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I Want to Get Married!: One Wannabe Bride's Misadventures with Handsome Houdinis, Technicolor Grooms, Morality Police, and Other Mr. Not-Quite-Rights

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The rules may differ from country to country, but the dating game is a universal constant.

After years of searching for Mr. Right in living-room meetings arranged by family or friends, Ghada Abdel Aal, a young Egyptian professional, decided to take to the blogosphere to share her experiences and vent her frustrations at being young, single, and female in Egypt. Her blog, I
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Au (first published 2008)
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Got the point no need to read the whole book.. Funny though.. Shity series
Nov 28, 2015 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
For me reading this book was like reading gibberish; gibberish: unintelligible talking.
I know a lot of people enjoyed it but I didn't. It didn't make laugh not even once and after 40 pages I just decided to stop.
The tv show is so much better.
Nouran Gamal
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
hillarious.. i was picturing hend sabry the whole time
After having this book on hold for over a year at the library (I'm still baffled as to why it took so long to get the shipment in and have thee books go into circulation) I was finally able to read it in October. I suppose my tardiness in finally writing a review for it makes sense seeing as how long I waited to read it.

This was my read for Egypt for Around the World challenge last year and I'm really glad I gave it a try. I'm always interested in learning about other cultures and I love
3.5 stars based on my level of enjoyment. Ghada's sense of humour is either something you appreciate or find dreadfully annoying. I could really appreciate it, because it reminded me a lot of my Morrocan friends and their families. Of course, the Morrocan culture is a different culture than the Egyptian one, but I think there are a lot of similarities nonetheless.

Ghada's 'search' (she doesn't really actively search for herself; it's mostly others doing it for her) for a husband is mostly
M.A. Guglielmo
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read any Egyptian chick-lit recently? I hadn't, until I picked up this novel. Based on an Egyptian blogger's posts about looking for love, this is an entertaining and witty book that focuses on a young pharmacist's search for her life partner. Some of her dating woes will be quite familiar to a Western audience, and others (such as the need for a prospective fiance to present himself to her family with gifts) will be less so. The book is sprinkled with references to Egyptian pop culture, but ...more
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is discussing a serious issue that most egyptian girls suffer from. It's about the constant pressure en lazem el bent tetgawez w khalas. Girls lose their self confidence if they don't get married soon enough.. and this is soo wrong because they often end up with the wrong guys whom they did not carefully choose. I hate the fact that women never feel fulfilled unless they get married.. there are other things in life we can accomplish beside marriage.. i mean en mawdo3 el gawaz 7aga ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was hilarious with some sad truth, the book deals with one of the most TNT loaded subjects: marriage, what is the best age, traditions, society, the look you get everytime some one gets engaged and you're still single.. Nowadays, it's not about love and respect and being each other's pillar, it's unfortunately more about how much do you make for living (both genders included), what car do you drive, where do you live.. We can say that in our society, they just took all the best things about ...more
Hiba Essa
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A light, humorous and entertaining read! This one got me literally LOL.

I read the book in Arabic which would be definitely funnier than the English one because the humor in the Egyptian tone the writer used would be lost in translation.

Having read the book, i now look forward to watching the TV series.
Shahd Thani
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think I would like this book. I was dubious about the translation at first, but when I read it I ended up truly enjoying it. Its a hilarious book with very sad moments that ring true for any girl in the Arab world. Totally worth reading!
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
reading the book reminded me of the old blogging days when I was reading the same from the writers blog
although I read it before yet I still enjoyed it which is a sign that this book is really a good one and that ghada is a real talented writer
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Satirical episodes concerning all girls who're ripe for marriage! Hilarious, yet won't have a peculiar one stick to the mind! It mirrors one of the concerns of today's girls..and the malaise of our society!
Rehab Farghaly
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very funny book based on real issues
Colette Byfield
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Laugh out loud funny true account of engagements gone wrong. Although the setting is Egypt c. 21st century and the subject matter is arranged marriages, women everywhere will be able to relate. In particular, women with pasts littered with losers and the one that got away (which is usually 5 or 6 great guys) will enjoy how Bride - the main character -flays each and every one of her potential grooms for a myriad of flaws; being cheap, overly religious, badly dressed, crowded teeth, polygamous or ...more
Christa Verboom
Honest, charming, awkward, interesting, easy to read, and last but not least: funny.

By reading this book I learned a lot about the Arabic culture. It's a whole new world to me. After reading this book I realise even more how much freedom I've in the Netherlands. 

