[Reading] ➬ Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know ➳ Samira Ahmed – Vejega.info

[Reading] ➬ Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know ➳ Samira Ahmed – Vejega.info Khayyam s life is finished and she s only seventeen Ok, that may be a bit over the top, but she truly is beyond bummed to have completely blown her chance to achieve her life long dream Admittedly, her over eager attempt to get into the Chicago School of Art Institute was not as well researched as it should have been The needlessly harsh criticism of one judge plays on repeat in Khayyam s mind The hateful words aren t wrong but neither is Khayyam s theory A portrait must to be missing from Khayyam s life is finished and she s only seventeen Ok, that may be a bit over the top, but she truly is beyond bummed to have completely blown her chance to achieve her life long dream Admittedly, her over eager attempt to get into the Chicago School of Art Institute was not as well researched as it should have been The needlessly harsh criticism of one judge plays on repeat in Khayyam s mind The hateful words aren t wrong but neither is Khayyam s theory A portrait must to be missing from Delacroix s series based on Byron s prose And there is no way that a woman who inspired poetry and paintings was a fictional character plucked from a dark fairy tale Khayyam will use her month in Paris to do some proper sleuthing.Meeting the adorable descendant of Alexandre Dumas and discovering that he, too, is conducting historical studies could prove to be beneficial And exponentiallyentertaining.As Khayyam gets closer to a truth from the past, she begins to see that even in the present, people are not being completely honest Going from a having a potential partner to wondering who to trust was unnerving, but uncovering the constantly controlled life of a mysterious woman was absolutely infuriating.This woman who had been talked about never got the opportunity to speak for herself Her name was Leila and her story matters In learning about Leila, Khayyam s initial goal to rewrite her essay and prove her case grows distant She s no longer focused on her future, but resurrecting Leila s past is imperative.Teenagers are completely capable of being many things at once Inquisitive, determined and tenacious while inexplicably also reckless, romantic and immature I ve not seen those traits so perfectly captured and conveyed before meeting Khayyam in Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed Truly terrific YA Historical Fiction This review was written for Buried Under Books by jv poore, with a huge thank you for the Advance Review Copy to donate to my favorite classroom library As a fan of Byronic heroes, the title is Relevant to My Interests Two teens unravel the mystery of a Muslim woman mentioned in letters from Alexandar Dumas Yes. i, too, would like to escape to France for the summer and uncover hidden histories with a pretty Parisian boy Despite following the author for a long time on Twitter, I have actually never read her books before Internment has been on my tbr for a long time but it intimidates the hell out of me and I m just so scared to read it But when I saw the blurb for this one, I just knew this was my type of book and I had to read it immediately And it was amazing Even though I mostly read fantasy or romance novels, I am actually very fond of books which have a lot of archeological, historical or artsy elements Despite following the author for a long time on Twitter, I have actually never read her books before Internment has been on my tbr for a long time but it intimidates the hell out of me and I m just so scared to read it But when I saw the blurb for this one, I just knew this was my type of book and I had to read it immediately And it was amazing Even though I mostly read fantasy or romance novels, I am actually very fond of books which have a lot of archeological, historical or artsy elements I usually find these favorite aspects in my adventure novels, so it was actually very refreshing to see a literary art history related mystery in a YA novel I ve never been to Paris but it s a dream destination of mine, and the setting here in the book was so vivid and lush that I felt transported, but also sad that i haven t been there already I also liked that the author takes us to those places in Paris which are not the main tourist attractions we only get a single mention of the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower doesn t even get that but we see the charm in the places which only the locals would know And the way the author interconnected the stories of Alexandre Dumas, Eug ne Delacroix and Lord Byron with the plot of this book was genius and it s a great feeling to be exploring the lives of such great artists who have left indelible impressions on us The writing style is equal parts endearing and poetic and beautiful, and I just found myself lost within the words it was a mesmerizing experience that I won t be forgetting anytime soon The main theme of the book is about stories how we all have a story to tell, how the past and present and future are all connected, and an examination into who finally gets their stories told and who are lost to history We get a very critical look into how women and their accomplishments have been forgotten or deliberately suppressed for ages now, and how it s important to not let that happen any History is always being rewritten as we go along, because we uncover new facts or alternate POVs which change the context, and it s our responsibility to ensure that the women and marginalized people whose stories were lost get a chance to voice their truth And all these discussions happen very organically between the characters within the novel and I thought the author did a marvelous job highlighting the importance of giving women the agency to tell their own stories I will not say I was completely in love with our main character Khayyam I definitely admired her love for art history, her desire to prove herself and the earnestness with which she proceeded to bring Leila s story to light She is also torn between her multiple identities Muslim, American, French, Indian and it was fascinating to see her growcomfortable in her own skin as the book goes on But she is also