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From the author of Ayesha at Last comes a sparkling new rom-com for fans of “You’ve Got Mail,” set in two competing halal restaurants Sales are slow at Three Sisters Biryani Poutine, the only halal restaurant in the close-knit Golden Crescent neighbourhood. Hana waitresses there part time, but what she really wants is to tell stories on the radio. If she can just outshine h From the author of Ayesha at Last comes a sparkling new rom-com for fans of “You’ve Got Mail,” set in two competing halal restaurants Sales are slow at Three Sisters Biryani Poutine, the only halal restaurant in the close-knit Golden Crescent neighbourhood. Hana waitresses there part time, but what she really wants is to tell stories on the radio. If she can just outshine her fellow intern at the city radio station, she may have a chance at landing a job. In the meantime, Hana pours her thoughts and dreams into a podcast, where she forms a lively relationship with one of her listeners. But soon she’ll need all the support she can get: a new competing restaurant, a more upscale halal place, is about to open in the Golden Crescent, threatening Three Sisters. When her mysterious aunt and her teenage cousin arrive from India for a surprise visit, they draw Hana into a long-buried family secret. A hate-motivated attack on their neighbourhood complicates the situation further, as does Hana’s growing attraction for Aydin, the young owner of the rival restaurant—who might not be a complete stranger after all. As life on the Golden Crescent unravels, Hana must learn to use her voice, draw on the strength of her community and decide what her future should be. 


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From the author of Ayesha at Last comes a sparkling new rom-com for fans of “You’ve Got Mail,” set in two competing halal restaurants Sales are slow at Three Sisters Biryani Poutine, the only halal restaurant in the close-knit Golden Crescent neighbourhood. Hana waitresses there part time, but what she really wants is to tell stories on the radio. If she can just outshine h From the author of Ayesha at Last comes a sparkling new rom-com for fans of “You’ve Got Mail,” set in two competing halal restaurants Sales are slow at Three Sisters Biryani Poutine, the only halal restaurant in the close-knit Golden Crescent neighbourhood. Hana waitresses there part time, but what she really wants is to tell stories on the radio. If she can just outshine her fellow intern at the city radio station, she may have a chance at landing a job. In the meantime, Hana pours her thoughts and dreams into a podcast, where she forms a lively relationship with one of her listeners. But soon she’ll need all the support she can get: a new competing restaurant, a more upscale halal place, is about to open in the Golden Crescent, threatening Three Sisters. When her mysterious aunt and her teenage cousin arrive from India for a surprise visit, they draw Hana into a long-buried family secret. A hate-motivated attack on their neighbourhood complicates the situation further, as does Hana’s growing attraction for Aydin, the young owner of the rival restaurant—who might not be a complete stranger after all. As life on the Golden Crescent unravels, Hana must learn to use her voice, draw on the strength of her community and decide what her future should be. 

