A timely and honest coming of age story that explores the complicated relationship between identity, culture, family, and love Seventeen year old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents expectations, but lately she s finding that impossible to do She rolls her eyes when they blatantly favour her brother and saves her crop tops and makeup for parties her parents don t know about If she can just hold out another few months, Rukhsana will be out of her familial home and away from her parents ever watchful eyes at Caltech, a place where she thinks she can finally be herself But when she is caught kissing her girlfriend Ariana, her devastated parents take Rukhsana to Bangladesh, where everything she had been planning is out of reach There, immersed in a world of tradition and arranged marriages, Rukhsana finds the perspective she s been looking for in her grandmother s old diary The only question left for her to answer is Can she fight for the life she wants without losing her family in the process


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