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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 In late 2013, Zack began releasing his unpublished works of fiction and became a full-time author.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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This was my first book by Love, and will not be my last. I found out about this book via some book event on fb, and his humor got me interested to see if it shows in his writing. (It does!)
Out of the destruction she does slowly rebuild her life and it's in college that Anissa starts to open up. She meets Maya, a friend who she instantly connects with and two men who will no doubt change her life. Michael is the Syrian-Christian student who she is enamored with from the beginning. Julien, her billionaire professor who may have more in common with her than she thinks. What this leads to is a remarkable story.
Zack Love does a superb job with The Syrian Virgin. He takes you on a emotional journey with Anissa that you are going to remember for a long time. He makes you think, cry, laugh, get angry and gives you hope as you read this book. At the end of it, you are eager to get your hands on the next book in this series. The amount of research that went into this story is evident in every single page. Zack brilliantly takes current events and turns it into a contemporary romance that unlike any other book out there. After you read it you want to know more about the situation going on in Syria and the Middle East. The Syrian Virgin is a book that needs to be on your must read list. I can't recommend this book enough. It's a thought provoking story that is Zack's best book to date.
But this is also a love story ..of two men who find this women fascinating in her intelligence, youth and beauty. One older and one a younger man and they both want her in their lives. But this her story as well, of self discovery and her coming in to her own in oh so many ways.
I really enjoyed how this had me expanding my mind and my perceptions. I came invested quickly on how her story would unfold. I highly recommend this book.
Anissa is a young woman who flees her home in Syria due to the terrible war seizing the country. Horrible events cause her to abandon her familiar surroundings, carrying nothing but a backpack, alone without family, and scared. We follow her to New York, where she copes with culture shock and the uncertainty of her future. Living in New York with her uncle Tony, Anissa concentrates on her studies as she finishes High School and enrolls in Columbia University. Remembering her parents’ encouraging words, she manages to keep herself going...
“You must leave Syria and get the best education you can in the United States and do what you can for your people and your family. In America, you will be safe and can speak for those of us who have no voice.”
Anissa finds herself attracted to two very interesting men. Both flawed and powerful in their own right, they call to a different side of her, each bringing out strengths and ideas she didn’t think she had. They both want her in their lives, attracted to her innocence, intelligence, and beauty.
The story possesses an engaging plot that captivates from the first page. Well-written and clearly thoroughly-researched, the book gives us a glimpse into the horrors of the Syrian war. Although this is a romance, the character angst and sex scenes found in other books are not seen here. You will find, though, a seventeen year old caught between her attraction for two very important men in her life. Comedic situations, witty and snarky comments, and the resilience of a young woman trying to make a difference, are elements in this story that will keep you reading until the very end.
This is one novel that you will want to read when you have more than a few hours to spare. It is one where your mind will be put to work and your heart will become engaged.
The Syrian Virgin is a definite “must read”!