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When Dimple Met Rishi meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this rom com about two teen girls with rival henna businesses.
When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say she can be anyone she wantsas long as she isnt herself. Because Muslim girls arent lesbians. Nishat doesnt want to hide who she is, but she also doesnt want to lose her relationship with her family.
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: May 12th 2020 by Page Street Kids
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    Adiba Jaigirdar
    Mar 06, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
    The content warnings for this book is printed in the ARC, and will also be printed in the final copy. But for anyone wondering whether you are in the right headspace to pick it up, the content warnings can be found here.

    You can also find links to the first chapter excerpt and the Spotify Playlist on my website!

    Happy reading everyone!
    C.G. Drews
    Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Sometimes you read books that are just cute and warm and heartbreaking. And your soul just THRIVES. 😍(Look, what is a little reading without pain.) I really fell in love with this, from the sapphic representation to the addictive and wonderful writing to the absolutely amazing sisterly bonds. And can we please admire this cover for ever it is so ridiculous CUTE I JUST !!!

    [let's talk about family]
    Family is a really powerful theme in this book, because Nishat is lesbian and is coming out to her
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    emma
    a YA contemporary about two girls with competing henna businesses who fall in love??!

    i would have wanted to read this regardless. they didn't need to ruin my life with the cover too.

    (thanks to the publisher for the ARC)
    ellie
    Mar 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
    oh..my...god? a story featuring two brown girls falling in love? not to be dramatic, but this is everything i've ever wanted.
    Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
    I had the privilege of reading this book a few months ago and it's honestly one of those stories that is life changing and healing. The story is about Nishat, a gay bengali student who enters a business competition at school, selling henna designs. The story is filled with so much unapologetic bengali pride, a beautiful (and hilarious) sibling relationship reminicent of kitty and lj from TATBILB and an amazing romance starring probably what I'd call my OTP. If it wasn't obvious... You NEED this ...more
    Fanna
    Sep 01, 2019 marked it as definitive-tbr  ·  review of another edition
    March 6, 2020: The cover had already won my heart but now that I've just got the opportunity to read and review this, I'm falling in love with the title and the blurb too, UFF. Thank you, Page Street Publishing for the digital review copy via Netgalley!

    November 12, 2019cover reveal: every time i see POC on the book covers, i go head over heels with all the heart eyes.but this is just too cute with the wavy and curly hair, henna on the hands, nose ring, freckles.

    || henna, henna, henna
    || f/f
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    Anniek
    Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    There's been a lot of buzz surrounding this debut, and it's so well deserved. This book deals with Nishat, who comes out to her parents and has to deal with them struggling to accept her, as well as cultural appropriation at her school, when she starts a henna design business for a school assignment but one of her classmates does too. It was a fairly heavy book at times, between Nishat's family's homophobia, the racist bullying Nishat deals with at school, and her being outed at school, so ...more
    Sahil Javed
    Nov 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: contemporary, lgbtq
    give me brown girls and boys falling in love with the same sex. give me all of that gay stuff.
    Izzie
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    eARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
    This book was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and while it didn't completely live up to all my expectations (they may have been a bit too high) it was still a really great book and an impressive debut.
    This follows our main character Nishat, who lived in Bangladesh until she was 10 but then her family moved to Dublin, Ireland. At the beginning of this book, Nishat decides to come out as a lesbian to her parents and it
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    Julia ✨
    a good day to remember this cover, this synopsis. the blessings, the blessings!
    Maraia
    Loved this one!
    Francesca Flores
    Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I read this book a few months ago and it was brilliant. I'm a relatively slow reader who usually takes about 4-6 days to read a book. I rarely ever read anything in 1-3 days, but I binge-read this. It's so sweet and funny and touching and also realistic and perfect?! I loved reading the story of these girls and can't wait to re-read it once it's on shelves and touching readers' lives.
    Natasha
    Why did no one tell me the cover and summary for this were released? I'm so damn excited to read this.
    Chloe Gong
    Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I read this in one sitting and wanted to hug the book to my chest. Such precious characters and beautiful representation of culture mixed with a storyline that is both hard-hitting and an excellent romcom.
    Charlie
    Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I loved this f/f book so much! Such a gorgeous mix of school girl rivalry, miscommunication, bad player secondary characters causing hijinks and swoon worthy romantic tension 💖 plus an insightful exploration of the differences between celebrating and sharing your own culture vs cultural appropriation. (Plus descriptions of Bengali food that had my mouth watering.) I loved the journey that both Nishat and Flávia go through to find each other and truly understand each other, and the way that Henna ...more
    Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
    a wlw romcom rivals-to-romance compared to Simon vs the Homosexual Agenda???? i know this book wasn't specifically tailored to me BUT if it had been, it would still sound exactly like this
    Geneviève (thefreckledbookworm)
    CONTENT WARNING : this book contains instances of racism, homophobia, bullying, and a character being outed.

