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A Love That Disturbs

A Love That Disturbs Maysa Mazari is alarmed by her mother s talk about arranged marriage As a hijab wearing Pakistani American she wants to find love on her own Her judgmental Muslim clique has protected her from racist

  • Title: A Love That Disturbs
  • Author: Medeia Sharif
  • ISBN: 9781772338928
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • Maysa Mazari is alarmed by her mother s talk about arranged marriage As a hijab wearing Pakistani American, she wants to find love on her own Her judgmental Muslim clique has protected her from racist taunts, although the leader is turning on her as Maysa strays from the group because of her attraction to Haydee.Haydee Gomez is a former gang member and juvenile detentionMaysa Mazari is alarmed by her mother s talk about arranged marriage As a hijab wearing Pakistani American, she wants to find love on her own Her judgmental Muslim clique has protected her from racist taunts, although the leader is turning on her as Maysa strays from the group because of her attraction to Haydee.Haydee Gomez is a former gang member and juvenile detention student Now living with a clean cut aunt, she wants to turn her life around, even though one person will never let her forget her roots Rafe, her abusive pimp Haydee attempts to pull away from a life of prostitution when she develops feelings for Maysa, although Rafe isn t willing to give her up too easily.Finding themselves in danger from Maysa s friends and Haydee s pimp, it s apparent their love disturbs everyone around them as they fight to stay together.

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    1. (tw: assault)As a queer Muslim, my first thought upon finishing A Love That Disturbs (after I stopped being in total shock) was "Fuck this."Let me start out by saying that I don't know anything about the author of this book, Medeia Sharif. I don't know if she's queer or even a Muslim, but I'm going to assume the latter based on her previous works. And let me say this: A Love That Disturbs does not read like a book written by a Muslim author. It reads like a straight non-Muslim's imagining of how [...]

    2. Highly recommended read. This book is an emotional roller coaster of two people. One who is trying to live the life she wants and not the past she comes from. While the other finds herself and the strength by pulling away from her small minded (due to religion and culture) friendsNot your average coming of age and coming out book

    3. I read this book at four am and went immediately to sleep, because my thoughts were a jumble and I was feeling really emotional about everything. So, expect a lot of rambling.First of all, I just want to say that as a bi Pakistani Muslim, this is perhaps the first time I've read something that features us as part of the LGBT community, and it honestly feels so good! I wish I could carry this feeling for the rest of my life. I also really love that Maysa's girlfriend, Haydee, is Puerto Rican. Lif [...]

    4. Review written & published on criticalwritContent warning for physical abuse, rape, emotional abuse & blackmail, sexual trafficking, and extreme violence against women. Genre : Drama, Contemporary, Romance, F/F FictionBefore we start, I feel that we need to go back over the content warning header— because this is not an easy read at all. This book features some of the worst things human beings do to one another and some pretty gut wrenching abuse. This book is a good example of an emot [...]

    5. Beautiful love story that feels authentic and real-world. The book is very well written and is not formulaic. The author created a diverse cast of characters that skillfully show diversity of individuals even from the same cultural and religious background. Full review to follow but in the meantime I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK! I received a free copy for an honest review.

    6. I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Trigger warnings for violence, sexual violence, violence against women.This book took my heart and tore it into thousands of little pieces. Set in the US, it follows Maysa, a Muslim girl whose parents worry her with talk of an arranged marriage and who isn't necessarily too happy in her friend group of four Muslim girls including her as the friendship is more out of necessity to stick together and protec [...]

    7. From cover to finish, A Love That Disturbs carries out its intent to keep the reader disturbed and turning the pages.It addresses the issues of teenage prostitution and lesbianism, then heightens both in the context of two cultures in contact: a Haydee, broken- family-style of life with that of Maysa, who come from a traditional Muslim home with strict rules and expectations.In her other books, Sharif has always given us excellent insights into America's teenage Muslim world, but this time she p [...]

    8. 3.5 StarsImagine a life full of rules and being told what you can and can not do.Now imagine the life you want, where you can be free to make choices.Where you decide your future.Both girls are struggling with their lives and the rules forced on them.Haydee and Maysa have more in common then they realize.My heart broke for both girls.There were highs and then there were some deep scary dark places.The writing is quite lovely and the characters could be any high schoolstudent. It was easy to like [...]

