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book 6 completed for the reading rush, under the challenge ofread an author s first booki,,,,,,,feel so cheated right now fjkdahfkja wHAT JUST HAPPENEDto start, i was really excited about this book bc i m dying for some good, accurate, quality content, romcoms featuring asian muslim characters bc gosh, i am in Dire need of them you have to live wildly through your books okay otherwise what s the point and the book started off pretty good i thought the writing was engaging and hilarious i laughed out loud multiple times the main character was opinionated and snarky and generally, i like main characters with those traitsbut,,,,,,it got worse so the first thing everyone should know about our main character, leila is that she is the most judgemental creature to exist.the i read, the i found that her character constantly contradicted herself and she just kept complaining and complaining and judging and complaining and i was going to sCrEaM if i had to deal with it again for example leila CONSTANTLY goes on and on and on about how she s looking fornontraditionalguywho challenged cultural expectations and didn t adhere to conventional gender roleswhich is great, sis you do you but then she goes on this date with this dude she met from a matrimonial website and when he suggests they split the bill, she freaks out and i quote, Whatever happened to 13 GENTLEMANLY and 25 CHIVALROUS I was not old fashioned by any means, but I grew up in a household where I was taught that men always treated women with courtesy and respect They opened the doors They carried the groceries They paid the billOKAY BUT LIKE YOU WERE JUST ASKING FOR A GUY WHO CHALLENGED GENDER NORMS SO WHERE IS THE SENSE but okay, it wasn t all bad.there were some really sweet moments with leila and her friends she has this awesome group of girls that she can joke around with and come to for advice and just chill and i thought that was fantastic i also really appreciated the author s unapologetical inclusion of indian heritage it was included so seamlessly and really enhanced the book with its detailed descriptions and authenticity.leila does grow as a character in SOME aspects and the friendship she built with her cousin was probably my FAVOURITE things about the book it was really sweet and innocent and precious and i wish there were scenes along those lines than the ones where leila did something to annoy me and there were some REALLY adorable moments of romance that had my heart singing and me bursting with squeals pretty embarrassing i know and i was ready to ship them to the freaking MOON but we shall not talk any about that bcspoilersand i aint no cheatfor those of y all who read it view spoiler look, i was a full time zain shipper in the beginning but then the boi kinda disappeared we can still hope, right AND THEN HER LITTLE LOVE WITH HISHAM THAT WAS SO CUTE I WAS YELLING INTO THE VOIDwhy didn t they end up together i feel so sad omg whats the point of a romcom with no rom i want MY HAPPY ENDING hide spoiler I so wanted to love this book I was actually very sure that I would adore it I won t say that my expectations were necessarily very high, but I just felt it in my bones and all I m feeling is sad after finishing the book.Though I ve been blogging for around 2 years now, I m still not very observant and tend to not notice any flaws or problematic issues or cliches in the writing unless they are very explicit I actually had to ask my other blogger friends what it meant when reviewers talked about show vs tell style of writing So, imagine my surprise when for the first couple of chapters, there was just telling and no showing in this book at all, and even I was able to recognize that It wasn t bad per se but I guess it just wasn t a great beginning but it turned better once we got into the meat of the story The book is fairly fast paced throughout, with lots of hilarious and embarrassing dating situations which were entertaining to read about, but sometimes also fell into typical South Asian stereotypes I obviously enjoyed all the desi elements of the book food, culture, language, parents expectations regarding dating and marriage, arrange marriage system and all the nosy aunties and especially Bollywood There are so many references to movies and songs and actors which I absolutely loved and found very organic to the story, but I don t know how readers who aren t familiar with the industry would feel about it There was a particular situation that made me feel very nostalgic when the main character starts sobbing uncontrollably while watching the movie Veer Zara and the Tere Liye song starts playing while this happens to her during a flight journey, it completely transported me to a train journey I took a long time ago when I too started sobbing while listening to the same song The main character s reaction when she visits India also felt very relatable and I couldn t stop reminiscing about my own experiences It s these little little moments in the book