30 review for Hana Khan Carries On

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I proudly announce we have a BIG WINNER! This book is bold, thought provocative, unconventional, feeding your inner rebellious self by reflecting a true, genuine, stunning approach to racism, religion, hate crimes! It is blood boiling, heart pounding, fist clenching, a true emotion trigger with well crafted characters with entertaining, smart, heartfelt, remarkable back stories. Hana Khan,24 years old, hosting her own podcast, working at radio station as intern and her mother’s Indian-Canadian I proudly announce we have a BIG WINNER! This book is bold, thought provocative, unconventional, feeding your inner rebellious self by reflecting a true, genuine, stunning approach to racism, religion, hate crimes! It is blood boiling, heart pounding, fist clenching, a true emotion trigger with well crafted characters with entertaining, smart, heartfelt, remarkable back stories. Hana Khan,24 years old, hosting her own podcast, working at radio station as intern and her mother’s Indian-Canadian fusion restaurant is not only the narrator but a talented story teller who share the vivid characters of her own family. In her own words: she lives in Scarborough: an east end suburb of Toronto/ Canada. Her parents were immigrated from India before she was born. They run a small halal restaurant called Three Sisters Biryani Poutine ( Biryani Poutine is Hana’s favorite dish which sounds not like a real appetite stimulant!!! I love both of those dishes separately and I have to say : sorry Hana but mixing them sounds like worse than the food I randomly cook at home! ) : she gave the name to the restaurant even though they’re only two sisters. Their mother was too busy to waste of her time for finding creative advertising solutions for their small business. This book reminded me of interesting combination of Meet Cute- Marriage Game- Ex Talk and the hate u give. Those three books seem like so different from each other but when you start to read it, I’m so sure you’ll find small pieces of those amazing book’s story. But there are two things make this book so unique. Two supporting and remarkable characters who probably stole the book from main characters Hana and Aydin. They are cousin Rashid( I visualized him as younger Ranbir Kapoor on my mind when I read his parts) and of course Billi a.k.a Kawkab Khala a. k. a. The runaway bride in the tree! ( if this book would be adapted into big screen, Madhuri Dixit would be my first choice to play her! )Those two incredible characters deserve their own books. We need more legendary Aunt Billi adventures! When Hana started her own podcast show, the boy nicknamed Stanley P became her one and the most loyal audience of her! He always supported Hana with his funny, strict to the point, motivational comments. It seems like they start to like each other even though they don’t know anything about each other’s real names, jobs, families. In the meantime she meet with Aydin and his father who plan to open a new halal burger joint at the same street. Their small restaurant is already struggling to attract customers’ attention and Aydin’s father acts so hostile against local businesses, threatening them to take their jobs. Even though Hana can’t resist Aydin’s charms, she need to fight them dirty to save her mother’s business including starting untrue rumors and slanderous comments about their business on social media. But as she learns about Aydin’s past and his genuine intentions, she starts to question everything about her life: her goals, her perspective, her true identity! But finally she finds herself at her lowest point. She’s Hana Khan, she’s brave, she’s excellent story teller, she’s daughter of immigrants, she’s sister of soccer star, niece to a warrior queen, cousin of Machiavellian Rashid. She’s wielder of microphones and slinger of the stories! And in my opinion this warrior, intelligent, brave voice ( especially podcast parts of the book are deserved to be reread several times! They are so motivational and inspirational!) earned my 5 extraordinary, revolutionary, rebellious, powerful stars! Special thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    THIS. this is the Muslim rep i've been looking for😭😭 and the story in general was just amazing although, i must say that it was the characters that felt kind of flat for me :/ while i could connect with the main character, especially when it came to dealing with Islamophobia, i didn't really love her or any of the other characters, which is what made me give this 3.5 stars instead of 4. for me, if the characters are written so well and im in love with them, i dont care if there's a bad/no plot as THIS. this is the Muslim rep i've been looking for😭😭 and the story in general was just amazing although, i must say that it was the characters that felt kind of flat for me :/ while i could connect with the main character, especially when it came to dealing with Islamophobia, i didn't really love her or any of the other characters, which is what made me give this 3.5 stars instead of 4. for me, if the characters are written so well and im in love with them, i dont care if there's a bad/no plot as long as the characters are good enough to keep me engaged and enjoy myself. if the plot's good but i dont like/care the characters... that'll definitely affect my rating = the case here. OKAY BUT THE MUSLIM REP AND ISSUES THAT WERE DEALT WITH HERE WAS PERFECT. i went into this book hoping that there would be good representation of Islam and i was not disappointed🥺👏👏 the main character, Hana, didn't feel oppressed by her parents nor did she hate her religion. it's just normal. and she'd actually follow the rules in Islam. also the fact that she would fight back (in a non-violent way ofc) against those who threw insults at her or spoke in a condescending tone because she wore a hijab was amazing. "No one knows when the dark days will descend, only that they come for us all." i love how deep this book got in not only how often cultures/races have to deal with so much hatred, but also the stereotypes that others assume represent a whole group of people. i could 100% understand the frustration the main character was feeling when it came to ideas of what to broadcast about Muslims, the options being only the stereotypes people have hear and nothing else. it made me happy seeing Hana refuse to back down from what she believed to be right. there was also the main character actually praying and going to halaqah and salat al jumaa (friday prayer) which didnt feel like tokenization!!! also, i definitely wasn't expecting that plot twist👀 i have to say though, that i didn't really like the love interest -- like i dont hate him, but nor i do care about him. although i did love how the ending was realistic and not everything was all happy and solved. so while i didn't love this book, i did really like it and will definitely be reading more from this author!! im just so happy that the Muslim rep was done well, like i cant even express it. definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to see a great representation of Islam/Muslims!! “While I am scared of what the future will bring, the uncertainty has been refreshing in a strange way. I know who I am in a way I never have before, and know what I'm willing to sacrifice to stay true to myself. I guess that's not a bad lesson to learn at any age.” (3.5⭐) ---- Eternally thankful to Harper Collins Canada for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!! ---- Pre-read Review: i've seen a lot of great reviews for this and that there's actually good Muslim rep?? im excited ahhhh

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Hana Khan is a young woman with dreams. Born and bred in Toronto to immigrant parents and waitressing part-time in their halal restaurant, what she really wants is to have her own radio show to shine a light on her fellow Muslims’ life stories, rather than retreading stereotypes. As an intern at a popular local radio station and a podcaster trying to grow an audience for her pseudonymous “Ana’s Brown Girl Rambles”, she’s doing everything she can to make those dreams reality, but sometimes life g Hana Khan is a young woman with dreams. Born and bred in Toronto to immigrant parents and waitressing part-time in their halal restaurant, what she really wants is to have her own radio show to shine a light on her fellow Muslims’ life stories, rather than retreading stereotypes. As an intern at a popular local radio station and a podcaster trying to grow an audience for her pseudonymous “Ana’s Brown Girl Rambles”, she’s doing everything she can to make those dreams reality, but sometimes life gets a bit … complicated. Enter Aydin. In the close-knit Golden Crescent neighborhood, Three Sisters Biryani Poutine is the only game in town as far as halal restaurants go, but business is struggling. When slightly cocky young man, Aydin, and his imperious father show up in town one day with plans to build an upscale gourmet halal restaurant across the street, well … as they say, all is fair in love and war. Luckily, Hana is able to vent her frustrations and get “battle” advice from her longest and most loyal podcast listener, the anonymous ‘StanleyP.’, with whom she has a charming, flirtatious and not-yet defined relationship, since neither of them know each other’s true identity. Does that part sound like the movie “You’ve Got Mail” where Tom Hanks is the incoming big box bookstore rival of Meg Ryan’s small but beloved neighborhood bookstore, as well as being her anonymous online friend? It should, and I only realized today that the publisher’s blurb actually makes that comparison itself. For over half the book, I thought it would stay in that lane - the standard but delightful ‘fluff ‘n’ stuff’ that most rom-coms do. Things take a slightly darker, but not heavy, turn later when Aydin, Hana, and her adorably fun 18-year-old cousin, Rashid, have a negative encounter that shines a light on the consequences of Muslims being stereotyped and misunderstood and causes further potential threat to their neighborhood. It stays in rom-com territory, but it also gives immersive insight into the Muslim experience from their point of view, which I appreciated. Why not learn something about another culture WHILE waiting for the inevitable love match to be made? It was eye-opening, thoughtful and fun, which gave it a little more heft than I expect from most books in this genre. Jalaluddin has written a story full of fascinating and mostly likeable characters, a wonderful community rich with tradition, and she even snuck a completely unexpected twist past me! I loved the enemies to friends chemistry between Aydin and Hana, eternal optimist Rashid is just so darn lovable, Hana’s spunky aunt, Kawkab Khala, adds just the right pinch of flavor to the narrative, and the story strikes a nice balance between light-hearted and contemplative. If you’ve watched or read rom-coms, there will be few surprises, but seeing a story through a different cultural lens was a breath of fresh air! ★★★★ Thanks to NetGalley, Berkeley Publishing Group, and author Uzma Jalaluddin for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. This book will be published on April 13, 2021.

