I really hate to one-star this, but I have to. Massive plot holes, barely-there character development, and a whole lot of drama (in a bad way) that was pretty much caused by the characters - especially Tamika - assuming stuff and not communicating with each other.
If Tamika had been a real person, I would have shaken her! She is a drama queen. She overreacts constantly, behaves like a complete brat to Aminah and her parents, treats Sulayman like crud, and has the gall to criticize her sister's behavior towards her babydaddy when she is being just as awful (but in a different way). She never apologizes for her rotten behavior to Aminah's parents, just acts like she is entitled to live in their house, eat their food, and do what she wants, and then has the nerve to jump to another conclusion - namely, that she is just a charity case to them. She is always throwing pity parties for herself, is totally self-absorbed, and generally obnoxious. Tamika never grows up in this book, even though she winds up married in the end.
Again we are bombarded with stilted dialogue, forced laughter (SO. MUCH. Can we PLEASE find another way to have breaks in conversation????), and apparently dire situations occuring, but that are never resolved in a satisfying way. One of the biggest events of the book, Tamika being kicked out by her mom and them coming back together, occurs in a slapdash way. We never get to see her mom evolve her attitude on her own, so the whole event feels like a half-baked plot to get Tamika living with Aminah and her family so that she can fall for Sulayman.
Sulayman himself is a bit of a waffling door mat. He wants to marry Tamika, but when she turns him down after a spat, he goes back to Aidah. He seems to care more about just getting married so he can have halal nookie whenever he wants (because he's a Man with Urges), because the outside world is so awful and full of temptation and he just can't stand it anymore. He does ruminate on how "pure and pious" Tamika is, never acknowleging when she behaves like a brat. I think he's in for a rude awakening when the honeymoon phase passes.
At the end of the book, Tamika mentions that she will graduate the following year, but she is also mentioned as being 19. She should actually be 21, having been introduced during her sophmore year, and this book covering her junior year.
This book also retains the lengthy preachyness of the first, and the first several pages are just a rehash of book one. The author's tendency to tell, instead of showing, is also in full swing and hasn't changed a bit.
All in all, this book was twice the length of the first, and two times worse in everything that irked me in the first book.