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Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  2,078 ratings  ·  636 reviews
Everyone likes Humaira "Hani" Khan—she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita "Ishu" Dey. Ishu is the complete opposite of H ...more
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published May 25th 2021 by Page Street Kids
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daph pink ♡
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Me: I have high standards in books.

Book: so lesbians/bi girls ~

Me: okay it's meeting all my standards! Give it to me.

Me*after finishing the book* :- it is the cutest and most relatable thing I have read this year and I can go on and on about how much I related to this but you know it's not gonna happen.

Bottom line :- I loved this but some things irritated the hell out of me. So 4 stars yeah ❤️
may ➹
love the gaysians but I’m conflicted on how to feel about this



fake dating sapphic Asians..... this is everything I have ever wanted........
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
ONE OF MY NEW ALL TIME FAVES 😭💗 Not only was this the cutest thing on the planet but it was so validating to see queer south asian in love and also seeing the very varied experiences they had despite having similar backgrounds 💗 this book had some of the most frustratingly real antagonists and I really appreciated seeing Hani's struggle with her friends, and also Ishu's struggle with her parents' expectations. Also can I just say that Ishu & Nik's sibling relationship was one of the most relatab ...more
Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating was an utter joy to read. Jaigirdar perfectly balances rom com hijinks and all the fluttery feelings of first love with a nuanced exploration of family and social issues to create an adorable, relevant story. Jaigirdar’s sophomore novel is a must read for all fans of her debut, The Henna Wars, and any and all contemporary lovers.

I flew through Hani and Ishu in just a couple of days and loved every minute of it. With characters so full of personality they leap
Adiba Jaigirdar
Aug 12, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi everyone! We're less than 2 months until the release of this book, and I can't wait for everyone to read it!

If you pre-order a copy, make sure you fill out this Google form, in order to avail of some pre-order goodies, including a signed bookplate, bookmarks, an exclusive digital short story that takes place after the events of the book, and an art print! More info on my Twitter!

The content warnings for this book are printed at the front, but they're also available on my content warnings pag
Aug 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Melanie by: Maëlys
sapphic !! asians !! fake dating !!
(also, this is everything)

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fake dating will forever hit different
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I just couldn't stop reading this book.... And it gave me so much happiness!

*Some relatable lines:

"Right now, all men seem overwhelmingly unattractive - except the ones on the Netflix shows I watch."

"Sometimes I think that maybe I like guys more as a concept than a reality."

"My desk has a pile of unreturned and unread library books that is half as tall as me."

"I have resting b face, I can't help it."

"Family is complicated. Everyone has a different relationship to their family."

And yes, no matter
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up hoping for a fluffy f/f fake dating and while it was that, it was also much more. This was such an emotional read. It didn't start out as such but gradually it got hold of my heart and started squeezing so hard that I was sobbing by the end. The Muslim representation is amazing here. No other piece of media has ever made me feel seen as much as Adiba Jaigirdar's book have. I love the sense of community and culture in her books.

I cannot describe how wonderful the characteriz
Dec 19, 2020 marked it as willsacrifice-maryams-soul-for-this
I read the surname "Dey" and I was like, "Ohhh..BENGALI girl!!!!"
Don't ask me how I knew it
Well.. I have a talent where I can tell which state the person belongs to... based on the surname(I am right most of the times *flips hair*)
It's probably the only talent I have xD

BUT back to the review...
BOTH the MCs are Bengali!!
Sooo..there will be Bengali food rt???!!!! *screams in happiness *
Its been a while since I've had Bengali food *sighs* (I haven't eaten Bengali FOOD in a while.. I do eat Bengali
Jun 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I actually have a hate-love relationship with fake-dating tropes (i know, i just keep getting more scandalous by the minute). I mean, they're cute, and awesome, and amazing, but there's precisely two reasons why I cannot just fully love them- (1) It mostly always comes with the enemies-to-lovers trope (like a buy-one-take-one deal or sum), like the characters tend to hate each other from the very beginning and that's cool but it kind of gets old, yknow? and (2) At some point of the story, th ...more
Peyton Reads
Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
i absolutely fell in love with Adiba Jaigirdar's debut The Henna Wars and this was such a cute read<3 rtc!

