her representing her parents' certain way they just like that changed their views or opinion or as it is said they actually "didn't mean it like that"
Christine SY
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a spark that I needed in life. As a single, 24-year-old college student busy with her own life, marriage is something I have not yet even thought about, and this book definitely opened my eyes in different ways. The Marriage Clock made me realize marriage and love shouldn’t be something forced and rushed upon and that this chapter you encounter in life will come when you meet the right one. Thank you Zara Raheem for reminding me that love shouldn’t be based on a clock, and that it’ ...more
3-1/2 stars, rounded up because it left me in a good mood

Now that she’s reached the impending-spinsterhood age of 26, Leila Abid’s Muslim South Asian American parents are adamant: Find a husband, and find him soon. They even pick a date: Their 35th wedding anniversary, three months away. So Leila dutifully starts a dating campaign to find a man who matches the desired attributes she once wrote on seven napkins*, trying every method available: apps, matchmakers, speed-dating. But while there a
I chose to read The Marriage Clock because I’m always interested in reading own voices writing about their culture. About this time last year I read a book the premise of which was finding a man through Though that book was comical, at the end I felt unsatisfied as a reader as the female protagonist didn’t seem to grow emotionally from her experiences. That is not true of The Marriage Clock. I flew through this book in just a few hours. Raheem’s writing style is simple, direct, and ea ...more
Megha Patel
I was exctied to give this book a try and I am majorly disappointed. It had so much potential. Being a Bollywood fan I was hoping for a great path that leads to love story but all I got was Leila repeating some stupid list she made based on the Bollywood movies. Leila as a main character was just not good. She tried so hard to categorize all the guys on her ridiculous list and obviously didn't work out for her.

I did not like Leila. She was so indecisive throughout the book. She kept rejecting g
Erica Boyce
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely and hilarious book about family, love, and finding yourself as an adult within your culture's expectations. I devoured it in three days and was so sad to see it end! Raheem deftly draws a cast of very real characters that I felt for and grew to love very quickly. I laughed out loud at several moments! A really fun and thought-provoking read.
Bookphenomena (Micky)
THE MARRIAGE CLOCK is a witty insight into the pressure for marriage to take place on parents’ timescale for an American, South Asian, Muslim woman. Leila was a free-spirited protagonist with a desire not to hurt her parents but also with a strong feminist streak. She was also a big Bollywood fan and this fandom had influenced how she imagined her falling in love to play out.

“He’s a nice guy, but we just didn’t connect,” I said.
“Connect? What is this, a Wi-Fi signal?” My mother glared at me.

Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying that if you’re not familiar with traditional Indian customs, you may have difficulty understanding Leila’s approach to dating, but for someone like me, I found this book to be so extremely relatable. Leila Abid is given 3 months to find a husband otherwise she’ll end up with someone her parents select for her. What follows is a humorous and realistic glimpse into the world of dating from an Indian American woman’s eyes.

Even though most American women Leila’s age are more
Stephanie Anze
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Leila Abid is a modern woman, a teacher and she is dreaming about Mr. Right. An avid fan of Bollywood, she dreams of a colorful, dramatic and intense romance and has a very specific and long list of requirements for a future husband. Her tradional Indian parents have other ideas. Already 26 and still single, Leila's parents are concerned that their daughter is not married yet and their relatives are starting to talk. Leila and her parents come to an agreement: she has three months to find a husb ...more
Julia Phillips
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So fresh and charming and fun! I adored being in Leila's world, from her girls' nights with her friends to her conversations with her loving, pressuring parents to her many first dates. What a joy to read.
Nalini Srivastava
Loved the writing and the content is so relatable. I recommend everyone to read this book.
Christie Grotheim
This was such an enjoyable read! Leila finds herself pulled between cultures when it comes to dating, love, and marriage, and I rooted for her as she navigates all kinds of dates, some cringe-worthy. This line, especially, made me laugh out loud: "I wanted to grab twenty units of Botox and pump them into his face until he looked like the Mahmoud in the photographs." This is definitely a book most women can relate to. The relationship with her parents was sweet and believable, and I was surprised ...more
Lana (Bibliomedico)
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This Is a very disappointing book , Boring , misrepresenting and actually Insulting .

