The Mismatch by: Sara Jafari

” Now that Soraya Nazari has graduated from university, she thinks it’s time to get some of the life experience she feels she’s lacking, partly due to her strict upbringing–and Magnus Evans seems like the perfect way to get it.

Where she’s the somewhat timid, artistic daughter of Iranian immigrants, Magnus is the quintessential British lad. They have little in common, so there’s no way Soraya could ever fall for him. What’s the harm in having some fun as she navigates her postgrad life? And he could give her some distance from her increasingly complicated home life, where things are strained by her father’s struggles, her mother’s unhappiness and her eldest sister’s estrangement under a vague cloud of shame fifteen years earlier.

Distracting herself with Magnus is easy at first. But just as Soraya realizes there’s more to Magnus than she thought, long-buried secrets, and hard questions, begin to surface–will any of her relationships survive the truth coming out?

Moving between modern-day London and revolutionary Iran, The Mismatch is a gorgeously written coming-of-age story that follows a young woman as she finds love in a most unexpected place, and a path in life amid two different cultures. “

***I received this ARC, through NetGalley, from Random House Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. ***

Potential triggers…

  • Alcohol and drug abuse/addiction
  • Physical and mental abuse and manipulation
  • Abusive parent

This is one of those books that has a cute back cover description but had so much emotion and depth within its pages. Does this story have a romance? Yes. Is this book only about a romance? No. A romance is a part of the story but I feel like 70-80% of the book is actually about family.

Throughout this book, we flip back and forth between two perspectives. In the current (well 2014) time we follow Soraya as she graduates from university and starts to figure out who she wants to be and what she wants to do in life. We also get to follow Neda, Soraya’s mother, at the same age back in the late ’70s, right before the Persian revolution.

Being able to see both women as they face the trials and tribulations of their early 20’s was amazing. So many times we relate to and understand one person but never see, or learn, the hurdles and challenges their parents had to overcome when they were the same age. This story would not have been the same had we only had Soraya’s perspective on her family, we were able to see and feel so much more by also having Neda’s perspective.

Within these pages is a story about family and how other’s actions can deeply affect and shape how others see and experience the world around them. We explore how family, good or bad, can shape your ideas about what a relationship is. I feel like a lot of people joke about how we bring baggage into new relationships but never really explore the effect their own families have on their ability to connect and trust within non-family relationships.

I read most of this book in one sitting… I felt so invested in both Soraya and Neda’s stories that I needed to see what all unfolded. From the blurb, I thought I was getting a sweet fun contemporary romance, instead, I got a book that had me analyzing my upbringing to seeing how my past still affects how I see and feel about, others.

This book is such an important read, as it deeply discusses family relationships. We get to see how hard it was and still is, to be Persian and Muslim in England. If you’re ready to explore this great book (when it releases) I suggest grabbing a comfy spot, a warm blanket, and a box of tissues!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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