Monday, July 02, 2007

Romantic Times Review!

Here's a nice little review Fashionably Late got from Romantic Times in the mainstream reviews section... 4 stars out of a possible 4 and a half, chicas!!!

It's actually one of my favorite ones so far - which is to say it's one that makes me see my own writing in a new light (trust me people, when you've read your manuscript so many times your eyeballs feel like they might fall out of their sockets at the mere thought of one more read, a fresh perspective is nothing short of miraculous). Here it is:

Fashionably Late is a great coming-of-age story that is written in the first person, drawing the reader into the characters’ lives. The strength of the story is in the author’s ability to allow the characters to share their heritage, beliefs, and to grow with and despite their differences. Readers from any culture will identify with the characters in this story. Geographical differences and customs are explained in such a way that the reader is educated and entertained at the same time.

A huge fear driving my writing is that the three friends - Ali, Sophie and Yasmin - weren't differentiated enough. One thing I'd read in craft books was that you had to make sure you could tell which character was speaking even if you didn't have the dialogue tag to help. Boy did I worry about that. So to see this kind of review really warms up the heart : )

Also, I've started blogging on Amazon. The posts will be less frequent and less, um, how do I say this? Acerbic? Outspoken?... than the ones here. So if you can't get enough blog goodness, head on over to and look up Fashionably Late. If you've read the book, then don't be shy to give it a review while you're there : )


Marilyn Brant said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! That's a wonderful review (and I happen to know how difficult a 4-Star RT rating is to achieve :-). Great news!

Nadine Dajani said...

Thanks Marilyn!

Paris said...

awesome review nadine! congrats! i agree with the writer in that the characters were very well defined. i hated yasmin to begin with and still hated her at the end. i guess you made your characters real enough for the readers to get a feel for them. sophie on the other hand. i'd love to have a friend like her. and ali...i saw so much of myself in her that. well.....that's for therapy. not for your blog :P