An Infidel in Paradise by S.J. Laidlaw'Sixteen-year-old Emma is no stranger to moving. The daughter of a Canadian diplomat, her life has been a series of changing landscapes, cultures and friendships. But when her parents split up and she and her siblings are forced to move to Pakistan with her mother, her feelings of loss and culture shock are overwhelming. Add to that rising political tensions and her attraction to a local boy who has been promised to someone else, Emma’s life very quickly spirals out of control, putting herself and those she loves in mortal danger.'
Emma seemed like a girl who never knew what she had until she almost lost it. She constantly whined and acted younger than her age at the start of the book, which did irritate me a lot, as I felt she didn't appreciate what she had. She did grow, however, and by the end of the book, she was a likeable character for me.
Now for Mustapha. He was the most dislikable character for me. I felt he was leading on Emma the whole time! I just didn't ship them at all. I din't like how he was all conflicted about his feelings. Though it may be realistic to have mixed feelings, it certainly doesn't justify how he lead Emma on the whole time, knowing he was pretty much bethrothed to someone else.
All of Emma's friends, be those from Manila or those she made in Pakistan, were really supportive of her, and stuck with her all the way. They really highlighted the importance of friends for me, and even motivated me to send out a few emails to old friends I've lost contact with!
I loved how culturally opening this book is. I loved how I found out new facts, like how alcohol is banned. This book taught me a bit about what Pakistan is like. I like learning little interesting facts as I read a book and this book certainly fulfilled that hunger.
I give this book a 3 stars out of 5. Disapointed with the ending and at the start, Emma, this book was very good until the end. Despite all these disappointmnts, however, this book was a good and solid read for me.
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(I recieved an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review)