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About the Author

Nadirah Angail is a Kansas City native that has been writing for as long as she can remember. She loves to create stories that feel real, as if the characters are people she's known all her life. Born and raised in the religion of Islam, she's too familiar with the struggle of being authentic in a world that sees her as "other." Though her stories are works of fiction, she sometimes channels her experiences into her characters. She has 2 children that drive her crazy and a husband that restores her sanity.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456598449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456598440
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,016,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nadirah Angail is Kansas City-based writer that loves to create characters that feel real. She strives to use her writing to show the human side of Muslim women, the side many wouldn't know about otherwise.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookrat on July 31, 2011
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It was a terrific piece of art. I am not a very good reader but I couldn't help myself to know more about the characters. No matter where you belong the lifestyle of Muslims are same all around the world. I have learned a lot and I can relate to Malikah. My experience in finding the best suitor wasn't very long-listed but I have come to know the nature of men very well. This book was a support. I also want to be like Jaime's mother whose patience exceeded all the boundaries. Other characters were interesting too. Definitely a must-read for all the Muslim women.
Looking forward to the next piece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By happy reader on June 20, 2011
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I started reading this book at 8pm and could not put it down until 3am. I believed some people can identify with the characters in the book. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sonyab on January 10, 2013
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I read this on a long plane journey and was disappointed with the story line and writing. The only reason I gave it one star is because the characters do have their distinct personalities, and I could relate to some of the girls. But that's where the positives end. First, there is a lack of physical description in much of the book. The author doesn't describe what the characters look like, and she also doesn't go into detail of the setting at all. As readers we need to have a visual description, it's what makes stories come alive. Second, there are many spelling errors and grammar mistakes in the kindle version. Third, it is not written well. The author often repeats things that the reader can already infer, and she directly writes about how a character is feeling without showing us how they are feeling. It is a more effective writing technique to write about how characters act when they are sad or upset, rather than just saying flat out that they are sad and upset. Finally, I felt like there wasn't enough depth to the characters. I was curious to read more about the girl's interpretation of Islam and how it was like to grow up in that community, but I felt like this was not explored enough. Also, I have to add, I found it really hard to believe that Jaime, the most religious of the bunch would get knocked up by her friend's fiancé. I felt that this was completely out of nowhere and out of character since she was described as very religious and conservative. One minute she's in a restaurant talking to Rashad and he doesn't even seem to like her, and then in the next few pages, she's pregnant? The details of how that could happen between these 2 characters who don't even like each other in the book are absent. Oh, and the author doesn't even describe her babies as well. Overall, this book was a big disappointment. If you like reading good fiction, don't waste your time on this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yoruba Mutakabbir on July 20, 2011
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This was a good book (and the first I've read using my kindle ap). The characters are realistic and I identified with each of them. It definitely was not a predictable or *preachy* story. The writing itself is a bit awkward and stilted. It's not my intent to be harsh, I'm just giving my honest opinion. There were some scenes where I got the gist but I didn't feel the character would have said exactly what they said word for word. However, I eagerly await a sequel or another book like this and I could even see this being a movie. As I read, I could visualize scenes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ella on May 3, 2013
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I think that there was a lot of promise in the characters, however the writing didn't appeal to me. The story lines were cliched in the conflict and resolution. I think with some strong editing which included less telling and more showing it could have been a better book.
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By aneesa on December 22, 2014
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The book follows the journey of 4 friends as they grow up.

Spoiler alert!

Maryam get her dream job and supposedly dream husband, until she learns that he cheated on her with an unexpected person. I'm not sure what, if anything, Maryam learned along the way - probably something about forgiveness.

Jaime learns the value of her husband, in the face of her terrible behaviour. She also learns to stand up for herself against her parents and to get a life. In the process she badly mistreats her friends - it may show that people who are too suppressed go too far when they taste freedom.

Your perfect self and the perfect life will never happen.

Alia changes for a man (maybe it's for the better, but she loses some of herself in the process). He notices her change and misses the old Alia, which is irksome since she changes for him. What a fine line to draw, to change just-enough for the one you love but not too much. Meh.

Malika is the one looking for a husband but in the end she finds herself and learns that she is okay alone.

The study of characters was deep since they all change so much over the course of the book. However, the time jumps were a bit jarring.

Quotable: "Asking a Muslim girl if she thinks about marriage is like asking a fat kid if he thinks about cake".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Weber on November 14, 2012
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Most of the previous reviews must have come from friends and relatives of the author. I cannot imagine that serious readers with an appreciation for well written literary texts would pen such glowing reviews for something that is high school level at best, clumsily phrased, with one-dimensional characters, and a basically pointless plot. This was a waste of time, nothing to learn along the way here...
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