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Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Told in alternating narratives that bridge centuries, the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Samira Ahmed traces the lives of two young women fighting to write their own stories and escape the pressure of familial burdens and cultural expectations in worlds too long defined by men.

Its August in Paris and 17-year-old Khayyam MaquetAmerican, French, Indian,
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Soho Teen
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
OMG! Isnt it enchanting idea to read a book about two powerful women from different time lines who want to raise their voices and tell their stories! One of them is in Paris, searching for the deepest secrets hid behind a remarkable drawing with a charming French guy carries his descendant Alexandre Dumas name! And the other woman is a haseki, leaving behind the walls of Ottoman Harem, telling her secret love triangle story which resulted tragically!

Didnt you get excited and start to dance like
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Two teens unravel the mystery of a Muslim woman mentioned in letters from Alexandar Dumas. Yes.
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
As a fan of Byronic heroes, the title is Relevant to My Interests™
Saajid Hosein
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
*Requested and ARC in exchange for honest review.

3.5 for now. Will write a review soon.
Lulu (the library leopard)
Oct 21, 2017 marked it as tbr-unreleased
ok i'm gonna admit some slight confusion that this isn't related to lord byron but this also sounds AWESOME

My heart was soaring through the book with the amazing plot and fun mystery.

Khayyam is in Paris for her Summer vacation where she is ridiculed for her art essay for a Young scholar prize. After stepping in dog poop and feeling like a total screw up , Khayyam meets a cute french boy who might actually be a solution to her love life and her chance to get her Young Scholar Prize .

Why should you care / read / pre order Mad , Bad & Dangerous to know? Lemme explain.


Our MC
Mar 20, 2020 marked it as netgalley-approvals  ·  review of another edition
anna is the shit
Oct 22, 2017 marked it as to-read
dude, this sounds AWESOME!!
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

This book really took me by surprise. I honestly didn't expect to love it as much as I did. The story is beautiful, written well, and has just enough intrigue and complications to keep me turning the pages.

Full review to come.
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Mad, Bad, & Dangerous to Know hooked me from the first pages. It's full of personality and Khayyam's thoughts jump off the page. I love how quickly she establishes herself in your heart - her fierce ambition, her passion, and her heart. And she only gets better and better! The characters have to be my number one reason for loving this book. Khayyam is a complex character who is
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Khayyam, a teen girl who is American and French, Indian and Muslim, biracial and interfaith and a child of immigrant academics, travels to Paris with her parents on summer vacation and, having messed up an art history essay that could have gotten her admitted to her dream school, is determined to do further research to fix the essay, and possibly make a huge art discovery. Enter Alexandre Dumas, the offspring of that famous author who wants to team up with Khayyam for reasons of his own. As a ...more
Patti Sabik
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Terrific romance and mystery while weaving history throughout. I was compelled to research where fact and fiction met when I closed the book because the threads were woven together so seamlessly and believably. Such a fun book with compelling and thought-provoking undertones made this a page-turning read. Characters that were likeable and real; with thoughts that mimicked my own as the story and relationships unfolded. The settings of modern day Paris juxtaposed with 19th century India ...more
This book is gorgeous. I love the complexities of personalities and relationships. The convergence of history, story, and the present. How stories change and morph through time. How we skip over some stories or manipulate them for our own gains. Such a wonderful look at complicated emotions.
Cheska the Great is Not Okay
Somebody please tell me this isn't the final cover.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was soooooo good.

While in Paris, Khayyam runs into a descendant of Alexandre Dumas, and the two set out to prove a lost piece of Dumas family history, finding a lost of woman's voice and story in the process to both save the crumbling Dumas estate and bring this women to the forefront of the story.

The voice was strong, the pace quick, and I adored the descriptions of French food. Leila's POV was breath taking in it's action, emotions, and courage. The alternating POV worked well to keep
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hot damn this was good.

I started off really not knowing what to think of it. The book started very slow paced and I couldn't get a grip on the story to keep reading. I didn't really connect with the characters and overal it was just not great. But I kept reading and thank god that I did. First of all I love art and history together. It's some kind of mystery that has to be solved everytime. This book had that and that's what was amazing.

