So wonderful! The main character, Maya, is super likable; She's smart, driven, a little sarcastic, and a really believable balance between confident and insecure as she deals with first romances, negotiating her parents' expectations, and eventually some darker struggles with Islamophobia. The latter is handled well, and it's probably at least partially due to the fact that it's an #ownvoices book that's by and about an Indian American Muslim woman (but also because Samira Ahmed is just a really good writer). That being said, though, it's not all serious- it manages to balance the different aspects of the story really well from the the big events to the low-key everyday stuff to the frankly adorable romance.

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