3 out of 4 stars
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My Trip To Adele by A.I. Alyaseer and R.I. Alyaseer follows three characters from three separate countries with one thing in common, each of them is planning to travel to Verona, Italy to see Adele live in concert. The novel combines great storytelling and engaging characters to provide a captivating journey from start to finish.
Elias is a man from Morocco who now lives in Rome. For years he hasn’t been able to get the thoughts of a woman he met back in Morocco out of his head. He travels back to Morocco in hopes of finding her. Our second character, Nadia, is a woman from Jordan who is living a life of her own as a single mother to her son after divorcing her ex-husband. She still faces challenges while trying to make the best decisions for her son in a male dominated culture. Lastly, Yaser is a doctor in Las Vegas who is feeling trapped in his marriage and is unsure if it can ever be revived. Each of these characters has a connection to Adele’s music and is planning on seeing her perform at her Verona concert.
My favorite thing about this novel was how real the characters felt. Yaser grapples with questions about his religion, Nadia is clinging onto independence and freedom and Elias has been holding onto the memory of a person from years ago. Each of these characters thoughts is written in such a way that you feel you are in their head making the decisions with them. The authors are from Jordan and I really enjoyed the aspects of their cultural perspectives that come through with each character. Despite the differences between myself and each of the characters, I loved that each of them had a connection to Adele’s music that helped them face challenges and process their emotions. I have always been someone who connects with music in a similar way and I too have traveled for various concerts.
The story is well paced and flows nicely between the three perspectives. Each chapter begins with the title of an Adele song and ends with lyrics from that song. Most of these songs fit in well with what the characters are experiencing and I think this was a great way to maintain the common theme of Adele’s music throughout all three stories. Each character is interesting in their own way and you are rooting for all three of them throughout.
While I did really enjoy the story and characters overall, I did think there were a lot of areas where language seemed simplified or repetitive which I believe could be a symptom of this book being translated into English. I also found the ending rushed and not as satisfying as I would have hoped. That being said I gave this book a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. Overall it was a good read that I’d recommend to anyone who knows what it’s like to face life’s challenges by connecting to music or art.
My Trip to Adele
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