Written in the Stars

Written in the Stars

eBook - 2015
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"Naila's vacation to visit relatives in Pakistan turns into a nightmare when she discovers her parents want to force her to marry a man she's never met"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA),, [2015]
Description: 1 online resource (284 pages)
ISBN: 9780698185920

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Sgordano Apr 23, 2019

Not a lot of books make me so angry that I twitch while reading them, and this one is definitely an exception. From the time Naila gets to Pakistan on, I want to punch something. My word. And knowing that someone doesn't want to be with you and was forced into it, but then saying "Sorry, I don't have a choice"? Man, my husband is lucky not to be neutered in place of Amin! Saif is a much more reserved man than I could ever be.

In any case, it's a quick read. It gets to the point quickly. I wanted to read it as someone who grew up with many friends involved in this type of situation and having grown up in a state where I came in contact with many teenagers dealing with this from all perspectives. It served to confirm for me that my friends who chose not to obey were likely risking a lot doing so. I'm not going to say it's epic literature, but it's a good read for the young people in this type of community as well as those who might not understand it.

Feb 22, 2017

Man, this book hurts. I applaud the writer for bringing something that seems so distant for most American teenagers right in front of them. This novel evokes real emotions about a very real subject, and while I can't say I look forward to reading it again (and going through those heart-wrenching emotions), I am very glad that I did experience it.

Aug 22, 2016

Written in the stars is a powerful and an emotional read. I think that this will be an eye opener to whoever reads this amazing book. I couldn’t put this book down because it was so powerful. The first few pages got me hooked from the beginning.
This book also taught me more about culture and tradition and the way of living in Pakistan. I feel like the characters in this book are so authentic.
This book is more than just saying arranged marriages are bad, it’s more about having the right to choose whom you love and want to marry.

Jun 27, 2016

Couldn't put this book down!

IJohn Jan 06, 2016

This is the first reality book that I actually fell in love with....I normally don't like reality books because they have no excitement sometimes but this was cute and exciting!!

Oct 18, 2015

Wow. This story was beautiful. It feels so real, even though it was fictional. It had opened my eyes to the reality of arranged marriages and all the possibilities that could happen. The author did a great job incorporating morals and different actions to spread awareness into this book. It is very lovely and i encourage everyone to read it.

Jul 06, 2015

The author tried to explain between an arranged marriage, with open communication and partners seen as equal giving her own marriage as an example, and a forced marriage like Naila's where she was brought to another country under false pretenses and drugged into it. A very good debut work.

May 27, 2015

When I finished this book, I said out loud, "Wow." It starts off as a high school romance, and ends up with the main character being drugged and forced into an arranged marriage. Even though it's a fictional story, it feels very real. I think that every teenage girl and also adults should read this. It's definitely eye-opening.

May 25, 2015

For our immigrant communities, a cultural identity is important, but what if it requires you to be forced into a marriage you don’t want. Naila has grown up in Florida, and is in love with Saif, but she respects her Pakistani family’s rules about interactions with the opposite sex—that is until she sneaks out for the prom with Saif. And suddenly she finds the family returning to Pakistan for a vacation where she is left in an arranged marriage. It’s an eye-opener for people like me who want to know more about other cultures.

booklady413 Apr 18, 2015

Imagine going to visit relatives in Pakistan, and while you are there your parents force you into an arranged marriage. This is exactly the situation that Naila finds herself in. What will happen to her, held in a country she did not grow up in with a man she does not love? The author explains that her marriage was arranged, but turned out well. However, she does realize that sometimes this practice can turn into abuse, and she supplies different agencies young women can contact if they are being coerced to marry. This is an interesting and important read for teens and adults as well.

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Aug 22, 2016

“My mother always says when you fight destiny, destiny fights back. Some things, they're just written in the stars. You can try but you can never escape what's meant to be.”

Aug 22, 2016

“Love is about the good moments, but it's about holding on to each other during the difficult ones, too. Coming out on the other side, weathered but still holding hands, isn't easy. It's the most difficult thing there can possibly be, but I know now it's the truest test of love there is.”

Aug 22, 2016

“Life is full of sadness. It's part of being a woman. Our lives are lived for the sake of others. Our happiness is never factored in. Do I want this life? Living here and seeing my husband a few times a year, raising my daughter alone? I don't know what it was like in America, but this is how life is. This is reality. But this advice is coming too late. It's meaningless now.”


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