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CW bullying, public outing of a character Definitely a solid 4.5 I have been waiting to read this book for so long now that I ve lost count And it didn t help that I always seem to get rejected for ownvoices ARCs But I was delighted to finally get my library copy so that I can join in with my friends who have all loved it so much The one thing I could tell right from the first page is that I was gonna smile through the whole book The writing is light hearted, fun, with lots of awkward and CW bullying, public outing of a character Definitely a solid 4.5 I have been waiting to read this book for so long now that I ve lost count And it didn t help that I always seem to get rejected for ownvoices ARCs But I was delighted to finally get my library copy so that I can join in with my friends who have all loved it so much The one thing I could tell right from the first page is that I was gonna smile through the whole book The writing is light hearted, fun, with lots of awkward and silly and adorable moments and on the whole, just some thorough entertainment I thought the author s idea of combining the traditional Indian style of matchmaking with modern and technologically advanced dating apps was genius and it made for a very lovely story while giving us the pros and cons of both methods The setting of the high school was pretty realistic too and I liked that the author didn t try too much to get the teenage voice right The pacing is very fast and I flew through the book so quickly that I didn t even realize it was almost the end Each chapter also has a lovely mehendi design and a quote from the MC s family s matchmaking guide, which I thought was excellent symbolism for the book as a whole I think the only problem I had was with the main bully in the high school I m so over the mean girl trope and while I m sure that every school might have someone like that irl, I m not sure we needgirl on girl hate in YA novels And obviously I thought the desi representation was amazing right from the slightly nosy moms and aunts, the slight obsession with engineers and doctors, the descriptions of yummy food, the importance of wearing a turban as a Sikh, the differences between how the elders feel about mehendi being something sacred whereas the youngsters finding it unique and fun, the rituals and ceremonies there are just so many little things which I may not even have noticed, because they were organically part of the story and the characters and I loved being in the middle of it all And come on, the multiple mentions of samosas and pakodas and Limca just made me hungry, but unfortunately I didn t have any handy to munch on I adored Simi from page 1 She is a sweet but clumsy high school sopho, who has this habit of falling over at inopportune times She is an amazing artist and I loved that her parents didn t seem to have too much of a problem with that Her friendship with her BFF Noah is total goals and I loved how they encouraged and motivated each other all the time, but also gave space when one needed it Noah is gay and it isn t really mentioned how many in the larger context of the school know about him, but I liked that whoever did were very supportive I was actually pleasantly surprised by the acceptance of Simi s family because homophobia in Indian families is quite common Simi s family is also appropriately intrusive but very fun loving as well as dependable, and I loved all of them I d read in a couple of reviews there are two boys in the books and Simi chooses one I kept hoping it wasn t a love triangle situation and I loved the way the author managed to navigate Simi s feelings for the two I could totally feel all the awkwardness and tingles that Simi was feeling and it was sweet watching her get to know them better and make a decision There are also many other classmates of theirs who meet and start going out due to Simi and Noah s app, and I thought all of it was done very nicely without any drama It was refreshing to see a fun group of diverse couples I think the main theme of this book was about finding what we want to do in life Simi doesn t feel interested in her family s matchmaking business or the boy her family may like, because she doesn t want to do what s expected But her journey of realizing that it s not bad to like doing something that also meets her family s expectations, or not having to choose between her various interests this was all written very well and in such a subtle manner that you don t even realize it And due to the whole concept of matchmaking, there is a lot of emphasis on compatibility, but also about the fact that two people may seem perfect on paper but they might not be good together because deeper values and motivations are muchimportant for a successful relationship I think the overall message of the book that whether traditional Indian style matchmaking or modern dating apps, what makes two people click remains the same is something that comes out beautifully and I think we