Friday, 20 July 2012

Rosalie Reviews: Secrets of the Henna Girl by Sufiya Ahmed

Welcome back to Rosalie Reviews! Today I'm very pleased to post a review of Sufiya Ahmed's YA novel, Secrets of the Henna Girl. 

I'm delighted to introduce my new guest reviewer, Heena Pala, aged 13, who lives in Coventry. Heena is a keen reader and writer and has had many reviews already published in local newspapers. I'm sure you'll give her a warm welcome to Rosalie Reviews.

Over to you, Heena:

Secrets of the Henna Girl is a book full of a mixture of feelings; sometimes you laugh, sometimes you just sit in shock and sometimes you cry.

Zeeba Khan was just a regular sixteen-year-old girl from Yorkshire. She spent her time revising for exams, relaxing in the park and watching films with her best friend, Susan. But an unexpected trip to Pakistan leaves her thinking her life may not turn out the way she planned. It was supposed to be a holiday but Zeeba's parents seemed to be acting suspiciously. She can sense tension in the air but things turn out to be a thousand times worse than she thought. It is a few days into the “holiday” when she finds out the truth: she is forced to marry someone of her dad’s choice to protect his honour. Will she follow her instinct and escape while she can or will she accept that she will never live the same Yorkshire life again?

Personally, I think that the book was an eye-opener. Young girls who live lives of freedom don’t realise how lucky they are. It was the kind of book where you couldn’t wait to get to the ending to see what happens. Sufiya Ahmed has done a marvellous job in creating such a realistic environment. A criticism of the book would be that it is not a unique story. There are many books which are about forced marriages that follow the same storyline. The book could have done with a slight twist in the tale. The book is for more of a mature read. If you already know about the field of forced marriages then this is the book for you.

RATING: 7/10
RRP: £6.99
PUBLISHER: Puffinbooks

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Happy Reading and more soon!