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.
I love this — I love that Nishat is Muslim, and has to deal with parents who still believe Muslim girls aren’t lesbians. Immediately, you’d expect a story about Nishat standing up for herself, but family is family, and blurb makes it clear they’re important to her. And families, never mind Muslim ones, are never enough in books for me, so this has me excited!
And Flavia, there’s not nearly enough here for me about her, but I look forward to getting to know more about her in the book!