  4. 5 out of 5

    S.A. Chakraborty

    I freaking loved Ayesha at Last and would very possibly commit a crime for an early copy of this book. Halal restaurant rivals to lovers??? Sign me all the way up.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    An exceptionally engaging romcom! Loved every minute I spent with Hana Khan! Hana is an aspiring radio broadcaster/podcaster. Her family owns a struggling Halalal restaurant that Hana is determined to save. The story is a modern multicultural version of You’ve Got Mail. Hana was a smart, sweet, savvy, sometimes stubborn character. Aydin is opening a competing Halal restaurant in the same neighborhood as Hana‘s family restaurant. Hana and her lively cousin start plotting ways to sabotage the ope An exceptionally engaging romcom! Loved every minute I spent with Hana Khan! Hana is an aspiring radio broadcaster/podcaster. Her family owns a struggling Halalal restaurant that Hana is determined to save. The story is a modern multicultural version of You’ve Got Mail. Hana was a smart, sweet, savvy, sometimes stubborn character. Aydin is opening a competing Halal restaurant in the same neighborhood as Hana‘s family restaurant. Hana and her lively cousin start plotting ways to sabotage the opening of Aydin’s restaurant. Neanwhile Hana and Aydin start forming a friendship and fighting attraction. Aydin was a great guy and I loved how well his personality complemented Hana’s.My favorite characters however were probably the cousin and the aunt, they just added so much humor and whimsy to the story. There is also a serious part to the story that dealt with racism towards the Muslim community. I thought this was handled so well, it was so timely, and gave me things to think about. I think it is important that own voice Authors can use their platform to show how regular people deal with hatred on a daily basis simply based on the color of their skin or their religious beliefs. It is unfortunate however that this is still an issue in 2021. If you are a fan of romcoms with fantastic storylines and filled with fabulous characters then this is a can’t miss! *** Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mjspice

    March 3rd 2021 Even the international cover is gorgeous omgggg January 22nd 2021 LOOK AT THAT COVER!!! ---------------------------------------------- August 4th 2020 Waiting for this book like March 3rd 2021 Even the international cover is gorgeous omgggg January 22nd 2021 LOOK AT THAT COVER!!! ---------------------------------------------- August 4th 2020 Waiting for this book like

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    Hana Khan Carries On is a modern day “You’ve Got Mail” with a podcast, halal restaurants, and Indian culture. This story grabbed my attention from the first page. Hana runs an anonymous podcast. Her first follower has become her friend but they don’t know each other’s true identities. Hana’s family owns the only halal restaurant in town until another halal restaurant opens across the street. Hana will do anything to save her family’s restaurant even though her true passion is with her podcast an Hana Khan Carries On is a modern day “You’ve Got Mail” with a podcast, halal restaurants, and Indian culture. This story grabbed my attention from the first page. Hana runs an anonymous podcast. Her first follower has become her friend but they don’t know each other’s true identities. Hana’s family owns the only halal restaurant in town until another halal restaurant opens across the street. Hana will do anything to save her family’s restaurant even though her true passion is with her podcast and radio internship. Aydin is the new restaurant owner’s son who is pushing Aydin to be a ruthless business owner. Aydin develops a friendship with Hana’s cousin and tries to be friends with Hana. I loved the perspective of the Indian Canadian culture in the novel. Family secrets are revealed and Hana must find her voice and figure out what she wants to do. Some parts of the story were hard to read because of the hate toward Indians, but it is an important perspective to hear. Hana Khan Carries On is an interesting and impactful story of rival restaurant owners. Thank you Berkley Romance for Hana Khan Carries On. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Azanta

