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 f Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents? expectations, bu...

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Title:The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali
Author:Sabina Khan
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:1338227017
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali Reviews

  • Kelly
    May 17, 2018

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

    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/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitel...

    *ARC REVIEW i don't think i have the emotional capacity to write an in-depth review for this book. this book hit incredibly close to home as a bangladeshi sapphic. i honestly spent a majority of the book crying and wishing that i could spare rukhsana from what was happening to her....

    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 with many people, though: she's Bengali, and her parents are quite conservative, so sh...

  • Jessica | Booked J
    Feb 22, 2019

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

    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/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitel...

    *ARC REVIEW i don't think i have the emotional capacity to write an in-depth review for this book. this book hit incredibly close to home as a bangladeshi sapphic. i honestly spent a majority of the book crying and wishing that i could spare rukhsana from what was happening to her....

    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 with many people, though: she's Bengali, and her parents are quite conservative, so sh...

    closer to 4.5 stars but wow. incredible, gutting, and heartbreaking. i knew this was going to be amazing when i picked it up and i was not disappointed. ...

    See my Quill & Quire review here! ...

    MUSLIM LESBIAN IS ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW TBH ...

    *I received this book at Yallfest - thank you to the publishers for handing them out!* According to the summary on the book, I was supposed to get an emotional read that would have heart and humor - however, I'm not laughing. Before we talk about anything, I need to give the tri...

    4.5 Stars! ...

    3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this! My only qualms with it though are that the writing is very...average, and the pacing definitely had it's rough moments. Still highly recommend for those who are searching for a new F/F romance! Just be warned that it's actually very dark. TW: ...

    Just finished this powerful, important and courageous book. Rukhsana Ali is a lesbian teen growing up in a conservative Muslim family. When her family finds out that she's a lesbian, it sets off a string of terrible and painful events spanning two countries. I think author Khan has ach...

    I really liked this one A LOT. It reminded me and would be a good fit for fans of Written In the Stars by Aisha Saeed (it's like the LGBTQ version). ...

    pls i'm exhausted just let gay kids live their lives in peace ...

    Review also found here at Booked J. (4.5) The review at the top of this book by Sandhya Menon should be taken as the gospel: this book will break your heart and then piece it back together again. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali can be described only as this. Sabina Khan makes s...

  • anna (readingpeaches)
    Dec 15, 2018

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

    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/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitel...

    *ARC REVIEW i don't think i have the emotional capacity to write an in-depth review for this book. this book hit incredibly close to home as a bangladeshi sapphic. i honestly spent a majority of the book crying and wishing that i could spare rukhsana from what was happening to her....

    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 with many people, though: she's Bengali, and her parents are quite conservative, so sh...

    closer to 4.5 stars but wow. incredible, gutting, and heartbreaking. i knew this was going to be amazing when i picked it up and i was not disappointed. ...

    See my Quill & Quire review here! ...

    MUSLIM LESBIAN IS ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW TBH ...

    *I received this book at Yallfest - thank you to the publishers for handing them out!* According to the summary on the book, I was supposed to get an emotional read that would have heart and humor - however, I'm not laughing. Before we talk about anything, I need to give the tri...

    4.5 Stars! ...

    3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this! My only qualms with it though are that the writing is very...average, and the pacing definitely had it's rough moments. Still highly recommend for those who are searching for a new F/F romance! Just be warned that it's actually very dark. TW: ...

    Just finished this powerful, important and courageous book. Rukhsana Ali is a lesbian teen growing up in a conservative Muslim family. When her family finds out that she's a lesbian, it sets off a string of terrible and painful events spanning two countries. I think author Khan has ach...

    I really liked this one A LOT. It reminded me and would be a good fit for fans of Written In the Stars by Aisha Saeed (it's like the LGBTQ version). ...

    pls i'm exhausted just let gay kids live their lives in peace ...

  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    Nov 12, 2018

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

    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/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitel...

    *ARC REVIEW i don't think i have the emotional capacity to write an in-depth review for this book. this book hit incredibly close to home as a bangladeshi sapphic. i honestly spent a majority of the book crying and wishing that i could spare rukhsana from what was happening to her....

    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 with many people, though: she's Bengali, and her parents are quite conservative, so sh...

    closer to 4.5 stars but wow. incredible, gutting, and heartbreaking. i knew this was going to be amazing when i picked it up and i was not disappointed. ...

    See my Quill & Quire review here! ...

  • Mel
    Jan 28, 2019

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

    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/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitel...

