Good Intentions: ‘Captivating and heartbreaking’ Stylist

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Good Intentions: ‘Captivating and heartbreaking’ Stylist

Good Intentions: ‘Captivating and heartbreaking’ Stylist

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the flaws of the people, especially nur, weren’t brushed aside - they had consequences, and that was a thing i enjoyed seeing. Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here. A frank, moving, and truly compelling tale of the complexities of modern romance, and how family, friendships, society, and our own internalized prejudices can impact upon it.

The third book from my NetGalley TBR read and reviewed; I’m aware that I’ve fallen behind somewhat, an unfortunately combination of lots of work in and a chap doing work on our radiators this week has held me back a bit.

A little away from that plot point, I also liked how this book discussed mental health and homophobia. There are many thought provoking nuances to this book, the author explores the complexities of cultural racism, lifestyle expectations, family, friendship, mental health struggles, self-harm, anxiety, religion, homosexuality and colourism. It is a crackling, wryly clever depiction of standing on the precipice of adulthood, attempting to piece together who it is you're meant to be. We also have Imran, the friend from University, from a Muslim Pakistani background who has come out to his family, he faces discrimination from his parents because of his sexual orientation. A] clever debut… Ali explores racism, the difficulty of navigating cultural heritage and the travails of early adulthood [with] a climactic sucker punch’ Metro You may also be interested in.

Nur, a Pakistani Muslim falls in love with Yasmina, a Sudanese Muslim and the story flicks between the present and over the past couple of years from when they first met. Nur is always straining towards independence, but his brother Khalil chooses a university close to home; Rahat chooses a traditional option he’s scared Nur will decry; and Imran comes out as gay but courageously follows his heart and doesn’t choose the half-way option his parents present him with. I often felt that actual events inspire the story because of the similarities one can find between the main character and the author. The problems clearly are within him and not his family (who he keeps blaming) holding him from realising his romantic ambitions. It’s supposedly about race and religion in the UK but literally NOTHING HAPPENS except for a bunch of aimless conversations and “pre-dates” between Muslims who “don’t date”.

It was exhausting witnessing a character who was questioning themselves and their relationship countlessly, with little to no explanation of what their issue was until the very end of the book.

A sensitive, smooth-toned, and absorbingly honest novel that makes us question our inner worlds at a time when this kind of self-examination might be the thing that saves us. We learn about Kate’s possibly stalling career and Leo’s plan to apply to acting schools against his mother’s wishes. He loves that she makes them all sit there, her husband and their three children, in a family tradition crafted from something that only she truly enjoys. For Yasmina, the complexities of family and cultural expectation are something she wants to navigate with Nur by her side.His younger sister, Mariam, is on the sofa, phone on her stomach as she lies there, watching blankly. This story covers male friendships, race and family dilemas, as Nur hasn't told his family he's dating someone.

Nur wants to be the good son his parents ask him to be, and the good boyfriend Yasmina needs him to be. I feel like the book could have dived into the Nur’s anxiety more and the stigma that surrounds his dealing with depression in his Pakistani-Muslim community, because the book highlighted great points about mental health. Despite my struggles within the story, I can acknowledge that the author is trying to break cultural norms, but also showcases not taking things for granted (i. I’m probably gonna come back and add my thoughts on Yasmina and the whole “racism, dating a black girl” point but these are just my initial thoughts. In all, [ Good Intentions is] a vitally important exploration of deep-rooted prejudice, and the disconnect between understanding and the genuine practice of inclusiveness.

His mother, Hina, pats the seat on the sofa next to her, and Nur takes it, his father, Mahmoud, on the other side of him, and all sat there like that, they might strike an onlooker as the right kind of family. As Nur’s family counts down to midnight on New Year’s Eve, Nur is watching the clock more closely than most: he has made a pact with himself, and with his girlfriend, Yasmina, that at midnight he will finally tell his Pakistani parents the truth. An eloquently lyrical and thought-provoking novel, this book grapples with subject matters of everything you can imagine.



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