What a Desi Girl Wants by Sabina Khan (author)

What a Desi Girl Wants

Suitable for 13 - 18 years

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The romance of Becky Albertalli meets the glam family dynamics of Crazy Rich Asians in this YA novel from acclaimed author Sabina Khan. Mehar hasn’t been back to India since she was four.She hasn’t visited her father, or any of her family. Why would she? Her father made it clear that she’s not his priority when he chose not to come to the US with her and her mum. But when her father announces his engagement to socialite Naz, Mehar reluctantly agrees to return for the wedding. Maybe she and her father can heal their broken relationship. And after all, her father is Indian royalty, and his home is a palace. While her father still doesn’t make the time for her, and she hates Naz and her social media influencer daughter, Mehar barely cares once she meets Sufiya, her grandmother’s assistant. Though they come from totally different worlds, their friendship slowly starts to blossom into something more . . . Mehar thinks. But she can tell Naz is using her dad for his money and putting a stop to the wedding might be the best for everyone involved. What happens when telling her father the truth about Naz and Aleena means putting her relationship with Sufiya at risk . . .

PRAISE FOR SABINA’S PREVIOUS NOVELS: Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali “This book gave me all the feels” The Lesbian Review“A coming-out story featuring diverse characters and a richly rendered international setting.”Kirkus Reviews“hard-hitting and hopeful story is a must-purchase for any YA collection.” – School Library Journal

Zara Hossain is Here “A vivid account exploring issues many immigrant teens face.” Kirkus Reviews“This is a great addition to books that start conversations about immigration in the U.S., with the added layer of being an out queer immigrant from a country that is not accepting of queer people. I highly recommend it.” Lesbrary“an insightful novel that gives a glimpse into the experience of families and teens caught up in the America immigration system and all the uncertainty that this can cause people.” ReadingZone

Meet Me In Mumbai “spotlights fiercely independent South Asian Muslim girls triumphing over the insurmountable odds… an emotionally satisfying ride that is sure to entertain.” Quills & Quire“an engrossing and consuming read.” YA Books Central“a beautiful novel that explores the concept of identity and family” Rich In Color

Our July 2023 Teen Book of the Month

Our Book of the Month for Teen readers is What a Desi Girl Wants by Sabina Khan. Mehar hasn’t been back to India since she was four. Hasn’t visited her father or any of her royal family. But, when her father announces his engagement to socialite Naz, Mehar agrees to return for the wedding. When Mehar meets her grandmother’s assistant, Sufiya, the two girls strike up a friendship which starts to blossom into something more… However, when Mehar discovers that Naz is using her dad for his money she has to decide if telling her father the truth and stopping the wedding is worth putting her relationship with Sufiya at risk.

This YA novel expertly blends the romance of Becky Albertalli with the glam family dynamics of Crazy Rich Asians. The book has a lighter, more rom-com feel than we’ve seen previously from author Sabina Khan, but stays true to her signature style telling powerful coming-of-age stories about Muslim teens who straddle cultures. Featuring escapism to a beautiful royal palace, LGBTQ+ representation, and timely portrayals of social media influencers, this is a perfect summer read for Book Tok fans.

Emma – Book Club Editor, Ages 7-11+
Emma – Book Club Editor, Ages 7-11+

Product Details

Catalogue number

1353 in Setanta SCB Offer April 2024

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780702330230

Publisher

Scholastic

Date published

July 6th, 2023

Other details

  • 288 pages

Condition

New

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