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Salaam, with Love (Underlined)



Author:Sharaf Beg, Sara
Released:Jan 04, 2022
Format:Paperback, 272 pages
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This heartfelt and humorous YA contemporary follows Dua, who spends the month of Ramadan making unexpected discoveries about family, faith, and first love.\n"Beg beautifully crafts a comforting tale filled with fun characters and excellent Muslim representation.”--Aamna Qureshi, author of The Lady or the Lion\n"[A] love letter to Islam, capturing all the wonderful nuances of faith and culture."--Adiba Jaigirdar, author of Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating\nBeing crammed into a house in Queens with her cousins is not how Dua envisions her trip to New York City. But here she is, spending the holy month of Ramadan with extended family she hasn’t seen in years.\nDua struggles to find her place in the conservative household and to connect with her aloof, engaged-to-be-married cousin, Mahnoor. And as if fasting the whole day wasn’t tiring enough, she must battle her hormones whenever she sees Hassan, the cute drummer in a Muslim band who has a habit of showing up at her most awkward moments.\nAfter just a month, Dua is surprised to find that she’s learning a lot more than she bargained for about her faith, relationships, her place in the world—and cute drummers. . . .\nUnderlined is a line of totally addictive romance, thriller, and horror paperback original titles coming to you fast and furious each month. Enjoy everything you want to read the way you want to read it.\nFrom School Library Journal\nGr 7 Up-A gentle story of faith, family, and love. Dua is a senior in high school, living in Virginia with her parents. She is currently trying to muster the courage to tell them she wants to pursue a career in music, something she fears they will disapprove of due to their traditional Pakistani values, which disregard piano as a college major. Right before Ramadan, the family goes to New York City to spend the holy month with Dua's uncle, aunt, and cousins. She's not a very religious person, being the only Muslim student in her high school, so she's wary of the highly conservative views of her extended family. Dua faces the reality of Islamophobia in a big city and has to rethink how she wants to connect with God. Not only is her faith tested, but also her focus as she meets handsome Hassan, a family friend. This novel starts slow, but gently makes its way through the ins and outs of big families' relationships. Dua is a relatable character, and her connection with each of her many cousins is very special. The discrimination thread is handled well, and readers outside of this faith will get a great glimpse into this month of devotion. VERDICT Hand this book to fans of S.K. Ali's Love From A to Z. A good purchase for YA collections, especially for libraries serving Muslim and Desi communities.-Carol Youssifα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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