Bonjour! Maeve here. My favorite main character is always Starr, from The Hate U Give. Ten times out of ten. But. I’m going to change this up a little bit. I read The Hate U Give last summer. Even though it’s still fresh in my mind, I’m going to go with something that’s still crystal clear.
I’m going to do this tag with my favorite main character of a book that I’ve read recently. Before I do so, I credit J (Midnight Book Blog), for creating this tag. Check out her post (and blog!! which, I must say, is fantastic) here.
Who would deserve this almighty and awesome title? Nishat. *throws confetti* That’s who.
When I opened The Henna Wars, I had high expectations. Was I let down? Not one bit. Nishat’s relationship with her sister, the moments where she is totally bad-ass, the moments where I feel like crying with her, the moments when I cringed with her… she’s perfect. But also so relatable.
What I want more then anything in the world is to feel like being myself isn’t something that should be hidden and secret. What I want is for my parents to be outraged that someone betrayed me. Not ashamed of my identity.Adiba Jaigdar, The Henna Wars.
Nishat doesn’t want to lose her family, but she also doesn’t want to hide who she is, and it 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 decide to showcase their talent as henna artists. In a fight to prove who is the best, their lives become more tangled but Nishat can’t quite get rid of her crush, especially since Flávia seems to like her back.
As the competition heats up, Nishat has a decision to make: stay in the closet for her family, or put aside her differences with Flávia and give their relationship a chance.
About the author:
Adiba Jaigirdar was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and has been living in Dublin, Ireland from the age of ten. She has a BA in English and History, and an MA in Postcolonial Studies. She is a contributor for Bookriot. All of her writing is aided by tea, and a healthy dose of Janelle Monáe and Hayley Kiyoko. When not writing, she can be found ranting about the ills of colonialism, playing video games, and expanding her overflowing lipstick collection.
Yes. Sometimes I was annoyed at her decisions, but I think that’s what made me like her so much. I felt like her, sister, or best friend. I wanted something good to happen to her. Also, she has the complete right to steal all of your henna tools Flavia! As I said, I loved the big sister little sister combo! I feel like Nishat and Priti balanced each other out so well.
Have you read The Henna Wars? Did you like Nishat as much as I did? Thanks for reading! Maeve, out.