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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  2,648 ratings  ·  750 reviews
A modern twist on the classic story of finding love where you least expect it.

Ayesha Shamsi is a secular Muslim who lives with her boisterous extended family in Toronto. She wants to be a famous spoken word poet, but dreams won’t support family or pay off debts. So she takes the stable (but boring, as her friend Clara reminds her) path of substitute teaching. She’s never h
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 4th 2019 by Atlantic Books
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Miranda Reads

"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 at a coed school and...she's lonely. Very lonely.

Her younger cousin, Hafsa, seems to have one arranged marriage proposal after another.

Ayesha swore to herself that she would never go that route...and yet
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 seco
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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
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. But
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

needless to say, i am EXCITED AS HELL
S.K. Ali
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the opportunity to read this adorable book before it releases to the world!

World, you are in for a treat!

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
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
Anna Banana
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 ho
Prince Charming Doesn't Exist
OH MY GOSHHH i want to read this book so bad, like soo bad , i'm like having so much adrenaline right now that i wouldn't even care if i jumped out of my speeding car on the highway
I enjoyed reading AYESHA AT LAST. Ayesha is a young woman whose Muslim family immigrated to Canada from India. Ayesha works as a teacher to pay back money she owes to her rich uncle. Her uncle has a spoiled daughter who wants a hundred marriage proposals before she accepts anyone, while Ayesha does not want an arranged marriage. What follows is an interesting story where certain truths come out. I recommend this book!
Fafa's Book Corner
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GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Diversify Yourself.

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.
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
Anum Shaharyar
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
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 unpleasan
Simply the best Pride and Prejudice Retelling...

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
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
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

This book was one of my most anticipated reads.I was intrigued,axious and excited at the same time!I really liked most of it, there were though moments I struggled a little bit.Especially in the parts where the two main characters didn't interact very much with each other.

Ayesha and Khalid did not fall in love straightaway, and I like this.They have some really sweet moments between them. If you're a fan of Pride and Prejudice you are going to love this one!

The author did an amazing job

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
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice read, and in the first few chapters I found myself grinning as somethings reminded me of stories I’ve heard from friends, and in all honesty, what some of my older relatives have said to me about working versus getting married. I liked the fact that there wasn’t a judgemental tone in the depictions of what can, sometimes, occur within South Asian families, rather it was depicted with wry amusement and showed that whilst others (family/community etc), can have expectations, choice ...more
Bookphenomena (Micky)
4.5 stars that I am rounding up.

I am buzzing finishing this book, I have devoured it in 36 hours as life made me put it down a few times. This was a loose pride and prejudice take set in the Muslim community in Toronto. Most importantly it is own voices written (and a debut).

Khalid is a beta-male character with little to paint an admirable picture of his personality. Khalid was a bit of a jerk, he lacked a verbal filter, judged too quickly but he was definitely misunderstood. Khalid grew on me,
Rachel Reads Ravenously
DNF at 30%

Positives: I think this book did a wonderful job depicting the microaggressions and blatantly racist comments toward Muslims.

Negatives: I couldn't really get into the book/story/romance. And I am sad because I was excited for this book.

I still think lots of people will love this and hope it does really well, it just isn't for me :(

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another YA book written by a Muslim author. And this time, the arranged marriage concept was brought up again. For someone who had found this particular concept quite numerous times, I would expect it to be less irritating in this book, especially with the modern twist of everyone’s favourite classic, Pride and Prejudice. Does this book do its justice? My rating and book review shall justify it, so keep reading!

The plot, for me, was quite interesting. I did find the Pride and Prejudice modern tw
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Harper Collins for my copy of this smart and funny modern retelling of, one of my favorite classics – Pride & Prejudice, with a cultural twist.

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
This modern Pride and Prejudice retelling did Jane Austen proud. It heartwarmingly portrayed family, love, and life in a Toronto Muslim community. The writing was engaging and the characters well drawn. Grab your cup of chai and settle in to be entertained.

The story starts out slowly and gently as it introduces the backdrop of the main players, their community of family, work, friends, and religious life. The author added in explanations so that I was never lost as a reader. She also hit on some
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
After years of school and months of job hunting, Ayesha finally got a job substitute teaching high schoolers—a sensible choice but one that makes her heart sink every time she gets into the classroom. Khalid is entranced by the girl in the purple hijab, but too shy to approach her (plus, his mother will arrange his marriage for him)—and he is shocked when he sees her in a bar/lounge. Their lives keep getting thrown together by chance, and sparks fly…until a devious plot has Khalid engaged to Aye ...more
Ellen Gail
All you needed to say was Pride and Prejudice retelling. I am sold.
Vicky Who Reads
Okay, so I enjoyed this but I also think it kinda hopped around the different plot points a lot more than I expected? There was just so much going on. But it was a pretty good read!
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Hello and welcome! I am the author of the diverse romantic comedy, AYESHA AT LAST (HarperCollins Canada 2018, Atlantic Books UK 2019, Berkley Books USA 2019). My debut novel is a Pride and Prejudice reboot, set in a close knit Toronto Muslim community and inside a boisterous South Asian family. I also write a funny parenting column called SAMOSAS AND MAPLE SYRUP for The Toronto Star, Canada's larg ...more
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