Sofia Khan is Not Obliged/ posted in: Reading Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik
on September 3rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Great Britain
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Set in England
"Brilliant idea! Excellent! Muslim dating? Well, I had no idea you were allowed to date.' Then he leaned towards me and looked at me sympathetically. 'Are your parents quite disappointed?'
Unlucky in love once again after her possible-marriage-partner-to-be proves a little too close to his parents, Sofia Khan is ready to renounce men for good. Or at least she was, until her boss persuades her to write a tell-all expose about the Muslim dating scene.
As her woes become her work, Sofia must lean on the support of her brilliant friends, baffled colleagues and baffling parents as she goes in search of stories for her book. In amongst the marriage-crazy relatives, racist tube passengers and decidedly odd online daters, could there be a lingering possibility that she might just be falling in love . . . ?
Sofia Khan’s almost-fiance has told her that he expects them to live with his parents in side by side houses connected through a hole in the wall. She breaks off the relationship.
Now she is forced to face her extended family again who can’t figure out what her problem is. She’s so old! She’s (gasp) 30! How will she ever find a husband at her advanced age?
Her mother says it is because she insists on wearing a hijab. Everyone else just thinks she is too picky.
When she makes a comment in a staff meeting about her dating life, her superiors decide that she should write a book about Muslim dating. She signs up for Muslim online dating sites to try to gain stories for the book. That’s in between dealing with crisis after crisis with her sister’s wedding and hiding her father’s cigarettes from her mother and trying to convince her friend not to marry a man who is already married.
I loved this book. It was a perfect light read. I actually stayed up way too late reading it while trying to convince myself that even though I was only 56% done I could finish it fairly soon. The husband had to gently remind me that I had to go to work in the morning and I really should get some sleep.
Sofia had a great voice. She’s a modern Londoner who takes her faith seriously which makes her a bit of an outsider to her coworkers and to her family. She deals with racism on the streets of London. She isn’t sure exactly what she wants to do when she grows up but she knows it isn’t being a live in slave to a demanding mother-in-law. She isn’t particularly interested in learning to cook anyway.
This is Ayshia Malik’s first book. I’m looking forward to seeing what she writes next.