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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
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"...a brilliantly executed, romantic, sexy and heart-warming page turner." (
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By Me & My Girls on 05-27-16

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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By CY on 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?


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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By MISS E C LLEWELLYN on 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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By Anonymous User on 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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By Talitha on 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

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