Reviews for Scarfy In The Middle
Shehrazad chapter 1 . 12/23/2014
I read your story a few months ago, and I absolutely loved it. As a Muslim, I had been disheartened by the lack of Muslim protagonists. Although I'm Pakistani-American, I connected deeply with Khalila's story. Thanks so much for writing it. It had a profound impact on me.
S.Peridot chapter 49 . 9/13/2014
There's a few thing I'd like to comment on.
Al-Nikah is marriage. I'm studying marriage in my jurisprudence (الفقه) class. We're still learning the Halal and Haram in marriage but I have my book with me, because well.. I'm not a shaikh so I need a reliable source. My book is in Arabic and I'm not that great of a translater. The man asks the woman's guardian for marriage, before that he or she can ask about each other, after asking permission they can get to know each other, she is aloud to take off her hijab If her mahrim is with them, there is a Hadith that says the man should see the woman he will marry first after asking about her. After asking around about her he/she should pray salat alistikhara. After all of that if he/she wants to get married they go through the right steps and wallaa. I don't know when they read alfatiha.
Children don't where Hijab, maybe abaya but not Hijab till puberty, but they are encouraged to were a abaya for modisties sake, especially when wearing flattering clothes. I don't know about extremist people but I know Shakhs in my family, and they encourage the children but don't force.
Me and my twin have the same problem when speaking Arabic or English, adding -ing to Arbic words and some Arabic verbs to English. Not all the time just between us. Sometimes we have problems in speaking in one language for long periods of time; being both Saudi and American.

Sorry if I wrote a little bit too much but I thought you should know some of the things I mentioned.

I really enjoyed reading this story, it's the first Islamic story I've read on FP that doesn't speak of Islam badly!

Julietish chapter 1 . 8/31/2014
Hi! It's Juliet from A Drop of Romeo. When your story was featured on ADoR, a judge wrote this review for it: Refreshingly original, that is how I would describe this story. A far cry from the American high school with its social hierarchy, this follows the life of a successful twenty three year old scriptwriter from London called Khalila and her romance with her very attractive neighbour across the street.

This story was quite an eye-opener for me as it provided me with an insight into modern Islamic culture as both Khalila and Adam are Muslim. Throughout the story, Khalila can be seen struggling to strike a balance between modern Western sensibilities and Islamic traditions (she succeeds rather well, I think).

The characters in this story are all so funny, partly because they are realistic and very relatable – every character had some quality or characteristic that reminded me of someone I know.

Adam and Khalila have such a sweet, innocent relationship that starts with her admiring him from afar and being unable to speak in his presence – which I’m sure is a familiar situation to many. Khalila makes for a great narrator as she has a distinctive voice, a cute way of looking at things and a busy life, meaning the story isn’t just about her romance with Adam, it focuses on other aspects of her life such as how her screenwriting career is suddenly taking off.

Scarfy in the Middle is extremely well written and though 50 chapters may seem long, it certainly doesn’t feel it, as the chapters are of a short but decent length, which though they sometimes are just snippets of Khalila’s life, they keep the flow of the story going. LilyWolfe’s excellent writing includes all the Islamic terminology within Khalila’s narration without it ever feeling like a information dump.

So if you have some time on your hands (or even if you don’t) I would definitely recommend giving Scarfy in the Middle a gander.
Guest chapter 51 . 8/8/2014
I love, love, LOVE this story. Thanks for allowing it to exist. )
FidaIslaih chapter 1 . 3/22/2014
I love this story so much I had to come back for a reread. You really need to publish this!
Huur chapter 6 . 3/30/2013
Oh my God, this is my favourite story ever. Came back to read it. I can't believe how beautiful this story is. PERPETUAL GRINS.
Lethaldoze chapter 50 . 10/11/2012
I came across this story in ADOR and I have to say that I'm so glad that I decided to click it and read it. Actually it was the summary of the story that immediately drew me in. It was different and I had never come across such a story on FP and I was absolutely intrigued. And I'm really glad to say the story lived up to all my expectations.

Khalila is one of those characters you can seriously look up to. At least for me she was as good as a role model. Her unshattering morals and how she always stuck to it. I loved and admired how she was a screen writer (which honestly, I would like to be someday) and she stood up for herself and her career no matter what. She was independent in her own way by not straying from her beliefs. And needless to mention I loved her sarcasm.

Adam. He's like the dream guy for all the girls out there. He was so perfect. I have to say even his flaws were perfect. I loved how you developed their relationship throughout the story. It was amazing. I loved their conversations. The emails. Oh yes, the emails were my downright favorite. And convincing her to say yes to his proposal. Also it was it really cute when he saw her without her Hijab after the engagement. All in all I absolutely loved them.

Khalila's friends, I loved too. Especially Jess, Onoko and Michigan. With Onoko getting stuck here and there was absolutely hilarious. And also Jess being the girl who was the exact opposite of Khalila and yet they were best friends.
Jimmy creeped me out too. I loved the drama you created with the whole surveillance scene where Jimmy says he saw Khalila's hair and Khalila got so furious! And Adam feeling guilty after having accidentally seen her hair in the surveillance tape was totally understandable.

I loved the families too. Khalila's family was fun to read about. The brothers. Each and every one them were adorable. Sami being so protective and Jalal going to work with her. The bothers were quite fun to read about! Her parents were really cool too. I liked how they were not the pressurizing type and the understanding type. Adam's parents were cool too. I liked his mother a lot and Nancy too. I liked how Nancy and Khalila bonded all through the story. And not to forget Mahir, he's simply awesome. He's that friend you can always count on to help you when you're in trouble. Needless to say he was second favorite male character in this story after Adam.

I just loved every bit of this story. It got a little boring with chapters with her work descriptions for a while but it really doesn't affect your story at the end of the day. It was a fantastic piece of work. I'm overloaded with school work what with my A levels dawning nearer and nearer, but I still couldn't unhook myself from your story and make time to study! I'm really excited about reading the oneshot of the honeymoon and the sequel to this story but I'm not quite sure when I'll be getting the time to do so. Hopefully I will be able to get to it soon Insha-Allah!

You are a gifted writer, keep writing. You have no idea how many things I have learnt from this story and how very motivational this was, especially Adam's pep talks to Khalila. Thank you for writing such a heart warmingly wonderful story. It was simply beautiful.

Cheers. :)
Lethaldoze chapter 18 . 10/10/2012
I love the friendship that you have built up between Khalila and Mahir. It's really awesome!
Lethaldoze chapter 14 . 10/10/2012
I loved this chapter too! They talk more and did I mention that I love the brothers! They are all so awesome!
Lethaldoze chapter 17 . 10/10/2012
This one was soo cute!
Lethaldoze chapter 13 . 10/10/2012
And they had a pretty long talk! Khalila is finally opening up a bit with Adam. Loved it!
Lethaldoze chapter 5 . 10/10/2012
Ooooh they finally talked! I loved this chapter!
Moon Shooter chapter 50 . 8/27/2012
Wonderful. Detailed and vibrant characters, lots of humor and warmth, and a beautiful romance. Great job.
Whatsoever chapter 50 . 5/25/2012
I just want to say that I really like your story. There were some parts where the story dragged on, like the script and actors stuff, BUT i liked adam and kali's relationship and i absolutely loved Red and Green! Oh and I also really liked the part where he finally sees her without her hijab, after they're engaged and all. i found it real cute :)
Jada Writes chapter 2 . 4/15/2011
Wow, I live in Vancouver, Canada and there are not as many prejudices here. Around my area it is very multicultural and a ton of people wear head scarves and are treated the same as anyone else. Really liking your story so far and looking forward to reading the rest!
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