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Adiba Jaigirdar was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and has been living in Dublin, Ireland from the age of ten. She has a BA in English and History, and an MA in Postcolonial Studies. She is a contributor for Bookriot. All of her writing is aided by tea, and a healthy dose of Janelle Monáe and Hayley Kiyoko. When not writing, she can be found ranting about the ills of colonialism, playing video games, and expanding her overflowing lipstick collection.

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Adiba Jaigirdar Thank you for this question! As a queer Bangladeshi, I am really happy to see fellow queer Bangladeshis excited for this book!

I initially simply want…more
Thank you for this question! As a queer Bangladeshi, I am really happy to see fellow queer Bangladeshis excited for this book!

I initially simply wanted to write a novel about two girls with competing henna businesses, but the more ideas I had, the more I delved into the characters and story, the more I thought about what it meant to be the people that we are. To be queer, Bangladeshi, Muslim. Or in the case of Flávia, the love interest, to be Brazilian, biracial, Irish, bisexual. And how our identities inform our lives - even when we're in the middle of a romcom. (less)
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Adiba: Though I have never been a mentee, I have been a mentor! I was an R7 mentor for Author Mentor Match, and a mentor for the inaugural round of Avengers Of Colour, a mentorship programme for authors of colour. Along with helping my mentees with their manuscripts, I have also aided them through querying and submission processes. I’m the author of THE HENNA WARS, which has been well-re

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My love for this book is unparalleled! It's funny and warm and will also make your cry. It's tropey and fun, it has fake dating!!!!!!! It's basically everything you could ever want in a romcom.
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There is so much about this book to love, and so much of Amir's life just felt palpably real to me. His fears of being outed and not being accepting by his family, the scorecard that he's keeping to see if his family might possibly still love him whe ...more
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Love love loved this book. It's funny, sweet, swoony. It has all of my favourite topes and it's so steeped in Thai culture. It also has an all-POC cast, which I love! I cannot recommend this highly enough. It's in my romcom hall of fame.
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Not only is this one of my favourite reads of 2020 but it's probably one of my favourite contemporary fantasies of all time. It really has everything: a protagonist that is hard to not root for, a plot that had me on the edge of my seat, an amazingly ...more
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First of all, the art in this book is absolutely stunning. If you love the cover, you're not even prepared for how beautiful the pages inside are. Everything about it is so evocative, and I could really stare at each page for hours. But the beautiful ...more
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“I've never really thought about having a type. I guess my type is....beautiful girl. Which is a lot of them. Most of them? Pretty much all girls.”
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“She’s inching forward.
Is there a heterosexual explanation for why she’s inching forward?”
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“This is one of those moments that I want to bottle up and keep with me forever. Not because it's extraordinary, or because it's the kind of thing you would find in a Bollywood movie.

But because it's the kind of moment I could never have dreamed of having in a million years.”
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