The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali Review

Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, but lately she’s finding that harder and harder to do. She rolls her eyes instead of screaming when they blatantly favor her brother and she dresses conservatively at home, saving her crop tops and makeup for parties her parents don’t know about. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life in Seattle and her new life at Caltech, where she can pursue her dream of becoming an engineer.

But when her parents catch her kissing her girlfriend Ariana, all of Rukhsana’s plans fall apart. Her parents are devastated; being gay may as well be a death sentence in the Bengali community. They immediately whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh, where she is thrown headfirst into a world of arranged marriages and tradition. Only through reading her grandmother’s old diary is Rukhsana able to gain some much needed perspective.

Rukhsana realizes she must find the courage to fight for her love, but can she do so without losing everyone and everything in her life?

Title:The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali

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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    3 1/2 stars because I can’t tell how I felt about this at all. The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali follows Rukhsana, a gay girl who is sent to Bangladesh and put into an arranged marriage after being ...

  • Christy

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she’s...

  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)

    Actual rating: 4.5 stars*I received an Arc of this book in exchange of an honest review*CW: Colorism, homophobia, islamophobia, physical assault, hospital, graphic description of rape and domestic abu...

  • ellie

    a part of my heart is in this book, and i loved finding it as i read rukhsana's story. this was almost painfully relatable, but in a way that i loved it for doing so, if that makes sense? i loved rukh...

  • Alice Oseman

    This really reminded me of The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Just a bit of a warning about the content (contains mild spoilers): (view spoiler)[ I feel like people going into this should know that whi...

  • julianna ?

    I think my main problem with this book is the thing that everyone else also noticed, which was the writing. It was really disjointed at times and it really felt like the author was trying to cram in a...

  • Kiera

    5 stars.This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back togetherSummary from GoodreadsSeventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Musli...

  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    I really, really loved this....

  • Saajid Hosein

    where the fuck do i even begin?i don't fucking know, that's the answer. just read the damn book.n.b. i should also mentions tw for homophobic violence and sexual assault. proceed with caution if you'r...

  • Iris

    Wow. This book was spectacular. And okay, so maybe the ending was a teeny tiny bit unrealistic, but also I don't care. The ending was perfect. RTC....