can all agree with that To conclude, I just wanna say that if you love fun YA contemporaries and want to smile for a bit, pick this book up If you particularly love desi books like I do, then I promise you can t go wrong with this amazing debut And while I m very very excited to see what the author comes up with next, I m also a bit sad that this book is already done and I can t experience it all over again The root of family is love The root of all love is friendship THE SHAGUN MATCHMAKING GUIDEA Match Made in Mehendi is Nandini Bajpai s U.S debut, a YA contemporary about 15 year old Simran Simi Sangha, a talented artist who comes from a long line of matchmakers While Simi has no desire to follow in the family business, she starts off her story by accidentally setting her cousin up, and her best friend then talks her into carrying the matchmaking business into their high school whereThe root of family is love The root of all love is friendship THE SHAGUN MATCHMAKING GUIDEA Match Made in Mehendi is Nandini Bajpai s U.S debut, a YA contemporary about 15 year old Simran Simi Sangha, a talented artist who comes from a long line of matchmakers While Simi has no desire to follow in the family business, she starts off her story by accidentally setting her cousin up, and her best friend then talks her into carrying the matchmaking business into their high school where these two wallflowers might just find some popularity A Match Made in Mehendi is such a pleasant, light hearted novel that really celebrates Indian culture and writes an adorable story about a group of teens.I wouldn t call this novel extraordinary, but it does something I love it gives a stereotypical happy story to marginalized characters, and also puts a twist on the story by including Simi s family business of matchmaking.Simi s character was a great main character I loved the blend of innocence and strength with her character she definitely has some of the naivety of a younger high schooler, but she s also strong enough to stand up to bullying and to try to make a name for herself.I loved Simi s character arc as an artist, especially in how she wove mehendi into her art pieces, and I loved her character arc in finding her place in her family business She was just such a delightful main character, and I really did want the best for her.I also really enjoyed the love triangle in this novel While Simi s own romance is a subplot of the story, the love triangle was so enjoyable and interesting to read, and I couldn t wait to find out who Simi ended up with And that s coming from someone who rarely enjoys love triangles.Simi s best friend, Noah, is a significant part of her story Noah also happens to be gay, and that plotline was handled very tastefully, it did not fall into any typical gay best friend tropes I only wish we had seenof Noah and his love interest, but otherwise I loved his character.But the real driving point of this novel is the matchmaking business I loved how Simi s heritage and culture was tied into Matched , and I loved how this novel incorporated Indian culture into the story I also just really loved the concept of Matched , and for a novel that is very stereotypical in many ways, the incorporation of this app added something really unique and interesting to the story.I loved all of the supporting cast, from Simi s friends to her family particularly her brother Navdeep, I am a sucker for good sibling relationships , and I really loved the number of dogs that made cameos in this novel.The primary reason I docked a star, other than the fact that this novel isn t super profound or moving, is that this novel did fall into one trope I hate girl on girl hate Now, while I think bullies definitely exist in high school, the majority of the redeeming fleshed out supporting characters are male characters while the primary villain of the novel is a teenage girl, and had there beenredeeming girl characters I could have overlooked that, but that was my one major complaint with the novel.Also, on a personal level, I just found it really weird how Simi was so willing to give all the white students in her school mehendi tattoos when those are really a part of Desi culture That might just be me and that s not a reason to dislike the book so it didn t impact my rating, but to me, mehendi is too important to my culture to just share with white people.All in all, A Match Made in Mehendi really is a feel good story that brings a smile to the reader s face, and it s such a pleasant read that provides a wonderful break when you ve been reading heavy content for a long time Disclaimer I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review This in no way impacted my opinion content warnings a character is partially outed in a scene A wholesome and lovely read A story about matchmaking, desi identity and Indian culture, friendship, and even addresses bullying Follows Simi, who comes from a long line of Indian matchmakers who creates an app to help pair up her schoolmates to make her mark in her second