Henna Wars

About The Book

"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"

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. Flavia is beautiful and charismatic and Nishat falls for her instantly. But when a school competition invites students to create their own businesses, both Flavia and Nishat choose to do henna, even though Flavia is appropriating Nishat's culture.

Themes: Identity, Racial Equality, Homophobia, Bullying, Cultural Appropriation

Cover design by Nabigal-Nayagam Haider Ali

Check out the Author

Adiba Jaigirdar was born in Bangladesh and moved to Ireland at the age of 10. The Henna Wars was her debut novel and was named a best book of the year by Kirkus. Her follow up Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating is set for release in spring 2021 and is billed as one of the most anticipated YA books of the year. Find out more at her website, Instagram or on Twitter.

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