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ABOUT THE BOOK
Misfit in Love
by S.K. Ali
Published by Salaam Reads
Releasing on May 25th, 2021
YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Contemporary, Romance
Representation: Janna’s parents are Indian (dad) and Egyptian (mom), Janna and her brother Muhammad half-Indian and half-Egyptian, Sarah (Muhammad’s fiancée) and her family, as well as Haytham, are Syrian-American. Nuah and Khadija are Black. Janna’s half-brothers are white and Indian. Janna, Muhammad, their half-brothers, Nuah, Khadija, are all American.
Trigger/Content Warnings: Reference to sexual assault, minor cursing
In this fun and fresh sequel to Saints and Misfits, Janna hopes her brother’s wedding will be the perfect start to her own summer of love, but attractive new arrivals have her more confused than ever.
Janna Yusuf is so excited for the weekend: her brother Muhammad’s getting married, and she’s reuniting with her mom, whom she’s missed the whole summer.
And Nuah’s arriving for the weekend too.
Sweet, constant Nuah.
The last time she saw him, Janna wasn’t ready to reciprocate his feelings for her. But things are different now. She’s finished high school, ready for college…and ready for Nuah.
It’s time for Janna’s (carefully planned) summer of love to begin—starting right at the wedding.
But it wouldn’t be a wedding if everything went according to plan. Muhammad’s party choices aren’t in line with his fiancée’s taste at all, Janna’s dad is acting strange, and her mom is spending more time with an old friend (and maybe love interest?) than Janna.
And Nuah’s treating her differently.
Just when things couldn’t get more complicated, two newcomers—the dreamy Haytham and brooding Layth—have Janna more confused than ever about what her misfit heart really wants.
Janna’s summer of love is turning out to be super crowded and painfully unpredictable.
I recently read Saints and Misfits in preparation for this blog tour and I’m so glad I did! I’ve had it on my TBR for a long time and it was so much fun getting to read both of them back to back. I will admit that I enjoyed Misfits in Love more than Saints and Misfits but overall they were both great reads!
The day of Janna’s brothers wedding is fast approaching and she’s finally reuniting with all her favorite people. She’s been at her dad’s for the past month and is anxious to get back to spending time with her mom. She’s also looking forward to reconnecting with Nuah, the boy confessed his feelings for her but at the time she was not ready to make that move. Will it be too late?
Not only do we get one love interest in this one but we get three!! Which one will Janna chose? I liked getting to meet new people and seeing more of Janna’s family. I thought the different dynamic between her mother’s family vs. her father’s family added a good perspective to the story. This book definitely addressed the issues of race and that it can happen in any culture. Racism does not discriminate and I thought the way Janna navigated through these parts of the story were well done.
This was a lot lighter of a storyline that book one was and I think that’s why I enjoyed it more. It felt more developed and Janna had come a long way since we saw her in Saints and Misfits. She’s still unsure of her future and the addition of this love triangle helps put some things in perspective for her. Her love life isn’t the only one we get to explore in this one and I liked that Janna is faced with some changes within her family as well.
I definitely recommend this one if you’re looking for a fun YA contemporary set around wedding planning! It was fun to revisit old friends and make new ones.
NS. K. Ali is the author of Saints and Misfits, winner of the 2018 APALA Honor award, the 2017 Middle East Book Honor Award, and a 2018 William C. Morris Award finalist. Her second novel, LOVE FROM A TO Z, a story about finding love in the time of Islamophobia, was an Entertainment Weekly Top Ten Young Adult Book of 2019. She also has a picture book co-authored with Team USA Olympic Medalist, Ibtihaj Muhammad, THE PROUDEST BLUE, which debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. Releasing on May 5, 2020 is ONCE UPON AN EID, an anthology of joyful stories by 15 Muslim creatives, edited by S. K. Ali and Aisha Saeed. She lives in Toronto with her family, which includes a very vocal cat named Yeti.
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