The Rules of Arrangement by Anisha Bhatia

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Zoya is doing great in life but is not the perfect Indian girl. She’s overweight, spunky and dark-skinned and at 26 isn’t married. To appease her family she agrees to an arranged marriage, but what will she do about her own dreams and desires.

I really wanted to like this book, it wasn’t bad but sadly I was left disappointed. This book highlights many of the awful parts of the Indian culture such as misogyny, fatphobia and so many toxic attitudes and microaggressions. It was hard to overcome since there was no real voice of reason throughout the book.

The romance was sweet but I wasn’t really into it and wasn’t surprised at all. Zoya is what got me through the book and kept me interested. I was dedicated to seeing her drop tradition and do what makes her happy. It was a super-fast read, and I loved the lesson of this book.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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