A few days back, say a week or two, I bought this novel from my university’s bookshop. I am criticized by my friends for buying books and not reading them timely. Thus, I decided to finish reading this one sooner. That day I read it during my walking time, lunch time, when I was with friends in that was incorporated throughout the day. After finishing this book one instantaneous decision was to RETURN that book immediately. Unlike ALL my books and belongings which come along having the hashtag #Notgonnagiveittoanyone. I actually returned something I had, because of the few reasons.
Lets take a closer view on the content, story-line and writer’s handling with the plot and ofcourse on the reasons which compelled me to return that book.
Starting with the story line, main characters of the book is Muzna Saleem, a teenager Muslim-Punjabi girl who is a Paki-British and loves writing. She lives with her parents in Britain, a girl who is bullied for having facial hair, uneven tone and oh-not-so-pretty looks, lacking all kinds of confidences . She has a friend (only friend till age of 13) i.e. Salma who, on the other hand is a bold, pretty and confident girl. Muzna’s parents want her to become doctor but she herself is more into literature.
Novel begins with a random chat on some website with a guy named Kasim Iqbal, aged 17 y/o. He is talking to Muzna about some game he’s working on. K asked M to write a story for his new game and in-return she can earn money being at home moreover her talent would get recognized globally. She agrees to it and after a few days Kasim asks for meeting her on his visit to Britain. Reluctantly, Muzna agrees to it as she has a soft corner for him due to him being the only appreciator of her talent and looks.
When she reaches the spot there was no “teenage guy” instead a mature man which she easily managed to not meet after she gets a sneak peak at him. She got devastated by the fraud, lie and betrayal.
Now the story takes a complete turn and writer put the spot light on Salma (M’s friend), she got her first ever boyfriend and which apparently is not liked by Muzna. As the months pass by Salma gets caught making out with her boyfriend and for that reason Muzna’s parents refrain her from even taking the sight of that girl.
Her school got changed and she shifted to new home due to her father’s untimely, not foreseen joblessness.
There she meet Arif, a young sporty and handsome guy, almost around 17 (seems it’s writer’s favorite age). Many circumstances pass by and Muzna fell for Arif. Arif’s brother Junaid is a religious guy, who meets Muzna in a common friend’s family function. From that on he ( J ) sees Muzna as someone away from her religion and everything a extremist can imagine.
He made Muzna marry Arif a Nikkah ( wedding ) which is unknown by the girl’s parents ( Oh come on! I mean it must have been a joke? 15 y/o girl gets this freedom?).
When we head towards ending, Muzna gets to know that Junaid is a militant guy trying to spread terror on the name of Islam, which she informed to Arif and police too, on learning it Junaid tries to kill both Muzna and his brother. Fotunately as Muzna was there along with the police at backup, both managed to survive, but, Junaid escapes. Muzna then is read on to be a psychiatric treatment while Arif is in custody. And soon after a few months Arif got released and Muzna is again with him. That’s where story ends.
That was the whole plot, now, as a reader I want to share my thoughts on the write up, you may call the reasons which forced me to abandon that book back to the seller.
1- I don’t like teenage-sex which is briefly explained in that novel. Like, that’s something to be discouraged instead of promoted using cheesy adjectives and whereabouts.
2- Portraying a girl having full of fun life with her Husband (unknown to parents) at the age of 15 y/o? How-come is that acceptable and imaginable?
3- The writer created a false image of Islam at many places, but, yes I agree with the brainwashing thing discussed and the pattern in which.
4- No moral values were kept at their place.
5- It’s more like some gossip material and not a book with a moral/lesson.
It’s not at all recommended if you have younger ones at home as they get influenced easily. Without having any proper agenda this book is just a collection of words.
That’s my opinion you may have your own 🙂
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