Title: Ten Steps to Us
Author: Attiya Khan
Synopsis: What if you met the boy of your dreams but loving him was forbidden?
Aisha Rashid is used to being invisible or bullied and overshadowed by best friend Isabelle. So no one is more surprised than her when Darren Brady, the hot new boy in school, takes an interest in her and not Isabelle. But Aisha is a devout hijab-wearing Muslim and Darren is off limits. Does she follow her heart even if it means losing her own identity? And is Darren really all that he seems? If only there was a way she could keep the boy and her faith. Maybe there is a way? All it takes are ten steps…
While “Ten Steps to Us” gets better once the character development starts, it wasn’t a very good idea to promote this book as Young Adult. Aisha is very naïve, which makes the plot and her plan extremely unrealistic. If she were much younger this could be considered a good starting point for dynamic development, but overall it makes her a very unpleasant character. In any case, it’s written a lot more for MG so I wasn’t the target audience for it.
I was a bit skeptical about reading a book from a new author but I did enjoy some aspects of it. Aisha herself isn’t a very likable character. Understandable she is tense and judgmental which comes from her being insecure, it’s too negative to pass. Some characters in the first five chapters are described as “fat”. We also get to know the main love interest very quickly, without any background information and depth. I was halfway through the book and was still quite confused as to who Aisha really was as a character.
I read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book and was asked on to this tour by the publisher #BLAKpress but unfortunately, I really didn’t enjoy it. It was funny and heartwarming but again, not for me.
Although this book wasn’t for me, I was very excited about it when I learned that it was about a hijabi but it didn’t live up to expectations.
About the Author
Attiya is a mother of three and works as a GP in East London. She has been part of critique groups for around five years and holds an MA in Modern Literature from Birkbeck, where she graduated with merits. She was selected to be part of the David Higham’s Open day for underrepresented writers, and is also on the longlist for Undiscovered Voices 2020.Ten Steps To Us is Attiya’s debut book.
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