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The Loophole, by Naz Kutub

pranavj's review

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adventurous emotional hopeful mysterious sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.25

mrskingisreading's review

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5.0

Thank you Bloomsbury, Naz Kutub, and NetGalley for this eARC!

What a ride. I just flew through this book! It was an incredible blend of whimsy and serious issues- leaving me both laughing and tearing up at various points.

Sy (Sayyed) is a 17 year old who is having a rough go of it. His boyfriend Farouk left him a few months ago, and he is still living at home with an abusive father. The one positive is that he gets to work with his bestie Dzakir in the coffee shop while he saves up for Santa Monica College. One day, though, Reggie blasts into his life- and grants him three wishes. Within the same 24 hours, Sy's absuive father kicks him out after finding out he is gay.
This ends with Sy and Reggie jet-setting around the world trying to track down Farouk.

Is Reggie magic, or is she just rich? Where is Farouk, and why isn't his phone working? Why is Dzakir the absolute best in his My Little Pony t-shirt?

Naz Kutub approaches serious issues in this book, notably islamophobia in the west and toxic family relationships. That said, he's obviously a funny person and the humor is so well done in the book.

I definitely recommend The Loophole!

samixox's review against another edition

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slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0


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rainbow_reader's review

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4.5

This book is so fun. I loved the travel and slight magic elements. While there is a lot going on plot-wise, the main element of the story is character development and I really enjoyed that.

tuufa's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.25

13anna17's review

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adventurous funny reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75


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naomidanae's review

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adventurous fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0

delz's review

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

This story is so well written and paced, with well developed, lovable characters. This is three stories tied together by Reggie, Sy’s benefactor who is sarcastic;inebriated all the time and truly has a heart of gold. The story begins with Sy who is moping over his ex, Farouk, while working his barista job, when a girl slams into the front window of the store. No one goes to help her so Sy takes the initiative, the girl is Reggie and she’s so appreciative she gives him three wishes. He thinks it’s a joke and immediately wishes for a million $’s, but low and behold a million dollars appears in his account. We then meet the family Sy loves, his mom and his sister and then there’s Baba, a sour, misogynistic, homophobe who has no issue beating his son. Woven throughout the story there’s a retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice. There’s adventure while Sy claims his wishes and a touch of magical realism. Loophole is an endearing story everyone will fall in love with.

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baylan's review

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adventurous challenging hopeful reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

1.75

 Could've been a flat 1-star rating if not for the valuable messages the story contained. The execution though? yeesh 

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ashazari's review

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adventurous emotional hopeful inspiring reflective relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0