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Ayesha at Last

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  22,053 ratings  ·  4,141 reviews
A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.

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 m
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Berkley Books (first published June 12th 2018)
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Miranda Reads
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read my way through 315 books to bring you my Top 10 Books of the Year (video) .

Now you know that this one made the cut, check out my video review to see the others!

"You're very honest."
"I have been told it's one of my worst qualities."
Ayesha is in her late twenties, unmarried and works for a living ( *cue the muted gasps of horror* ).

As a modern Muslim, she walks through life with her head held high. Her best friend has a live-in boyfriend, she teaches a
Apr 19, 2022 rated it really liked it
this was cute and adorable. i very much enjoyed and appreciated the accurate muslims representation. this is a modern day pride and prejudice retelling but make it muslim.

ayesha is a baddie. i loved her for how opinionated and outspoken she was. she doesn’t take anyones shit and i admire that. khalid, the one interest was kinda hard to grow on and i didn’t really care much for him. his character growth was much appreciated though.

the side characters and family is what really holds this story to
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The editors don’t do this book any favors comparing it to Pride and Prejudice. Other than a similar quote at the beginning and two headstrong characters, there aren’t many similarities until you get to the end. The comparison was actually a distraction, as I kept looking for similarities that weren’t there. If anything, this reminds me more of a Shakespearean comedy with its mistaken identities.

I’m not usually a fan of women’s literature, but I found this book engaged both by head and my heart.
♛ may
i meant to write this a very long time ago and then i forgot oops hehe


this book honestly had great potential. judging by the synopsis alone, it basically sounded like the greatest book that would ever grace my life.

when i picked it up, i became instantly invested in the story but somewhere along the way, between the teeny tiny font and the excessively long sentences, my emotional attachment slowly withered away to nothing

muslim rep/stereotypes
- i thought this had a strong sta
Meredith (Slowly Catching Up)
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
“Sometimes there were no words, only sunshine on your heart.”

Ayesha at Last is a romantic comedy about marriage, love, and family in the Muslim culture. The plot loosely mirrors Pride and Prejudice but also incorporates elements of Shakespeare and other literature.

The main characters, Ayesha and Khalid are not the typical characters who appear in commercial fiction. Ayesha is a strong, independent Muslim woman who is trying to find herself. Khalid too is trying to find himself. He uses his
Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, maybe
Three point five, should I round it up or down ….Up, down , up down, funk you up, up for fantastically developed, amazingly-rounded, strong hero and heroine, sweet, enjoyable rom-com materials capture your heart by extending through pages, down for cliches, third person narration, up for in the name of Jane Austen love , but down for “ it is not close to any other Jane Austen” books, there are too many cheesy parts, oh come on decide, okay, rounded down to three stars.

First of all, I think adv
I’m not going to lie: If you had not told me this was a Pride & Prejudice retelling and instead I was operating under the dreamy assumption that this was an enemies-to-lovers literary fiction-y romance set in a largely Muslim neighborhood in Canada, this review might be a different story.

But only slightly. Three stars is still, by definition, a positive rating.

But this didn’t feel very Pride & Prejudice-y at all.

There was fun stuff in spite of that heartbreaking fact, like how I really like both
Talia Hibbert
Ayesha at Last ruined my life because how is any romance novel allowed to be THIS romantic? Like, I understand that it's a romance novel, but still. THIS romantic? Uncalled for. I'm not even a Pride & Prejudice fan, but Ayesha and Khalid indirectly made me love that book, along with their book. THAT'S HOW POWERFUL THIS IS.

Enemies to lovers done right. The sweet but stubborn hero of every romance reader's dreams. The greatest heroine of all time (poetry-writing, career-questioning, bonkers-grandp
Because while it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single Muslim man must be in want of a wife, there's an even greater truth:To his Indian mother, his own inclinations are of secondary importance.
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 secondar
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it

Well played. I was expecting my dose of romantic comedy. But I came away with an unexpected, profoundly deeper read!
Heavy tones of race, religion, sexual equality and even fat shaming laced throughout. Yes, this book has it all. And somewhere in the mix is a budding romance.
I must say, sadly the romance somehow gets lost in the story.

“Choose laughter over tears”

Ayesha is a young single Muslim woman living with her family in Canada. While she dreams of someday getting married, it appears Ay
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ayesha at Last is a modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice with a Muslim main character. I loved it! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Ayesha is a modern Muslim and dreams of being a poet, but she has to forgo those dreams at the moment to pay her uncle back. She’s become a teacher.

Ayesha lives with her Muslim family who constantly remind her of potential marriage and that one of her cousins is currently turning down yet another marriage proposal.

Ayesha meets Khalid, and she is struck by his charm instantly.
3.5 Stars* (rounded up)

Being yourself and following your heart is not always easy, nor is it allowed.

In the Muslim culture, arranged marriages are often the norm. Ayesha, however, has never done what her family expects of her. Older than the other girls in her community, Ayesha also has a job: she’s a substitute school teacher and is also a gifted poet. She is passionate and has no qualms about speaking her mind.

Hafsa is Ayesha’s younger cousin. Full of dreams and unable to standstill. Hafsa h
Whitney Atkinson
The premise and characters alone in this made it so groundbreaking and fun to read. I like that this book explored Islam from both a traditional perspective and a modern one, and how those two interact. The representation in this, the wide cast of brown characters, and the way it's focused from Pride & Prejudice were really done nicely. I liked how snarky and headstrong Ayesha was, and she was modeled after Elizabeth Bennet so well.

The biggest downfall of this book was the pacing. It was so inc
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Katie B
3.5 stars

I'll admit I almost passed on this book because I thought does the world really need yet another modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice? Thankfully, I went ahead and read this book anyway and I can honestly say it feels like something fresh and different and not something I have read a hundred times before.

