I posted my review on time on Instagram, but as mentioned in previous posts I’ve had to deal with a flood in my apartment building so I’m behind on posting on my blog.
On the trip of a lifetime, Adam and Zayneb must find their way back to each other in this surprising and romantic sequel to the “bighearted, wildly charming” (Becky Albertalli, New York Times best-selling author) Love from A to Z.
Adam and Zayneb. Perfectly matched. Painfully apart.
Adam is in Doha, Qatar, making a map of the Hijra, a historic migration from Mecca to Medina, and worried about where his next paycheck will come from. Zayneb is in Chicago, where school and extracurricular stresses are piling on top of a terrible frenemy situation, making her miserable.
Then a marvel occurs: Adam and Zayneb get the chance to spend Thanksgiving week on the Umrah, a pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina, in Saudi Arabia. Adam is thrilled; it’s the reboot he needs and an opportunity to pray for a hijra in real life: to migrate to Zayneb in Chicago. Zayneb balks at the trip at first, having envisioned another kind of vacation, but then decides a spiritual reset is calling her name too. And they can’t wait to see each other—surely, this is just what they both need.
But the trip is nothing like what they expect, from the appearance of Adam’s former love interest in their traveling group to the anxiety gripping Zayneb when she’s supposed to be “spiritual.” As one wedge after another drives them apart while they make their way through rites in the holy city, Adam and Zayneb start to wonder: was their meeting just an oddity after all? Or can their love transcend everything else like the greatest marvels of the world?
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✨ A spoiler review will be posted later – a few months after publication! Thank you to @simonteen for one of my highly anticipated sequels!! It’s my stop on the bookstagram tour for @thetsundokuchronicles & @stars.brite reader street team! This is for the @lonelypagesbooktours Love From Mecca to Medina book tour.
✨ I personally think that getting this arc is even better than eidi. Reading Love from Mecca to Medina gave me the same warm fuzzy feeling that you get when you see family overseas. Love from Mecca to Medina is without a doubt one of the best Muslim contemporary books out this year. I love how everyone from S.K. Ali’s YA book has their story wrapped up perfectly in this.
✨This book will make you laugh, cry, and want to pick it up again just so you can experience it all again. Some of my favorite side characters are Janna, Bertha Fatima, and Sausan. There is one character that will make you fume but other than that I’m not going to say anything else. I loved that Zayneb’s going through it with grad school and that there are a lot of twists I didn’t initially see. I think I only guessed one correctly and it’s a book you don’t want to miss!!
Go get this book- it comes out on October 18th just a few days before Taylor’s new album drops.