Zara is a vibrant, funny, resilient American-Lebanese woman struggling with a traumatic past. With much older siblings, she spends a good deal of her childhood in Lebanon alone, and with an alcoholic father absent much of the time and unable to protect her, she becomes the frequent victim of a predatory male. Then she is set upon by a gang of teenage boys, loses consciousness, and the event is so traumatic that even now, she is unable to recall anything but flashing, terrifying images.
But Zara's biggest trauma is yet to come. Her father, in a drunken rampage, accidentally shoots himself dead, leaving his 'princess' of eight years old to battle through her life carrying the responsibility of fatherly duties.
She is torn between the memory of his benevolence and the drunken, violent, incoherent alcoholic she views as a 'monster'. With his death begins Zara's long journey of haunted nightmares and struggles, along with exhausting relationships and self-discovery until one day, Zara discovers some disturbing news.
Adalina Mae takes us on a journey through the States, Lebanon, and Europe, on hilarious escapades with various gorgeous men, interspersed with sad, heartbreaking moments: this is life and nothing is predictable. Zara ends her story with a mystery to solve: Why does she have recurrent nightmares of her last night with her father?
"Nothing is Predictable" inspires optimism and positive thoughts, reminding us we are strong and can overcome life's challenges. Most importantly, the message to learn to let go and forgive. Oppression and abuse of women happens in every culture, which leaves struggling with intimate relationships with men thereafter. I was impressed by the powerful yet realistic themes in "Nothing is Predictable," especially the importance and healing properties of forgiveness. I also applauded and respected Zara's realization that perhaps she isn't meant to be married and have some epic love story, but instead that she is most successful when enriching her own life with her own successes and experiences. Despite all of her success, Zara's past keeps coming back to her at night. She starts to realize why her relationships do not go according to plan. She seeks refuge and answers in spirituality. She finds the answers along with a mystery that will keep the readers wanting for more. Readers see a woman fighting back the demons of her past and becoming a strong and independent individual. Lastly, the end is a call for more. However, it was impossible not to like Zara and to be able to relate to her struggles. I think most women will be able to relate to her. The writing flowed smoothly, as if I were reading Zara's journal. I followed Zara's travels from the US to Lebanon to Switzerland to Italy. She was quick to fall for men, especially gorgeous men. She was vulnerable and used by some, loved by some, hurt by them all. At times I wanted to wipe away her tears, or slap her and tell her to grow up, or have some wine and get drunk with her. I found the book to be enjoyable. It did keep me interested, wondering what she will be up to next. Absolutely loved the story within this novel!!The Incredible journey that the character Zara went on was truly heart felt. There was never a dull moment, a true must read!! I read your profile and completely agree with you Adalina it will make for a great movie for sure! Would I read another book about Zara? Heck yes. I'd like to travel with her some more. I'd like to see what she's done with her life. I'd like to learn how her family's doing. "Nothing Is Predictable" is one good book. I breezed through it in a little over a day. The hard part was getting my thoughts together to write this review. It took me longer to write about it than to read it. I really enjoyed Adalina Mae's book Nothing is Predictable. I love an author with a sense of humor, and Adalina Mae's comes through even in the book's difficult situations. Her character Zara is loveable, funny and very believable, making it easy for readers to identify with her. The author has the gift of writing like her character actually speaks. The writing is intensely visual and I can easily imagine it as a movie. This is no fluffy romance. It is about love and death and tragedy and soul mates and the overcoming of odds after walking through fire (figuratively), and the narrative is sustained throughout by that wonderful sense of humor. Highly recommend. Author Adalina Mae is a fine author who weaves a good tale, be it fictional or a bit autobiographical. It never hurts to try a new a writer. You just might discover a gem, like I did, in Ms. Mae. This is a great story of triumphs over challenges. Zara is an authentic character and you want to keep reading to find out what happens in her life! This is a sad, but ultimately uplifting book with tons of life advice!
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 1st February 2017
Publisher: Adalina Mae
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.29