    Where to begin with my review? I want to first start off by saying that THIS is what I mean by representation. Stories by people of color, by Muslims, and centering people of color and people who look like me. I loved this book and this story, a story that was about family and love and loss resilience in the face of the obstacle that is life, down to its very core and I’m thrilled that it exists. This book hit me emotionally so deeply — I felt seen, validated, and heard with every word. The tear Where to begin with my review? I want to first start off by saying that THIS is what I mean by representation. Stories by people of color, by Muslims, and centering people of color and people who look like me. I loved this book and this story, a story that was about family and love and loss resilience in the face of the obstacle that is life, down to its very core and I’m thrilled that it exists. This book hit me emotionally so deeply — I felt seen, validated, and heard with every word. The tears I shed were ones of relief, to be completely honest — relief in solidarity. Hana Khan, our protagonist, is a flawed character. It makes her feel real, like you’re reading the account of your neighbor’s life. She is neither the perfect Muslim setting up unrealistic standards for the rest of the world’s non-Muslim population, nor is she the worst, throwing her culture, family, and religion under the bus in favor of “fitting in”. There is no belittling any aspect of Hana’s life and speaks of her family’s history and stories with respect despite not having the same lived experiences. Her existence as a flawed woman is not at the sake of her religion and that is more than I can say about other releases coming out this year that are being counted as “amazing Muslim rep”. Our main love interest is not white and does not hold up to what has become a standard of a rejection of religion and culture in mainstream representation of Muslims. It’s the little things these days that make me happy. This exists as a narrative about personal lives and a story that is not just about our pain/grief/suffering as Muslims. It is a fun, witty, sparkling story of a girl who has a lot of burden to shoulder while balancing drama, racism, Islamophobia, her dreams, and the restaurant owner across the street that’s starting to get under her skin. Perfect combination. I loved this book through and through and I cant wait for the world to get to read this too.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    So filmy! Nah, don't kill me. This one features snobs, drama, Bollywood romance, food porn, podcasts, cliché virtual internet connection, ugly realities and good writing. I love the multicultural representation and the realistic, well-developed main characters (virtual XYZs do not count). Just do not expect to fall in love with them at their first appearance. However, the side characters seem a bit unsettling. I wasn't expecting much but yes, the book is coming out at the right time. A little bit So filmy! Nah, don't kill me. This one features snobs, drama, Bollywood romance, food porn, podcasts, cliché virtual internet connection, ugly realities and good writing. I love the multicultural representation and the realistic, well-developed main characters (virtual XYZs do not count). Just do not expect to fall in love with them at their first appearance. However, the side characters seem a bit unsettling. I wasn't expecting much but yes, the book is coming out at the right time. A little bit of rivalry, a little bit of family, a little bit of drama and lots of feels! The romance was done well. And I am glad it's not an insta one. It fit well. I need to taste that biryani. It read so good to be true.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    Ugh, the iridescent cover, though 😍😍 ------------------------- So kinda like Tweet Cute but make it about halal restaurants, I'm innnn Ugh, the iridescent cover, though 😍😍 ------------------------- So kinda like Tweet Cute but make it about halal restaurants, I'm innnn

  11. 4 out of 5

    Basma

    Oh my gosh, where do I even begin? This book was a whirlwind of drama, love, gut-wrenching pain, and forgiveness. I laughed, I cried, and I want to pick it up and reread it immediately. I've never seen You've Got Mail and as usual, I went into this book without reading the synopsis. So knowing absolutely nothing except that I adored the author's other book, Ayesha At Last, I went into this book and absolutely loved it. Hana is a brilliant MC and her perspective was such a great place to read fro Oh my gosh, where do I even begin? This book was a whirlwind of drama, love, gut-wrenching pain, and forgiveness. I laughed, I cried, and I want to pick it up and reread it immediately. I've never seen You've Got Mail and as usual, I went into this book without reading the synopsis. So knowing absolutely nothing except that I adored the author's other book, Ayesha At Last, I went into this book and absolutely loved it. Hana is a brilliant MC and her perspective was such a great place to read from. Her drive to be a storyteller while sticking to her roots was inspiring, especially as we see her struggling to stick to her morals. Good Muslim representation in all forms of media is often an uphill battle, and we see Hana fighting that battle at her job at the radio station, when they want to run stories on Muslim communities that would actually be harmful. This struck a major chord with me, as I try my best to read and recommend books with good Muslim representation, and it can be extremely frustrating to see bad Muslim representation praised. In addition to the fight for proper rep, Hana also deals with quite a bit of Islamophobia. This can't be discussed without mild spoilers, so stop by after you've read the book if you don't want some small spoilers! I had actual tears in my eyes reading the Islamophobic attack scene. I've been in that situation where I've had strangers screaming at me because of my religion, and reading about it and what was going on in Hana's head had me bawling. Not only the fact that it happened, but Hana's gut instinct was to think "did I wear too bright of a hijab? Maybe I should have worn a hijab with the Canadian flag on it" (obviously paraphrasing here). The concept that hijabis often feel the need to make themselves smaller in order to avoid being attacked hit way too close for home. And the backlash?? The anti-Muslim protests, the hateful comments, the need to have Hana rehash her trauma over and over again for news stories?! (the exploitation of trauma when it comes to minorities is WAY too common) Props to Uzma Jalaluddin for the fantastic writing of this plot point. I felt so frustrated and so seen. End of spoilers! This is turning out to be a longer review than I anticipated so I'll wrap it up. The romance was angsty, adorable, and basically everything I wanted from a halal Muslim enemies-to-lovers. I adored Rashid (definitely my favorite character- (view spoiler)[even if he's part of the New Delhi mafia lol (hide spoiler)] ), and I grew fond of Aydin, especially as more and more of his story was told. You NEED to pick up this book on April 13th. It's going into my all time favorites. I received an e-arc of this title from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    aarya

