I am still on hiatus, but I had to share my review of The Love Match by Priyanka Taslim. I have been so so excited to read this book from the moment it was announced. When I got the ARC, I literally couldn’t wait to start it. Thank you so much to Lonely Pages Book Tours for giving me the chance to read this book early.
*Disclaimer: This review is based on an advanced version of the book. Some things may differ in the final version.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets Pride and Prejudice in this delightful and heartfelt rom-com about a Bangladeshi American teen whose meddling mother arranges a match to secure their family’s financial security—just as she’s falling in love with someone else.
Zahra Khan is basically Bangladeshi royalty, but being a princess doesn’t pay the bills in Paterson, New Jersey. While Zahra’s plans for financial security this summer involve working long hours at Chai Ho and saving up for college writing courses, Amma is convinced that all Zahra needs is a “good match,” Jane Austen style.
Enter Harun Emon, who’s wealthy, devastatingly handsome, and…aloof. As soon as Zahra meets him, she knows it’s a bad match. It’s nothing like the connection she has with Nayim Aktar, the new dishwasher at the tea shop, who just gets Zahra in a way no one has before. So, when Zahra finds out that Harun is just as uninterested in this match as she is, they decide to slowly sabotage their parents’ plans. And for once in Zahra’s life, she can have her rossomalai and eat it too: “dating” Harun and keeping Amma happy while catching real feelings for Nayim.
But life—and boys—can be more complicated than Zahra realizes. With her feelings all mixed up, Zahra discovers that sometimes being a good Bengali kid can be a royal pain.
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Title: The Love Match
Author: Priyanka Taslim
Publisher: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 3, 2023 (US); March 2, 2023 (UK)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Priyanka Taslim is a writer, teacher and lifelong New Jersey resident. Having grown up in a bustling Bangladeshi diaspora community, surrounded by her mother’s entire clan and many aunties of no relation, her writing often features families, communities, and all the drama therein.
Currently, Priyanka teaches by day and tells all kinds of stories about Bangladeshi characters by night. Her writing usually stars spunky Bengali heroines finding their place in the world…and a little swoony romance, too. THE LOVE MATCH, out January 2023 from Salaam Reads, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, is her debut YA novel.
Goodreads: Priyanka Taslim
my rating: 4.5⭐
I have been so excited to read The Love Match since it was announced, back in late 2020-early 2021. It’s a book that I knew I would enjoy reading from the premise itself. And I did. I really loved this. I haven’t read YA rom-coms in a while, but this…this was so good. I had so much fun reading TLM and this book is definitely one of my favourite YA books that I have read this year.
I always enjoy reading books that are centred around family and familial bonds. In The Love Match, we get to see Zahra and how much she cares for her family. And how much she is sacrificing for them. She’s put her own dreams on hold. This reminded me a little bit of myself, especially me after I moved to Australia. Dealing with parental and familial expectations for your education, for your career and just life, in general, can be hard. I really admired Zahra’s tenacity in dealing with everything.
In terms of romance, I’d say I am definitely rooting for Harun more than Nayim. Nayim’s actions in the story (no spoilers) are something that I did not like. But I have to say; both the boys go through really good character development and I loved seeing that.
All in all, I have to say, this is one book that I am going to be recommending to my family and friends. I think they’d enjoy reading this. The Love Match is a truly wonderful YA romcom and tells a lovely story about the importance of family, love (romantic and platonic), friendships and of course, growing up.
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I absolutely loved reading your review! I’ve been eyeing this book for such a long time, but after reading this post, I put it higher on my TBR. Can’t wait for its release! ❤️
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