Thank you to Arrow Publishing for sending me a proof copy of The Mismatch in exchange for an honest review.
Soraya knows she could never fall for someone like Magnus. He’s her complete opposite in every way.
Popular and confident, Magnus seems to have his life figured out, while Soraya has got to twenty-one and has somehow never been kissed.
Soraya’s mother Neda also knows what it’s like to feel mismatched. She left Iran with her husband in the wake of revolution, and the aftershocks of that decision are still being felt decades later.
When Soraya sets her sights on Magnus for her first kiss, the last thing she expects to find is first love.
But sometimes the person you least expect might turn out to be the perfect fit . . .
With unforgettable characters at its heart, THE MISMATCH is a pitch-perfect coming-of-age story and a fresh take on how what you think you want isn’t always what brings you happiness.
The Mismatch is a thought-provoking story with interesting characters alongside eye-opening family dynamics and vivid descriptions.
The story is told in two parts and through two timelines. Placing Soraya’s more modern day storyline against her mother Neda’s story from the 1970’s was brilliant. It really allowed for comparisons of the two women’s lives and it definitely shocked me that there was still such prejudice and such a strict upbringing in Soraya’s timeline.
Iran’s history was fascinating to learn of through Neda’s past. The hopes and dreams that they had for their country was, at times, overwhelming but also extremely sad.
I found the novel a really interesting and educational insight into culture and Muslim beliefs. There were some elements that were hard to read, and I felt real sympathy for Soraya and the women of her family.
Sara Jafari writes brilliantly and I especially enjoyed the vivid descriptions of Southbank. I could picture myself there, walking around the area and it definitely threw me back into nostalgia. It was one of my favourite places both before and during my time living in London so it was nice to revisit it in my mind!
The dynamic between Magnus and Soraya was so realistic and open, I enjoyed watching their growth as a ‘couple’. The path was far from smooth, but I was continually rooting for them.
Hossein, Soraya’s father and Neda’s husband, was a definite surprise of a character and I felt deeply for him as the story advanced. The Mismatch is full of surprising characters and such a wonderful and well-rounded novel.
I found myself racing through the pages and there was so much depth and interest, making it a fascinating read. It was a pleasure to be alongside Soraya as she grew and changed as a person as the novel progressed.
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