year at high school This is such a cosy and light hearted read the sort of book you just read, feel the warm and fuzzies, and enjoy for what it is Simi was such a fantastic protagonist and I really enjoyed her narrat A wholesome and lovely read A story about matchmaking, desi identity and Indian culture, friendship, and even addresses bullying Follows Simi, who comes from a long line of Indian matchmakers who creates an app to help pair up her schoolmates to make her mark in her second year at high school This is such a cosy and light hearted read the sort of book you just read, feel the warm and fuzzies, and enjoy for what it is Simi was such a fantastic protagonist and I really enjoyed her narrative Her voice was fantastic, she is an artist and such a kind soul, fights for what she thinks is right, and she is a little flawed too This book actually had one of the best love triangles I ve read I was curious to see where it went, and the relationships were developed organically and wonderfully This book does tackle bullying, and I thought it was done in a sensitive way The bully is a little exaggerated, but the impact of her bullying was not so this was fine by me, as the latter wasimportant in the story However, I do have thoughts on something that happens, and am not quite sure how to make of this Spoiler ahead view spoiler As a consequence of the bully s action, a character is outed as gay This is pretty awful and I m a little tired of gay characters being outed as a point of showing how awful a character is However, I think the storytelling does address the impact of this in a meaningful way, and the gay character is given agency within the story The gay character does have a happy ending though hide spoiler Honestly, I just enjoyed this book and think it s a great read.Trigger content warning view spoiler targeted bullying, microaggressions challenged , gay character is outed challenged and addressed hide spoiler Loved reading A Match Made in Mehendi for the stereotypes it breaks from converging the family s legacy and one s life aspiration to creating a relationship that demolishes the high school hierarchy, this young adult contemporary romance pleasantly surprises with accurate yet fresh desi representation while setting up a friends to lovers trope in the backgroundamerican indian MC ya contemporary stereotypes broken desi references cute friends to lovers tech meets tradition artist female MC h Loved reading A Match Made in Mehendi for the stereotypes it breaks from converging the family s legacy and one s life aspiration to creating a relationship that demolishes the high school hierarchy, this young adult contemporary romance pleasantly surprises with accurate yet fresh desi representation while setting up a friends to lovers trope in the backgroundamerican indian MC ya contemporary stereotypes broken desi references cute friends to lovers tech meets tradition artist female MC handsome, desi love interest diverse side characters anonymous match making app for school vicholi family legacy unexpected teenage relationships stem quotes from the family s match making guide typical mean girl bully gay best friend fast paced, quick read Read an interview with the author, Nandini Bajpai, where I ask about POC and diverse representation in modern literature and other fun questions LIST POSTS I VE MENTIONED THIS BOOK IN 8 BOOKS WITH SOUTH ASIAN CHARACTERS RELEASING IN 2019 MAKE YOUR TBR MORE BROWN [ Read Book ] ⚈ A Match Made in Mehendi ⚖ 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 courseBut 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 La secrétaire her family is thrilled that she has the gift But Simi is an artist Bases d'optique géométrique : Des instruments ardents à la formation des images pour comprendre la vision et les couleurs de l'arc-en-ciel and she doesn t want to have anything to do with relationships The Square helicopter parents La Discipline positive dans la classe and family drama That is When Stars Came Down To Earth: Cosmology Of The Skidi Pawnee Indians Of North America 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 Jeremstar par Jérémy Gisclon, ma biographie officielle Simi starts a matchmaking service via an app Affaires de famille of courseBut when she helps connect a wallflower of a girl with the star of the boys soccer team Industrializing the Rockies: Growth, Competition, and Turmoil in the Coalfields of Colorado and Wyoming, 1868-1914 she turns the high school hierarchy topsy turvy Celle qui m'aime et autres nouvelles soon making herself public enemy number one This book is so unapologetically desi my heart hurts Super sweet, funny, and refreshing read with charming characters mostly and lovely representation I was really captured by the writing style to the point I almost neglected schoolwork oops.If you like romcoms with a cute and likeable lead, Bajpai s US debut is definitely one not to miss My only nitpick is that desi is an in group word, so it s really not for whites non south asians to use But