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Publisher's Summary

When Dimple Met Rishi meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this romantic comedy about two teen girls with rival henna businesses.

Nishat doesn't want to lose her family, but she also doesn't want to hide who she is, and it only gets harder once a childhood friend walks back into her life. Flávia is beautiful and charismatic, and Nishat falls for her instantly. But when a school competition invites students to create their own businesses, both Flávia and Nishat decide to showcase their talent as henna artists. In a fight to prove who is the best, their lives become more tangled - but Nishat can't quite get rid of her crush, especially since Flávia seems to like her back. 

As the competition heats up, Nishat has a decision to make: stay in the closet for her family, or put aside her differences with Flávia and give their relationship a chance.

©2020 Adiba Jaigirdar (P)2020 Listening Library

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As a queer, South Asian woman, I felt so validated

Thank god for this book, honestly. The author manages to authentically and plainly capture the struggles and frustrations of growing up brown and queer in a heteronormative, predominantly white environment. I felt so seen and heard and validated throughout the book. Nishant's anger was my anger. Her pain was my pain. That innocent, butterflies-in-your-stomach feeling she experienced around a pretty girl? Yeah, I felt that. And one of the best parts was (*SPOILER*) that her parents eventually accepted her sexuality. It was a breath of fresh air for a brown girl who never even dreamed of coming out to her parents because of the stigma and misinformation surrounding sexuality in many South Asian cultures. But Nishant's parents' gradual understanding and acceptance as the book progressed felt like the opposite of all of those terrifying scenarios I'd always feared. It felt like hope.

I would highly recommend this book to any teenager or young adult looking for a sweet, poignant read about overcoming stereotypes and embracing your identity in a society where being yourself is a radical act.

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Fantastic sapphic romance!

Definitely enjoyed this sapphic romance featuring feuding henna shops. The narrator does a fantastic job!

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Finished it in one day!

it was really fun to read! Accurate representation of island and desi culture. The discreptions of food got me hungry!!!

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An important story

I loved this. Discusses being queer and racism with an honest voice. Please read this.

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Not Bad but Not as Good as Other Similar Stories

I was a little bit let down by this one. been reading alot of these cute lgbt* ya rom-coms in the past year and compared to a handful of others this one felt kinda bland in terms of humor & character. Just not as heartfelt as what I've been looking for. The narration was also a bit robotic for me, lacked emotion & personality. the plot was about what I expected, solid & comfortingly predictable.

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Love the story overall! More development of character relationships would have been great. The reading could have been less monotone at times, but I loved the authenticity of the accents of some characters.

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Great listen

Loved it! this was my first audiobook and I couldn't stop listening. Easy listening, delightful story without being overly fluffy. my only complaint is that I wish that there was more.

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Outstanding story!!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. An easy captivating read. Not only was it a great story. The narration was impeccable. I love Nishat's character. She was a strong and brave young woman.

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  • 05-25-20

Great book

Well written and well performed. I loved every second of it. I was even sad when it finished. I hope there will be another one. I loved the characters and would love to know what happens in their lives later.

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  • 01-19-22

cute story, disappointing narrator

the story was an emotional rollercoaster for Nishat. her coming of age/coming out story filled me with such emotion. the only thing was I felt that the narrator put in hardly any effort with voicing different characters, so conversations blurred in together.

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  • 10-23-21

great book 10/10

great book that tackle a tough situation in a great way and keeps it light hearted and keeps in engaged

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  • 05-13-21

All The Flushes of an Asian Lesbian's First Love

I absolutely loved this. Coming out while fighting racism and homophobia while falling in love, growing to hate that beloved and being outed. Sweet and tender queer YA love story with great characters and unusual setting; migrant Asian family in contemporary Ireland.

Narration one star less only because the American-sounding narrator was quite jarring given it's set in Dublin and there are no American characters.

Henna Wars captures all the confusion and emotion of a first intense crush, which only intensifies when they like you back. Great subplots about friendship, social justice and sisterhood. Absolutely looking forward to seeing what this author does next.

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  • 07-21-20

loved it!

Amazing! I recommend this for sure! The plot and characters really came to life it was as if they were real people. I highly recommend listening to Henna Wars. It is a really sweet story in my opinion.