a teenage girl who is attracted to two boys and is conflicted about whom to choose, especially because none of them are perfect I had to actually remind myself repeatedly not to judge her through my adult gaze Her parents are professors and I absolutely adored them, and their relationship with her Total parental goals and these are the kind of adult figures we don t often see in YA, so that was a nice change In the past, Leila is a woman of the harem who is not allowed any freedom or privacy, but she is a formidable woman who takes matters into her own hands and decides to carve her own path It s a story mired in tragedy but also immense strength, and every step of getting to know her was a joy Her story also plays such an integral part in Khayyam s character development, and I commend the author for the beautiful way she wove their narratives together In conclusion, this was a powerful story of two young Muslim women across centuries trying to carve their own path in life despite all the obstacles, and I thoroughly enjoyed it If like me, you are a fan of books that combine an engaging story with historical elements, or if you are an art literary history nerd, I think this book is perfect for you It has an interesting mystery, flawed but relatable characters and a love of art that permeates the pages It gave me a lot of joy while reading and I hope it does the same for you too OH MY GOODNESSMy heart was soaring through the book with the amazing plot and fun mystery Khayyam is in Paris for her Summer vacation where she is ridiculed for her art essay for a Young scholar prize After stepping in dog poop and feeling like a total screw up , Khayyam meets a cute french boy who might actually be a solution to her love life and her chance to get her Young Scholar Prize.Why should you care read pre order Mad , Bad Dangerous to know Lemme explain.CharactersOur MC khay OH MY GOODNESSMy heart was soaring through the book with the amazing plot and fun mystery Khayyam is in Paris for her Summer vacation where she is ridiculed for her art essay for a Young scholar prize After stepping in dog poop and feeling like a total screw up , Khayyam meets a cute french boy who might actually be a solution to her love life and her chance to get her Young Scholar Prize.Why should you care read pre order Mad , Bad Dangerous to know Lemme explain.CharactersOur MC khayyam , named after the famous Persian poet , Omar Khayyam.She isFrench American Indian American Muslim American Biracial Interfaith Child of immigrants.She s the best Indian American portrayal I ve seen so far granted not many , and Khayyam roxxxx Khayyam is rightfully angry about Women s voices being silenced all the time.Meet the French hottie , Alexandre Dumas.Hot CuteTallFrenchDescendant of The Alexandre Dumas Alexandre haslayers than what I prematurely described I can promise you he s not another tienne St Clair I can t saywithout giving out spoilers.The PlotKhayyam is invested in digging through Paris to find the voice that was lost in too many men s narratives Leila just wants to live her life Which her fate doesn t let her Leila struggles to live and breathe while fate tosses her around in it s cruel hands There sto her story than the men care to tell.Khayyam s determination to unravel the truth is the plot , really While Khayyam ventures through Leila s life connecting the dots , she can see herself reflected in some ways FeminismFeminism , TellHerStory is the theme of this book Women get to tell their stories They can t just be muffled around all the time or seen through another male perspective.This , obviously , isn t the male bashing type people seem to think feminism is I m mentioning this in my review because this is the message I m taking away from Samira I would hate to see it misinterpreted or misunderstood Let my fears be just paranoia.WritingThis is the first full length Samira Ahmed s novel I ve read Her writing is mesmerising The switching of PoV is so easy to navigate Not just because of the font difference or the timeline difference Khayyam and Leila s voices are totally unique and majestic in their own way which made me shed a few tears at some points I loved Samira s writing so much The direction the plot was taking is laid out in the first page And the journey was so amazing The pacing was even and if you haven t noticed , I love this book So Damn Much.If you like Young Adult contemporaries , or , diverse books , or , Specifically looking for Teen Muslim rep ,I wholeheartedly recommend reading Mad , Bad Dangerous to know This will be a perfect summer read Thanks for reading my review ok i m gonna admit some slight confusion that this isn t related to lord byron but this also sounds AWESOME Told In Alternating Narratives That Bridge Centuries, The Latest Novel From New York Times Bestselling Author Samira Ahmed Traces The Lives Of Two Young Women Fighting To Write Their Own Stories And Escape The Pressure Of Familial Burdens And Cultural Expectations In Worlds Too Long Defined By Men It S August In Paris And Year Old Khayyam Maquet American, French, Indian, Muslim Is At A Crossroads This Holiday With Her Professor Parents Should Be A Dream Trip For The Budding Art Historian But Her Maybe Ex Boyfriend Is Probably Ghosting Her, She Might Have Just Blown Her Chance At Getting Into Her Dream College, And Now All She Really Wants Is To Be Back Home In Chicago Figuring Out Her Messy Life Instead Of Brooding In The City Of Light Two Hundred Years Before Khayyam S Summer Of Discontent, Leila Is Struggling To Survive And Keep Her True Love Hidden From The Pasha Who Has Gifted Her With Favored Status In His Harem In The Present Day And With The Company Of A Descendant Of Alexandre Dumas Khayyam Begins To Connect Allusions To An Enigmatic Th Century Muslim Woman Whose Path May Have Intersected With Alexandre Dumas, Eug Ne Delacroix, And Lord Byron Echoing Across Centuries, Leila And Khayyam S Lives Intertwine, And As One Woman S Long Forgotten Life Is Uncovered, Another S Is Transformed Requested and ARC in exchange for honest review.3.5 for now Will write a review soon. the UK cover looks like a historical inspired fantasy and the US cover looks like a modern contemporary with cute coffee dates, wild

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