    2021 Spring Bingo (#SpringIntoLoveBingo🌷): Sophomore Novel CW: (view spoiler)[racism, Islamophobia, racist attack and vandalism, death/funeral of family friend, car accident/hospitalization/paralysis of parent (hide spoiler)] 3.5 stars You’ve Got Mail-inspired + competing halal restaurants in Toronto area + radio/podcaster heroine with an anonymous internet friend. I don’t know how to review HANA KHAN CARRIES ON. I love this author’s voice, the heroine Hana, and the community of Golden Crescent 2021 Spring Bingo (#SpringIntoLoveBingo🌷): Sophomore Novel CW: (view spoiler)[racism, Islamophobia, racist attack and vandalism, death/funeral of family friend, car accident/hospitalization/paralysis of parent (hide spoiler)] 3.5 stars You’ve Got Mail-inspired + competing halal restaurants in Toronto area + radio/podcaster heroine with an anonymous internet friend. I don’t know how to review HANA KHAN CARRIES ON. I love this author’s voice, the heroine Hana, and the community of Golden Crescent. But there are some worldbuilding inconsistencies that can easily be fixed with another round of edits. In particular, there is one inconsistency that made me so confused. Sooo... I read an early arc and maybe the book has undergone more edits. I’m going to wait for a finished copy and see if my issues still exist in the final version. I will revise my rating/review at a later date. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    farwa⋆

    dang, this sounds so interesting.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Salma19 (High Lady of the Dawn Court)

    #OwnVoicesReviewer☪️ #CanadianAuthor🇨🇦 #MuslimStoriesMatter✨ Happy Book Release Day! 🎉🥳 First of all, many grateful thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an Advance Review Copy of Uzma Jalaluddin's somophore Adult Contemporary Romance novel ``Hana Khan Carries On``. Since I read her debut novel `'Ayesha at Last``, I had been curious about what this author has in store. As the author is Canadian and Muslim like me, I will review this book from an own voices perspective. All opinions are my own. #OwnVoicesReviewer☪️ #CanadianAuthor🇨🇦 #MuslimStoriesMatter✨ Happy Book Release Day! 🎉🥳 First of all, many grateful thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an Advance Review Copy of Uzma Jalaluddin's somophore Adult Contemporary Romance novel ``Hana Khan Carries On``. Since I read her debut novel `'Ayesha at Last``, I had been curious about what this author has in store. As the author is Canadian and Muslim like me, I will review this book from an own voices perspective. All opinions are my own. 💕 ``Hana Khan Carries On`` is about a hijabi Muslim girl navigating her radio career as an Indian Canadian woman. At the same time, Hana attempts to keep her family restaurant ``Three Sisters`` in business, threatening to close as another Halal restaurant is about to open in the same neighborhood. To begin with, I enjoy the most in Jalaluddin's books the harmonious blend of fluid writing while discussing many relevant themes like family, career, passions, the mosque community, and choices. Her writing style's directness transformed the book into a delightful page-turner. I could not put it down. She portrays Muslims in an empowering way that overshines the negative vision media forces on us about my community. Choice was a major theme in this book as Hana herself tries to navigate what direction she wants her podcast to take and to not only be the marginalized hijabi girl in her audience's eyes by focusing on negativity and islamophobia. I truly appreciate her character for how strong-willed she was and how she was not afraid of deceiving people for taking her radio career to a place she feels confident and comfortable in. Hana's smart loudness destroys the harmful stereotype of hijabis being super quiet and submissive. The interactions between people from different countries and cultures and the mutual respect were something I had been craving for in books, as I personally live with it consistently. Hana casually has Muslim & non-Muslims friends and treats each other like true people, without any labels and prejudices. I personally love it as a Muslim who has Muslims and non-Muslims in my entourage and perceives it normally. Jalaluddin captures the multicultural essence of big Canadian cities pretty well. Moreover, I think this book leans more toward Contemporary Fiction than Romance. Even though there is a relationship blooming throughout the book, the romance is pretty cute and light. The nerdy aspect of it made me smile. However, an issue with both Jalaluddin's novels remains how the love interest seems always like his parent's pawn. If he takes a decision that displeases the main female character, he would say to her that his parent wanted him to do that instead of telling her ``yes I do this because I truly want to and I don't owe you anything``. I wish the love interest was more undertaking of his actions without submitting to the girl's expectations because he is allowed to have ambitions and opinions too. I wish there was an epilogue to better wrap up the story with a pretty bow. The ending will definitely not satisfy everyone. I personally liked it, but found myself wanting more from it to be honest. To wrap up, I highly suggest this book, especially if you are interested in reading about rival Halal restaurants, empowering Muslim characters, a supportive family, and community. Plus, it is very fast-paced and full of hope. All of it told in an efficient prose. What's not to love?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4.5 / 5 stars Hana Khan Carries On is an amazing book that is about a 24 year old Muslim woman named Hana who lives in Toronto. This is my first book by this author. I have seen this book touted as a Muslim rom-com. I personally would categorize it more as Women's Fiction vs romantic comedy or contemporary romance. There was so much about this book that I loved. The narrator is 24 year old Hana. She waitresses at her family's restaurant, The Three Sisters Biryani Poutine (a halal restaurant in the Go 4.5 / 5 stars Hana Khan Carries On is an amazing book that is about a 24 year old Muslim woman named Hana who lives in Toronto. This is my first book by this author. I have seen this book touted as a Muslim rom-com. I personally would categorize it more as Women's Fiction vs romantic comedy or contemporary romance. There was so much about this book that I loved. The narrator is 24 year old Hana. She waitresses at her family's restaurant, The Three Sisters Biryani Poutine (a halal restaurant in the Golden Crescent neighborhood of Scarborough Ontario). She also does a podcast anonymously. And she is an intern at a popular Toronto radio station. Podcasting and radio is her dream. She wants to tell diverse stories that make a difference. I absolutely loved everything to do with her podcasts and her working at the radio station. I really loved reading about the Muslim culture. And I loved seeing how close Hana was to her family and community. I adored her cousin Rashid. If this book is a rom-com then he is the comedy of the book. I also really enjoyed Aydin, a rival who shows up and threatens the neighborhood. The book is thought-provoking and fascinating. It was so good. And there were lots of great surprises. There was one part that I wish could have been less predictable. But the author definitely balanced that out with lots in the second half that I was not expecting. Overall, this is an educational and fantastic book. I really enjoyed it so much! Thanks to netgalley and Berkley for allowing me to read this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Venus Reads

