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The Henna Wars

4.73  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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 wants—as long as she isn’t herself. Because Muslim girls aren’t lesbians. Nishat doesn’t want to hide who she is, but she also doesn’t want to lose her relationship with her
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: May 12th 2020 by Page Street
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Adiba Jaigirdar
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (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!
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)
Mar 14, 2019 marked it as to-read 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
Sep 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-releases
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 romance
|| brown girls, brown girls, brown girls
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.
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.
Why did no one tell me the cover and summary for this were released? I'm so damn excited to read this.
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
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
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
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.
Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword
Nov 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
Okay but this sounds freaking cute! AND THE COVER. ...more
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!!
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.
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.


Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“What I want more than anything else is to feel like being myself isn’t 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 doesn’t really fit in at the school. Her little sister, Priti, fares a little
Dec 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
can i get this book cover tattooed on my face?? yes please
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: I’m 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
London Shah
Dec 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
I'm sooo excited about this book, and surely it has the sweetest cover ever!!! <3
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait to read!
Maria Rutkowska
Can May 12th come sooner? I need this in my life
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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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