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Announcing the December BOTM for 2020

Hey everyone!

Welcome to the announcement for Between the Pages book of the month for December, which almost seems ridiculous that this year is almost over. Now, for this month, we will be reading The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar which is a YA contemporary novel about a sapphic relationship I believe. 

Here’s the synopsis:

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 realises there might be more to her than she realised.

I hope you’ll enjoy this, and happy reading! As always, the discussion will take place on the last day of the month, which will happen to be the last day of 2020. Take care everyone!


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It is unbelievable 2020 is almost over. Great story, I hope everyone enjoys reading it.

3rd Dec, 20

I hope so too!

3rd Dec, 20