Unabridged audiobook read by Lisa Ray. 5 CD's + Bonus DVD of Collector Materials
From the award winning writer of The World Unseen and Despite the Falling Snow comes a spirited tale about culture, tradition, families and an explosive love affair.
Tala, a London-based Palestinian, is preparing for her elaborate Middle Eastern wedding when she meets Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is dating her best friend. Spirited Christian Tala and shy Muslim Leyla could not be more different from each other, but the attraction is immediate and goes deeper than friendship.
As Tala's wedding day approaches, simmering tensions come to a boiling point and the pressure mounts for Tala to be true to herself. Moving between the vast enclaves of Middle Eastern high society and the stunning backdrop of London's West End, I Can't Think Straight explores the clashes between East and West, love and marriage, conventions and individuality, creating a humorous and tender story of unexpected love and unusual freedoms.
Can't Think Straight
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To be completely honest, I had a long history with I Can’t Think Straight since well before I read the book. I have literally memorized the movie, that’s how many times I’ve seen it. I used to play it on repeat on Netflix while I was doing homework, or cleaning my room. I found the movie while searching for movies with the lead actress, Lisa Ray, who I’d seen in a couple other movies and I may have a little bit of a celebrity crush on her. I did not expect to find not one but two movies where she and the lovely Sheetal Sheth, play a pair of leading ladies. Both I Can’t Think Straight and The World Unseen were written and directed by Shamim Sarif, who also wrote the novels. I can’t tell you how entirely jealous it makes me that Sarif not only got to write the books, but actually be the one to make the movies as well. I definitely don’t have the skill set or the ambition to make movies, but serious that would be just awesome. Anyways because of...
Shamim Sarif’s novel, I CAN’T THINK STRAIGHT, focuses on several issues that are close to my heart: love, friendship, and families. Many of us can relate to these topics on some level, even if the main characters come from different backgrounds.
Tala is a Palestinian who lives in London. In the opening pages, she’s preparing for her engagement party. This isn’t the first time she’s been engaged and Tala’s mother and sister fear that she might blow this opportunity again. Tala loves the man she’s engaged to, but feels like something is missing.
Leyla, a British Indian woman, is also involved in a relationship with a man. Again, she likes him, but doesn’t feel the spark.
When Tala and Leyla meet there’s an attraction, but neither can put their finger on it right away. This is a sweet romance between two women torn between their feelings and family obligations. While their mothers love them, at...
I first watched the movie almost two years ago, and I loved it! The cast was well picked, and the story was incredibly funny! Then, one day after surfing Amazon's Kindle catalogue, I found the book! I had no idea the film was based on this story. Moreover, I wasn't aware Shamim Sarif was responsible for both! Of course, knowing how the story went in the film, I immediately decided to purchase its written counterpart.
The plot of the book is pretty similar to the film, but it develops many details and aspects the film just couldn't portray. It adds depth to both Leyla and Tala's personal struggles: how their families live, their customs, their expectations! It gives the reader extra information about secondary characters such as Tala's mother, Hani, Ali, and many more.
Something I also liked about this book was the amount of new things I was able to learn about Jordanian and Indian culture! Due to my cultural background I'm not really familiar with them, so this...
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