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The Syrian Virgin: A Young Woman's Journey From War in Syria to Love in New York (The Syrian Virgin Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 20, 2015
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About the Author
Zack Love graduated from Harvard College, where he studied mostly literature, psychology, philosophy, and film. After college, he moved to New York City and took a corporate consulting job that had absolutely nothing to do with his studies. The attacks of September 11, 2001 inspired him to write a novelette titled “The Doorman,” and heightened his interest in the Middle East. A decade later, that interest extended to the Syrian Civil war, which provided the backdrop for his latest work. In late 2013, Zack began releasing his unpublished works of fiction and became a full-time author. He has published comedy, psychological and philosophical fiction, and romance. Zack enjoys confining himself to one genre about as much as he likes trying to sum up his existence in one paragraph.
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So this story portrayed a girl Anissa from Syria coming to America to escape the war going on. Christians in Syria being killed and forced to leave their homes to escape the harsh punishments of being Christians. We learn what Anissa went through living in Syria during this war, and why her father would send her to America alone to stay with her uncle. It is horrible and unimaginable what happens to these people. A big eye opener for someone like me who had no idea.
So in America Anissa meets two men who will become big parts of her life, first is Michael Kassab a Syrian activist who she meets through Facebook trying to connect with people with her same interest. She only connects with Michael through messages, he is older and already in collage and Anissa is still in high school. Story follows Anissa all through high school and into collage, where she finally meets Michael in person and joins his movement to bring awareness to the happenings in Syria. This is where Anissa meets Julien trying to get him to donate money to the cause and he says no. The beginning of the book portrays Julien in a negative way, but as the story unfolds that is not the case, thanks to the alternating POVs which I love. Thanks Zach for letting us into Julien's head. So the story starts getting interesting when Micheal decides he wants to start a Christian state and they need a big donation, and it just so happens that Julien runs a 20 billion dollar hedge fund, and is quit found of Anissa hmm :) But then the book ends on a cliffhanger not a major one but enough that you need to read the second book. I am excited to continue this story and find out what happens and what choices Anissa makes with these two men. And also about the family she still has in Syria.
Zach Love this book is interesting, and insightful, this book made me stop and think a few times. I also loved that this book didn't just center around Anissa I liked getting to know about Julien and I really want to find out about his past. So I think you did really amazing with this book, and I look forward to reading more of your books. :) Thanks.
Anissa escapes Syria after a very tragic event, one that is not rare at the time of her departure. Her father arranged for her to go to New York to be with his brother's family and to have a better life. She is very determined to focus on her studies and to get into a University and to stay close to her roots. To help her family and the Christians in Syria.
On her journey she does go to a University and also meets two powerful men. One is a bit older and an activist, she wants to help the cause so she joins the fight. She is not sure if Michael just looks at her as a fellow student on his side or as more. She is drawn to him because of his views and passion to help.
Anissa also meets Professor Julien Morales. He is in charge of a 20 Billion dollar hedge fund. If her studies pay off she could work for him in the future but that is not all she has in mind. He is powerful, worldly, sexy and also almost twice her age but she doesn't care. There is just something about him and she wants to get to know him better and to also see if he is willing to help the cause.
Professor Morales sees something in Anissa that he doesn't see in other women. She is beautiful, intelligent and can banter. She is also brave for coming to New York and going through what he believes was horrible acts back in Syria. He wants to figure her out, get to know her but she is still his student. He also needs to trust her which is hard for him to do since so many before he have been untrustworthy. There are complications but can they come up with a deal? Will she be a Virgin by the end?
Anissa is torn between two powerful men. She doesn't know how to work this out since she never even had one boyfriend before this. She wants to help the cause but also develop relationships outside of it and her past. As for which man to choose, well for me there is no question but my name isn't Anissa.
I thought it was awesome that the novel was in journal form in Anissa and Julien's POVs. Julien has a dark side and nightmares that resurface throughout his life. I can't wait to find out what causes them and what will happen next.
Overall, the novel is very well-written, thought provoking and powerful. You can tell a lot of research was made and Zack cares very much about what is happening in the rest of the world, not just the United States. I am Armenian and know of some of my ancestors deaths during the Genocide, you do not read much about it in textbooks or hear about it but it was included the novel so Thank you Zack for that.
And then there is the romance part of it...Anissa's journey is also about how to develop relationships and learning what they are all about.
“If you will it, it is no dream,” he affirmed, with a twinkle in his eye.
She trounced my plan to forget her by making herself so unforgettable that I could think of only one thing: I had to have her.
“When you come to a new country with so little, all you have is your character.”
thoroughly enjoyed this story. Anissa is a strong young woman who has to make many tough choices in her young life. I don't like to give out the meaty parts of a story but know that this is worth the purchase. Zack Love writes a very informative, detailed, enjoyable book. Enjoy it!