    9. This book is very well-written but very very violent and a little bit traumatic. I kind of feel like it would be more appropriate for adult readers rather than a YA audience. The title is an accurate representation of the content.

    10. I chose A Love That Disturbs because I wanted to read an f/f romance and I liked the sound of the blurb.Maysa, a Muslim girl, starts to feel attraction for Haydee, the new girl in school. Maysa’s friends don’t approve of her friendship with Haydee and try to convince Maysa to ignore the new girl.The GoodThere aren’t many f/f romances that feature two women of colour. Maysa is Pakistani American and Haydee is Latina.The BadI felt like most of the representation was not realistic at all or n [...]

    11. This is a heavy book. I don’t review a lot of books, but I was enticed by the dark subject—Muslim girl falls in love with a prostitute—and even though I knew it would be a tough read, I was still surprised by how tough. I wanted Maysa to give up her fight for her independence and go back to being the good little Muslim girl to save everybody the heartache, but of course I didn’t really want that. My reader emotions and loyalties were pulled and tugged on through the entire story and then [...]

    12. 3.5/5Thanks to NetGalley for giving a free copy to review.'A Love That Disturbs' is a story about two girls falling in love, one of them a hijab-wearing Pakistani-American - Maysa, and the other one - Haydee, a heavily tattooed former gang member and a current prostitute. They slowly form a relationship that is not so well-taken by Maysa's family and friends, and they both begin to change for the better.Overall the story was enjoyable (it read like fanfiction), the writing was quite simple, but [...]

    13. A Love That Disturbs is an intense read. Throughout, I was amazed at the author's range. She can write lighthearted stories, adventures, and gut-wrenching dramas like this one. The story alternates between Maysa's and Haydee's point of view. Maysa is a Pakistani-American whose old-fashioned parents want her to marry someone from her background. Haydee is a former prostitute trying to turn her life around. The two fall in love--and must deal with the consequences of that love. This is an importan [...]

    14. "Maysa, her looks, her personality, her very being, and the way Haydee reacted to all this changed how she viewed her sexuality. Having Maysa in her life felt right and downright blissful." This book made me go through so many different emotions. It had some really sweet parts in the beginning and the end was heartbreaking and bittersweet at the same time.Both girls go through some difficult stuff in their lives. Maysa is a pakistani muslim living in the US; when she starts coming out she has to [...]

    15. I received a copy via Netgalley for an honest review.Hier geht's zur deutschen Rezension.________________________Content Note:The characters are confronted by Islamophobia, homophobia and brutal violence (partially because of these prejudices) – people are beaten, others raped and there's much more. Furthermore, there's a rather detailed description of someone's nightmare, in which the several of the character's body parts melt away. The book isn't always easy to read in that regard. If you ne [...]

    16. How I wish I could’ve liked this book more than I actually did. A book that has two qpoc leads who end up falling for each other should be right up my alley, but how I thought this book would turn out and how the story actually unfolded were two very different things.The story follows the meeting, and consequent relationship between Maysa, a devout Pakistani-American Muslim who’s held up to high standards by her strict, overbearing parents, and Haydee, a Puerto-Rican prostitute/former gang m [...]

    17. Disturb: interfere with the normal arrangement or functioning of; cause to feel anxious; interrupt the sleep, relaxation, or privacy ofOf all these definitions the interruption of privacy may be the most appropriate for Medeia Sharif's shocking new book. When Haydee Gomez and Maysa Mazari fall in love, they hide their forbidden relationship, knowing their peers and families will be surprised, angry, and even hurt. Unfortunately, they underestimate the consequences and what happens is no less tha [...]

    18. A Love That Disturbs/Medeia Sharif Maysa Mazari is alarmed by her mother’s talk about arranged marriage. As a hijab-wearing Pakistani-American, she wants to find love on her own. Her judgmental Muslim clique has protected her from racist taunts, although the leader is turning on her as Maysa strays from the group because of her attraction to Haydee.Haydee Gomez is a former gang member and juvenile detention student. Now living with a clean-cut aunt, she wants to turn her life around, even thou [...]

    19. This is a coming of age story with grit, strong emotions and not always the pleasant side of life.Haydee just wants to go to a normal high school and somehow get a 'normal' life back, but her past isn't letting her go. Maysa is a Muslim girl with good grades, friends and a bright future in the way her parents and tradition would like to see it. The two girls seem so different but are both being held back from what they really want. Both are in a type of dismal situation--Haydee with a violent pi [...]