Very proud of this young writer, she has a lot of guts to write about her life, her culture, her struggles.

And the critical style of her writing fits perfectly with her sense of (sarcasm) humour. Just love it!
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Egyptian chick lit! I enjoyed the memories it brought back of Cairo. I could see how the humor would be funnier in Arabic--sometimes I could see the rhythms of Arabic shining through the translation. Unfortunately, the English version--it's hard to enjoy that humor much without that linguistic context. However, I did appreciate the little window into contemporary Egyptian woman's life...dealing with much of the same overt sexism that we Western women dealt with in the 1950's.
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's really hilarious & I like how she is so straight forward and transparent, showing all the absurdities she has to face almost daily, and the hypocrisy in the society she has to deal with.
I like the funny parts & the way she describes them in detail is hilarious, well she's a typical Egyptian girl, so she sure doesn't lack the Egyptian sarcasm. At the same time I feel for her to have dealt with such people, and feeling obliged to, or else she will be frowned at and marked with shame
Oct 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: egypt, memoir
The comic side of the Arab world -- a love of telling stories, particularly humorous ones -- rarely comes out in literature, it seems. I Want to Get Married! is a wonderful antidote to the more somber tones of heavier pieces. The text reveals its origins as a blog through heavy usage of slang, emoticons, and loads of pop references (meticulously footnoted for those who don't carry an encyclopedic knowledge of Egyptian cinema stars in their heads).

The real star here is Abdel Aal, the plucky
Hanan Malkawi
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh mn a7shash ma gara2t wallah 3njad she befa23 de7k i finished this book in 2 hour almost or less loooooooooooool mahdooooom kteer w da7kni jad mo 6abe3yeh elkatbeh loooooooooooooool 5afeef dam really wmn elwag3 loool :p :/ 10/10 ,,, i read the book and and watched the series ,, w both so funny hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ,,, ROFL !!! :p
Jihad Abdullah
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting book , I love every word, and her diction is so beautiful and nice :)
when she talk about this girl who is so cute before marriage , and definitely she didn't met any hard situation... I just remembered when we were in a silly situation in the street with my friend, and I treated like men, my friend told me "Behave as a girl"
3'aztny gedaaaaaaaan :D
but am sure am walking in the right way.
Thanks alot for this beautiful book ..
Jan 19, 2011 rated it liked it
A lightheared look at marriage customs in Egypt from the point of view of "Bride," the blogger who puts her experiences with ten suitors--all of whom are ridiculously flawed--out there. Some of the suitors are so strange, it's clear that the experiences are exaggerated, which is, of course, the whole point. There's a lot of truth in these tall tales, not the least of which is that it's not okay to settle for a guy just for the sake of getting married.
Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt that Ghada is more like talking and telling me about her stories.Loved the simplicity and the intellegant criticism in the book.I laughed a lot while reading the situations the author was put through. Its a worth keeping one, planning to read it all over again.
Oct 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book talk in Laughing language what makes girls so sad or upset in our jobs,our homes our families her performance was good but make marriage not value added but somthing must be presentwhich make it so silly for me especially if all people around you say the same thing
Sep 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
disappointing, couldn't stand the series , I thought the book would be better, but no, I got bored half way but I had to continue reading it till the end hoping for some kind of miracle but ....nothing
Marwa Yehia
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book way more than the TV series. Hilarious, interesting and nicely written to reflect the sad fact the prevail in our society, which is that women should get married and if they are not married by the age 0f 30 then it's a disaster
Oct 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arabic
I started reading this book and couldn't let go till last page! The author highlighted key issues faced by the young generation in Egypt and probably shared with other nations as well, in a simple yet funny way. Must read, I found the ending very inspirational, specially for 30+ single ladies ;)
A very nice and entertaining book. I really enjoyed it even when I read it for the second time to refresh my memory for a book club discussion.

Here is the URL link to the blog (in Arabic):
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-east, for-fun
Great fun! Being single isn't always a load of laughs, but thank goodness not everyone experiences it like this lady! Well worth reading if you'd like a light-hearted book with some commentary on Egyptian culture.
Arianna Delgado
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was funny and all around a good read for when your traveling. I don't know Arabic but some things I would look up and I really enjoyed it! Marriage is always a serious topic and this book does a good job of bringing a sarcastic theme to it. Would make a great movie.
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
So contrary to popular opinion, and what the cover looks like, this book is actually a book for adults, not kids, and a blog, not a self-help book. I did read it for a class, and it was really funny. But again, not a how-to book ;)
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