Hana Khan Carries On

Berkley. Apr. 2021. 368p. ISBN 9780593336366. pap. $16. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Hana Khan is a radio station intern who dreams of sharing people’s stories on air. Until now, her life in Toronto’s Golden Crescent neighborhood has been peaceful. She lives with her family, works at the station, and waitresses at her family’s halal restaurant. When handsome Aydin Shah comes to the Crescent to open a competing halal restaurant, he brings chaos into Hana’s world for the first time, forcing her into a journey of self discovery. Packed with emotion, this romance is also a beautifully written coming-of-age story about a first-generation immigrant. Hana is a relatable, flawed narrator, and the other characters are complex, nuanced, and well-developed. The story is intricately plotted, with dramatic, often heartwrenching scenes that build to a satisfying, realistic conclusion.
VERDICT Readers won’t be able to put this Own Voices Muslim romance down. Highly recommended for most public library collections.
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