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    I am glad i read it. You will be too.

    Nothing is Predictable by Adalina Mae is a short but powerful novel about the twists and turns life can take you through before you are even sure who you are or begin to get a glimpse of what life is about. Sometimes I think that all of us have troubled childhoods, but undoubtedly some childhoods are more troubled than others and, in my opinion, make for stronger people and stories. This is one reason I liked Zara, the protagonist in Nothing is Predictable, so much. I believe that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and Zara is a very strong but troubled woman. She is most definitely an American woman, and I think American women will relate to her story. This is especially true if they are the daughters of immigrants. I think children of parents who just immigrated to America have an especially confusing childhood as they try to combine all the aspects of their heritage with the American life that they absorb in school. Beautifully and honestly written, Nothing is Predictable takes us around the world as Zara tries to come to terms with her past, while at the same time find what we all seek; love and happiness. Adalina Mae has a unique and very powerful, yet subtle way of telling a story. I think women will relate to Zara more than men will, but all fans of good writing will like Nothing is Predictable. The characters will move you, the story will move you, and the title makes all the sense in the world. Nothing is predictable. Sometimes we just can’t find the answer. Sometimes we just must be content with who we are. This is a powerful story by a powerful woman. I am glad I read it. You will be too.
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    wow, in-depth and intriguing

    Author Adalina Mae, crafted an intriguing and insightful story-line in Nothing is Predictable. Although not my cup of tea, for the right audience this book will be a winner as the author presented an in-dept, insightful look into life and event results. The prose, composition, and structure of the story-line's skillfully; with easy to follow writing. Written in first person, the reader's treated to an in-depth look into the life of a strong woman whose life has been one issue after another. Mae's pacing of the book was a little slow in spots, it picked back up and rolled on. As a result, the reader's allowed entry into the thoughts and life, as it was led and seen, through Zara's eyes. Showing the reader the consequences of childhood events, Mae dramatically details Zara's life and her search for the ultimate answer to happiness and life. This is a story of growth, forgiveness, and letting go. Detailing the events which made Zara who she became, Mae demonstrates we can not escape our past, but must learn from it. How can we, safe and secure with loving families, in a safe secure environment ever understand what Zara's life had entailed. Mae has given us a picture of that life and what it takes to let go and hold on. I found the ploting in line with the length of the book, the composition good, the writing clear, and the story-line intriguing. Suitable for young adults and adults your enjoy a look into shattered lives, the outcome of living that life, and finally finding the ultimate answer to living to the fullest. Finally, please note: Additionally, I received a copy of this book from the author. I voluntarily chose to review the book with an honest novel review. Hence, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion.
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    you will be hooked. loved it.

    this story is amazing. the author has flowing easy writing style. Beautiful story of endurance and forgiveness. must read.
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    A quick read but well worth every minute.

    A friend recommended this book to me I wasn't sure as it isn't my usual type of read but I have to admit I loved it. It proves you can overcome anything. The 'heroine' Zara's journey takes her back and forth between Lebanon and the US. We join her on her travels facing all that life throws at her - sometimes with anger and madness and sometimes with dignity. I like the ending, the final realisation of who she was and her acceptance. A quick read but well worth every minute.
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    Beautiful Story

    Zara is a US citizen, born in LA to Lebanese parents. When she introduces herself, the reader immediately gets the impression of someone who could be real fun, someone who lives life fully, and someone who loves to party, but beneath the outside beauty and the exuberance she exudes, there is a kind of darkness about her, a darkness she’s carried with her from childhood. Zara is a troubled girl because of a traumatic incident that happened when she was a child, an incident that will leave her waking with nightmares, even as she matures into a beautiful woman, seeking meaning and happiness. Nothing Is Predictable by Adalina Mae chronicles the life of a young woman fighting to make sense out of life, a journey to unveil her true identity and to create the life she wants, and the reader will watch her moving across countries, testing the waters in different relationships. Can she create a beautiful life of her dreams with the recurrent nightmares? There is a lot that readers will enjoy in this story. Zara is a very compelling and a well-developed character and I enjoyed the way the author explores her psychologically. In a story that is fast-paced and filled with unpredictable moments, readers will find themselves turning the pages, itching to discover what happens next to this heroine. The narrative voice is powerful and very clear. I enjoyed the fact that the story is told in the first person narrative. The narrator introduces the psychological conflict right at the beginning: “I am gazing around at all the other patrons, my mind racing with thoughts of how I got here and why I’ve ended up single, with no children, married once, divorced once, then engaged twice after my divorce. Along with a few short-term dysfunctional relationships.” Readers will undoubtedly enjoy the narrative, the drama, the humor, and those moments they’ll wish they were the protagonist, because there is a lot of humanity in this beautiful story.
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