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Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating

By Adiba Jaigirdar
Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar digital book - Fable

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Everyone likes Humaira "Hani" Khan—she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita "Ishu" Dey. Ishu is the complete opposite of Hani. She’s an academic overachiever who hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for college. But Ishita agrees to help Hani, if Hani will help her become more popular so that she stands a chance of being elected head girl.

Despite their mutually beneficial pact, they start developing real feelings for each other. But relationships are complicated, and some people will do anything to stop two Bengali girls from achieving happily ever after.

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Slightly Smiling Face“3.75”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersRealistic settingRomanticHomophobiaRacism
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Hani and Ishu are my literal faves 🥰”
Believable charactersDiverse charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readRealistic settingComing of age
“4.5/5 stars Throughout my reading this book I thoroughly enjoyed it and had fun. I feel like I saw myself a lot when it comes to Hani being bi and wanting other people to understand how important that part of her is along with supporting her through her choices. And I saw myself a lot with Ishu bc of how she acts and how much pressure she puts on herself just for parental/her guardian's approval. I enjoyed the fake dating plot and liked that it was kept as a long-running plot and wasnt something that was kind of tossed aside close to the middle like I feel a lot of books tend to do when it doesn't do much anymore, I feel like it stayed as a consistent main focus and continued to be a stem for issues and solutions. I feel like some things were somewhat unanswered or that I wish could've been explored more, especially toward the end. While I liked the book having short chapters which make the long list of chapters a little less daunting, I feel like the final four or even two chapters would've benefited with longer chapters to answer some questions that arise. Like, will Ishu ever tell her parents about her relationship? What happened with Hani and her friends? things that we were alluded an answer to but didn't get a fully solidified one. In all, I gave it a 4.5/5 because I did enjoy this book thoroughly but it didn't give me the I'm dying in love with it vibe that I've had with other books. I would recommend this book to others though, I think it's an interesting and fluffy read with two lil sapphics.”

About Adiba Jaigirdar

Adiba Jaigirdar is a Bangladeshi and Irish writer and teacher and the author of The Henna Wars, which Kirkus called “impossible to put down.” She is also a contributor for Book Riot. She lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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