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Sorry it’s a Girl

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This was a truly fascinating, thought provoking read that I simply couldn't put down. 
An in depth look at Lahore's top tier society, along with what it truly means to be a feminist in Pakistan. Arzoo and 
Maya have grown up together and have had a life that has been open to opportunities to them, including education and money. 
It's a girl takes a deep look at the how friendships have evolved over the years and asks the question as to whether sharing a childhood is in fact enough to keep them alive. 
This is undoubtedly an informative, captivating read that everyone should read.
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I chose this book purely because I liked the look of the cover. I had no idea what the book was about and went in completely blind. Throughout this story, we follow the story of culture around Pakistan. I feel like this story is very educational as it gives you an insight into the culture surrounding the Pakistan society, especially those who are rich. The story deals with some very controversial topics, which I personally, found very uncomfortable. This is due to knowing nothing around the Pakistan culture. I found the story to be quite long, but I did learn a lot and think it is educational. I’m glad I branched out and read something I wouldn’t normally. The 2 star rating is purely just because of my personal attachment with the story.
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A very interesting read which considered the topics of patriarchy and societal norms in Pakistan and the effect on modern day women.
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I really enjoyed this. It was not what I expected in a really refreshing way. I knew nothing about Lahore and found it really interesting to get lost in the world of this book.
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Lahore, 2018. In a city which is teaming with gossip and rumors, where the spoken word is as sharp as a the whip. Five individual women led extraordinary lives.



Born into wealth and opulence, Maya and Arzoo are the best of friends, achieving everything that is expected of them. From achieving top grades to entrance to the exclusive Ivy League schools. This allows them to glide through Lahore's glittering scenes with effortless and being entitled to the opulent life. Meanwhile the charming Laila is married to a business tycoon and is living in the life of luxury which others can only dream of. But is life rarely this perfect....

In this world where image is absolutely everything and traditions will always prevail, these women will struggle to negotiate through friendships, family and society's expectation. Beneath all of the designer clothes lie the hidden scars and secrets which none of them can tell. And through all of this love with bloom and triumph.

I was pulled into this story from page one and transported to a location that i knew nothing about and witness the issues which face women there. I love how this explored all five of the women and managed to entwin their stories together and show how everyone is link to another. I loved the overall writing style however i did find some of the descriptive aspects of the story very lengthy which meant that I found that my attention started to waive from the story. I think due to this what i was thinking when i went into the book was lost and was left a bit underwhelmed by the end especially as i had some high hopes for it.
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Sorry, It's a girl.

For these five women living in the high society of Pakistan, tradition and image are the most important things. Friendship, love, happiness, these all come second to the expectations that society has imposed on them. 

Yes, they have the best of everything - the best schools, parties, luxury, homes. But things can only make you so happy in the end.  They want freedom and joy - those are the things that make someone truly wealthy, but trying to navigate that is problematic at best. 

I was sucked into this instantly, transported to a part of the world I don't know much about and facing the issues that women deal with here and everywhere. Exploring and examining the multiple identities women take on throughout theirs lives - girls, daughters, mothers, wives, friends in such a reflective and refreshing way, I'd definitely reccomend this book to anybody.

This was well written and well rounded, the only issue I have being it feels needlessly wordy in parts - which can make it very hard to stay in the moment and focus on the dialouge.
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I had another chance to read this book. Originally it disappeared off my app. I received an email from the publisher that is was available for download again so I did. The synopsis of the story was very appealing, but once I dived into the first few chapters I knew. The story is about women in Middle Eastern society. It's a subject that interests me, but I just couldn't connect with the story. I persevered until the end, but this book was a miss for me.
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I was so excited to read this book, but it just didn't hold my attention. I found parts of it hard to follow, and those somewhat overpowered the more interesting aspects. I think I just didn't gel with the writing style, but hopefully this will be a stronger fit for other readers.
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Not for me, I got 5% into this story and unfortunately it isn’t a story, it’s a load of paragraphs trying to formulate into a story.

I’m sure these things do happen but I find it incredibly disappointing that the synopsis sold it as a piece of literary fiction when it’s a gossipy Desperate Housrwives version of Pakistani high society.