    "When Dimple Met Rishi meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this rom com about two teen girls with rival henna businesses." Yup, this first sentence of the synopsis was enough to convince my bi ass that I needed to send a request to Netgalley for this ARC.

    So. THIS BOOK. It was the perfect feel good rom-com, with a full-on emotional roller-coaster ride. The characters were so layered
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    Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword
    Nov 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Okay but this sounds freaking cute! AND THE COVER. 💗💗💗
    Shealea
    Jan 16, 2020 marked it as might-read
    * I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    🌻 Pre-order links: Amazon | Book Depository

    🌻 My links: Blog | Instagram | Twitter
    Laura
    October 28, 2019: Uhhhh, I know it says cover not final but I am in LOVE with the cover and hope final cover looks like that!!!

    November 17, 2019: Im so so in love with this cover 😭😭 I cant wait for my preorder so I can rub my face all over it like a cat 🐱
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    Aleema
    Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Loved this so much!! Got the chance to read it before release and I can't wait for it to be out so everyone can read it too! Nishat is so precious and the story was so well done, THE NUANCE!!

    All the stars!!
    Flavia
    Nov 13, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: released-2020
    ok so this cover is absolutely stunning and ONE OF THE CHARACTERS HAS MY NAME.
    That DOES NOT HAPPEN OFTEN!!!

    ALSO IT'S QUEER!!!!!

    I'M SO EXCITED
    Kristel
    Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    *ARC given by NetGalley*

    This is a diverse queer contemporary story about a Bengali girl living in Dublin, coming out, having a crush, navigating school while bullied by bigoted homophobes and racists. There's a lot about family, her sister is very important to her and to the story. Nishat, the mc, doesn't make the wisest decisions most times, and doesn't speak her mind much since "it wouldn't change anything". The frustration was real. So, while I was angry at her for the miscommunication, I
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    Laura
    This is a love story, yes, but also about bullying. It is about business competition, but it is also about multiculturalism, and stealing culture. It is about being a lesbian, and being a disappointment to your family.

    There is so much here, so many moving parts.

    There is the mean white girl, so has a problem with Nishat, for just existing, as far as I can see. We have her cousin, who is half Brazilian, Flavia, who Nishat is attracted to, but yeah, there is that cousin who hates her. And we have
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    Gretal
    Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
    3.5 stars
    I think my disappointment in this book comes down to the romance, which is really unfortunate. I liked pretty much everything else about this book, but for me personally I found the romance lacking. I wish this weren't the case, and also wonder if I hyped this book up too much before reading it.

    Also as another small complaint, this book is set in Ireland but one time a temperature is given that has to be Fahrenheit and that was frustrating and weird. I assume that's just some annoying
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    Amber
    Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    ** this review contains minor spoilers**


    Adiba Jaigirdars The Henna Wars promised to be everything that I love in a book upon reading the synopsis; and it was exactly that. Jaigirdars novel is a gorgeously-written story of coming out, rising above others and falling in love.
    Our main character Nishat was an amazing lead to this incredible story. I could really resonate with her and see the similarities between her coming to terms with her sexuality and how I went through a very similar process
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    Donna
    Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    What I want more than anything else is to feel like being myself isnt something that should be hidden and a secret (end of chapter 18 in the eARC).

    Nishat attends a majority White, all-girls Catholic high school in Dublin. Although the administration claims to have a zero-tolerance policy for bullying, students who routinely bully others face no consequences. Nishat has been repeatedly bullied and feels as though she doesnt really fit in at the school. Her little sister, Priti, fares a little
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    Sulagna Mondal
    Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I am all in for the concept of the book! Nishat's story reverberates with a lot of issues we face today. The story perfectly encapsulates homophobia, racism and cultural appropriation in the most honest and heart-warming way. Nishat's family is Bangladeshi Muslim and they belong to a minority community in Ireland. While her parents fought hard and tough to give Nishat and her sister Priti a comfortable life in Ireland, Nishat and Priti face a different kind of discrimination in their lives - a ...more
    Courtney
    I read this book in one sitting in about an hour in a fit of coronavirus and university-induced depression and it was pretty much exactly what I needed to binge in the moment. I wouldnt say it was spectacular or revolutionary in any way, but I did enjoy it. This was an incredibly diverse book that covered many different issues. The reason it didnt get a high rating from me was because it felt slightly too juvenile for my liking, which is unfortunate because I really liked the premise. But, ...more
    billie
    Dec 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
    can i get this book cover tattooed on my face?? yes please
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    Adiba Jaigirdar is a Bangladeshi/Irish writer and teacher. She lives in Dublin, Ireland. She has an MA in Postcolonial Studies from the University of Kent, England and a BA in English and History from UCD, Ireland.

    All her work is aided by copious amounts of (kettle-made) tea and a whole lot of Hayley Kiyoko and Janelle Monáe.

    Her debut novel THE HENNA WARS will be published by Page Street in Spring
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