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A Match Made in Mehendi

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  336 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Simran "Simi" Sangha comes from a long line of Indian vichole-matchmakers-with a rich history for helping parents find good matches for their grown children. When Simi accidentally sets up her cousin and a soon-to-be lawyer, her family is thrilled that she has the "gift."

But Simi is an artist, and she doesn't want to have anything to do with relationships,
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

I was in the worst book slump ever the past three weeks. I literally started fifteen books, read 10 or 20 pages from each book and proceeded to lose interest completely. I despaired and thought I might never finish another book in my entire life so I decided to take a break from the book world. Thank God because when I finally picked up my sixteenth book—this book—I flew through it.

Of course it helped that this book ended up being a fun YA rom-com. Normally, I consider
CW: bullying, public outing of a character

Definitely a solid 4.5.

I have been waiting to read this book for so long now that I’ve lost count. And it didn’t help that I always seem to get rejected for ownvoices ARCs. But I was delighted to finally get my library copy so that I can join in with my friends who have all loved it so much.

The one thing I could tell right from the first page is that I was gonna smile through the whole book. The writing is light hearted, fun, with lots of awkward and
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
A wholesome and lovely read! A story about matchmaking, desi identity and Indian culture, friendship, and even addresses bullying.

- Follows Simi, who comes from a long line of Indian matchmakers who creates an app to help pair up her schoolmates to make her mark in her second year at high school.
- This is such a cosy and light-hearted read; the sort of book you just read, feel the warm and fuzzies, and enjoy for what it is.
- Simi was such a fantastic protagonist and I really enjoyed her
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
american-indian MC
ya contemporary
stereotypes broken
desi references
cute friends-to-lovers
tech meets tradition

Read an interview with the author, Nandini Bajpai, where I ask about POC and diverse representation in modern literature and other fun questions!


kav (xreadingsolacex)
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
"The root of family is love. The root of all love is friendship - THE SHAGUN MATCHMAKING GUIDE"

A Match Made in Mehendi is Nandini Bajpai's U.S. debut, a YA contemporary about 15-year-old Simran "Simi" Sangha, a talented artist who comes from a long line of matchmakers. While Simi has no desire to follow in the family business, she starts off her story by accidentally setting her cousin up, and her best friend then talks her into carrying the matchmaking business into their high school where
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Misadventures of Simi and Noah’s guide to Matchmaking

Find a book. Read it’s synopsis. Picture it and deduct whether you’ll read it or not. Reading this book’s cover made me think “Oh this sounds cute but I doubt I’ll ever read it”. Miraculously, I ended up reading it and saying I was pleasantly surprised doesn’t do it justice…but telling you I read it in one sitting sparing only a few hours of my time would more than suffice.

“People are people”...”and love is love”.

Simi just wants to have
Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
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A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai is a fun read that also tackles issues of bullying. The main character, Simi, is one that is both quirky and relatable. It is a perfect book for your back-to-school TBR.


The concept of a matchmaking family is one that I have never come across. There are quite a few books that have a matchmaking theme, but this one kicks it up a notch. The women in the family seem to have a gift that Simi is determined to evade.
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

A Match Made in Mehendi is a story about family, friendship, and standing up against bullies. At the same time, A Match in Mehendi is about balancing technology and tradition, fear and desire, dreams and expectations. Simi's family are professional matchmakers, as a way to facilitate matches and join communities. But Simi would rather be an artist, drawn to a world full of exploration
Fizah(Books tales by me)
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
A match made in Mehendi is that American-desi story. Simi, our MC, is a clumsy girl, her family is matchmakers for generations and they want her to, but she thinks their method is old and on the other hand, she loves art, every art especially Mehendi (hinnah). For proving to her mother that technology can helpful in her business, she and Noah(Her best friend) came up with a plan of making a matchmaker app for their school. Okie so now talks about the Cliches, annoying and predictable things.

Uma   ~Books.Bags.Burgers.
A huge thanks to Hachette India for a physical review copy of this book.

(Actual Rating - 3.8 stars)

You know when you've been on a roll of dark, intense high fantasies and kind of need a break from all of it? A Match Made in Mehendi is that perfect break you're looking for. It's adorable, lighthearted, deals with tons of stuff without feeling heavy and leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling as you turn the last page. Honestly, even if you're not looking for a break but just want a
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The root of family is love. The root of all love is friendship.”

full review coming soon
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
4.5/5 stars!

My incredible friend Maura lent me her ARC, and I'm so glad she did, because this one was such a lighthearted and fun read!! At times I felt like the plot moved too fast or I lost track of some characters, but overall it was such a delight to get into Simran's head and hear some of her fears between choosing art and straying from traditional values. I especially loved how her art was based in mehendi (I remember going to school with mehendi on my hands and being SO excited and then
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A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai


Disclaimer: the amazing humans at Hachette Book Group Canada were kind enough to send me an arc of A Match Made in Mehendi in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions below are my own.

“Sometimes an accident is no accident, but a way to bring hearts together.”

A Match Made in Mehendi is a fun, feel-good story about brown kids just being brown kids! Yes, there is some racism, but for the most part, these teenagers are just going through high school, and the fact that they
Rating: 4.5 Stars: 1/2 (Maybe 5? Still deciding on a rating)
A Match Made In Mehendi is a YA debut I'd been looking forward to for over a year and it was so good!! Easily on my list of favorite YA Contemporary books!! (ノヮ)ノ*:・゚

A Match Made In Mehendi is a fun, delightful YA Contemporary that follows Simi who comes from a long line of matchmakers, but she'd rather focus on her skills as an artist than the family business. So, when she & her friend come up with a plan to develop a
Samantha (WLABB)
This was one of my anticipated 2019 releases, and I am glad I finally had the chance to read it, because it was so fun, adorable, and sweet.

