The Henna Wars

The Henna Wars Review

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.

Title:The Henna Wars
Edition Language:English

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    The Henna Wars Reviews

  • Emily May

    When matters of the heart are involved, it's difficult to be careful. This was such a perfect blend of serious and sweet. I requested an arc of The Henna Wars on a whim, but soon found myself compl...

  • Kai

    "Of course Muslims can be gay. How can anyone think otherwise? The two aren't mutually exclusive. I am the living, breathing proof."What a stunning debut. I hoped this book would be good but I didn't ...

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Hello this was v v cute and I REALLY enjoyed it. I especially appreciated that none of the characters were all good or all bad. They were all super complex and REALISTIC teenage characters and honestl...

  • may ?

    It’d be a lie to say that I didn’t have high expectations for this book. (I mean, the premise is essentially “what if we were business rivals who may or may not have feelings for each other? and...

  • Adiba Jaigirdar

    The content warnings for this book is printed in the ARC, and will also be printed in the final copy. But for anyone wondering whether you are in the right headspace to pick it up, the content warning...

  • emma

    pet peeve: editors americanizing currency / school systems / language / etc when international books are published in the USanyway this was cute!review to come / 3 or 3.5 stars---------------currently...

  • C.G. Drews

    Sometimes you read books that are just cute and warm and heartbreaking. And your soul just THRIVES. 😍(Look, what is a little reading without pain.) I really fell in love with this, from the sapphic...

  • Fanna

    June 08, 2020: So glad to be featuring the author on my blog as she writes a guest post about the importance of conversations around sexual orientation in stories with South Asian culture while she al...

  • ellie

    oh..my...god? a story featuring two brown girls falling in love? not to be dramatic, but this is everything i've ever wanted. ...

  • ilsa?

    this was...terrible.i was genuinely so excited to read this. the premise sounded so beautiful - a hate-to-love romance between two girls of colour who have a competing henna business...well, the exec...