The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali

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
ISBN:9781338227017

    The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali Reviews

  • 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 ...

  • 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

    edit: THE COVER IS SO CUTE I LOVE IT!!!no i don't think y'all understand how excited i am for this book. it's hard enough to get poc representation for asians, but we're getting lgbt+ asian rep? are y...

  • 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...

  • Natasha

    MUSLIM LESBIAN REP I'M HYPED! ...

  • 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....

  • Vicky Who Reads

    3 stars I had a lot of high hopes for this book, and I'm really sad that it just was not my favorite read.I think the most notable positive about this book was the fantastic representation of Bengali ...

  • Kelly

    Rukhsana has been in a relationship with her girlfriend Ariana for a few months and things are going well. Between them, anyway. Rukhsana hasn't been able to share the excitement of this relationship ...

  • kav (xreadingsolacex)

    disclaimer: i received an arc in exchange for an honest review. this is no way impacted my opinions. trigger warnings: homophobia, colorism, emotional & physical abuse, hate crimes, implied rape/sex...