Naila’s parents are from Pakistan, but she was born in America. Naila’s parents have always told her that she can choose what she wants to wear or what job she wants, but only they can choose her husband. What they don’t know is that Naila has a boyfriend. His name is Saif and he is a boy from a family Naila’s parents would never approve of.
When they discover her secret relationship, Naila’s parents fly off the handle. They whisk her off to Pakistan to remind her of her true origins. Things take a turn for the worse when Naila is forced into a marriage with no way of escaping. Saif may be her only hope of freedom from her parents and the life they forced onto her.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (15):
Written in the Stars is the best book I have ever read. My emotions were so deeply rooted in the story that I couldn’t help but cry at Naila’s worst moments. I personally connected with this story because I come from a background similar to Naila’s and know very well the expectations all parents forced onto their children. I could feel what Naila felt when she found out about her parents’ true intentions, it was like the whole world had turned upside down.
The author sheds light on a very overlooked issue that affects many around the world. It was the saddest thing to read about and opened my eyes. This story made me think and grieve, for not only Naila but for anyone who was forced into a life they never wanted.
A powerful, moving story that will pull at your heart and open your eyes to ways of life in other parts of the world.
There are some things to watch out for, such as abuse, rape, and violence.
This young adult novel shines a spotlight on how cultures can clash for first-generation American teens. clashing cultures and NOTE: This is a book for readers in high school or older. Do not let the Reading Level guide the audience choice. It is a High Interest / Low Reading Level option.
The story centers on Naila's life and the impact culture can have. Going beyond Naila there are opportunities, as our teen suggests, in talking about cultural traditions around the world, and raising awareness of abuse and human rights.
10 and Up
15 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 15
Borrow. You may ultimately buy but borrow it first.