Book Review: Sophia Khan is not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

After the serious read Sofie & Cecilia, I decided to pick up a lighthearted story that I could read quickly and with ease. Sofia Khan is not Obliged by Ayisha Malik appealed to me. What encouraged me even more to pick up the book was the quote that appears on the front cover: “Fun, fresh and funny”.

At the beginning of the book, we read that Sofia Khan is ready to renounce men when her sort-of-boyfriend/possible-marriage-partner-to-be announces that he wishes to live with his parents after marriage. Sofia is not pleased with this and decides that this type of marriage is not for her.  After speaking about it at work, her boss persuades her to write a tell-all expose on the Muslim dating scene resulting in her need to search for Muslim men. While seeking stories for her book, Sofia leans on the support of her close friends, colleagues and baffling parents. During the search for material for her book, Sofia also faces the possibility that she may be falling in love.

I loved this book. It was a lighthearted, fun read that caused me to chuckle in many places. During the novel, I saw a development in the main character as she became more self-aware and realised what it was she wanted in both her career and in a lifetime partner. This story is a romance – but not a traditional one. Seen through the eyes of a Muslim girl living in London, it touches on social norms in an amusing manner.

If you enjoy reading lighthearted romances with a touch of difference, this novel is for you. This easy read is the perfect story for a relaxing Saturday afternoon and would be humorous addition to your summer TBR list.

Do you enjoy lighthearted romance with a touch of difference?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This novel was the 36th in my 50 book pledge for 2018)

9 thoughts on “Book Review: Sophia Khan is not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

  1. This seems to be a delightful read of the kind that will be coming out in the next few weeks from the publishers I represent and edit regularly for. ‘The Blue Between’ and ‘Arkana’. The first starts with a meeting in a park of a heartbroken 18-year-old girl and an intense 12-year-old boy who keeps thinking of her well after he reaches adulthood. The second, to quote the beginning of the blurb, ‘Adopting a stray black kitten that arrives on your doorstep doesn’t make you a witch — or does it?’

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