Thursday, January 27, 2022

#BookReview: Misfit in Love (Saints and Misfits #2) by @SajidahWrites

Synopsis: 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.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: This was such a cute story that I could not put down.  I loved being back in this universe with these characters.  It was an emotional story of self discovery and I can not wait to read more.  This would be great summer story for all to read. It was light but deep and unputdownable. 

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Changes are underway in Janna's life: She is preparing for college, her mother appears to have a love interest, and Nuah returns but his coolness startles Janna. As Janna's brother Muhammad's nikah, or marriage, draws nearer, a startling conversation with her dad about racism strains their relationship. Whether it will be resolved depends on how much Janna is willing to push back using an antiracist perspective. While there are dozens of characters to keep track of, this chaotic convergence works to amplify Janna's situation and heighten anxieties. Similar to Darius in Adib Khorram's Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Janna's internal life is on full display and provides a sympathetic character to relate to in love, fashion, and family bonds. As an Arab and Indian American of Islamic faith, her thoughts are driven by her culture but ebb and flow as she matures and solidifies her own beliefs. The roadblocks she faces along the way are realistic and may parallel readers' lives, making Janna an endearing main character. This second book in a series that could certainly lead to a third continues to broach topics of social justice, making this relevant reading with a strong female lead. VERDICT Make sure this one is available for teens interested in a realistic story of faith, family, and friendships.-Alicia Abdul, Albany H.S., NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

S. K. Ali is the author of Saints and Misfits, a finalist for the American Library Association’s 2018 William C. Morris Award and the winner of the APALA Honor Award and Middle East Book Honor Award; and Love from A to Z, a Today show’s Read with Jenna Book Club selection. Both novels were named best YA books of the year by various media including Entertainment Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. She is also the author of Misfit in Love. You can find Sajidah online at and follow her on Instagram @SKAlibooks and on Twitter at @SajidahWrites.

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