How did Hani know Ishu was queer…Where did that happen, when was that established, and why was there no like actual coming out. (other than Hani’s horrid acquaintances, of course). The friends that Hani have aren’t much better than the adults.
This heartwarming book has a lot of positive messages about exploring identity, standing up for what’s right, and being queer and South Asian in a predominantly White community. Fans of romance will like the sweet buildup of their feelings, and how they bring out the best in each other. The characters are both flawed and likable, and readers will find themselves rooting for their romance from the beginning.
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And it hits on all the best tropes; fake dating and there was only one bed. I wanted to give this book 5 stars but the scene where they first kiss made me so deeply uncomfortable that i just can’t do that. Effectively ishu just kisses hani, without even asking if it’s okay, when hani is literally crying. I’m so tired of the “kiss without consent” trope because it triggers some very bad memories for me, so if you’re going to read this book just be aware of that please.
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The story deals with cultural differences and being judged or criticised for it, peer pressure, family traditions, friendship and identity. Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating was an utter joy to read. Jaigirdar perfectly balances rom com hijinks and all the fluttery feelings of first love with a nuanced exploration of family and social issues to create an adorable, relevant story.
One of the most heartwarming parts about this is the parental support Hani has with her parents. They’re accepting of her bisexuality that she even questions how people like her white Irish friends can’t support their children when her brown, immigrant, and slightly conservative parents can. Her mom admits that they had to change their perspective of the life they had imagined for Hani because they knew that Hani could, at one point, do the complete opposite of what they had in mind. I loved the support she had from both of her parents and how it never caused or added trouble to their relationship. I get my book recommendations from many different sources – Toppsta reviewers, friends of my children, parents, teachers , librarians and more but I’m always intrigued to see which children’s books win awards . All too easy we default to the known authors likeDavid WalliamsorJulia Donaldsonbut there are thousands of award-winning books to try.
It adds to the whitewashing Hani didn’t realize she was becoming absorbed in, which leads me to my last critical point. As a huge sucker for fake dating and an avid lover of to all the boys, i was so excited to read a sapphic, cute book with the trope, and this book provides it! The fake dating guide filled my covinsky-shaped hole and the way the two of them navigating their fake relationship was ADORABLE. Their gradual progression into friendship also made reading them falling in love so much cuter. Their relationship in general had me wanting to scream into a pillow and cry all at once, and i loved it so much.
Also just for the record; if aisling or dee were real, then i would 100% fight them (and i think we ALL know they wouldn’t be able to fight). Kindly translate the conversations that were not written in English right there and then. I love the book so much http://hookupranker.com/fuckswipe-review more than I had anticipated. “I mean, like … I don’t want to be too … Muslim. I don’t know where the line is that you cross over to be too much. Once you cross it people start acting like you’re different and weird, and then you’re the outsider.”
I especially loved watching Ishu soften for Hani , as hard as she tried to fight it. Speaking of tropes, Hani and Ishu gave me everything I could ever ask for from the fake dating trope, from the awkward tension to begin with, the fluttery crush feelings and all of the adorable complications it brings. I really just adored reading about Hani and Ishu’s relationship, with all of its rom com clichés (kissing in the rain, anyone?) and a deep connection and empathy for the other. Adiba Jaigirdar is the award-winning, critically-acclaimed and bestselling author of The Henna Wars, Hani & Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating, and A Million to One. A Bangladeshi/Irish writer and former teacher, she has an MA in Postcolonial Studies from the University of Kent, England and a BA in English and History from UCD, Ireland.
But when Hani’s friends say that she isn’t bisexual because she’s never been with a girl, Hani and Ishu decide to fake date. This way, Hani can prove her sexuality to her friends and Ishu can gain popularity, and hopefully become head girl at their school. Hani and Ishu are two Bengali girls going to high school in Ireland. Hani is a popular people pleaser who feels like she has to hide her faith and culture from her school friends, because she doesn’t …