About the Book
I’ve seen it too many times, paired with disparagement of me, my heritage, my culture.Adiba Jaigirdar
The Henna Wars
by Adiba Jaigirdar
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Release Date: May 12th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, LGBT, Contemporary, Queer
I can imagine their faces, red and blotchy with the shame that has been brought onto our family. Sham that I have, ultimately, made the wrong choice.Adiba Jaigirdar
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 family. And her life 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 choose to do henna, even though Flávia is appropriating Nishat’s culture. Amidst sabotage and school stress, their lives get more tangled—but Nishat can’t quite get rid of her crush on Flávia, and realizes there might be more to her than she realized.
‘You know it’s not knocking when you just say the words knock knock, right?’
‘You’re supposed to say who’s there.’Adiba Jaigirdar
For a while it seemed like all I was reading were queer books and I was beyond happy for that to be the case. Then all of a sudden it was as if hardly any of the books I was reading and coming across had any representation. So, I was very excited when The Henna Wars came on my radar because it has so much diverse representation in it and it was just what I needed! Plus, I mean, I’ve GOT to mention that beautiful cover.
First date watching the sunset. It’s kind of cheesy.Adiba Jaigirdar
What I loved about this book the most is that it wasn’t just one thing. I oftentimes find that contemporaries are either really cheesy, really serious, or really focused on a “cause.” And while I don’t mind that every now and then, it’s what makes me not reach for contemporaries that frequently. However, I was glad to find that The Henna Wars would do no such thing as to disappoint my extremely high expectations and that it was the perfect blend of sweet, serious, and just all around perfection. The characters are so perfect. The setting is so perfect. And I just fell in love with the prose and the way the story just flows.
Why do you look so grumpy?Adiba Jaigirdar
The Henna Wars is just everything I’ve been missing in my books lately. I’ve been trying to find a book like it, and every time I try one out it just seems to fall short for some reason. It’s just one of those beautiful stories that is also just so important to be out there in the world.
About the Author
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.
She is a contributor for Bookriot. Previously, she has published short fiction and poetry in various journals and anthologies.
All her work is aided by copious amounts of (kettle-made) tea and a whole lot of Hayley Kiyoko and Janelle Monáe.
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