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January 1, 2023

The Love Match by Priyanka Taslim ~ a Review

by MK French

Zahra Khan lives in New Jersey and is descended from Bangladeshi royalty. That doesn't pay bills, so she works long hours to save up for college. Her mother wants to match her to the wealthy and handsome Harun Emon, but Zahra knows it’s a bad match. Instead, she has a connection with Nayim Aktar, the new dishwasher at the tea shop. When Zahra finds out Harun is just as uninterested in this match as she is, they decide to sabotage their parents’ plans. This lets her fake date Harun and spend time with Nayim, but it is far more complicated than she thought could be possible.

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book cover of young adult romantic comedy The Love Match by Priyanka
January 2022; Salaam Reads; 978-1665901109
audio, ebook, print (400 pages); young adult rom-com

Zahra has done everything in her power to be A Good Bangladeshi Daughter, from working long hours, getting good grades, and helping out at home. She doesn't even think twice about deferring her wants for the sake of her younger siblings, grandmother, and mother. Harun doesn't have to defer anything due to his family's money but also feels compelled to make his parents happy because of that wealth. Nayim is an orphan and had worked his way across Europe before arriving in New Jersey with nothing more than a guitar and a dream to play in New York and have his own music shop. She finds that Harun isn't as bad as she thought he would be, and staying behind as her friends get ready for college is more painful than she thought it would be. She continues to sacrifice her money and time for her family; as angry as she is about that, she never once vilified her mother for wanting her financially comfortable. It's a hard balance to make, especially with keeping to the cultural ideals within her community. 

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever. 

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