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)

    I really wish this book had been given more editing rounds.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 caught...

  • Whitney Atkinson

    This book started out promising during the first half because I liked the f/f relationship, Rukhsana's family, and the discussions about being closeted in an unaccepting family and how that affects yo...

  • 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...

  • Alice Oseman

    This really reminded me of The Miseducation of Cameron Post - painful, deeply real, but with a lot of hope. This book tells such an incredibly important story. Just a bit of a warning about the conten...

  • Nenia ? Literary Garbage Can ? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestTHE LOVE & LIES OF RUKHSANA ALI is a tough book to rate because there were things about it I really liked, and things about it I didn't. I don't...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...