Written in the StarsAuthor: Aisha Saeed
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: March 24th 2015 by Nancy Paulsen Books
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This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?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.
What an amazing debut! Written in the Stars is an important and eye-opening YA novel that should be read by people everywhere. This is easily one of my favorite 2015 reads so far.
Naila is a Pakistani-American girl trying to break out of tradition, not solely because of love but because she genuinely wants to live a life that she chose for herself. That alone won me over to Team Naila. I like how real her character is. She has dreams and ambitions but doesn't have much choice and freedom because of her conservative and controlling parents. I think at some level, a lot of us can relate to that. Maybe it's not our parents but there's almost always something that we struggle against.
"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."