Jun 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i wanted to give this book 5 stars but the scene where they first kiss made me so deeply uncomfortable that i just can’t do that. effectively ishu just kisses hani, without even asking if it’s okay, when hani is literally crying. i’m so tired of the “kiss without consent” trope because it triggers some very bad memories for me, so if you’re going to read this book just be aware of that please.

also just for the record; if aisling or dee were real, then i would 100% fight them (and i think we ALL
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my heart is full. RTC
Aug 12, 2020 marked it as definitive-tbr
Shelves: 2021-releases
May 13, 2021: I had almost given up on the possibility of reading this early but guess who has an e-arc now! Watch me read this cuteness over the weekend.

October 21, 2020: OH MY GOD THE COVER! The almost-touching-hands theme is common with The Henna Wars cover and I'm crying this is so cute.

August 12, 2020: After giving away my heart to The Henna Wars, I'm RIGHT HERE FOR ANYTHING ADIBA JAIGIRDAR WRITES but also, queer South-Asians fake dating would be so perfect especially after the author has
4 stars.

omg.....i rly finished this entire book in less than a that for me :)) this book reminded me of why i love YA contemporaries so much, maybe i haven't outgrown the genre after all 👀

seriously though, once i picked up Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating, i could NOT put it down. this was such a quick, sweet, and fun read and my heart feels so full with alllll the emotions <3 i loved so many characters and hated so many others, and let me just say, i love when books can evoke
babe wake up new comfort read just dropped! i finished this book in less than two hours and i loved every second of it. i've never really been that into fake dating as a trope but i loved how this book was written. i saw myself in hani as she tried to mold herself to meet her friends' expectations even if they were outright disgusting to her and smiled through it all; i saw myself in ishu as she tried desperately to live up to her parents' expectations at the cost of her social life; and i saw m ...more
☆Pelumi☆ (On major hiatus)
Fake dating=Happy Pelumi
Slow burn romance= Happy frustrated Pelumi
Queer CHARCTERS= Extremely happy Pelumi

In summary, there's no happiness till i read this book!!!

EDIT: Welcome y'all. This is the point where I have a full on mental breakdown because my request for an arc of this got declined so join me. Let's cry together!!
I did get to read an extract and that's just cruel because now I
Elle (ellexamines)
Jan 11, 2021 marked it as 2021
OH my god
hi, i'm screaming. nice to meet you, you gorgeous looking book. ...more
Holly | The Caffeinated Reader
Thank you to TeamBKMRK for sending me an early copy for review!

I absolutely loved The Henna Wars, so when I found out the author's next book would not only centre around fake dating (a classic trope that never gets old) but also feature a bisexual main character, I was beyond excited! And let me just say, this book lives up to the hype.

Sidenote: Whilst I can't speak on the South Asian representation, I do have South Asian friends who have read advanced copies and only had positive things to sa
Unknown Reviews
Mar 13, 2021 marked it as to-read
The Henna Wars was a warm, pleasant debut last year and I'm intrigued to see what this has in store.

Or maybe I'm just tempted because it has two girls on the cover? :)
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(4.5 stars, rounded down)

In the end I really enjoyed this book, and I'm a really big fan of Adiba's writing style. My only 'qualms' (if you could even call them that) was that the story seemed to drag on a bit in the middle. I think this is a common concern in a lot of slow burn books, so I wasn't exactly surprised by this.

After I hit the 50% marker, I literally couldn't put this book down. I really enjoyed how this book made me care so much about pieces of paper. I literally had to pace around
Brittany (whatbritreads)
*Big thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this eArc!*

AHHHHH THIS WAS SO CUTE. I literally loved every second of this book, it was a pleasure to read.

If you want a fast paced, fake dating little contemporary read to keep you company – this is the one. It was so well written and honest – it made me laugh while also having engaging and important conversations about culture, religion, sexuality and relationships (both familial and friendships). Our two main characters were so loveable and yo
ale ♡
Jun 06, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
i've read many great reviews of this book!! ...more
rachel ☾
Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).

Representation: Hani (mc) Bangledeshi Bengali-Irish, Muslim & bisexual; Ishu (mc) Indian Bengali-Irish & sapphic.

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Madison Mary
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
"I don't want to be too...Muslim. I don't know where the line is that you cross over to be too much. Once you cross it people start acting like you're different and weird, and then you're an outsider."

A heart-wrenching story about two Bengali girls falling in love as they deal with own personal struggles.

I am a white female, so I encourage you to please look at own-voices reviews of this novel. That being said, I loved this book. The romance was so sweet and incredibly slow-burn, but
the cutest thing !!!!!!!

trigger warnings: racism, homophobia (specifically biphobia and lesbophobia), Islamophobia, toxic friendship, gaslighting, and parental abandonment
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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, ...more

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