I was so excited to read this book as I’m quite fascinated by the Indian Culture and When I read that the main character is Muslim , I was more excited .

We need more diverse books that represent Islam religion as well as the Indian Culture in an honest way . But Unfortunately , This book was totally misleading , misrepresenting and M
I don't generally read 'chick lit' unless its protagonists are from Asian communities. As a Brit who loves the Indian sub-continent, I'm prone to picking up 'populist' writing to try to better understand how culture is evolving in places like Pakistan and India and I'm also keen on any books about immigrant experience in the broadest sense of the term. I do have a bit of a weakness for an inter-generational conflict over marriage arrangements. That's just me. If you check my list for this year, ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've decided I want to make more of an active effort to read both fiction and non-fiction by South Asian authors, or about South Asian culture, so by no means did I go into reading this book from a place of negativity.
That being said, pretty much all I feel about this book having finished it is.....negativity.
The characters are shallow and one-sided, and there are sorry attempts at making them more relatable or human. Every character themselves is there for the sake of being there - for being Le
This forthcoming novel (July 2019) might easily be written off as "chick lit," but behind the humor, the angst, the determined search for a husband, is a pretty powerful look at the life of a first-generation Indian Muslim young woman whose family's expectations for her are marriage--first, last, and everything. While reading this, I happened on a new NPR report about marriages in India where arranged marriages still account for 4 0ut of 5 unions and where there are dire consequences for choosin ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Really opened my eyes to the Muslim culture. Leila's dilemma was presented in a very real fashion. Her thoughts and struggles were real and poignant. I applaud her decision in the end.
K. Chess
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE MARRIAGE CLOCK was a fun, fast read. Leila is a convincing modern heroine and the Muslim/Indian-American cultural context added depth and interest to her story. I found the speed-dating scene hilarious, the rainstorm swoonworthy, the swift reversals surprising and the resolution satisfying.
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
It wasn't exactly what I was expecting and lacked a lot in a bunch of areas. I find the whole concept of 'WHACKY DATES THAT GO ALL WRONG' gets boring when it's the same thing over and over again. Just give the girl a break, let her find herself or just let her fall in love.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review, thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

Hey When Dimple Met Rishi check this out, THIS is how to have a very good rep and a good plot.

I absolutely LOVED this book!
It was really well written, the language was simple and straight to the point.
The plot was interesting to say the least, there was always something going on and it had no down moment.

I loved the rep in this book, both racial and religious.
Bookish Anki
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read, 4-stars
Thank you William Morrow Books & Zara Raheem for my free copy.

This was a quick read filled with fun, hearbreaks, wisdom & depth. Leila is given a 3 months ultimatum from her parents to find a boy of her choice from their community, Leila comes up with an 46 qualities checklist that will help her finding her life partner and falling in love with him which is somewhat influenced by Bollywood romantic movies. As her desperate search to find her life partner begins, there comes series of awkward hil
Fizah(Books tales by me)

I was expecting a great book but this book made me betrayed…I don’t know from, where I should start.

So our MC Leila, an American-Indian girl, a Muslim girl, who turns 26 but unable to find someone suitable to marry, despite using every dating way available in the world, now her parents have given her a 3 months deadline for someone on her own, otherwise, her parents will arrange her marriage.

This sound intriguing, right???
But no It wasn’t.
Again Misrepresentation of Muslim character, It is
Megan Collins
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE MARRIAGE CLOCK is a fun yet poignant debut that follows Leila, an American-born Indian woman whose parents are determined to marry her off to a man of their choosing within the South Asian-Muslim American community. Leila has her own plans, though, which include being swept off her feet by a man equal to a Bollywood hero. When she strikes a deal with her parents in which they’ll allow her three months to find a husband on her own terms before they step in, the adventure really begins. What f ...more
Noelle Salazar
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book. Elegantly written and fun, quick, and insightful. Lovely and sassy Leila is so many of us women in America with our lists of wants and needs for a partner - but unlike many of us, she is Muslim-American and her parents have very different ideas about how marriage is done. The clock is TICKING and Zara Raheem kept me laughing and commiserating as Leila went on one date after another, finding suitable men and not-so-suitable men - nearly sacrificing her own happiness until conclud ...more
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