Things I loved:

• Simi was so honest, real, sweet, and endearing. I was fan from the first broken vase.
• Simi's was blessed with a wonderful family, and it was easy to see how much they loved each other
• Noah and Simi had a fantastic friendship. It hit a few bumps during the book, but the experience was really valuable for Simi and helped her gain some
Laura Gardner
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thx to @kidlitexchange @thenovl and esp author @nandinirb for this free book to review! Out 9/10/19; must buy for all MS/HS libraries!

Romance books have been a big hit for me this summer and this one is in my top 5 YA romances for 2019!
Quick reasons why:
klutzy, artistic Simi is super lovable and kind and also refuses to be used or bullied by anyone (loved seeing her stand up for herself!!)
Simi’s mom and aunt’s traditional matchmaking service is fascinating to see in action and I love that
˗ˏˋ janet ˊˎ˗
A little stereotypical, some of the stuff in here aren’t really realistic and I didn’t like the way some things were written. Perhaps it’s because it’s in the perspective of a fifteen year old protagonist.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book at Book Con.

A Match Made in Mehendi is a cute, light read following Simi, who isn't quite sure that she wants to join the family matchmaking business because she dreams of becoming an artist. As a way to sort of test her interest and also gauge if she's any good at matchmaking, she works with her friends to design an app that uses all of her family's techniques to pair individuals. The dating app only works at her school and Simi personally has a hand
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
About: A story about a young girl whose family has a matchmaking business and expects her to join in but she wants to be an artist. It is a fun, beautiful story about high school and family and friends.

Characters: Each and every character had its own unique personality and that's what I loved about this story. There are so many diverse characters. I loved the fact that this book had an Indian MC (just like me).

My thoughts: I loved this book so much! This was a pretty light read but with a whole
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
* Thank you to the publisher for sending an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review *

ACTUAL: 4.5 stars

In this story, readers meet Simi, a sophomore in high school who is determined to stand out this school year. After teaming up with her best friend Noah and brother Navdeep, they create an online match making app for their high school. Despite Simi's desire to still pursue her artist dreams, she enjoys her newfound fame. But Simi soon must learn how to balance relationships, love, and
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. A Match Made in Mehendi will release 9.10.19!

This young adult contemporary was really sweet. It’s a story about relationships and young love, but more importantly it’s about family expectations vs. desire, tradition vs. technology and friendship vs. bullying.

Simi comes from a long line of matchmakers. She seems to have the special gift of facilitating love connections, but art is her true passion. That is,
Megan Leprich
I won this book in a giveaway from thenovl and all opinions are my own.

I took a break from my normal spooky reads for September and picked this book up. The cover is what really attracted me and I loved the synopsis and storyline.

I struggled a little at the beginning of this book due to the different language but I eventually got the hang of it and really started becoming invested in the story. I finished this book in less than 24 hours and now I’m sad that it’s over. I loved reading about the
Oct 04, 2019 added it
Shelves: contemp
This book was a mess but pretty adorable - until we got to the ending. This book was sitting at a solid Belle rating, until we got to this last part that completely and utterly threw me off.

The cliches were strong with this one. I mean, throw in every basic YA trope, and we got it: cartoonishly evil mean girl (and her troupe of pink-wearing Mean Girls), half-hearted love triangle (with one being the clear winner from the start with the other half doing something super bad to make us realize, why
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wndb, ya, 2019
3.5 — Bajpai’s U.S. debut novel is full of fun, art, love, and friendship - and plenty of diverse representation to boot. I always enjoy getting a peek into the American-Eastern Indian culture, and loved learning about the art of Mehendi (among many other things) as practiced by MC Simi. This was the perfect lighthearted read to pick up after a particularly intense novel - it lifted my spirits, gave me some warm fuzzies, and even got my activist inner heart a-buzzing. Perfect for all YA junkies, ...more
why does this not have a movie deal yet!!!!!!! ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it

The last 60 or so pages gave it the extra +.5
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Such a quick, light, easy and fun read! Thoroughly enjoyed it! ^_^

Full review coming soon.
Haley Hope Gillilan
sweet lil YA that loves love. What could be better on a chilly October evening when you are stressed out at work?!
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Disclaimer: A physical copy was provided via Hachette India in exchange for an honest review. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own.

Gah! How do I even explain in words; how absolutely adorably amazing this coming of age desi”- in – US” book actually was!

before I even dive into the book and its plot and it’s diverse characters; lets just talk about the formatting of the book – the cover, right
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Avon Public Library for providing me with this ARC.

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Simi Sangha has a plan: with her freshman year of high school finally over, she’s ready to step out of the shadows, dig deep into her art, and (perhaps the most crucial goal) stand up to resident mean girl Amanda. But her plans go awry when she accidentally pairs up her cousin with a future lawyer, convincing her family that she has the Sangha match-making gene that her
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Nandini Bajpai grew up in New Delhi, India, one of four sisters and many cousins, in a family that liked to read.

She lived and worked in India, Australia, and the US, before settling in the Boston area with her husband, kids, and a fluctuating number and variety of pets. Although she dabbled in corporate finance, business analysis, and fostering shelter animals, her first love is writing.