Hi, YA folks!
Samantha is back for another Day’s YA Guest Post!
THE HENNA WARS by Adiba Jaigirdar
Available now from Page Street Kids
Ages 14 and up
Nishat + Priti = Sisters + BFFs having the best summer, until…
Flávia = Nishat’s childhood friend / newfound crush transfers to Nishat’s school
Chyna = Nishat’s sworn enemy + Flávia’s cousin and friend
Nishat’s parents = Want Nishat to be happy, as long as she isn’t gay…
Could things get any worse?
Designing and applying Henna was an obvious choice for Nishat when her school announced a business competition. Henna mixes Nishat’s Bangladeshi culture with something she loves. But, the evil Chyna and swoon-worthy Flávia steal Nishat’s idea, thus launching the henna wars.
THE HENNA WARS is both heartwarming and heartbreaking and is ultimately a story of being yourself. Nishat’s relationship with her sister is exactly what we all need, crave, and can relate to, in one way or another. The sisters’ journey of finding themselves, in separate ways but always coming back together, is a hope-filled search for identity. Hand THE HENNA WARS to fans of WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI and SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA.
“Debut author Jaigirdar seamlessly weaves issues of racism and homophobia into a fast-moving plot peopled with richly drawn characters…Impossible to put down.”
―Kirkus Reviews, starred review