The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Title

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Authors

Rukhsana Ali

Publisher

Scholastic Press

Publication Year

2019

ISBN

9781338227017

Pages

336 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali is looking forward to going to Caltech and getting away from her conservative Muslim parents' expectation that she will marry, especially since she is in love with her girlfriend Ariana--but when her parents catch her kissing Ariana, they whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh and a world of tradition and arranged marriages, and she must find the courage to fight for the right to choose her own path.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

HL690L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Family violence; Bicultural; Immigrants and refugees; Gay/Lesbian; abusive parents; domestic abuse; bicultural teenager; immigrant parents; gay; gay teenager; lesbian; lesbian teenager

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Asian (Bangladeshi American)

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

gay male; lesbian female

Keywords

Bangladesh; Muslim; Islam; arranged marriage; sexual assault; diary; cousins; homophobia; escape

Diversity Impact

direct

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

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