that made it worth reading for me.I can t say the same for the main character Leila She maybe twenty six years old but is very confused and judgmental, and I was both frustrated with her and felt sympathetic towards her plight I really felt for her desperation about wanting to get married while also wanting to choose the guy and pleasing her parents, and also answering every single nosy question all the time I could totally understand the pressure she was under because however dramatic it might seem, it is a reality for many South Asian women However, she had too many cinematic expectations about romance and marriage and that felt pretty childish And while I do agree that most of her dates were terrible, they were also quite caricaturish And she kept questioning her self worth because of a guy and I absolutely hated it, because I guess I just wanted something from a high school teacher from LA She was very indecisive throughout, mostly making decisions based on what her friends suggested or her mother manipulated her into I just wanted her to introspect what she wanted for herself and stand up to her parents And when it finally happened, I found it to be too little too late and it totally frustrated me because she didn t even come to that conclusion on her own I m actually not sure how to conclude my review This book has quite a few rave reviews, so maybe I m being overly harsh in my judgement The writing was funny for the most part and very relatable to me as an ownvoices Indian reader not Muslim though It s also a very fast read and I got through it in just a few hours I think I wanted from the main character and was disappointed in that regard I won t say that I don t recommend it, because it might just be to someone else s taste and I wouldn t want to dissuade any readers. I LOVED this book Like totally loved Leila is funny and adorable and you only want good things for her and men who don t ghost her say BAM too much or ask about her genetic history or gives her his honest age You really feel how she s torn between loving her culture and being frustrated by it and her well meaning, lovable, but at times frustrating parents Her struggle for balance is so genuine.And every single character is so well drawn, form Leila s group of friends, to her various dates and their parents, to her family in India, each is unique and special and you can totally hear everyone s voice And the writing beautiful There were so many laugh out loud moments as well as poignant ones Lelia s story is familiar and unique and where her journey will take her is up in the air through the entire piece, keeping you reading until the very end I am so happy I got to read this as an ARC I can t recommend this book enough I expected this to be a typical romcom, but there was much depth to the characters and story than I anticipated The mother, her friends cousin, and Leila are each flawed and complicated in their own ways and you can t help but cheer for them throughout I read this in one sitting because I could not put it down Raheem s book is a hilarious yet honest look at love, heartbreak and the pressures that come with cultural expectations I recommend this to not only gain insight about Muslim Indian culture, but also if you just want to be thoroughly entertained. I chose to read The Marriage Clock because I m always interested in reading own voices writing about their culture About this time last year I read a book the premise of which was finding a man through match.com Though that book was comical, at the end I felt unsatisfied as a reader as the female protagonist didn t seem to grow emotionally from her experiences That is not true of The Marriage Clock I flew through this book in just a few hours Raheem s writing style is simple, direct, and easy to read Her characters, particularly Leila, are fully developed, funny, and all to human She is a first generation American with Indian parents Leila is frequently torn between her liberal American self and her family loving Muslim self Often she s frustrated by her traditional parents who have decided it is time she fulfill her destiny and marry, thus starting the countdown on The Marriage Clock Leila is convinced she ll find a partner equal to the men her favorite Bollywood movies but with liberal qualities of an American male tossed into the pot.Raheem s description of Leila s trials in finding a husband range from sad to pathetic to hysterical Her rejects are each individualized with traits that range from funny to totally bizarre the guy who uses the sound bam to punctuate every sentence, the one who asks about the past medical history of Leila and her entire family the one who s far older than he admits to the one who s already engaged, but fails to divulge this to Leila and finally, the one who ghosts her after a seemingly great deal in which she thinks they really connected.This was not a typical romantic comedy, though those elements are present There is depth to the narration, and the characters are all well developed, especially