I could not wait to read this book after finishing Saints and Misfits! And I was not disappointed in the slightest.
Title: Misfit in Love
Author: S.K. Ali
Publisher: Salaam Reads
Release Date: May 25, 2021
Genre: YA Contemporary
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
In this fun and fresh sequel to Saints and Misfits, Janna hopes her brother’s wedding will be the perfect start to her own summer of love, but attractive new arrivals have her more confused than ever.
Janna Yusuf is so excited for the weekend: her brother Muhammad’s getting married, and she’s reuniting with her mom, whom she’s missed the whole summer.
And Nuah’s arriving for the weekend too.
Sweet, constant Nuah.
The last time she saw him, Janna wasn’t ready to reciprocate his feelings for her. But things are different now. She’s finished high school, ready for college…and ready for Nuah.
It’s time for Janna’s (carefully planned) summer of love to begin—starting right at the wedding.
But it wouldn’t be a wedding if everything went according to plan. Muhammad’s party choices aren’t in line with his fiancée’s taste at all, Janna’s dad is acting strange, and her mom is spending more time with an old friend (and maybe love interest?) than Janna.
And Nuah’s treating her differently.
Just when things couldn’t get more complicated, two newcomers—the dreamy Haytham and brooding Layth—have Janna more confused than ever about what her misfit heart really wants.
Janna’s summer of love is turning out to be super crowded and painfully unpredictable.
I should first start out to say that, despite what the synopsis of the book sounds like, Misfit in Love is not a rom-com, and it’s not even a romance either. It’s a coming of age novel about opening your heart to new people and standing against racism. And I loved it. So much.
Ever since I read Saints and Misfits, I was so excited to read Misfits in Love. I loved Janna’s story, and when I finally had the chance to dive into this new story about her, I found exactly what I needed. Janna’s a couple years older, with some knew knowledge under her belt, but she still falls into some of her old ways of thinking. I loved how the book dives deep into this, and how it unravels in the plot. This story takes place within a few days, but it is smartly paced and plotted as Janna deals with a handful of boys, her family and friends, and several people she’s never met before. Despite all this, Janna’s voice rang out just as genuine as in Saints and Misfits. I loved her sass and wit, her emotions, and the way she grew throughout the course of the story.
This book made me tear up SO many times. There are moments of extreme sadness, a few moments of injustice, and a few of pure unadulterated joy. I loved this mixture of feelings, and what it brought out in me. I loved how every character is complicated, how they all have to work through things. Everyone feels so REAL. It’s funny and sad and beautiful all bound up in this amazing novel.
This book is just perfection. I loved it with my whole heart. There’s really nothing else to it–just go do yourself a favor and read it.