Review: Sofia Khan is not obliged.

‘Brilliant idea! Excellent! Muslim dating? Well, I had no idea you were allowed to date.’ Then he leaned towards me and looked at me sympathetically. ‘Are your parents quite disappointed?’

Unlucky in love once again after her possible-marriage-partner-to-be proves a little too close to his parents, Sofia Khan is ready to renounce men for good. Or at least she was, until her boss persuades her to write a tell-all expose about the Muslim dating scene.

As her woes become her work, Sofia must lean on the support of her brilliant friends, baffled colleagues and baffling parents as she goes in search of stories for her book. In amongst the marriage-crazy relatives, racist tube passengers and decidedly odd online daters, could there be a a lingering possibility that she might just be falling in love . . . ?

Sofia Khan is not Obliged is the hilarious and authentic debut novel by Ayisha Malik.”

 

I picked this one up, after a particularly intense read, as I wanted something lighthearted and fun, and this seemed to fit the bill. Overall, while it definitely had it’s flaws, it was an enjoyable story.

To be honest, I did not enjoy the first half of the story much. I had expected there to be a lot more humor in the story, and I felt like the story was severely lacking in humor. Nothing really seemed to happen for a long time other than long winded discussions on guys and marriage. While I can understand why the Western reader might be intrigued by the cultural aspects in it, as a South Asian myself, a lot of them are nothing new to me, so I was not particularly gripped. I also had issues with Sofia Khan as a character, she was really annoying at times.

However, eventually I got used to it, and things started to happen, and I started liking it. I especially liked the ending. I am so glad that my ship showed signs of sailing.

Overall rating: 3.5/5

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