your mileage may vary there. Full Review on The Candid CoverA Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai is a fun read that also tackles issues of bullying The main character, Simi, is one that is both quirky and relatable It is a perfect book for your back to school TBR UNIQUE THEMEThe concept of a matchmaking family is one that I have never come across There are quite a few books that have a matchmaking theme, but this one kicks it up a notch The women in the family seem to have a gift that Simi is determined to evade Full Review on The Candid CoverA Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai is a fun read that also tackles issues of bullying The main character, Simi, is one that is both quirky and relatable It is a perfect book for your back to school TBR UNIQUE THEMEThe concept of a matchmaking family is one that I have never come across There are quite a few books that have a matchmaking theme, but this one kicks it up a notch The women in the family seem to have a gift that Simi is determined to evade Although, with the help of her best friend and brother, they develop a really cool app that combines technology, art, and matchmaking ENJOYABLE MAIN CHARACTERAs the app gains popularity within Simi s school, a well known bully causes all sorts of issues for Simi and her friend I really enjoyed reading about how Simi deals with the problem and relies on her family and friends for help Her character shows quite a bit of growth and she is easy to root for.If you are looking for a contemporary novel that will pull at your heartstrings, A Match Made in Mehendi is one book to pick up this fall The characters are enjoyable and the concept is fresh I am looking forward to readingof Bajpai s works The Misadventures of Simi and Noah s guide to MatchmakingFind a book Read it s synopsis Picture it and deduct whether you ll read it or not Reading this book s cover made me think Oh this sounds cute but I doubt I ll ever read it Miraculously, I ended up reading it and saying I was pleasantly surprised doesn t do it justice but telling you I read it in one sitting sparing only a few hours of my time wouldthan suffice People are people and love is love Simi just wants to have The Misadventures of Simi and Noah s guide to MatchmakingFind a book Read it s synopsis Picture it and deduct whether you ll read it or not Reading this book s cover made me think Oh this sounds cute but I doubt I ll ever read it Miraculously, I ended up reading it and saying I was pleasantly surprised doesn t do it justice but telling you I read it in one sitting sparing only a few hours of my time wouldthan suffice People are people and love is love Simi just wants to have a fresh new year in high school Gain some status, make some new friends, and maintain her normal teenage life One day she accidentally hooks her cousin up with an eligible bachelor her family thinks it s time she join the family matchmaking business She wants no parts of her mother s old love matching ways, instead she, her brother, and her best friend Noah get together to start a quiz matching app to hook their high school peers up Everything starts out good until they match up the most popular boy at school and a new girl I am so happy I got an early copy of this I am so happy took the time to read this To say I simple enjoyed this book would be a massive understatement I could relate to the characters, some of their motive, and actions There tragic moments, touching moments, and even laughable ones as well but what captures me in the end was the camaraderie Friends coming together to make things right There s a little bit of everyone for someone lgbt friendly, cute quirky main character, adorable meet cutes, and a mean girl take down I would definitely this to any everyone and I am a complete stan that can t wait for a movie Disclaimer I received this book from Netgalley This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest A Match Made in Mehendi is a story about family, friendship, and standing up against bullies At the same time, A Match in Mehendi is about balancing technology and tradition, fear and desire, dreams and expectations Simi s family are professional matchmakers, as a way to facilitate matches and join communities But Simi would rather be an artist, drawn to a world full of exploratio Disclaimer I received this book from Netgalley This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest A Match Made in Mehendi is a story about family, friendship, and standing up against bullies At the same time, A Match in Mehendi is about balancing technology and tradition, fear and desire, dreams and expectations Simi s family are professional matchmakers, as a way to facilitate matches and join communities But Simi would rather be an artist, drawn to a world full of exploration and color, not the sparks between people Is there a way to balance her seemingly natural talent for matchmaking, with her own dreams full review Recommended by Ele B Thanks so much Recommended by Ele B Thanks so much