    Oh man, I've been waiting for another book by Uzma for so long. I want it. I need it. Right now. It's going to be perfect and worth the wait. I'm calling it now. Oh man, I've been waiting for another book by Uzma for so long. I want it. I need it. Right now. It's going to be perfect and worth the wait. I'm calling it now.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Meagan (Meagansbookclub)

    Review // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [thanks for the free book @berkleyromance !] #berkleypartner #berkleyig I’m trying to be more mindful of which contemporary romances I read because sometimes they can all start to feel the same. I went into HANA KHAN CARRIES ON completely blind without reading much of the synopsis or a single review. Can I just say how refreshing this book was?? It’s like a You’ve Got Mail type of story but with deeper character development and culturally eyeopening. I could not read it fast Review // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [thanks for the free book @berkleyromance !] #berkleypartner #berkleyig I’m trying to be more mindful of which contemporary romances I read because sometimes they can all start to feel the same. I went into HANA KHAN CARRIES ON completely blind without reading much of the synopsis or a single review. Can I just say how refreshing this book was?? It’s like a You’ve Got Mail type of story but with deeper character development and culturally eyeopening. I could not read it fast enough! I appreciated that the romance took a back seat and highlighted so many other important topics (going after your dreams, finding balance in family and culture, self discovery, racism, microaggressions, Islamphobia). By the end, I was so invested in Hana and her family’s well being. I love it when a book brings to light emotions you weren’t expecting to experience. I hope you add this one to your TBR. You won’t regret it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rameela (Star)

    Initial thoughts: I’m just feeling all the feelings. I thought Ayesha at Last was dramatic but this book took it to a whole new level while also Making me feel just so invested in everything about this whole family. I didn’t want to put this book down!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kaja (red panda) *:・゚✧

    Look, as someone with strong intention of one day having entire shelf of books with "you've got mail" trope (is it a trope? you know what I mean), I'm absolutely, 100% in. Look, as someone with strong intention of one day having entire shelf of books with "you've got mail" trope (is it a trope? you know what I mean), I'm absolutely, 100% in.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    **Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for an advanced copy of this book** I really enjoyed this book! This is such a unique, fun, and enticing retelling of You've Got Mail. I adored the characters. Kawkab Khala is by far the best character in this book - she is such a feminist badass and when we get to hear her whole story, it is such a defining moment in the book! Closely followed by Rashid, who is such a fun character and honestly you just want to know more about him. He continually steals scenes **Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for an advanced copy of this book** I really enjoyed this book! This is such a unique, fun, and enticing retelling of You've Got Mail. I adored the characters. Kawkab Khala is by far the best character in this book - she is such a feminist badass and when we get to hear her whole story, it is such a defining moment in the book! Closely followed by Rashid, who is such a fun character and honestly you just want to know more about him. He continually steals scenes with his witty lines and subtle hints at his parents jobs...! So much fun. I also really liked Aydin and Zulfa, and basically all of Hana's family. Uzma Jalaluddin writes family dynamics to incredibly well. I liked Hana's character, but some of the actions that she took just read far younger than the age she is written as. I struggled a couple of times with her character. BUT the portrayal of amazing woman in this book was so well done and I absolutely loved it. Also, side note, I LOVED the scenes and conversations with the DJ that Hana had. He was such a great addition to the cast of characters. This book deals with so many serious topics, but is somehow still a light and fast paced read. It touches on very difficult scenes and experiences but not in an overwhelming way. The microaggressions and the explicit Islamophobia were difficult to read. It's a reminder that people are experiencing these things every single day. I would highly recommend looking to own voices reviewers for speaking on this piece. I loved the kind of competition and animosity that starts out between Aydin and Hana. It's so well done for how people would react in these situations. However, this is where I struggled with Hana's actions. (view spoiler)[ Kathleen Kelly would NEVER had spread malicious rumours, and it honestly made Hana seem so incredibly childish... I really struggled with her character and decisions that she would immediately decide to go after the other person maliciously instead of trying to help or even speak to her family - specifically her mom. (hide spoiler)] There were so many fantastic scenes between them. And the few twists - I actually didn't see them coming! They were so wonderfully done. I really loved this novel. I think I still liked Ayesha at Last more - although I loved the little mention and that the Imam was central to this story as well - but Jalaluddin does retellings so well! I cannot wait to see what she delivers next. TW: Islamophobia, microaggressions, hate crime, racism, pregnancy, bullying, chronic illness, death, misogyny, sexism