I loved that everything was in Paris, France and that
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a unique and refreshing novel about two women who try to make a life for themselves in a world dominated by men. This novel was beautifully done and captivating. You follow these two women as they go within themselves and become stronger. Beautifully written and well developed.
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I wanted to love this, because I love Samira Ahmed, but it was only okay. I didnt care for the love triangle and I felt like there were too many times where the author wanted to make sure we understood the moral of the story: to let women tell their own stories. The mystery is interesting and it had great potential, but ended up falling flat for me. ...more
Deborah Maroulis
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's too bad I already use Love, Hate & Other Filters in my class, because I'd really, really like to add Mad, Bad, and Dangerous To Know. Not only is it a brilliant story written in the vein of a YA Possession, there are enough historical and literary gems to keep an English class busy for an entire semester. I loved this story and the complicated multi-cultural characters so much!
Cat Peters
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Special thanks to the publisher and @netgalley for the ARC of Mad, Bad, & Dangerous to Know. If you liked Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed you will love this book! The story, told in alternating voices between two young Muslim women, spans centuries, unravels an art mystery, and features a love story. You will want to add this one to your TBR list and make a note that the official release date is April 7, 2020.
Debbie Gascoyne
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, arc, 2019
This was an absorbing and entertaining literary mystery. Kayyam is spending the summer in Paris with her parents. After meeting a young descendent of Alexandre Dumas, she becomes involved in the hunt for a treasure: literary, artistic or personal. Interwoven with her story is that of Laila, a young Muslim woman who may have influenced the work of Byron, Dumas and Eugene Delacroix. As a scholar of this period, I found the imaginative connection between these characters intriguing and not ...more
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book. I definitely recommend it4.5 Stars. I really enjoyed the characters and the mix of art, literature, culture, and history! Added bonus of Romance light and mystery sleuthing. ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I dig me some Samira Ahmed. And this combo of historical fiction, mystery sleuthing, romance, and cultural education was just what I needed! I always feel just a little smarter and a whole lot inspired by her books and this one is no exception. I look forward to recommending it to my kids at school and to my own daughter. 🤓💜📚
Zoë ☆
Nov 14, 2019 marked it as unread-arcs  ·  review of another edition
Samira Ahmed = yes please!!!
Jan 21, 2020 marked it as anticipating  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: south-asian-rep
i need to know why more people arent hyped for this book. muslim indian american rep? alexandre dumas? lord byron? city of light? told in alternating povs? sign me up! ...more
Oct 21, 2017 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
Okay, this cover is everythingggg
♠ TABI ♠
Jun 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
this sounds glorious
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of POSSESSION by A.S. Byatt
I finished this book last night.
This morning I went to Google and typed "lost women in history". Some of the search results were:

"Unsung women emerge from the footnotes of history"

"11 Overlooked Women From History, According To 10 Female Historians"


"These 20 women were
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-read
Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review of Samira Ahmed's "Mad, Bad, & Dangerous."

Ahmed found a way to successfully mix historical fiction with mystery WITH romance all in one book! Historical fiction because the story centers around two teens (romance) trying to uncover a lost treasure (mystery) that had to do with Lord Byron, Alexandre Dumas, Eugene Delacroix, and an unnamed woman present in several of Byron's infamous poems. I hope that these names gave you
Tristan Munoz
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Khayyam Maquet has never quite felt like she belonged. Her heritage is American, French, Indian and Muslim. She has been raised in Chicago, spending summer vacations in Paris and speaks multiple languages. These things that sound impressive (at least to me!) have felt oppressive to her. She has always felt like she has no voice, and felt judged for her differences. She wants to change that.

A daughter of two college professors, Khayyam is intelligent and driven by a thirst for knowledge. For her
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SAMIRA AHMED was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in Batavia, Illinois, in a house that smelled like fried onions, spices, and potpourri. She currently resides in the Midwest. Shes lived in Vermont, New York City, and Kauai, where she spent a year searching for the perfect mango.

A graduate of the University of Chicago, she taught high school English for seven years, worked to create over 70

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