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A Million to One

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They spend multi billions of our money annually on schools, housing, social services, roads, environmental and public health, amongst many other day-to-day matters vital to us all. The new high stakes sapphic adventure from Adiba Jaigirdar, the author of Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating. But would a rich white woman really be traveling with Black and Asian companions – as equals rather than servants – in 1912?

Despite their very different backgrounds, in a world of first-class passengers and suspicious crew members, the girls must work together to pull off the heist of their lives.There’s Josefa, the planner and pickpocket who masterminded the heist; Emilie, an artist whose forgeries get them onto the ship; charismatic Violet, who can talk her way out the tightest of corners; and Hinnah, a brave young acrobat willing to break and enter. And Yuri is Adiba’s specialty, understanding all too well the power and beauty of female relationships, as friends, co-conspirators, or otherwise. Unfortunately, if your item has been personalised, we will be unable to refund or exchange the item. Now that I think about it, brown women were over-sexualized by white people in the most heinous ways so how does colonial slut-shaming differ from the slut-shaming Hinnah endured from her parents? VERDICT Dramatic, moving, and energetic, this diverse historical novel about found family and choices at the end of the world is a YA must-have from the author of Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating.

Honestly, I'm glad she didn't delve into the religious background because I am sure she would've butchered the idea of gender separation that exists in Islamic spaces (to be clear: Islam does not advise you to kick out your child if you see them with someone of the opposite gender lmaooo.By the point the ship started sinking, I was so disinterested in the book that none of the emotional beats hit me, which is wild.

It’s historical fiction, but we have Black, Pakistani, and Croatian characters, a sapphic romance, and all but one of the main characters are immigrants, which is always fantastic to see. And that’s where Adiba saves her best till the end, cranking her writing up to an eleven, balancing that great character work we’ve seen throughout the book with an anxiety ridden and tension filled banger of a third act. Now before you get too excited about this heist team, let me be the first to tell you that the execution was beyond disappointing. Set on board the Titanic this account of four diverse and multi-skilled girls planning a daring heist could possibly only have one outcome – or could it?Now, this doesn’t mean they are successful necessarily, the Titanic is a huge ship with so many moving pieces, not to mention security, there’s just no way to account for all of them, and the current owners of the Rubaiyat aren’t going to just let them have it.

Everything that should have been interesting about this novel—getting the gang together, the Titanic setting, carrying out the heist, the romance—was glossed over in favor of a good 100 pages of dithering in between each major plot point. The group was definitely not to any level of friendship status at that point in the novel, and I would even comfortably say they never made it past good acquaintances by the end. I'm a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I'm shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter. There are some excellent twists and turns which make it even more of a page turner – and I loved the fact that it wasn’t a ‘simple’ romance.

The sapphic side of Jaigirdar’s books is always excellent, and A Million to One is her best romance yet.

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