My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I saw this book at WHSmith at Luton Airport in Departures, and thought about it all weekend before I rushed to get it at Arrivals the next today, so I’d say the cover and blurb (and feature on BuzzFeed) all drew me in pretty successfully.
‘Sofia Khan is Not Obliged’ has been described as the ‘Muslim Bridget Jones’ and I’d say that’s pretty accurate.
Sofia Khan is a book publicist, newly single after dumping her fiance for refusing to move out of his parents home. Fresh on the Muslim dating scene, her boss convinces her to write a ‘dating guide for Muslims’. Through weddings and babies, Sofia battles being the ‘single’ friend and the expectations placed on her by her family.
I really enjoyed Sofia’s character, and an insight into her life as both a Muslim and a single woman. It’s really important that minority characters and authors have a voice, and Sofia is a unique and welcome addition to the romance market. The book is told through a diary format and so naturally feels very Bridget Jones-esque, but rest assured that the characters and world are very well developed, and the book feels thoroughly modern.
Overall, a really enjoyable read and a much-needed addition to the market. I very much look forward to Ayisha Malik’s future books.
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