Book Review

HANA KHAN CARRIES ON by Uzma Jalaluddin (Out Today!)

I received a gifted galley of HANA KHAN CARRIES ON by Uzma Jalaluddin for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!

Publication Date: 4/13/2021

Rating: 4 / 5

HANA KHAN CARRIES’s title character is an aspiring media star. While working in her family’s struggling halal restaurant in a close knit neighborhood of Toronto. She juggles her part time work for the family with an internship at the radio station and a podcast wherein she shares her experience as a South Asian Muslim woman in her 20s under an alias.

When a wealthy family decides to open another halal restaurant in the neighborhood where her own family is already struggling, Hana is irate. Even moreso she is upset that she doesn’t immediately dislike the family’s son Aydin who is in charge of the project and helping her with the neighborhood’s community festival.

This is very much a “You’ve Got Mail” style story with anonymous text messages and connections and real connections building from unknown screen names. The descriptions of food will leave you hungry – I had to hunt down some poutine (though it was not at all traditional, it was really good) after our buddy discussions for this book kept getting hung up on food! I really enjoyed the emerging relationship between Hana and Aydin, though I did struggle at times with some of Hana’s choices when it came to supporting her family’s business.

This book was a lot of fun, but it also took on some serious subjects. Our main characters are faced with many forms of racism from people in downtown Toronto telling them to ‘go home’ even though they are home, stereotyping at work and general protests in the community. Hana is determined to speak out on issues impacting her community, but she wants to find a way to do so in a way that doesn’t also stereotype the community.

This was a fantastic read full of fun characters and one I would definitely recommend! HANA KHAN CARRIES ON is out today!

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