A Match Made in Mehendi (Paperback)

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A Match Made in Mehendi (Paperback)


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A Match Made in Mehendi follows Simran "Simi" Sangha and her life during her sophomore year of highschool. The Sangha family business is matchmaking, and while she comes from a long line of Indian vichole (matchmakers), Simi wants to focus on her art instead of becoming a matchmaker. But when she unwittingly makes a match, her family is convinced that she is a vichole and the pressure to become a matchmaker increases. While Simi sees this as a bad thing, her best friend Noah thinks that they can use matchmaking as a way to make their mark on the school this year. With the help of Simi's brother, Navdeep, they make an app to match up students at their school. Though initially a success, their app causes trouble when the "queen bee" of the school, Amanda Taylor, isn't matched up with her ex-boyfriend. 

This was a fun, cute, fluffy romantic novel. If I was in charge of making movies (god I wish) I would adapt this book into a romcom straight away! Our protagonist, Simi, initially appears to be a quiet artist, but we watch her become more confident as she learns from her mistakes in dating, art, friendship, and family. Her pledge with Noah to be better versions of themselves in sophomore year pushes both of the characters and makes you root for them through relationship mishaps and visits to the principal. And Noah himself is a wonderful character, the type of person I actually want to be my friend in real life.

With LGBTQ+ representation, an artistic portrayal of Indian culture, and more than one romance that will make you swoon, I would recommend this book to fans of the Selection series or any of Jenny Han's books. Simi is a lovable viewpoint character, going through a similar high school experience to many teenagers, and she'll leave you with a smile on your face more than once.

— Maggie S., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board member

For fans of Brandy Colbert and Jenny Han comes a lighthearted novel about tradition, high school social hierarchy, matchmaking, and swiping right (or left!)
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.

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.
Nandini Bajpai grew up in New Delhi, India, before settling in the Boston area with her husband, kids, and a fluctuating number and variety of pets. She has published a YA novel, Red Turban White Horse, with Scholastic India. A Match Made in Mehendi would be her U.S. debut.

Product Details ISBN: 9780316522557
ISBN-10: 0316522554
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 8th, 2020
Pages: 320
Language: English
Praise for A Match Made in Mehendi: "A breezy, high-spirited novel, full of helicopter parents and high school drama, Simi's story subtly updates familiar tropes while questioning teenage social norms."—Teen Vogue

"This sweet contemporary promises to be packed full of family and friendship drama."—BuzzFeed

* "A rousing story that is as enjoyable as it is heartfelt. [Nandini] Bajpai creates a memorable character in Simi, who shines at the center of the matchmaking web as she narrates this winning romance."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Simi is confident, principled, and unapologetic, and her voice glitters with optimism and honesty. A sweet and quirky romance told by a protagonist who will steal readers' hearts."—Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of Sandhya Menon's When Dimple Met Rishi and Tanuja Desai Hidier's Born Confused will enjoy this feel-good story."—School Library Journal

"Bajpai creates a strong, sympathetic portrayal of Simi and her close-knit Indian American family. Many readers will enjoy this engaging first-person narrative, which ends with a promising romance."—Booklist