Hello my fellow little munchkins. How are you all doing today. I am doing fairly well. I have been trying to catch up on sleep this weekend even though I ended up getting less sleep than I do on a regular week day. However, I was able to read this wonderful book that I will have a review on down below. My family and I played UNO this weekend and damn we are ruthless, or at least I am because I gave my grandpa around 150 cards back to back within three rounds in one game.
Anyways, enough about me. Why don’t we get into this book review?
Author: Nandini Bagpai
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: September 10th, 2019
Description according to Goodreads, “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.”
This book was an incredible read to get out of a slump. This book has officially gotten me out of my reading slump so I would highly recommend it to all of you to check out and read.
There is TW for Homophobia, and a Character outing another character.
The main character of this story was Simi Sangha. She comes from a whole line of women who are Indian Vichole- Matchmakers. However, her main passion is art in serval forms, mehendi is the most known form of art that she uses on art projects, for family and friends and for herself due to the meaning that is behind it for her. Yet, when she sets up her cousin her family comes to realize that she has the “gift” so therefore she is more presumed to go into this path.
Yet, when her and her best friends since childhood, Noah, come together with her older brother they from an Matchmaking app named “Matched!” which is only for use within the school that she goes to.
Simi goes from a wallflower with her best friend to the most known people at school and with the attention drawn to them it creates issues for people who were already popular.
There is romance within the book that takes place when Simi and Noah along with her brother form the matches but also with their own lives. As they are trying to get into relationships with their crushes they are confronted with drama that they have to take care of both in, around the app, and in their own lives.
The romance within this book is crafted well allowing for the reader to immerse themselves into the lives of the characters while also trying to figure out who they end up with. There is gay representation within the book between Simi’s best friend, Noah. However, there is a trigger warning of a character outing another within the book. With the addition of new characters in the start of the book towards the school it easily sets up the ability for other characters to widen their sea of fish that they could choose compared to before.
The pacing of the book was set perfectly with it not being too fast when it should have been slow and not too slow when it should have been fast. The way that the book was written was also wonderful allowing for people who aren’t apart of the culture that the book is written about to learn more and to develop a stronger passion for learning and appreciating other cultures. They additions of text message format were also wonderful due to it being different compared to other books.
A Match Made in Mehendi is a creative and immersive read that will leave you wondering how you could read a book so fast. It is definitely worth pre-ording and reading!
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According to Goodreads, “Nandini Bajpai grew up in New Delhi, India, one of four sisters and many cousins, in a family that liked to read.
She lived and worked in India, Australia, and the US, before settling in the Boston area with her husband, kids, and a fluctuating number and variety of pets. Although she dabbled in corporate finance, business analysis, and fostering shelter animals, her first love is writing.”
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