Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

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… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Islamophobia
  • Bimisia
  • Lesbomisia
  • Coming out themes
  • Disownment
  • Toxic friendship (theme)
  • Alcohol consumption discussed
  • Bullying
  • False allegations of cheating in a school test
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Zara Hossain Is Here by Sabina Khan

Zara Hossain Is Here by Sabina Khan

Seventeen-year-old Pakistani immigrant, Zara Hossain, has been leading a fairly typical life in Corpus Christi, Texas since her family moved there for her father to work as a pediatrician. While dealing with the Islamophobia that she faces at school, Zara has to lay low, trying not to stir up any trouble and jeopardize their family’s dependent visa status while they await their green card approval, which has been in process for almost nine years… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Bimisia
  • Homomisia
  • Racism & racial slurs
  • Islamomisia
  • Hospital
  • Gun violence
  • Bullying
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All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

Allie Abraham has it all going for her—she’s a straight-A student, with good friends and a close-knit family, and she’s dating cute, popular, and sweet Wells Henderson. One problem: Wells’s father is Jack Henderson, America’s most famous conservative shock jock…and Allie hasn’t told Wells that her family is Muslim. It’s not like Allie’s religion is a secret, exactly. It’s just that her parents don’t practice and raised her to keep her Islamic heritage to herself. But as Allie witnesses ever-growing Islamophobia in her small town and across the nation, she begins to embrace her faith… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Islamomisia
  • Racism
  • Panic attacks
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Run, Hide, Fight Back by April Henry 

Run, Hide, Fight Back by April Henry 

When a deadly shooting breaks out in a Portland shopping mall, a diverse group of teens ends up trapped behind a store’s security shutter. To her own surprise, seventeen-year-old Miranda finds the others looking to her as their leader. But she’s hiding a big secret—and she’s not the only one. The group has only three choices: Run, hide, or fight back. The wrong decision will have fatal consequences.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Islamomisia
  • Substance addiction
  • Graphic blood & injury depiction
  • Emesis
  • Cancer
  • Death of a parent
  • Murder
  • Mass shooting & gun violence
  • Terrorism
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Salaam, with Love by Sara Sharaf Beg

Salaam, with Love by Sara Sharaf Beg

Being crammed into a house in Queens with her cousins is not how Dua envisions her trip to New York City. But here she is, spending the holy month of Ramadan with the extended family she hasn’t seen in years. Dua struggles to find her place in the conservative household and to connect with her aloof, engaged-to-be-married cousin, Mahnoor. And as if fasting the whole day wasn’t tiring enough, she must battle her hormones whenever she sees Hassan, the cute drummer in a Muslim band who has a habit of showing up at her most awkward moments… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Islamomisia
  • Armed robbery
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Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi

Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi

Parvin has just had her heart broken when she meets the cutest boy at her new high school, Matty Fumero–with an emphasis on fumero, because he might be the smoking hot cure to all of her boy troubles. If Parvin can get Matty to ask her to homecoming, she’s positive it will erase all the awful and embarrassing feelings He Who Will Not Be Named left her with after the summer. The only problem is Matty is definitely too cool for bassoon-playing, frizzy-haired, Cheeto-eating Parvin. Since being herself has not worked for her in the past (see aforementioned relationship), she… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Islamophobia
  • Deportation
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A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments – even the physical violence – she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Islamomisia (theme)
  • Racism
  • Hate crimes
  • Terrorism
  • Child neglect
  • Physical assault
  • Strangulation recounted
  • Animal dissection for science class mentioned
  • Bullying (theme)
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The Truth About White Lies by Olivia Cole 

The Truth About White Lies by Olivia A. Cole

Shania never thinks much about being white. But after her beloved grandmother passes, she moves to the gentrifying town of Blue Rock and is thrust into Bard, the city’s wealthiest private school. At Bard, race is both invisible and hypervisible, and Shania’s new friends are split on what they see. There’s Catherine, the school’s queen bee, who unexpectedly takes Shania under her wing. Then there’s Prescott, the golden boy who seems perfect…except for the disturbing rumours about an altercation he had with a Black student who left the school… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Islamomisia
  • Queermisia
  • Fatmisia
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Every Variable of Us by Charles Bush 

Every Variable of Us by Charles A. Bush

After Philly teenager Alexis Duncan is injured in a gang shooting, her dreams of a college scholarship and pro basketball career vanish in an instant. To avoid becoming another Black teen trapped in her poverty-stricken neighbourhood, she shifts her focus to the school’s STEM team, a group of nerds seeking their own college scholarships. Academics have never been her thing, but Alexis is freshly motivated by Aamani Chakrabarti, the new Indian student who becomes her mentor (and crush?). Alexis begins to see herself as so much more than an athlete. But just as her future starts to reform, Alexis’s own doubts and old loyalties pull her back into harm’s way. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Racism & racial slurs
  • Homomisia
  • Transmisia
  • Islamomisia
  • Classism
  • Hate crime
  • Disownment
  • Substance addiction
  • Gun violence
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This Is My Truth by Yasmin Rahman 

This Is My Truth by Yasmin Rahman

High school junior Gigi Wong strives to be the best: the top student, the perfect friend, and the ideal daughter. But it’s tough when there’s always someone who is just a little bit better. With college applications looming, she can’t help but worry that she won’t make the cut. Thankfully, her best friend Kyle never fails to find the right words–and the perfect bowl of ramen–to cheer her up.Best friends Amani and Huda are getting nervous about their GCSEs – and their future beyond school, which they’re both wildly unprepared for. Shy, quiet Amani has an outwardly picture-perfect family – a father who is a successful TV presenter… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Islamomisia
  • Domestic violence
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