    *ARC REVIEW i don't think i have the emotional capacity to write an in-depth review for this book. this book hit incredibly close to home as a bangladeshi sapphic. i honestly spent a majority of the book crying and wishing that i could spare rukhsana from what was happening to her....

    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 with many people, though: she's Bengali, and her parents are quite conservative, so sh...

    closer to 4.5 stars but wow. incredible, gutting, and heartbreaking. i knew this was going to be amazing when i picked it up and i was not disappointed. ...

    See my Quill & Quire review here! ...

    MUSLIM LESBIAN IS ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW TBH ...

    *I received this book at Yallfest - thank you to the publishers for handing them out!* According to the summary on the book, I was supposed to get an emotional read that would have heart and humor - however, I'm not laughing. Before we talk about anything, I need to give the tri...

    4.5 Stars! ...

    3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this! My only qualms with it though are that the writing is very...average, and the pacing definitely had it's rough moments. Still highly recommend for those who are searching for a new F/F romance! Just be warned that it's actually very dark. TW: ...

    Just finished this powerful, important and courageous book. Rukhsana Ali is a lesbian teen growing up in a conservative Muslim family. When her family finds out that she's a lesbian, it sets off a string of terrible and painful events spanning two countries. I think author Khan has ach...

    I really liked this one A LOT. It reminded me and would be a good fit for fans of Written In the Stars by Aisha Saeed (it's like the LGBTQ version). ...

    pls i'm exhausted just let gay kids live their lives in peace ...

    Review also found here at Booked J. (4.5) The review at the top of this book by Sandhya Menon should be taken as the gospel: this book will break your heart and then piece it back together again. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali can be described only as this. Sabina Khan makes s...

    FOUR FREAKING STARS TO MY QUEER BENGALI MUSLIM QUEEN AND HER POSSE OF AMAZING FRIENDS. I've always come across those tweets and posts on book communities where people from marginalized communities say how emotional they were to get to read about someone from their community in a boo...

    My amazing cousins got me this as a present, and I'm so excited to finally have it in my hands and to be able to read it! ...

    This looks really, really good!! I'm so readyyyyy ...

    This sounds heart wrenching, I'm in ...

    This book was by no means a bad book. In fact it kept me interested and invested throughout the entire novel and I read a good 2/3 of it in one sitting. However, I did have some issues. Please Note: This was sent to be unsolicited by Scholastic but all thoughts are my own. This w...

  • Kayleigh
    Apr 09, 2019

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

    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/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitel...

    *ARC REVIEW i don't think i have the emotional capacity to write an in-depth review for this book. this book hit incredibly close to home as a bangladeshi sapphic. i honestly spent a majority of the book crying and wishing that i could spare rukhsana from what was happening to her....

    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 with many people, though: she's Bengali, and her parents are quite conservative, so sh...

    closer to 4.5 stars but wow. incredible, gutting, and heartbreaking. i knew this was going to be amazing when i picked it up and i was not disappointed. ...

    See my Quill & Quire review here! ...

    MUSLIM LESBIAN IS ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW TBH ...

    *I received this book at Yallfest - thank you to the publishers for handing them out!* According to the summary on the book, I was supposed to get an emotional read that would have heart and humor - however, I'm not laughing. Before we talk about anything, I need to give the tri...

    4.5 Stars! ...

    3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this! My only qualms with it though are that the writing is very...average, and the pacing definitely had it's rough moments. Still highly recommend for those who are searching for a new F/F romance! Just be warned that it's actually very dark. TW: ...

    Just finished this powerful, important and courageous book. Rukhsana Ali is a lesbian teen growing up in a conservative Muslim family. When her family finds out that she's a lesbian, it sets off a string of terrible and painful events spanning two countries. I think author Khan has ach...

    I really liked this one A LOT. It reminded me and would be a good fit for fans of Written In the Stars by Aisha Saeed (it's like the LGBTQ version). ...

    pls i'm exhausted just let gay kids live their lives in peace ...

    Review also found here at Booked J. (4.5) The review at the top of this book by Sandhya Menon should be taken as the gospel: this book will break your heart and then piece it back together again. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali can be described only as this. Sabina Khan makes s...

    FOUR FREAKING STARS TO MY QUEER BENGALI MUSLIM QUEEN AND HER POSSE OF AMAZING FRIENDS. I've always come across those tweets and posts on book communities where people from marginalized communities say how emotional they were to get to read about someone from their community in a boo...

    My amazing cousins got me this as a present, and I'm so excited to finally have it in my hands and to be able to read it! ...

