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400 pages, Hardcover
First published May 12, 2020
When matters of the heart are involved, it's difficult to be careful.
Her eyes are bright, but hooded. Intense.
She's inching forward.
Is there a heterosexual explanation for why she's moving forward?
"Muslims aren't gay," she whispers, like this is a hard and fast rule. She's still turned away from me, looking out the window like the outside world will have some solution to my lesbian problem.
I can't stand the way she says my name: Neesh-hat, like I'm a niche hat.
What I want more than anything else in the world is to feel like being myself isn’t something that should be hidden and a secret.
But sometimes just being yourself—really, truly yourself—can be the most difficult thing to be.
“I love you, Apujan,” she whispers. “And I’m so damn proud of you. I hope you know that.”
Thank you to Page Street for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! This did not affect my opinion in any way.
All quotes are from an advance copy and may differ in final publication.
But I’m tired of being ashamed. My choice is clearly laid out in front of me. I’m going to choose me.
It doesn’t seem like much. But sometimes just being yourself—really, truly yourself—can be the most difficult thing to be.
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Let's shine a deserving spotlight on the inspiring protagonist who is coming of age.
The perfect South-Asian family portrayal—a sister who becomes a source of strength, conservative immigrant parents, and relatives invited to celebrate academic results.
An applause for the cultural essence and important themes that flow through the modern narrative.
Sapphic romance that starts with an instant crush and grows through competing henna businesses disguised as a war.
Throws a much-needed light on racism in a setting meant for diverse young students to be educated.
Note: I'm in no place to give detailed comments on the representation of sexual identities or the religion of characters in this book so please pay heed to the ownvoices reviews for these representations above mine. I'm only positive about my opinions regarding the culture depicted and racism challenged.