Ayesha Shamsi lives in Canada and is working as teacher even though she has dreams of being a poet. Her cousin Hafsa is younger than Ayesha but she has already rejected numerous
S.K. Ali
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blurbed
I had the opportunity to read this adorable book before it releases to the world!

World, you are in for a treat!

Jun 29, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: muslim-lit, tbr-2021
As a teen, I would often fantasise about how cool it would be to have Islamicized versions of my favourite books and characters. As an avid fan of fairytale retellings and reimagined stories, I was utterly ecstatic to hear of a Muslamic remake of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

My enthusiasm, however, waned almost instantly the moment I opened the book.

From the lack of coherent writing to the unnatural dialogue between characters, Ayesha at Last was messy, contrived and wholly unrealistic, w
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Through a myriad of Pride and Prejudice adaptations, it would be easy to think you’ve seen it all. I am a total sucker for the story, because it is so timeless and I’ve always found the way two independent characters come together to make my heart swell. Uzma Jalaluddin’s novel Ayesha at Last features two Muslim leads living in Toronto and feeling the pull between culture, family, religion, love, and passion. I found Ayesha at Last to be an entirely fresh take on the story, and one that complete ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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When it comes to anything that claims to be a Pride and Prejudice retelling, my reaction is pretty much . . . . .

I think I’ve read three of them this year alone.

Ayesha At Last could have done itself some favors and made it more clear that it was simply inspired by the Austen classic, as I’m sure there will be some naysayers in the batch who were expecting a modernized, Muslim regurge of an old fave (pick up Unmarriageable if you
K.J. Charles
A Muslim romcom take on Pride and Prejudice, where the Darcy character is a fundamentalist. This is pure genius as a concept--we really can believe he knows that little about women, the arranged marriage stuff fits, and it allows us to believe in the utter cinnamon roll under the judgemental exterior, because unlike the yawnsome Darcy, Khalid actually isn't just a boring lump of unacknowledged privilege that we're supposed to be impressed by when he stops being quite such a dick.

Sorry. I loathe
Anum S.
Certain stories, it seems, will never stop being adapted, either into other genres and settings, or on to various mediums. One such versatile tale is Jane Austen’s 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice. From a British miniseries to a Bollywood adaptation (Bride and Prejudice) and even an online vlog (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), it has also crossed genres from the detective (Death Comes to Pemberly by P.D. James) to the undead (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and has been a popular base for modern nove ...more
mina reads™️
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Strongly considering a reread for Ramadan 👀👀
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was such a great Pride and Prejudice retelling!

The perfect blend of sweet and swoony, this modern retelling was everything my P&P obsessed heart needed. I especially loved that this was centered around Muslim characters and family's. It was so great getting to learn about Ayesha and Khalid's culture and different (but also very relatable) perspectives on marriage, life and love.

From nearly the first page, I was completely drawn in and I found myself unable to put this book down for hours.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.75/5 stars

Full review here

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
Sherwood Smith
This was publicized heavily as "Pride and Prejudice with Muslim characters," which gave me some misgivings, but I've been on the lookout for fiction with Muslims that doesn't tokenize them, or double-team Muslims with terrorism, so I went for it despite being somewhat tired of P&P cash-ins.

Glad I did. Jalaluddin actually does a better job than most of the recent crop of Austen cash-ins by touching the basic plot points as well as the tone--somewhat satiric romance, observation of people with occ
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was happily surprised by this offbeat romantic comedy. The novel is billed as a modern day "Pride and Prejudice" but it is not a derivative retelling. Jalaluddin has created something new, nodding to both Austen and Shakespeare. She examines prejudice and narrow mindedness from several angles. I found myself re-thinking some of my assumptions as the novel progressed. A delightful read that is also thought provoking.

(I won an ARC from the Goodreads Giveaway program)
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
Favorite romance novel of the year!
h o l l i s
It pains me to rate this so low considering all the excitement I had surrounding this title, not to mention the brilliant diversity in this particular retelling, but..

If this story had been just about Ayesha and Khalid, with the former's delightful grandparents thrown into the mix, I probably would've rated this much higher. But then it also wouldn't have been as true to the PRIDE & PREJUDICE retelling. Or.. maybe it could've been! All I know is there were so many villains, so many unpleasant ch
Robin Loves Reading
Ayesha Shamsi is a modern Muslim and is quite talented as a poet and has the opportunity to share her poetry. However, she works as a substitute teacher. She longs to get married but is not keen on the process involved with her family and her faith. However, Ayesha is behaving quite conscientiously. When she and her family arrived in in Canada, from India, her uncle helped in tremendous ways, something that she makes her feel deeply indebted. She hopes her job as a teacher will allow her to begi ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Ayesha at Last was a book I just couldn't wait to get my hands on to because:
a) Look at that gorgeous cover!
b) P&P retelling!
c) Brown people falling in love!
d) Did I mention, the gorgeous cover?????
I'm so happy that Ayesha at Last hit all the right notes for me. It was such a gorgeously written debut and I, for one, can't wait to see what Uzma comes up with next!

Ayesha at Last was charming from start to finish, and a lot of it has to do with the characters. I adored each and every one of t
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I am the author of AYESHA AT LAST (2018), a retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in a Toronto Muslim community. My second novel HANA KHAN CARRIES ON (2021) is inspired by the movie 'You've Got Mail' and set in rival halal restaurants. I also write a funny parenting column for The Toronto Star, and have written for The Atlantic. I live in Toronto with my husband and two sons. Find out more at www.u ...more

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