Arya Khanna's Bollywood Moment (Hardcover)

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Save the Date meets Never Have I Ever in this sparkling debut rom-com about a high school senior whose life suddenly gets a Bollywood spin when her sister gets engaged.

Shaadi preparations are in full swing, which means lehenga shopping, taste testing, dance rehearsals, and best of all, Arya’s sister Alina is home. The Khannas are together again, finally, and Arya wants to enjoy it. So she stifles her lingering resentment towards Alina, plays mediator during her sister’s fights with their mother, and welcomes her future brother-in-law with open arms. (Okay, maybe enjoy isn't exactly right.)

Meanwhile at school, Arya’s senior year dreams are unraveling. In between class and her part-time gig as a bookshop assistant, Arya struggles to navigate the aftermath of a bad breakup between her two best friends and a tense student council partnership with her rival, the frustratingly attractive Dean Merriweather.

Arya is determined to keep the peace at home and at school, but this shaadi season teaches Arya new realities: Alina won’t always be in the bedroom down the hall, Mamma’s sadness isn’t mendable, friendships must evolve, and life doesn’t always work out like her beloved Bollywood movies. But sometimes, the person you least expect will give you a glimpse of your dream sequence just when you need it most.

Structured like a Bollywood film (entertaining intermission included!) Arya Khanna’s Bollywood Moment will make you swoon, laugh, cry, think, nod your head in agreement, and quite possibly make you get up and dance.

About the Author

ARUSHI AVACHAT is a writer from the Bay Area, California. She currently studies English and Political Science at UCLA, where she can be found sipping caramel lattes and pretending to be productive at Kerckhoff Coffee House. She is a contributor to the Young Adult anthology Study Break. Arushi loves dark chocolate, Bollywood dramas, and Jane Austen novels.

Praise For…

"A tender coming-of-age story that navigates fraught friendships, first loves and the thorny love of family. Avachat is a fresh and sparkling voice, and sure to be a star on the rise." - Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves

"Avachat's debut is an endearing slice of life story that explores how relationships evolve as we come of age: with our friends, our families, and maybe even our rivals. Bubbly and endlessly charming, Arya Khanna's Bollywood Moment is a cozy contemporary to warm the soul." - Jesmeen Kaur Deo, author of TJ Powar Has Something to Prove

“Lovable and snarky Arya is the perfectly imperfect character to follow through the highs and lows of sisterhood, friendship, and romance. Avachat’s endearing slice of life contemporary nails the energy of a classic teen coming of age story while still feeling delightfully fresh.” - Racquel Marie, author of Ophelia After All

"Arushi Avachat's debut is a sparkling love story for anyone who's ever had to juggle real life responsibilities and relationships while enduring an epic family wedding. A joy to read." - Nisha Sharma, award-winning author of My So-Called Bollylwood Life and The Karma Map

"An emotional and heartfelt debut, Arya Khanna sparkles with a complex family, the sweetest romance, and laugh-out-loud moments of fun. A wonderful new voice in the contemporary sphere!" - Aamna Qureshi, award-winning author of The Lady or the Lion

"Part family drama, part good old high school antics, Avachat’s debut affectionately portrays the conflict and love in Arya Khanna’s Punjabi-American family coming to a head during the hubbub of planning her older sister’s wedding, all while she tries to figure out if her competitive relationship with the student body president could be something more. A sweet, culturally rich story about first love, forgiveness, and realizing people aren’t always what they seem." — Lillie Vale, author of Beauty and the Besharam, The Decoy Girlfriend, and The Shaadi Set-Up

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250895110
ISBN-10: 1250895111
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: January 9th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English