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kari Ann Sweeney

    I thoroughly enjoyed Uzma Jalaluddin's debut, Ayesha At Last but HANA KHAN CARRIES ON was on a whole other level. I was expecting a cute ‘You’ve Got Mail’ rom-com featuring rival restaurants. What I got was an emotional, nuanced exploration of a tight knit Muslim family and community in Toronto. At the heart of the story is self-discovery, finding your voice and standing up for your convictions. The characters are dealing with some heavy issues: racism, xenophobia, islamophobia, microaggressions I thoroughly enjoyed Uzma Jalaluddin's debut, Ayesha At Last but HANA KHAN CARRIES ON was on a whole other level. I was expecting a cute ‘You’ve Got Mail’ rom-com featuring rival restaurants. What I got was an emotional, nuanced exploration of a tight knit Muslim family and community in Toronto. At the heart of the story is self-discovery, finding your voice and standing up for your convictions. The characters are dealing with some heavy issues: racism, xenophobia, islamophobia, microaggressions and a hate crime. Jalaluddin’s writing was both bold and authentic. There were passages that left me in tears, absolutely gutted with empathy. This is one of those books that is perfectly balanced with heft and heart. The secondary characters, cousin Rashid and Kawkab Khala added a comedic flavor to the larger story. I'd love a whole separate book about either of these two characters. I highly recommend adding this to your TBR. Thanks to @berkelyromance for the free copy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ilhaam

    A You’ve Got Mail retelling always has so much potential and that aspect of this book definitely lived up to it. however, even though i enjoyed the anonymous online friend thing going on between aydin and hana, i’m not a huge fan of their irl relationship or of the multiple storylines happening at once. i’d recommend this if you’re looking for a family oriented, diverse rom-com.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ayesha

    I already love this

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hafsah

    This book was amazing!!! Restaurants, drama, secrets, what more could you need?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Toya (the reading chemist)

    I am going to start off this review by saying that this book is absolutely fantastic, and it is one that I highly recommend especially to white allies. That being said, the marketing of this book absolutely sucks. This is not some cutesy enemies to lovers rom-com. This book deals with very heavy topics such as racism, xenophobia, islamophobia, targeted hate crimes, and microaggressions. For fellow BIPOC, this will not be anything new BUT, it will be painful and triggering, so please take heed be I am going to start off this review by saying that this book is absolutely fantastic, and it is one that I highly recommend especially to white allies. That being said, the marketing of this book absolutely sucks. This is not some cutesy enemies to lovers rom-com. This book deals with very heavy topics such as racism, xenophobia, islamophobia, targeted hate crimes, and microaggressions. For fellow BIPOC, this will not be anything new BUT, it will be painful and triggering, so please take heed before diving into this story. Okay, so back to the book. Hana Khan is a 24 year old Muslim woman who was born and raised in Toronto to parents who emigrated from India. Hana anonymously hosts her own podcast (Ana Brown Girl Rambles) while pursuing a career in the radio industry. She wants the opportunity to tell stories of her Muslim community that is predicated on the tired stereotypes that the media typically regurgitates. While interning at a local radio station, which is unpaid, she must also still help out at her family’s halal restaurant, Three Sisters Biryani Poutine, which is struggling. Hana must find a way to save her family’s restaurant with the threat of a new halal restaurant moving in across the street while also holding onto her radio dreams. I absolutely loved reading this book from Hana’s lens. Hana just felt so authentic and relatable. The frustration that she feels from the microaggressions she faces at work and the pressures from her family’s restaurant was palpable. Hana isn’t perfect. She makes rash decisions with the best of intentions but still manages to come up short. Hana’s will to continue fighting and refusal to give up reinforces what some many people of color face when the odds are stacked against them. Now, let’s talk about the other characters, because all of them are fully developed, stand on their own; and quite frankly, are just incredible. I love Aydin. From first glance, Aydin seems cold and uncaring since he determined to show his father that he has what it takes to be a business mogul, but I promise you, he ends up surprising you. Rashid, Hana’s cousin that visits from India is honestly a breath of fresh air. Rashid is clever and deserves way more credit than what he gets. People are quick to dismiss him simply because he’s from India, but he’s quick to remind people that xenophobia and racism is not exclusive to the Americas. KawKab Khala. This is another cousin that unexpectedly accompanies Rashid from India, and y’all, this woman is ICONIC. I don’t want to give any of her secrets away, but just know that she’s a legend. All of the discussions surrounding food literally had me drooling. I so very much just wanted to sit in Hana’s family restaurant and be served all of the delicious goodness that her mom was cooking up. Well, I am still on the fence about the biryani on poutine…poutine just does not sound like it’s for me (hello lactose intolerance my old friend). This book had me bouncing from one emotion to the next. One minute, I was swooning over the banter between Hana and Aydin and the next I was ready to curse someone out for the blatant racism that Hana experienced at her workplace. I just need one good throat punch to her boss. That’s all I’m saying. To wrap things up, this is truly an incredible book. The storytelling is top notch and really dives deep into both the benefits and struggles of being an immigrant. And since this is also a romance, there are plenty of swoon worthy moments to provide levity when it’s desperately needed. Thank you to Berkley Romance for providing a review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Asaria

