Love From A to Z

S.K. Ali

fiction contemporary romance young adult
emotional reflective slow-paced

384 pages | first published 2019

A marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.

An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.

But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry.

When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.

Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her.

Then her path crosses with Adam’s.

Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister.

Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.

Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals.

Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…

Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

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emotional 78%
hopeful 68%
inspiring 50%
lighthearted 46%
reflective 43%
funny 37%
informative 20%
sad 18%
adventurous 12%
challenging 10%
relaxing 10%
tense 3%
mysterious 1%


medium 69%
fast 23%
slow 6%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 88% | A mix: 11%

Strong character development?

Yes: 87% | It's complicated: 6% | No: 3% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 73% | It's complicated: 15% | No: 7% | N/A: 3%

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