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Publisher's Summary

Tala is preparing for her elaborate Middle Eastern wedding when she meets Leyla, a young woman who is dating her best friend.

Spirited Tala and shy Leyla could not be more different from each other, but the attraction is immediate. I Can't Think Straight explores the clashes between East and West, conventions and individuality, creating a humorous and tender story of unexpected love and unusual freedoms.

©2016 Shamim Sarif (P)2016 Enlightenment Press

Critic Reviews

"...a brilliantly executed, romantic, sexy and heart-warming page turner." (Cherrygrrl.com)

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Lesbians of the Middle East

I saw this movie a few years ago and liked it; hey what gay woman wouldn't like watching Lisa Ray kissing another beautiful woman. Listening to this book I now understand the movie a little better than I did at the time. Leyla is Indian and though her parents, her mother in particular, aren't enthusiastic about their daughter being gay they are much less over the top than Tala's Jordanian family in their opposition to this relationship. Tala's chain smoking mother comes across as almost a comic book, nighttime soap opera (like our mothers used to watch) villain. While her sister is one of those snarky, dime dropping, back stabbing, doing it for your own good little sneak, and a hypocrite as well; her husband Kareem is a good match for her, neither of them exhibit any integrity in the movie. This book is the story of Tala struggling to find the courage to be herself and choosing love over family pressures to follow the conventional path.

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  • 01-10-18

5-hour of pure gold experiment

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

absolutely yes.
i watched this movie years ago, and i just realize the audible book is available, it was such a great surprise for me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

actually, i like all of them. but Leyla is my favorite cause Leyla is the first one to come out, lol

Which scene was your favorite?

the scene that the girls come back from oxford and meet tala's mom the first time. it was kind of tense

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

love,female,etc

Any additional comments?

thank you Shamim Sarif, i really enjoy this movie and the audible book. please continue to write more for your fans :D

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wonderful!

Wonderfully narrated by Lisa Ray. Watched the movie first so this is a great companion to it. Provides more in depth description that some may want!

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I Can't Think Straight

I just adore Lisa Ray! And her voice is so seductive! She does a great job in bringing the story to life! I am a fan of the movie and just had to have the audio book once I seen it. I really like how there were differences from the movie and as with most books more of an explanation. I am thankful that Shamim Sarif created this book as well as made it into a movie! I look forward to seeing more books and movies by this author in the future!

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One of my favorite stories.

The movie is very similar to the book, I wish there was a little more detail in the book. However, having Lisa Ray narrate it was a huge plus!

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Excellent

Loved the story and the movie. I loved that Lisa Ray narrated the book. My only complaint is that it sounded like she was chewing gum or had something in her mouth while reading. I tried my best to ignore it, as I otherwise loved her voice and narration. Also, there is a point in the book where music starts playing. It doesn't match the context in the book. Otherwise was excellent.

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Lisa's fan

Love the vocal of Lisa.
How to make the audiobook whispersync with the digital book? #lol#

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Great story

I love it. I got the book and movie but hearing Lisa ray read was the best. I hated to hear end. wish it had a second book to see how the character live had revolved. thanks Texas

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I loved this book.

I loved this book. What a great glimpse into a side of society that most of us are not familiar with. Excellent narration. Excellent story.

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  • MISS E C LLEWELLYN
  • 02-01-17

Great story. Not a great narrator!

Great story but narrator very dull. She also seemed to forget any punctuation which made the transition from one sentence to the next confusing at times

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-17

Love story, strong character, great culture background and beautifully written

I watch the movie first and found more detail in book about all character and somehow the story related with me whom live in eastern culture so I can understand the struggle Of Tala and Leyla. But love is love.. and love win. Btw, Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth did great!

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  • Talitha
  • 07-11-16

nice love story

loved the movie..the book is pretty much exactly like the movie..wish i had read the book first..Lisa Ray does a great job of narrating this audiobook