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The Syrian Virgin: A Young Woman's Journey From War in Syria to Love in New York: Volume 1 (The Syrian Virgin Series) Paperback – 20 Feb 2015
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About the Author
Zack Love graduated from Harvard College, where he studied mostly literature, psychology, philosophy, and film. After college, he moved to New York City and took a corporate consulting job that had absolutely nothing to do with his studies. The attacks of September 11, 2001 inspired him to write a novelette titled “The Doorman,” and heightened his interest in the Middle East. A decade later, that interest extended to the Syrian Civil war, which provided the backdrop for his latest work. In late 2013, Zack began releasing his unpublished works of fiction and became a full-time author. He has published comedy, psychological and philosophical fiction, and romance. Zack enjoys confining himself to one genre about as much as he likes trying to sum up his existence in one paragraph.
Top Customer Reviews
I honestly wish I had more than 5* to give this book, and that is not something I say lightly!
First off I feel the need to praise Mr. Love for the way he tackled a controversial topic, he did so in a flawless way that meant that even if the reader was ignorant of the Syrian Civil War or the issues surrounding it, that by the end of the book they were more than up to speed!
I can rarely pick up a book and relate to the majority of the characters, the Syrian Virgin is the exception! I found that even if I wasn't able to empathize with them, that I could sympathise with the emotions and realistic scenarios they found themselves in, and that, for me, is the key to a 5* book. They have some serious and quite heavy issues to overcome both individually and as a group but those mental and physical problems are dealt with in such an emotive, and ultimately honest, way that I found it positively refreshing!
The story is utterly captivating and had my full attention from start to finish!
I was sucked into their world and wasn't released until I had read every last word that they had to give! I can't remember the last time I picked up a book (that wasn't a textbook) and learnt something new! And for all of these reasons it now shares the spot as my #1 favourite book of all time!
A simply amazing book and you should all go one click right now!!!
In “The Syrian Virgin”, Zack’s writing is so realistic … it makes you feel like you’re living the story along with Anissa, the young Syrian woman who is the central character in the novel. You feel her pain and her struggle. I felt heartbroken for her and I literally cried for her as I read it.
Zack painted a detailed picture of what’s really going on in Syria and the Middle East. For Anissa and her family, life was very difficult in war-torn Syria. He highlighted the difficulties of being a part of the Christian minority amongst warring groups. It’s a scary picture and more people should be aware of it.
When Anissa arrives in New York, she becomes involved with two very different men. Michael is totally immersed in his activism and doesn’t seem to want to commit to a relationship. On the other hand, her relationship with Julien is very complicated as he is fighting demons of his own.
In my opinion, this is Zack Love’s most impressive novel to date. I really enjoyed the way he wove his characters and their struggles into current events. You could really feel Zack’s passion for this subject and his desire to share it with his readers. I cannot wait for the sequel!
To be honest I thought this storyline would be a little too heavy for me, a young girl fleeing Syria to get away from the Civil War, having to leave her family behind, after all religion and war is not for the faint hearted but I was so very wrong. This book is a fantastic read and I was drawn into the story right from the very start. Zack's detailed events of the Syrian Civil War and the persecution of the Christian community, although very upsetting at times is absolutely outstanding. I have learned so much reading about the atrocities through the eyes of Anissa. However, don't be put off by this because this is just a small part of it, there is plenty of witty and humorous banter believe it or not.
The book is written as duel POV's, as journal entries both by Anissa (the main character) and Julien her University Professor who also happens to be the founder of a 20 billion dollar hedge fund and the most sort after bachelor in Manhattan (I Love Julien)! Anissa has PTSD and Julien has his own demons to contend with so both characters therapists encourage them to write a journal to help with their acceptance of what troubles them. Had the whole book been Anissa's POV, it was so realist and well written that you would think it was an auto biography.
Anissa, a very bright young intelligent girl, persuaded by her father and mother, flees war torn Syria for a better and safer life in New York. She is taken in by her Uncle and his family until she starts University.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wasn't sure about this book at first because of it's serious storyline but thought I would venture in as I had heard good things about it from close book friends. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kes Callaway
Every now and then a book comes along that really moves and entrances you. For me, “The Syrian Virgin” by Zack Love is one of those books. Read morePublished 19 months ago by D. S. Proffitt
I have read an alternate to this book which is basically the same story but just a romance novel, with no swearing etc, so suitable for all. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kazkgb
Excellent book. Weaves fiction with current events. Woke me up to the ISIS led Christian holocaust - had me pay attention to what's going on. Read it. Take action. Read morePublished 23 months ago by jenski6
I am giving this review on behalf of Kats Book Promotions/ Katsindiebookblog. This book was such a great step out of the normal books I tend to read. Read morePublished on 15 April 2015 by Jenni Crawford
In this moving and gripping story, Zack Love has managed to raise
awareness about the genocide of Christians in the Middle East in a
story with drama, romance, suspense,... Read more
The Syrian Virgin by Zack Love.
When I first started reading this book, I honestly didn't want to continue. Read more
I absolutely loved The Syrian Virgin I couldn't put it down, it captured my heart from the first page. Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2015 by Danielle Mawhinney