RaveThe Skinny (UK)... lyrical, witty, and maintains all the genre trappings that we love in romcoms, while doing something completely new. Kiki is a memorable protagonist – seemingly aloof but soft hearted, confident and funny, and a self-proclaimed nerd, with a heart that she is afraid to risk – and her bond with Aminah is beautiful, with its unwavering support and affection. The romance between Kiki and Malakai is full of moments that feel on par with every iconic scene in your favourite romcoms, from public arguments to big romantic gestures, humour paired with sizzling attraction, and two characters who truly see into the core of each other. Essential reading for any romance enthusiast.
RaveThe Skinny (UK)\" In Good Intentions, Kasim Ali not only lays bare the sweetness and nerves of first love, but also levels an unflinching gaze on the prejudices and racism within minority communities ... This is a complex, tender and bittersweet love story that interrogates familial obligation, religion, race, what it means to be \'good\' ... Despite Nur’s belief that he’s in an impossible position, the novel is also incredibly hopeful—maybe our immigrant parents aren’t as immovable as they seem, and perhaps the future holds more choices than we believe. Beautifully written, this will appeal to fans of Caleb Azumah Nelson, Candice Carty-Williams, and Sally Rooney.
RaveThe Skinny (UK)... everything Sally Rooney always does so brilliantly: absorbing, sometimes abrasive characters; unconventional romance; and beautiful, thoughtful prose. It also often feels like the novel is in conversation with itself, asking what the point is in a story about love, sex, and relationships, when humanity feels like it’s on the brink of disaster. What’s the point in anything really, when the problems that face us feel so insurmountable? How can the world still be beautiful while we’re in the process of destroying it? Despite these questions, Beautiful World...is far from bleak, weaving in a thread of belief that what makes a beautiful world is the people we love, the people who love us back, and the art we leave behind.