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No Sex in the City – by Randa Abdel-Fattah

This is the first adult novel from Abdel-Fattah, who’s known for her Young Adult novels, like the award-winning “Does My Head Look Big In This?” I picked this up free from work (score!) for a few reasons: a) I’ve a soft spot for pun titles, b) YA to adult contemporary fiction? Very me! and c) I’m interested in the perspective here. Abdel-Fattah’s a young Muslim-Australian, and I thought her insight into such a culture in contemporary Australian society would be fascinating and valuable. Here’s my take on No Sex in the City:

Esma wants to find The One. Who doesn’t, right? And as a twenty-eight year old, intelligent, funny, attractive woman with integrity and standards, this shouldn’t be too hard. Sure, she has a few more criteria for a partner to fulfil if they’re The One – they must be Muslim, able to hold up their end of a conversation, educated, interested in social justice, employed, and spiritual without being too overbearing. But Esma refuses to settle for less in her settling down – why should she? It’s just a matter of waiting it out. Boys and Besties and Fun: Boys and Besties and Fun: Boys and (Grown Up) Best Friends:

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