Sunday, 8 April 2012

Secrets of the Henna Girl by Sufiya Ahmed (Young Adult)

1st March 2012, Puffin
288 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: difference between pure Islam and culturally influenced Islam, family ties and honour, prisoner, making the best of a situation, grief, freedom found and lost, help from an unexpected quarter, a little domestic violence, tissues needed

Summary from Puffin
Life as Zeba knows it could be over for good . . .

Zeba Khan is like any other sixteen-year-old girl: enjoying herself, waiting for exam results . . . and dreaming of the day she'll meet her one true love.

Except her parents have other plans.

In Pakistan for the summer, Zeba's world is shattered. Her future is threatened by an unthinkable - and forced - duty to protect her father's honour.

But does she hold the secrets that will help her escape?

Nayuleska's thoughts
Although Zeba is in a horrible situation, it was refreshing that she wasn't physically abused while captive - she managed to have a few laughs with new friends, something other books on similar topics don't always have. Touching an area which sadly grows more prominant in life this gets 10/10.

You can find out more on Sufiya's website.

Suggested read

For a similar tale read Payback by Rosemary Hayes

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