Salaam, with Love
by Sara Sharaf Beg (Goodreads Author) 4.36 · Rating details · 11 ratings · 7 reviewsThis heartfelt and humorous YA contemporary follows Dua, who spends the month of Ramadan making unexpected discoveries about family, faith, and first love.
Being crammed into a house in Queens with her cousins is not how Dua envisions her trip to New York City. But here she is, spending the holy month of Ramadan with extended family she hasn’t seen in years.
Dua struggles to find her place in the conservative household and to connect with her aloof, engaged-to-be-married cousin, Mahnoor. And as if fasting the whole day wasn’t tiring enough, she must battle her hormones whenever she sees Hassan, the cute drummer in a Muslim band who has a habit of showing up at her most awkward moments.
After just a month, Dua is surprised to find that she’s learning a lot more than she bargained for about her faith, relationships, her place in the world—and cute drummers.
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I have some mixed feelings about Salaam, with Love. I liked the plot and thought that was interesting to learn about this culture more. The book was hard to get into a little bit and I thought it could have actually done without the romance. The romance just was more like a second thought.
This definitely did have potiential and I give it three stars. Thank you Netgalley and publishers for chance to read and review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.