    This looks really, really good!! I'm so readyyyyy ...

    This sounds heart wrenching, I'm in ...

    This book was by no means a bad book. In fact it kept me interested and invested throughout the entire novel and I read a good 2/3 of it in one sitting. However, I did have some issues. Please Note: This was sent to be unsolicited by Scholastic but all thoughts are my own. This w...

    4 stars. ?It was not easy finding a way to reconcile these two equally vital parts of my identity, my life. But it was definitely worth fighting for.? The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali follows seventeen year old Rukhsana Ali, who tries her best to live up to her conservativ...

  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    Feb 26, 2019

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

  • Laurie
    Mar 02, 2019

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

    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/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitel...

    *ARC REVIEW i don't think i have the emotional capacity to write an in-depth review for this book. this book hit incredibly close to home as a bangladeshi sapphic. i honestly spent a majority of the book crying and wishing that i could spare rukhsana from what was happening to her....

    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 with many people, though: she's Bengali, and her parents are quite conservative, so sh...

    closer to 4.5 stars but wow. incredible, gutting, and heartbreaking. i knew this was going to be amazing when i picked it up and i was not disappointed. ...

    See my Quill & Quire review here! ...

    MUSLIM LESBIAN IS ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW TBH ...

    *I received this book at Yallfest - thank you to the publishers for handing them out!* According to the summary on the book, I was supposed to get an emotional read that would have heart and humor - however, I'm not laughing. Before we talk about anything, I need to give the tri...

    4.5 Stars! ...

    3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this! My only qualms with it though are that the writing is very...average, and the pacing definitely had it's rough moments. Still highly recommend for those who are searching for a new F/F romance! Just be warned that it's actually very dark. TW: ...

    Just finished this powerful, important and courageous book. Rukhsana Ali is a lesbian teen growing up in a conservative Muslim family. When her family finds out that she's a lesbian, it sets off a string of terrible and painful events spanning two countries. I think author Khan has ach...

  • Christy
    Mar 02, 2019

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

  • Alice Oseman
    Feb 14, 2019

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

  • Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
    Mar 07, 2019

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

    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/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitel...

    *ARC REVIEW i don't think i have the emotional capacity to write an in-depth review for this book. this book hit incredibly close to home as a bangladeshi sapphic. i honestly spent a majority of the book crying and wishing that i could spare rukhsana from what was happening to her....

    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 with many people, though: she's Bengali, and her parents are quite conservative, so sh...

    closer to 4.5 stars but wow. incredible, gutting, and heartbreaking. i knew this was going to be amazing when i picked it up and i was not disappointed. ...

  • (ZanyAnomaly) Sai Ram
    Feb 03, 2019

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

    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/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitel...

    *ARC REVIEW i don't think i have the emotional capacity to write an in-depth review for this book. this book hit incredibly close to home as a bangladeshi sapphic. i honestly spent a majority of the book crying and wishing that i could spare rukhsana from what was happening to her....

    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 with many people, though: she's Bengali, and her parents are quite conservative, so sh...

    closer to 4.5 stars but wow. incredible, gutting, and heartbreaking. i knew this was going to be amazing when i picked it up and i was not disappointed. ...

    See my Quill & Quire review here! ...

    MUSLIM LESBIAN IS ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW TBH ...

    *I received this book at Yallfest - thank you to the publishers for handing them out!* According to the summary on the book, I was supposed to get an emotional read that would have heart and humor - however, I'm not laughing. Before we talk about anything, I need to give the tri...

    4.5 Stars! ...

    3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this! My only qualms with it though are that the writing is very...average, and the pacing definitely had it's rough moments. Still highly recommend for those who are searching for a new F/F romance! Just be warned that it's actually very dark. TW: ...

    Just finished this powerful, important and courageous book. Rukhsana Ali is a lesbian teen growing up in a conservative Muslim family. When her family finds out that she's a lesbian, it sets off a string of terrible and painful events spanning two countries. I think author Khan has ach...

    I really liked this one A LOT. It reminded me and would be a good fit for fans of Written In the Stars by Aisha Saeed (it's like the LGBTQ version). ...

    pls i'm exhausted just let gay kids live their lives in peace ...

    Review also found here at Booked J. (4.5) The review at the top of this book by Sandhya Menon should be taken as the gospel: this book will break your heart and then piece it back together again. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali can be described only as this. Sabina Khan makes s...