    20. I received an ARC through NetGalley.A Love That Disturbs was a lot more intense than I was expecting. Maysa and Haydee both feel trapped, but for very different reasons. Maysa is part of a small clique of Muslim girls. She feels protected having this group that understands exactly what it's like, but no one else is allowed to get close to them. Haydee has just transferred to Maysa's school after moving in with her aunt. She wants a fresh start, but her pimp doesn't want to let her go. Meeting Ma [...]

    21. a highschool f/f story ft clashing cultures and classes, and how your best friends can make the worst enemies's good and entertaining, but also disturbing. there's violence, homophobia, and even acid attacks, so not exactly a fluffy read.

    22. I really wanted to love this book. So much. It deals with a lot of topics that I think are very important and I give it kudos for approaching subjects that a lot of contemporary young adult literature strays from. However, I found it hard to engage with the almost juvenile way Maysa was portrayed and by the flow.I felt like the love between Haydee and Maysa was kind of unrealistic. Their connection was so instantaneous and it seemed to be based on very little. Their relationship lost a lot of it [...]

    23. DNF after reading fifty percent of the book. I have so many problems with it. I'm a little embarrassed that this book is written by a Muslim author because of how she portrays all the other Muslim characters in the book (except for Maysa, who despite her hijab isn't at all religious). Diversity is important but just because a book is diverse doesn't mean it automatically deserves praise. A book needs to be whole with a good plot, multi-dimensional characters and good writing. To me, this book di [...]

    24. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my review.I was quite excited to read this story, because I've never read one about a gay Muslim before. I do have gay Muslim acquaintances and friends, and it's well known that their stories are often overlooked. Kudos to the author for getting out this story that needed to be told.The plot and the fact that it was LGBT is what kept me reading mostly. The writing wasn't really the most unique. I felt that their relationship relied to [...]

    25. *ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review*I really enjoyed this book and both main characters. I think that the author did a good job in coming up with a very interesting storyline which was a draw all on its own but, I feel like more could have been done with the telling of the story. My favourite book featuring a relationship between a Muslim woman and non-muslim woman is Andrea Bramhall's Nightingale, the way she wrote the story conveyed the intensity of the moments an [...]

    26. An edgy, moving, and uplifting storyI really enjoyed this book. When I read the description of it I was intrigued, because it deals with portions of our culture with which I have little to no experience. It is always fun to get a peek at a different part of the American way of life. The gritty, no nonsense nature of the story really gives you a feeling of understanding the no win situations that people can find themselves in sometimes. The depiction of Muslim American culture was wonderfully don [...]

    27. Sometimes people find themselves in situations that they want out of, but circumstances prevent them from changing. What if they reach a point where they can’t go on with their lives the way they are, however? Do they risk losing family and friends by taking a chance at happiness or do they give in to pressure and continue living their unhappy lives?In A LOVE THAT DISTURBS, Author Medeia Sharif’s latest novel for young adult readers, Haydee Gomez wants to get away from her pimp Rafe and just [...]

    28. First a praise to two lesbian women of colour as protagonists before I go into a 2.5 rating. I quite liked Maysa, a Pakistani-American Muslim, and the social problems she has to face with regards to her sexuality and relationship with Haydee, a tattooed prostitute, that doesn't quite fit the norm of a conservative Muslim family. But despite my interest with the diversity and their unique situation I am very on the fence with this book, almost leaning towards slightly negative hence the unsure ra [...]

    29. I've really enjoyed Sharif's other novels--she's a prolific author with an amazing range--so I had high hopes for this novel. I was not disappointed! The story and characters were rich and facing issues that were incredibly complex (and sometimes horrifying). I'll admit that I did have a bit of a hard time identifying with the characters as they were in situations so vastly distinct, but that didn't detract from the story. My only other minor quibble is that the relationship between the two wome [...]

    30. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.I've read most of Ms. Sharif's books and know that she tackles some pretty difficult subjects. A LOVE THAT DISTURBS is no exception, in the fact that it deals with lesbian love, prostitution, violence against women, and hate crime, to name just a few. She even brings in the intolerance and strictness that exists within some Muslim families and the repercussions that intolerance can produce.It was not an easy book for me to read because Ms. S [...]

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