The Henna Wars

The Henna Wars

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Nishat's parents say she can be anyone she wants-- as long as she isn't a lesbian. She doesn't want to lose her family, but she also doesn't want to hide who she is. When childhood friend Flávia walks back into her life, Nishat falls for her instantly. Then a school competition invites students to create their own businesses, and both Flávia and Nishat decide to showcase their talent as henna artists. As the competition heats up, Nishat has a decision to make: stay in the closet for her family, or put aside her differences with Flávia and give their relationship a chance.
Publisher: Salem, MA :, Page Street Publishing Company,, 2020
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781624149689
1624149685
Branch Call Number: TEEN FIC Jai
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 22 cm

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abbiecochran
Feb 10, 2021

In the book “Henna Wars” by Adiba Jaigirdar, Nishat, who
is from Bangladesh, struggles with her sexuality and what decisions to make in order not to lose her friends and family. It becomes difficult when she meets Flavia, who Nishat falls for right away. But it isn’t a smooth ride from there. A school business competition
will bring problems as both Nishat and Flavia will decide to create henna businesses. So, throughout the competition, Nishat needs to decide whether to ignore her feelings for her family’s sake or get over her problems with Flavia and to try dating her. With
many factors playing a part, such as Flavia’s “business partner” being Nishat’s childhood friend who dropped her and Nishat’s relationship with her friends being tested, it is not an easy time for Nishat. Although, by the end of the book, she knows her choice
and is ready to act on it.


For me, I thought this book was very sweet and very
educational as well. It really opened my eyes to the struggles and that both people of color and those part of the LGBTQ+ community go through. This book isn’t something I’d usually read, but by the end of it, I was glad I had given it a chance. I believe
this book would be a good read for girls going through things similar to Nishat, as it isn’t easy dealing with your sexuality all alone. The book did veer off the main storyline a bit, but other than that, it was a very nice read. I really liked how I got
to learn about other cultures such as Bangladeshi and Brazilian culture. Overall, this book was a pleasant read.

JCLPiepieB Feb 09, 2021

Super-adorable lesbian love story that will have you craving Indian food and dying to have your hands wrapped in henna!

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zaraism
Dec 30, 2020

This was such an unputdownable book. I read it in one sitting. I cannot believe how amazing this book is. We definitely need more books about girls like this. Wow. I totally recommend this!!!!

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Feb 10, 2021

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Dec 15, 2020

blue_cat_22969 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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