    FOUR FREAKING STARS TO MY QUEER BENGALI MUSLIM QUEEN AND HER POSSE OF AMAZING FRIENDS. I've always come across those tweets and posts on book communities where people from marginalized communities say how emotional they were to get to read about someone from their community in a boo...

  • Mandy
    Dec 03, 2018

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

    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/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitel...

    *ARC REVIEW i don't think i have the emotional capacity to write an in-depth review for this book. this book hit incredibly close to home as a bangladeshi sapphic. i honestly spent a majority of the book crying and wishing that i could spare rukhsana from what was happening to her....

    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 with many people, though: she's Bengali, and her parents are quite conservative, so sh...

    closer to 4.5 stars but wow. incredible, gutting, and heartbreaking. i knew this was going to be amazing when i picked it up and i was not disappointed. ...

    See my Quill & Quire review here! ...

    MUSLIM LESBIAN IS ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW TBH ...

    *I received this book at Yallfest - thank you to the publishers for handing them out!* According to the summary on the book, I was supposed to get an emotional read that would have heart and humor - however, I'm not laughing. Before we talk about anything, I need to give the tri...

  • Cori Reed
    Mar 01, 2019

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

    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/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitel...

    *ARC REVIEW i don't think i have the emotional capacity to write an in-depth review for this book. this book hit incredibly close to home as a bangladeshi sapphic. i honestly spent a majority of the book crying and wishing that i could spare rukhsana from what was happening to her....

    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 with many people, though: she's Bengali, and her parents are quite conservative, so sh...

    closer to 4.5 stars but wow. incredible, gutting, and heartbreaking. i knew this was going to be amazing when i picked it up and i was not disappointed. ...

    See my Quill & Quire review here! ...

    MUSLIM LESBIAN IS ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW TBH ...

    *I received this book at Yallfest - thank you to the publishers for handing them out!* According to the summary on the book, I was supposed to get an emotional read that would have heart and humor - however, I'm not laughing. Before we talk about anything, I need to give the tri...

    4.5 Stars! ...

  • Dylan
    Feb 02, 2019

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

    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/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitel...

    *ARC REVIEW i don't think i have the emotional capacity to write an in-depth review for this book. this book hit incredibly close to home as a bangladeshi sapphic. i honestly spent a majority of the book crying and wishing that i could spare rukhsana from what was happening to her....

    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 with many people, though: she's Bengali, and her parents are quite conservative, so sh...

    closer to 4.5 stars but wow. incredible, gutting, and heartbreaking. i knew this was going to be amazing when i picked it up and i was not disappointed. ...

    See my Quill & Quire review here! ...

    MUSLIM LESBIAN IS ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW TBH ...

    *I received this book at Yallfest - thank you to the publishers for handing them out!* According to the summary on the book, I was supposed to get an emotional read that would have heart and humor - however, I'm not laughing. Before we talk about anything, I need to give the tri...

    4.5 Stars! ...

    3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this! My only qualms with it though are that the writing is very...average, and the pacing definitely had it's rough moments. Still highly recommend for those who are searching for a new F/F romance! Just be warned that it's actually very dark. TW: ...

  • Jackie
    Apr 18, 2018

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

    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/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitel...

    *ARC REVIEW i don't think i have the emotional capacity to write an in-depth review for this book. this book hit incredibly close to home as a bangladeshi sapphic. i honestly spent a majority of the book crying and wishing that i could spare rukhsana from what was happening to her....

    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 with many people, though: she's Bengali, and her parents are quite conservative, so sh...

    closer to 4.5 stars but wow. incredible, gutting, and heartbreaking. i knew this was going to be amazing when i picked it up and i was not disappointed. ...

    See my Quill & Quire review here! ...

    MUSLIM LESBIAN IS ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW TBH ...

  • rachel
    Dec 05, 2018

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

    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/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitel...

    *ARC REVIEW i don't think i have the emotional capacity to write an in-depth review for this book. this book hit incredibly close to home as a bangladeshi sapphic. i honestly spent a majority of the book crying and wishing that i could spare rukhsana from what was happening to her....

    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 with many people, though: she's Bengali, and her parents are quite conservative, so sh...

    closer to 4.5 stars but wow. incredible, gutting, and heartbreaking. i knew this was going to be amazing when i picked it up and i was not disappointed. ...

    See my Quill & Quire review here! ...

    MUSLIM LESBIAN IS ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW TBH ...

    *I received this book at Yallfest - thank you to the publishers for handing them out!* According to the summary on the book, I was supposed to get an emotional read that would have heart and humor - however, I'm not laughing. Before we talk about anything, I need to give the tri...

