I have decided that Irish YA sapphic romances are my new favourite genre. (*Cough* read The Falling In Love Montage by Ciara Smyth *cough*).
Name: Hani and Ishu’s Guide To Fake Dating
Author: Adiba Jaigirdar
Published: May 2021
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.
My first note: ITS IRISH!! While that fact didn’t particularly impact the story after its first introduction, I have decided that Irish YA sapphic romances are my new favourite genre. (*Cough* read The Falling In Love Montage by Ciara Smyth *cough*). Hani and Ishu’s Guide To Fake Dating is such a fast paced, fun read and the cover – the layout of the entire book – is absolutely gorgeous. I’d heard a lot about it in passing, but when I saw it in Waterstones and remembered all that I’d heard, I knew I had to get it. You also can’t beat those Buy One Get One Half Price stickers…
Hani and Ishu were two strong characters and that comes across in the narration, which was from both of the girls’ povs. Two distinct voices. The pace is so fast and engaging that I read 100 pages in one go! The girls’ problems are well, and equally, developed – although make sure to check Trigger Warnings. The book also looks at ethnic, sexual and religious identity; I learned a lot about Muslim and Bengali culture.
I was expecting more angst for how the blurb sold it, but I quite like how they don’t start off despising each other. Enemies-to-lovers can be pretty toxic. I’d also say it slightly lost momentum near the end but that makes sense for the speed of the rest of it!
Hani and Ishu’s Guide To Fake Dating isn’t my new all time favourite, but it was very enjoyable and I love Hani and Ishu’s dynamic together. I’ll be looking out for Adiba Jaigirdar‘s other book!
Have you read Hani and Ishu’s Guide To Fake Dating? Or Adiba Jaigirdar’s debut, The Henna Wars (I really want to!)? Does this look like something you’d be interested in? Let me know in the comments?
14 thoughts on “Book Review: Hani and Ishu’s Guide To Fake Dating”
I really want to read this one! Great review!
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I LOVE this review so so much!! 💕 You managed to capture exactly how I felt as I read this!! This wasn’t an all-time favourite either but definitely one of the best books featuring the Fake Dating trope! 🥰
Thankyou!! Yeah totally – it’s not my favourite but it was such a fun read, I’m so glad you feel the same way 🙂
I read both and loved them! But I can’t say I enjoyed The Fallin in Love Montage as much, sorry! I am really looking forward to the Jaigirdar puts out next.
Ayy thats so great to hear! Sorry you didn’t like the falling in love montage as much – the main character could be a bit irritating, was that why? I guess for me the overall story kind of balanced her out but she was so stubborn I could see why it might get irritating…
It was exactly that! I enjoy my main characters likeable, I do not do as well if they’re annoying. It makes it harder for me to connect with them.
Ahhh totally – I get so irritated if the characters aren’t likeable 😂 Complex morally grey characters aren’t for me…
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omg yes the falling in love montage is so good?? and ahh yeah I loved how well explained and explored all aspects of the girls and their relationship was!
Totally! Hani and Ishu were both so well developed character it was really nice. Have you read the Henna Wars?
Adiba Jaigirdar’s books have been on my TBR for so long!
Ahhh they’re so good! I hope you get round to them 🙂