Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged is the hilarious and fresh debut novel by Ayisha Malik.
'Brilliant idea! Excellent! Muslim dating? Well, I had no idea you were allowed to date.' Then he leaned towards me and looked at me sympathetically. 'Are your parents quite disappointed?'
Unlucky in love once again after her sort-of-boyfriend/possible-marriage-partner-to-be proves a little too close to his parents, Sofia Khan is ready to renounce men for good. Or at least she was, until her boss persuades her to write a tell-all expose about the Muslim dating scene.
As her woes become her work, Sofia must lean on the support of her brilliant friends, baffled colleagues and baffling parents as she seeks stories for her book. But in amongst the marriage-crazy relatives, racist tube passengers and polygamy-inclined friends, could there be a lingering possibility that she might just be falling in love?
©2016 Ayisha Malik (P)2016 Bolinda
Yes, it's interesting.
Sofia and Connell
Wonderfully written, very witty and incredibly funny. Subject areas we take for granted in regards to family pressure and conforming. The love of the family and religion and their influence on life decisions.I enjoyed the voice used and Sofia's journey in a world of intolerance. Her wanting it all and finding the suitable balance.Marvelous!
Storywise a very easy, light and enjoyable listen, Malik has created characters you're really on side with and it's written in a very casual way almost as if a friend is chatting to you.
Not so keen on the narrator- generally a bit of a stilted reading, but coming to life when a Sri Lankan accent is called for. Unfortunately the often required 'American' accent for Nayim was absolutely terrible and therefore totally distracting!
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