    3,5 > 4 I liked "Ayesha" by the same author, so I couldn't wait to put my hand on "Hana Khan Carries On". This book is a retelling of "You've got a mail", which in turn is a modernized version of an even older movie "The Shop Around the Corner" from 1940. Ironically, both remake and the original share the same source material - the Hungarian play "Parfumerie" by Miklós László. Now, I have a strong urge to track it down. Honestly, "enemies to lovers" isn't my most favorite romantic dynamic, but the 3,5 > 4 I liked "Ayesha" by the same author, so I couldn't wait to put my hand on "Hana Khan Carries On". This book is a retelling of "You've got a mail", which in turn is a modernized version of an even older movie "The Shop Around the Corner" from 1940. Ironically, both remake and the original share the same source material - the Hungarian play "Parfumerie" by Miklós László. Now, I have a strong urge to track it down. Honestly, "enemies to lovers" isn't my most favorite romantic dynamic, but the fact stands I've had fun. There is also a lot more going on than simple rivalry and friendships because racism is a topic that seems to runs deep in Uzma Jalaluddin's soul. She explored it in "Ayesha..." before, and it's back in full swing in "Hana...". Is it so because of her heritage? Diaspora authors often represent an intriguing voice in contemporary discourse as they have to face completely different challenges than people whose family has been there since forever. On the other hand, I find it surprising how tight-knit communities and families often are in Canadian fiction. No matter what, you can count on them to help you and support you. That said, I wonder why has no Polish Publisher ever published Uzma? Is it because she is showing Muslims as caring, normal people? We, as readers, are observing Hana and her family struggling to save their restaurant against the looming coming of an evil corporation to the district. People who simply happens to be religious Muslims. And to add to the injury, the girl is slowly falling for her enemy. Gasp, what a scandal! Verdict? Very enjoyable read. I can't wait to see what Uzma Jalaluddin has in store for readers in the future.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I picked up this read after having heard about it on Twitter. I am so glad I did! This is an enjoyable romantic comedy about Hana, a loveable, strong young Muslim woman, and Aydin, the man she should dislike as they are rivals who work at competing halal restaurants in the same Toronto neighborhood. This is billed as a Muslim rom-com but it is more than that in my opinion. The story touches upon love, friendship, family secrets, racism, xenophobia, and community. It was an interesting novel and I picked up this read after having heard about it on Twitter. I am so glad I did! This is an enjoyable romantic comedy about Hana, a loveable, strong young Muslim woman, and Aydin, the man she should dislike as they are rivals who work at competing halal restaurants in the same Toronto neighborhood. This is billed as a Muslim rom-com but it is more than that in my opinion. The story touches upon love, friendship, family secrets, racism, xenophobia, and community. It was an interesting novel and I enjoyed reading about another culture. The novel’s plot flows along at a good pace and there is a wonderful cast of characters who add so much to the story. I hope that the author considers writing a sequel focused on some of these characters. If you like a rom-com with a bit more depth, I recommend you check this one out! It is already climbing the Canadian fiction charts and deservedly so.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Raeesah Da'Neer

    Thank you netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review! Uzma is such a great writer I adore her so much. After Ayesha at last I was super excited to read some more of her Muslim hijabi MC romance contemporaries. Hana Khan was an enjoyable read, with beautiful family dynamic, amazing food, and a soft build enemies to lovers romance. It’s very rare I actually enjoy Muslim representation in contemporary fiction however Uzma really excels as this, islamophobia was addressed well a Thank you netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review! Uzma is such a great writer I adore her so much. After Ayesha at last I was super excited to read some more of her Muslim hijabi MC romance contemporaries. Hana Khan was an enjoyable read, with beautiful family dynamic, amazing food, and a soft build enemies to lovers romance. It’s very rare I actually enjoy Muslim representation in contemporary fiction however Uzma really excels as this, islamophobia was addressed well and the characters response towards it. Overall this a great read I recommend to everyone!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nada

    I was so excited to read this as I had loved the author’s debut novel, as well as the great Muslim representation within it (which is already so, so rare to find), but sadly, I was left feeling pretty underwhelmed.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Girl Well Read

    4.5 stars. A special thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Canada for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Can we all just take a moment to appreciate this cover? Another fantastic job by the team at Harper. Jalaluddin has a gift for writing engaging dialogue. Her writing is clever, charming, and sprinkled with humour—at the launch for Hana Khan Carries On, Uzma mentioned how it is important to show that Muslims can be funny too. This charming rom-com has a fascinating cast of characters. 4.5 stars. A special thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Canada for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Can we all just take a moment to appreciate this cover? Another fantastic job by the team at Harper. Jalaluddin has a gift for writing engaging dialogue. Her writing is clever, charming, and sprinkled with humour—at the launch for Hana Khan Carries On, Uzma mentioned how it is important to show that Muslims can be funny too. This charming rom-com has a fascinating cast of characters. Our heroine, Hana, is feisty and impulsive. She's also tender yet witty with her sharp tongue. Some of Jalaluddin's best writing is the banter between Hana and Ayden. Toronto was (again) the perfect setting and I enjoyed learning more about our tight-knit Muslim communities. Jalaluddin deftly guides the readers though the complex duality that her characters face; they are trying to honour their beliefs and culture without being conformed by the society they are trying to assimilate. Hana, Rashid, Yusuf, Ayden, and Zulfa are paving their own way separate from their family—their stumbles and growth are what makes for some incredible moments. Congratulations, Uzma! I was utterly enchanted.

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