Leila s family and friends In addition, the glimpses into the Muslim Indian community and culture are wonderful The Marriage Clock is also an amusing look into traditional arranged marriages with auntie matchmakers, biodata spreadsheets compiled by Leila s parents, speed dating, and dating apps The joy of this book, as mentioned above, is the personal growth of Leila and her journey to self acceptance. This book was a spark that I needed in life As a single, 24 year old college student busy with her own life, marriage is something I have not yet even thought about, and this book definitely opened my eyes in different ways The Marriage Clock made me realize marriage and love shouldn t be something forced and rushed upon and that this chapter you encounter in life will come when you meet the right one Thank you Zara Raheem for reminding me that love shouldn t be based on a clock, and that it s something to be worth waiting for. This is a lovely and hilarious book about family, love, and finding yourself as an adult within your culture s expectations I devoured it in three days and was so sad to see it end Raheem deftly draws a cast of very real characters that I felt for and grew to love very quickly I laughed out loud at several moments A really fun and thought provoking read. &FREE PDF ⇨ The Marriage Clock ↜ Named A Must Read Book Of The Summer By POPSUGAR, Bustle, Book Riot, And In Zara Raheem S Fresh, Funny, Smart Debut, A Young, Muslim American Woman Is Given Three Months To Find The Right Husband Or Else Her Traditional Indian Parents Will Find One For Her A Novel With A Universal Story That Everyone Can Relate To About The Challenges Of Falling In LoveTo Leila Abid S Traditional Indian Parents, Finding A Husband In Their South Asian Muslim American Community Is As Easy As Match, Meet, Marry But For Leila, A Marriage Of Arrangement Clashes With Her Lifelong Dreams Of A Bollywood Romance Which Has Her Convinced That Real Love Happens Before Marriage, Not The Other Way AroundFinding The Right Husband Was Always Part Of Her Life Plan, But After Years Of Singledom, Even Leila Is Starting To Get Nervous And To Make Matters Worse, Her Parents Are Panicking, The Neighbors Are Talking, And She S Wondering, Are Her Expectations Just Too High So Leila Decides It S Time To Stop Dreaming And Start DatingShe Makes A Deal With Her Parents They Ll Give Her Three Months, Until Their Th Wedding Anniversary, To Find A Husband On Her Own Terms But If She Fails, They Ll Take Over And Arrange Her Marriage For HerWith The Stakes Set, Leila Succumbs To The Impossible Mission Of Satisfying Her Parents Expectations, While Also Fulfilling Her Own Western Ideals Of Love But After A Series Of Speed Dates, Blind Dates, Online Dates And Even Ambush Dates, The Sparks Just Don T Fly And Now, With The Marriage Clock Ticking, And Her Month Deadline Looming In The Horizon, Leila Must Face The Consequences Of What Might Happen If She Doesn T Find The One THE MARRIAGE CLOCK is a witty insight into the pressure for marriage to take place on parents timescale for an American, South Asian, Muslim woman Leila was a free spirited protagonist with a desire not to hurt her parents but also with a strong feminist streak She was also a big Bollywood fan and this fandom had influenced how she imagined her falling in love to play outHe s a nice guy, but we just didn t connect,I saidConnect What is this, a Wi Fi signalMy mother glared at me.What ensued was a series of cringe worthy, parent chosen potential spouses What was even hilarious was Leila s attempt to go solo on this husband finding project and I laughed many times at her attempts The speed dating scene was particularly hilariousThis was definitely not how I pictured my Indian fairy tale panning out I had imagined me Shah Rukj Kahn villa in the mountains romantic song dancing penguins Instead, I got guy with too much gel weirded out looks tone deaf singer lifeteime ban from ever stepping foot into this bistro again The parent nightmare was pressurising and real I couldn t imagine having to conform and losing my choice in that way and in reality, this was Leila s biggest difficulty She was working as a teacher, she d lived away from home previously and she sought autonomy, empowerment and freedom So whilst this was a humourous tale, there was a constant streak of poignancy in Leila s situation that just got me in the gut At least she had some great friends around her.The story went from the US to India and back There were some short but unexpected heart breaks along the way and they really did have a kick The story completed in a way that stung my romantic heart but made my feminist heart soar, so I can t be unhappy about that.This is a debut by Zara Raheem and she wrote engagingly and with wit I will definitely be searching out any future releases she has I would say she s one to watch.Thank you to William Morrow and Edelweiss for this review copy The review is also available on A Take From Two Cities blog here. this book is a whole ass mood