Love from Mecca to Medina by S.K. Ali (promo)



Love from Mecca to Medina by S.K. Ali

On the trip of a lifetime, Adam and Zayneb must find their way back to each other in this surprising and romantic sequel to the “bighearted, wildly charming” (Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author) Love from A to Z.

Adam and Zayneb. Perfectly matched. Painfully apart. Adam is in Doha, Qatar, making a map of the hijrah, a historic migration from Mecca to Medina and worried about where his next paycheck will come from. Zayneb is in Chicago, where school and extracurricular stresses are piling on top of a terrible frenemy situation and making her miserable.

Then a marvel occurs: Adam and Zayneb get the chance to spend Thanksgiving week on the Umrah, a pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, tracing the hijrah in real life, together. Adam’s thrilled, and Zayneb hopes for a spiritual reset—and they can’t wait to see each other.

But the trip is nothing like what they expect, from the appearance of Adam’s ex in their traveling group to the anxiety gripping Zayneb everywhere they go. And as one wedge after another drives them apart as they make their way from one holy city to another, Adam and Zayneb start to wonder: was their meeting just an oddity after all? Or can their love transcend everything else like the greatest marvels of the world?


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  1. K. Ali (she/her) is the author of Saints and Misfits, a finalist for the American Library  Association’s 2018 William C. Morris Award and the winner of the APALA Honor Award  and Middle East Book Honor Award; and Love from A to Z, a Today show Read with  Jenna Book Club selection. Both novels were named best YA books of the year by various  media including Entertainment Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. She is also the author  of Misfit in Love. You can find Sajidah online at and follow her on  

S.K. Ali (by Andrea Stenson)

Instagram @SKAliBooks, TikTok @SKAliBooks, and Twitter @SajidahWrites



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Love From A to Z ends up being a compulsively readable, beautifully romantic look at how fate can intervene when we  might just need it the most.” Entertainment Weekly 

“What makes Zayneb and Adam different is not their faith but their ability to learn from and love one another in a world  hurling obstacles their way…Heartfelt and powerful.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

“Heartfelt, honest, and featuring characters readers will fall in love with, this is sure to become a beloved book for  many.” School Library Journal, starred review 

“In Love from A to Z, S.K. Ali once again takes an unflinching and moving look at the intricacies of life as a Muslim teen in  an imperfect, multi-cultural world. Beautiful.” Shelf Awareness, starred review






Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

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