My Two Cents….
I am super excited to be a part of @ffbc blog tour today for The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar. I signed up for this tour on a whim because the book sounded like something I wouldn’t normally pick up on my own. I am so glad that I did!
This book is heartwarming and touched my soul.
Nishat is a Bengladeshi student at a private Catholic school in Dublin, Ireland. This alone sets her as an outcast, but then she decides it is time to come out to her very traditional Muslim parents, which did not go well. At this point, Nashat’s only ally is her sister Priti. Priti loves Nashat for who she is and stands by her side through all of her mishaps and emotional turmoil. The family bond between sisters here is quite powerful, and pulls at all of your emotions.
As if this isn’t enough, the school decides to hold a business competition and Nishat finds herself going head to head in a henna tattoo business with her school crush Flavia. From here the story dives deep into religious hypocrisy, cultural appropriation, racism, and what it means to stand up for yourself.
If you are looking for a life changing and healing book that shines a spotlight oncultural appropriation, cultural bias and what it means to come out in a world that doesn’t support you, then grab this book, I believe this book will become a staple for many YA readers who find themselves in similar situations.
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.
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Adiba_Jaigirdar_The_Henna_Wars?id=WYCoDwAAQBAJ
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.
She is represented by Uwe Stender at TriadaUS.
Prize: Win a copy of THE HENNA WARS by Adiba Jairgirdar (US/CAN Only)
Starts: May 12th 2020
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