The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

The Henna Wars

Adiba Jaigirdar

fiction Contemporary LGBTQIA+ Romance
emotional lighthearted reflective medium-paced

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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.

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Homophobia (6 reviewers), Racism (5 reviewers), Bullying (3 reviewers), Religious bigotry (1 reviewer), and Hate crime (1 reviewer)


Homophobia (5 reviewers), Racism (5 reviewers), Bullying (4 reviewers), and Xenophobia (1 reviewer)


Homophobia (2 reviewers), Racism (2 reviewers), and Hate crime (1 reviewer)


emotional 70%
hopeful 69%
lighthearted 62%
inspiring 34%
funny 30%
reflective 25%
challenging 11%
informative 9%
relaxing 7%
tense 7%
sad 4%
adventurous 1%
dark 0%


medium 60%
fast 34%
slow 4%

Strong character development?

Yes: 87% | It's complicated: 6% | N/A: 3% | No: 2%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 79% | It's complicated: 14% | No: 5%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 9% | No: 4% | N/A: 2%

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