Written in the Stars

Written in the Stars

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Naila's conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up, but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating, even friendship with a boy, is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila's vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed - her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif... if he can find her before it's too late.
Publisher: New York :, Speak,, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2015.
ISBN: 9780147513939
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 21 cm.

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JessReads321
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.

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lovetoread111
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.

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Kdolan10
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!!

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KATRIN_U
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.

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nidofito
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.

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julia_sedai
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.

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brangwinn
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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kBj21 Aug 21, 2018

kBj21 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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lovetoread111
Aug 22, 2016

lovetoread111 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 18

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Jun 03, 2015

Emipurple2 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 16

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lovetoread111
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.”

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lovetoread111
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.”

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lovetoread111
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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