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Title: In the Key of Nira Ghani
Author: Natasha Deen
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Publication Date: April 9, 2019
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Nira Ghani has always dreamed of becoming a musician. Her Guyanese parents, however, have big plans for her to become a scientist or doctor. Nira’s grandmother and her best friend, Emily, are the only people who seem to truly understand her desire to establish an identity outside of the one imposed on Nira by her parents. But it isn’t until Nira takes a step back that she realizes she’s not the only one struggling to find her place in the world. As painful truths about her family are revealed, Nira learns to accept people for who they are and to open herself in ways she never thought possible.
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In the Key of Nira Ghani is an engaging and sweet coming of age story about a young woman who dreams of becoming a musician, but she’s only just coming into her own. She’s lived under the tutelage of her loving but often overbearing parents who want the best for her, but fear her giving up opportunities that they themselves did not have. Her grandmother, her biggest supporter, knows just want to do to give her just enough guidance This book follows Nira as she learns what it means to be a true friend, full of compassion, understanding, and empathy.
Nira was the absolute sweetest character. She truly read as her age and I loved it. She was kind and uncertain, but she has so much going for her. My sixteen-year-old self would have really related to Nira. She struggles with change and is seeking her direction. She’s trying to balance what her parents expect out of love and the dreams she wants to pursue. She gets caught up in her own struggles and is blind to what’s around her, but when she is opened to others’ difficulties, she is a pillar of strength and support for those she loves.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s a great new YA and I hope you’ll all give it a read! Happy reading!