    4.5 Stars! ...

    3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this! My only qualms with it though are that the writing is very...average, and the pacing definitely had it's rough moments. Still highly recommend for those who are searching for a new F/F romance! Just be warned that it's actually very dark. TW: ...

    Just finished this powerful, important and courageous book. Rukhsana Ali is a lesbian teen growing up in a conservative Muslim family. When her family finds out that she's a lesbian, it sets off a string of terrible and painful events spanning two countries. I think author Khan has ach...

    I really liked this one A LOT. It reminded me and would be a good fit for fans of Written In the Stars by Aisha Saeed (it's like the LGBTQ version). ...

  • julianna ➹
    Feb 06, 2019

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    Dec 04, 2018

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

  • ellie
    Mar 19, 2018

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Oct 17, 2017

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

  • kav (xreadingsolacex)
    Jan 31, 2019

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

    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/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitel...

  • Shortcake
    May 18, 2018

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

    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/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitel...

    *ARC REVIEW i don't think i have the emotional capacity to write an in-depth review for this book. this book hit incredibly close to home as a bangladeshi sapphic. i honestly spent a majority of the book crying and wishing that i could spare rukhsana from what was happening to her....

    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 with many people, though: she's Bengali, and her parents are quite conservative, so sh...

    closer to 4.5 stars but wow. incredible, gutting, and heartbreaking. i knew this was going to be amazing when i picked it up and i was not disappointed. ...

    See my Quill & Quire review here! ...

    MUSLIM LESBIAN IS ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW TBH ...

    *I received this book at Yallfest - thank you to the publishers for handing them out!* According to the summary on the book, I was supposed to get an emotional read that would have heart and humor - however, I'm not laughing. Before we talk about anything, I need to give the tri...

    4.5 Stars! ...

    3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this! My only qualms with it though are that the writing is very...average, and the pacing definitely had it's rough moments. Still highly recommend for those who are searching for a new F/F romance! Just be warned that it's actually very dark. TW: ...

    Just finished this powerful, important and courageous book. Rukhsana Ali is a lesbian teen growing up in a conservative Muslim family. When her family finds out that she's a lesbian, it sets off a string of terrible and painful events spanning two countries. I think author Khan has ach...

    I really liked this one A LOT. It reminded me and would be a good fit for fans of Written In the Stars by Aisha Saeed (it's like the LGBTQ version). ...

    pls i'm exhausted just let gay kids live their lives in peace ...

    Review also found here at Booked J. (4.5) The review at the top of this book by Sandhya Menon should be taken as the gospel: this book will break your heart and then piece it back together again. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali can be described only as this. Sabina Khan makes s...

    FOUR FREAKING STARS TO MY QUEER BENGALI MUSLIM QUEEN AND HER POSSE OF AMAZING FRIENDS. I've always come across those tweets and posts on book communities where people from marginalized communities say how emotional they were to get to read about someone from their community in a boo...

    My amazing cousins got me this as a present, and I'm so excited to finally have it in my hands and to be able to read it! ...

    This looks really, really good!! I'm so readyyyyy ...

  • Tashie
    Mar 26, 2018

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

    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/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitel...

    *ARC REVIEW i don't think i have the emotional capacity to write an in-depth review for this book. this book hit incredibly close to home as a bangladeshi sapphic. i honestly spent a majority of the book crying and wishing that i could spare rukhsana from what was happening to her....

  • Vicky Who Reads
    Dec 11, 2018

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

  • Saajid Hosein
    Feb 17, 2019

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

  • Surina
    Feb 26, 2019

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

    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/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitel...

    *ARC REVIEW i don't think i have the emotional capacity to write an in-depth review for this book. this book hit incredibly close to home as a bangladeshi sapphic. i honestly spent a majority of the book crying and wishing that i could spare rukhsana from what was happening to her....

    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 with many people, though: she's Bengali, and her parents are quite conservative, so sh...

    closer to 4.5 stars but wow. incredible, gutting, and heartbreaking. i knew this was going to be amazing when i picked it up and i was not disappointed. ...

    See my Quill & Quire review here! ...

    MUSLIM LESBIAN IS ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW TBH ...

    *I received this book at Yallfest - thank you to the publishers for handing them out!* According to the summary on the book, I was supposed to get an emotional read that would have heart and humor - however, I'm not laughing. Before we talk about anything, I need to give the tri...

    4.5 Stars! ...

    3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this! My only qualms with it though are that the writing is very...average, and the pacing definitely had it's rough moments. Still highly recommend for those who are searching for a new F/F romance! Just be warned that it's actually very dark. TW: ...

