From the author of The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali and Zara Hossain Is Here. Ayesha is on her own, far from home, when she's faced with a choice that will change her life forever.
Ayesha is a world away from home when she meets the boy of her dreams. Like her, Suresh is from India but going to high school in Illinois. Once they get together, they are inseparable... until a twist of fate takes Suresh back to India right when Ayesha discovers she's pregnant. Suddenly she feels she's on her own, navigating the biggest decision she'll ever make.
Seventeen years later, Ayesha's daughter Mira finds an old box with letters addressed to her from her birth mother. Although Mira loves the moms who adopted her, she's intrigued to discover something more about her history. In one letter, Ayesha writes that if Mira can forgive her for what she had to do, she should find a way to travel to India for her eighteenth birthday and meet her.
Mira knows she'll always regret it if she doesn't go. But is she actually ready for what she will learn?
From the author of the "heart-wrenching yet hopeful" (Samira Ahmed) novel, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali, comes a timely story about two teenage girls forced to understand the power and consequences of their choices.
Two Indian American teens grapple with cultural differences and the aftermath of an unplanned pregnancy in this thought-provoking novel by Khan (Zara Hossain Is Here). Eighteen-year-old Ayesha Hameed, who was born in the U.S. but raised in India, is finishing high school in the U.S. while living with her Salma Aunty and Hafeez Uncle in Bloomington, Ill. Far from her parents and feeling out of place in the predominately white town, Ayesha forms an immediate and intimate bond with Suresh, also of Indian heritage. When their relationship results in an unplanned pregnancy, Ayesha worries about jeopardizing her academic goals before eventually deciding that adoption is the right option for her. Seventeen years later, Ayesha's daughter, Mira, raised by a kind white lesbian couple, finds a box of letters that Ayesha wrote to her while pregnant. Mira effectively assumes the narrative reins, diving deep into her birth mother's past to unearth unexplored parts of her identity. Khan's sincere prose, which capably flows from Ayesha's perspective to Mira's as each navigates her own emotionally turbulent circumstances, propels this compassionate story toward a hopeful conclusion. Ages 14–up.