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Nothing Is Predictable, Adalina Mae

Contemporary Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction

Zara is eight years old, her father, in a drunken rampage, accidentally shoots himself dead.  
Her childhood memories leave her struggling with romantic attachments and hinder her from developing healthy relationships.
Seeking answers, Zara meets a monk for her wisdom, and a gypsy for her insight, then travels across several countries, searching for answers. 
The journeys Adalina Mae takes us on are interspersed with heartbreaking moments as well as hilarious escapades.
This is life and nothing is predictable. 

Nothing Is Predictable is a novel (which could be defined as creative non fiction inspired by true events) unlike anything I have read before; the unique and moving nature of this contemporary piece of fiction made Nothing Is Predictable a delight to read and an incredibly memorable one that I will struggle to forget for a long time. The story is heart-wrenching at times while at other times it is inspiring as well as eye-opening. This is thanks to the poignant journey of one young woman as well as the impeccably well-developed story courtesy of the wonderful author Adalina Mae. Nothing Is Predictable is a novel that in 2017 won the Silver Medal award from Readers Favorite and now as I have finished reading this book, I can happily write that Nothing Is Predictable is worthy of this stellar honor as the book is incredible.

Nothing Is Predictable follows the protagonist of the story, Zara. Zara is a young girl who has experienced a significant amount of suffering and pain in her life, and the reader will get to read all about this throughout Zara’s journey to happiness and love. Zara is a U.S. citizen who was born in Los Angeles to Lebanese parents, and because of this, she felt like an outcast in her community and felt oppressed from a very young age. Growing up is hard enough but Zara’s upbringing was even worse as Zara’s father was an alcoholic who in his angry moments of rage, would beat Zara’s mother and terrify Zara. However, at the tender age of only eight years old, Zara’s father accidentally shoots himself in his drunken ways and this is a turning point in the story which will ignite change in Zara and set her on her course.

What follows is an endearing, moving, and poignant story that follows Zara on her journey to happiness and discovering herself. The reader will follow Zara as she struggles to form relationships, especially with men and struggles to overcome the childhood memories that haunt her every day. When the reader reads this novel, they will find along the way that the plot unravels bit by bit, revealing more and more about Zara and her horrific childhood and the trauma she experienced… trauma such as violence and even sexual abuse. Despite Zara’s horrendous abuse she has encountered, she has a fighting spirit with a ton of determination to succeed in life and succeed in a relationship, despite many failures.

The story of Nothing Is Predictable is quite simply sensational as well as heartbreaking. Nothing Is Predictable is a book that deals with many poignant and upsetting themes; themes such as violence and sexual abuse as well as loss and grief. All of these topics are weaved perfectly together, and the outcome is a beautiful piece of literature that will stay prominent in readers minds for many weeks upon completion. The themes explored (such as the ones written above) are themes that are not usually explored in literature today, this is because these topics are not openly discussed for fear of upsetting somebody or causing discomfort to anyone. That is why I applaud Adalina Mae for her braveness to write about such topics in the most sensitive and eye-opening of ways. Mae does not shy away from such subjects, she instead fully embraces them and openly discusses them through the vessel of her novel – Zara – so that she can spread awareness and get the message out there to readers. This is one of the many qualities I adored about this novel as I always love when a book weaves an essential theme throughout its work so thank you Adalina Mae for writing such a poignant piece of fiction.

Zara is an incredible protagonist, and I have to applaud Mae on her characterization and creation of her. Zara is a woman who at first will strike the reader as a bubbly and fun woman who has never once encountered cruelty but as the reader will learn, this is not the case at all, and instead, Zara has experienced the worst kinds of abuse. The fact that Zara was written in such a way made me love her even more because many women are like this. Some of the most depressed humans are the ones who are actually the saddest, however, they just hide it well by being the life of the party and so on and so Zara is a believable character for this.

Adalina Mae is a phenomenal writer and worthy of her Silver Award from Readers Favorite. Mae’s prose engrossed me very quickly thanks to the poignant themes she explores as well as the gripping narrative of Zara but what also gripped me was her sensitivity to the heartbreaking subjects. The sensitivity and passion in Mae’s words were admirable and kept me turning the pages quickly as I desperately wanted to read more of her exceptional prose.

Mae is not only flawless at exploring touching themes but also excellent at describing the places and events the reader comes across. The story of this book is one that will take the reader on a journey across many countries. Mae manages to perfectly describe each country the reader comes across so that he/and or she can feel as if they were right there at the moment… I know I did!

As Nothing Is Predictable is a dramatic, gripping, enlightening read that should be read by everybody, I have no choice but to award this stunning book a dazzling Five Stars! So please, if you are a reader who adores contemporary fiction then read this stunning novel and get lost in a gripping and moving story.

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much and love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please, comment below and let me know your thoughts on Nothing Is Predictable; do you see yourself reading this book? Let me know all of those brilliant thoughts of yours below! Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for the Amazon U.K. I have also attached some links about the author and this wonderful book! Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book.

Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Goodreads

Adaline Mae: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube / LinkedIn / Amazon Author Page / Netgallery / Book Trailer

Thank you so much again for reading!

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Reema

A true story of commitment to life. No matter what happens to Zara, she continues to fight. Not just to live, but love and laugh. I especially loved her recollection of her travels. Made me feel like I was there!! Hoping for another edition from Adelina Mae soon!

Adalina Mae
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Thank you Reema for your comment. I’m glad you travelled with Zara on her journey. I love hearing about readers connecting with the character and feeling right there with them.
Many blessings.

LaurenJ
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LaurenJ

Nothing is Predictable is a well written book that left me wanting more and more . The emotional journey Zara took was heartbreaking but yet she came out of it stronger, wiser and my hero. This book is so inspirational to all girls, Women alike as the message I got from reading this amazing book is that “when the going gets tough it’s up to you to make it better & stronger “ and that’s exactly what Zara did. Her journey through life was heartbreaking but she was determined to make the best of it. She saw the upside and… Read more »

Adalina Mae
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wow Lauren, you certainly have connected with Zara. Thank you for this wonderfully detailed comment/review. I feel so proud my story has touched readers on so many levels.
Thank you and many blessings.

Nelly
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Nelly

What an amazing review!! 😍 I agree! Loved this book, so well written, descriptions of travel made me feel like I was reading from her locations! Had a laugh in some parts & cried in others! Very inspiring!! Please write something else Adalina Mae! ☺

Adalina Mae
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Thank You Nelly
It is a wonderful review by Aimee, I’m so grateful to her detail and connection with Zara. I’m glad you enjoyed the story and hopefully in due course there will be more to come.
Look out for more on Zara.

Adalina Mae
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Wow Aimee, thank you so much for this wonderful review and your connection with Zara the heroine. I’m grateful for your intricate description,I must say you nailed her character, and yes most readers felt they were there with her as she told her story. Nothing Is Predictable won the silver award for non fiction autobiography, yet this story can be classified as creative non fiction as many scenes and characters are fictitious. I let my imagination run a little creative at some points. I hope your readers connect with Zara, and please I would love your feedback here as well.… Read more »

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