    Just finished this powerful, important and courageous book. Rukhsana Ali is a lesbian teen growing up in a conservative Muslim family. When her family finds out that she's a lesbian, it sets off a string of terrible and painful events spanning two countries. I think author Khan has ach...

    I really liked this one A LOT. It reminded me and would be a good fit for fans of Written In the Stars by Aisha Saeed (it's like the LGBTQ version). ...

    pls i'm exhausted just let gay kids live their lives in peace ...

    Review also found here at Booked J. (4.5) The review at the top of this book by Sandhya Menon should be taken as the gospel: this book will break your heart and then piece it back together again. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali can be described only as this. Sabina Khan makes s...

    FOUR FREAKING STARS TO MY QUEER BENGALI MUSLIM QUEEN AND HER POSSE OF AMAZING FRIENDS. I've always come across those tweets and posts on book communities where people from marginalized communities say how emotional they were to get to read about someone from their community in a boo...

    My amazing cousins got me this as a present, and I'm so excited to finally have it in my hands and to be able to read it! ...

  • Lior
    Oct 17, 2017

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...

    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 culture (oh my gosh the food made me drool) and how Rukhsana dealt with racism...

    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/sexual assault (all of these are combated and not okay-ed, but they are definitel...

    *ARC REVIEW i don't think i have the emotional capacity to write an in-depth review for this book. this book hit incredibly close to home as a bangladeshi sapphic. i honestly spent a majority of the book crying and wishing that i could spare rukhsana from what was happening to her....

    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 with many people, though: she's Bengali, and her parents are quite conservative, so sh...

    closer to 4.5 stars but wow. incredible, gutting, and heartbreaking. i knew this was going to be amazing when i picked it up and i was not disappointed. ...

    See my Quill & Quire review here! ...

    MUSLIM LESBIAN IS ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW TBH ...

    *I received this book at Yallfest - thank you to the publishers for handing them out!* According to the summary on the book, I was supposed to get an emotional read that would have heart and humor - however, I'm not laughing. Before we talk about anything, I need to give the tri...

    4.5 Stars! ...

    3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this! My only qualms with it though are that the writing is very...average, and the pacing definitely had it's rough moments. Still highly recommend for those who are searching for a new F/F romance! Just be warned that it's actually very dark. TW: ...

    Just finished this powerful, important and courageous book. Rukhsana Ali is a lesbian teen growing up in a conservative Muslim family. When her family finds out that she's a lesbian, it sets off a string of terrible and painful events spanning two countries. I think author Khan has ach...

    I really liked this one A LOT. It reminded me and would be a good fit for fans of Written In the Stars by Aisha Saeed (it's like the LGBTQ version). ...

    pls i'm exhausted just let gay kids live their lives in peace ...

    Review also found here at Booked J. (4.5) The review at the top of this book by Sandhya Menon should be taken as the gospel: this book will break your heart and then piece it back together again. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali can be described only as this. Sabina Khan makes s...

    FOUR FREAKING STARS TO MY QUEER BENGALI MUSLIM QUEEN AND HER POSSE OF AMAZING FRIENDS. I've always come across those tweets and posts on book communities where people from marginalized communities say how emotional they were to get to read about someone from their community in a boo...

    My amazing cousins got me this as a present, and I'm so excited to finally have it in my hands and to be able to read it! ...

    This looks really, really good!! I'm so readyyyyy ...

    This sounds heart wrenching, I'm in ...

  • Kiera
    Mar 09, 2019

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

  • Iris
    Feb 16, 2019

    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 caught in kissing her girlfriend. So despite my three-star, there were a lot of...

    4 stars This book was heavy. Honestly, I wasn?t expecting it to be quite this heavy. Sabina Khan wrote from her heart and this book is an important one. Rukhsana is just a teenage girl, but she?s not. She?s torn between two worlds. Her home life, where she lives with...

    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 abuse, starvation, drugging, forced marriage, death of a loved one, hate crime. ...

    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 rukhsana, her thoughts, her humor and most of the characters we follow. the writing was ju...

    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 while it does end happily for the protagonist (yay!) and telling the stories of queer peo...

    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 all the motions of a daily life, which just wasn?t really necessary? There wasn?t a...

    5 stars. This book shattered my heart, and then picked up the pieces and put it back together Summary from Goodreads 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 ha...

    I really, really loved this. ...

    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're sensitive to those. ...

    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. ...