Could not finish this as it was Misleading.
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I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

What an insight into contemporary Pakistani upper-class life - feminism, cultural and religious difference, sisterhood - it is all tackled here.

The trappings of a privileged life are here just that - trappings.  Can friendship overcome trappings or just make them manageable?  How far can societal norms be pushed and yet the protagonist still feels at home in the milieu?

A great read for learning about contemporary Pakistan, friendship, the good and bad of privilege, and our modern expectations.
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This book gave a really good and honest insight into cultural and social expectations in Pakistani society, especially high society. I think a lot of people, especially South Asians, will be able to relate to the pressures faced by the characters in the book. 
While the overall story was good, I had a lot of issues with this book. The least of which were writing errors and things that just were implausible. Trump is mentioned as being the 54th "chief minister" when he's actually 45. I just assume that was one of the many typographical errors that will be corrected. My first real problem with this book were things that were just hard to believe. For example, women talking openly about transporting saffron while at the same time talking about how valuable it is, on a public train, with a stranger. I get that they were trying to make an analogy,  but still,  kind of unbelievable. 
This book took me such a long time to finish, one of the main reasons being so many unneeded extra words. You'll be reading about someone or some event in the story,  and all of a sudden it's gone off on a tangent about something that really didn't add to the current situation. I skimmed through a lot of the book, there was just a lot of information that really wasn't necessary. When you finally got back to the actual interesting plots, they left you hanging and wondering what happened. All of a sudden it's weeks later in the story and you're confused. It was sometimes hard to find out whether you were reading about the past, present, or future. At one point Laila comes home and Maya isn't allowed to see her, then a doctor comes with a burn kit, all of a sudden,  other drama happens and that particular Laila situation is never really mentioned again. What had happened to her??? Maya's mom's hospital situation was the same thing. All of a sudden, they're all in Dubai, what just happened?!! This occurs constantly in the book. The characters just seem to move forward and you feel like you missed out on some interesting drama. The book just didn't flow well til the very end. As for the ending, it wasn't horrible, but I needed more info on what happened to some of the characters. 

I actually liked most of the main characters. I felt frustrated for them, but I realize this is reality for so many people in the real world. I really liked Mrs. S, with all her flaws, she was still a decent human being, which is more than I can say about Maya's parents. This book does a great job of portraying how much societal expectations are a part of all that is wrong in this world. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Matador for the ARC of this book.
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A glamorous tale of well to do women in present day Pakistan, struggling with the patriarchy and the societal norms, Highly recommended!
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Intellectually stimulating, this book wonderfully portrays Pakistani culture and society and what is expected of women and their obedience to both family and men. Despite all the wealth that gives one a gifted life, the trappings more often than not lead to unhappiness such as Maya and Ali. The outside appearance is truly a facade for what lies beneath. I enjoyed the co mingling of stories from both the families of K and N and whom they interacted with. Arzoo stood her ground and was determined to find her happiness which is admirable. This book.was truly captivating.
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A fascinating look at society’s top tier in Lahore as well as a deconstruction of what it means to be a feminist in Pakistan. Maya and Arzoo grow up together with access to everything they could every want: education, money, access, power. Reminiscent of. Kevin Kwan novel, Sorry, It’s a Girl looks at the evolution of friendships over long periods of time and questions whether having shared a childhood is enough to keep them alive. This was an interesting and informative look at modern upper class Pakistani culture Thank you to Matador and NetGalley for an advanced review copy of this book.
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A glamorous tale of well to do women in present day Pakistan, struggling with the patriarchy and the societal norms, Highly recommended!
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I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This is a fascinating read! 

Khan writes about love and identity in contemporary Pakistan. It's a great story that peaks into people's lives and highlights how they weave together through generation and location.

It's a thoughtful read that looks at the role of women as daughters and wives and mothers. A recommended read that examines the modern experience.
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An incredible social comedy pointing out the gender differences in today’s Pakistan. I loved the depiction of the characters, even the bitchiest of them! An excellent and fun novel!
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