Book Review: Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

22521951Title: Written in the Stars

Author: Aisha Saeed

Gernes: Young Adult


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Synopsis: This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.

How should I start with this book?! My school is an international school in Hong Kong which means my school have students from different country including Japan, Korea, America, England, India and Pakistan. And some of my friends are from Pakistan. While I am reading this, I can’t help wonder did my friends have a fiance back in Pakistan and is that really how Pakistan family are like and is that why they come to Hong Kong at the first place? Is Naila based on the author when she was younger? So much feels after reading this book, I finished it in double Design Technology lesson and I am not sorry about reading in class (I’m such a rebel not) I think the book is too short and I want more of Naila and Saif, all I need is one or two more chapters and a longer epilogue.

Imagine this: you are going to college in a few month to become a med student, you are graduating salutation of your school, and you have a boyfriend that love you. Than imagine everything you have are gone. And your parents sold you for an arranged marriage with a guy you have never meet before (what kind of sick person would sell their daughter?)

I hate Naila’s parents so fuxking much, they thought what they did for Naila is good for her and she will thank them later (for what? Putting her in an arranged marriage) Naila’s family annoyed me so much, they pretend to be nice to Naila and they just betrayed her. The worst part, this book is not fictional it’s real. This is happening to girls all around the world not just Pakistan or India. Many years ago, China are just the same, girls are not allowed to go out, they have to learn how to sew and cook, to a good wife. Most of them don’t have a chance to choose their destiny, they are often put in an arranged marriage. Maybe that is what make this book so realistic, this whole arranged marriage thing is still happening and people are suffering because they never got to have a choice.

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (4.5)


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