Day 17 of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and I’m sharing an AAPI book a day that I want to read. This next book came to my attention after I shared a very pleasant train ride with the author after the Kweli’s Color of Children’s Literature Conference. Book 17 is
A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai! Everything about this novel is what I look for in a great YA book and I can’t wait to read it! It comes out in September but you can pre-order now!
From the publisher:
Fifteen-year-old Simran “Simi” Sangha comes from a long line of Indian vichole –– matchmakers — with a rich history for helping parents find good matches for their grown children. When Simi accidentally sets up her cousin and a soon-to-be lawyer, her family is thrilled that she has the “gift.”
But Simi is an artist, and she doesn’t want to have anything to do with relationships, helicopter parents, and family drama. That is, until she realizes this might be just the thing to improve her and her best friend Noah’s social status. Armed with her family’s ancient guide to finding love, Simi starts a matchmaking service-via an app, of course.
But when she helps connect a wallflower of a girl with the star of the boys’ soccer team, she turns the high school hierarchy topsy-turvy, soon making herself public enemy number one.