Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

4 Stars

When it comes to anything that claims to be a Pride and Prejudice retelling, my reaction is pretty much . . . . .

I think I’ve read three of them this year alone.

Ayesha At Last could have done itself some favors and made it more clear that it was simply inspired by the Austen classic, as I’m sure there will be some naysayers in the batch who were expecting a modernized, Muslim regurge of an old fave (pick up Unmarriageable if you are looking for a Middle-Eastern version that remains truer to the original – and make sure to wear your Thanksgiving pants because that one will make you want to eat all the food).

The ensemble cast of Bennetts and Bingleys may be missing this time, but Ayesha makes up for things with an “opposites attract . . . . eventually” trope as our modern Ayesha spars with traditional Khalid. This book also tackles real-life issues regarding prejudices (both inside and outside of the community) and I enjoyed tremendously that the “good” characters were fully fleshed out while the uggos were given no depth whatsoever (because let’s face it – in real life you (hopefully) wouldn’t waste a lot of time on garbage humans). Bottom line, when it comes to this little book . . . . .

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Sorry I suck so hard at posting anything in a timely manner!

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