I am biased towards the yellow cover. Judge me all you want.
Yes, as Sonya Lalli says, absolutely irresistible adult contemporary fiction of this year. I have been binging on contemporaries this year (Yes, i am very new to them as well.) and this was one of the sweetest, easy flowing, cute, emotional and light hearted story. With domestic fiction being the main genre, it also make hard punch towards people who spread hate for other communities. This also made me remember Zara Hossain is Here. It has a similar concept but in YA genre.
Name: Hana Khan Carries On
Author: Uzma Jalaluddin
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Domestic Fiction
Publisher: HarperAvenue, Corvus
Hana Khan – an intern at city radio station, aiming to have her own show by doing better than the other intern friend.
Hana Khan – part-time waitress at Three Sisters Biryani Poutine, a small restaurant owned by her mother and the only Halal restaurant in Golden Crescent neighborhood of Toronto.
Hana Khan – Host of secret podcast where she shares her life as a brown-Muslim-woman in Canada
But what happens when there is a restaurant opening which competes tough with Three Sisters Biryani Poutine which is falling apart already.
Aydin Shah – owner of the rival halal restaurant, son of worldwide known business owner Junaid Shah
Aydin and Hana are being attracted towards each other but there are haters who wish to shut Halal restaurants and these rivals have to be together to fight them back.
With the help of her mysterious aunt from India, her gullible cousin, her best friends Lily and Yusuf and with support of the family, will Hana be able to speak against the hatred?
Hana Khan is not a character but a sentiment for a lot of people. Not talking about any religions or casts here but for everyone. Fighting for your passion and for yourself seems amazing to me. I really enjoyed reading Hana Khan Carries On as it concepts we hear about everyday and wish to do something about them. Sometimes we take further steps and sometimes we do not. I hope this book inspires many.
The trend of podcasts and radio carries on in this book. So people who like listening to audiobooks will enjoy this one as well. I enjoyed reading (or listening to) Hana Khan’s secret podcast. It defines how people open up easily when there are anonymous people at the other end because no one there to judge.
Also! Hana and Aydin are so cute! I just love them. And Rashid is a character I completely relate to. The character is of my age and acts just like me. It is really nice to have characters of all age in the book so I guess everyone can relate to atleast one character and feel like they are actually there.
The storyline is actually really good. It flows slowly and while you get what you will be expecting, it just would have been done in a very different amusing way. It will make you think about the things that move around you as well as make you look out for yourself, and, other times it will make you laugh. I would not say the portrays a strong woman because that would be very wrong. Instead, I’d like to say, Uzma has made equally strong male and female characters. She has maintained such a beautiful equality that you don’t feel any biasness.
The writing is strong and impacting and people who like a mix of character-based and plot-based books will enjoy this very very much.
The book shows stereotypical nature of people and how it can hurt the sentiments of others
I do not think you have to ask this! But
Some of my favorite lines from the book:
“I tried hating you . That didn’t work out so well.” ~Hana
(Yes, I choose cheesy lines)
“Welcome to Regretsville. The rent is high and the amenities are pitiful, but atleast you can wallow among beautiful company.” ~StanleyP (to find out who standleyP is READ THE BOOK!)
“Build a dam” ~Rashid
I am the author of AYESHA AT LAST (2018), a retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in a Toronto Muslim community. My second novel HANA KHAN CARRIES ON (2021) is inspired by the movie ‘You’ve Got Mail’ and set in rival halal restaurants. I also write a funny parenting column for The Toronto Star, and have written for The Atlantic. I live in Toronto with my husband and two sons. Find out more at www.uzmajalaluddin.com and thanks for visiting!
For this tour there is a giveaway of three (3) copies of Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin. ENTER HERE for your chance to win!
- Open Internationally
- Ends on 17th June 2021 (11:59pm EST)
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Thank you Atlantic Books, HarperCollins, Colored Pages Book Tours for sending this book to review! I loved it very much!