the marriage clock | review

The Marriage Clock

written by Zara Raheem | narrated by Ariana Delawari

published by HarperAudio (2019)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

To Leila Abid’s traditional Indian parents, finding a husband in their South Asian-Muslim American community is as easy as match, meet, marry. But for Leila, a marriage of arrangement clashes with her lifelong dreams of a Bollywood romance which has her convinced that real love happens before marriage, not the other way around.

Finding the right husband was always part of her life-plan, but after 26 years of singledom, even Leila is starting to get nervous. And to make matters worse, her parents are panicking, the neighbors are talking, and she’s wondering, are her expectations just too high? So Leila decides it’s time to stop dreaming and start dating.

She makes a deal with her parents: they’ll give her three months, until their 30th wedding anniversary, to find a husband on her own terms. But if she fails, they’ll take over and arrange her marriage for her.

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This was a super quick read, which is exactly what I was looking for because I’ve been in a reading slump for quite some time. However, I found the cultural aspects of the book more enjoyable than the romance, and the ending left me disappointed.

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finding audrey | review

Finding Audrey

written by Sophie Kinsella | narrated by Gemma Whelan

published by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group (2015)

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Audrey can’t leave the house. She can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.

Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

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I’ve had this book on my shelves for a few years, and I had such high hopes for it; but ultimately, I was let down. I got the book because I heard that the main character has social anxiety, and the representation was good. The mental health representation was okay, but there were other parts of the book that made it impossible to enjoy the book.

If someone were to ask me for a book with anxiety representation, I wouldn’t recommend this one.

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