Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Running Press Kids (April 9 2019)
Synopsis: 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. When auditions for jazz band are announced, Nira realizes it’s now or never to convince her parents that she deserves a chance to pursue her passion.
As if fighting with her parents weren’t bad enough, Nira finds herself navigating a new friendship dynamic when her crush, Noah, and notorious mean-girl, McKenzie “Mac,” take a sudden interest in her and Emily, inserting themselves into the fold. So, too, does Nira’s much cooler (and very competitive) cousin Farah. Is she trying to wiggle her way into the new group to get closer to Noah? Is McKenzie trying to steal Emily’s attention away from her? As Farah and Noah grow closer and Emily begins to pull away, Nira’s trusted trumpet “George” remains her constant, offering her an escape from family and school drama.
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.
A relatable and timely contemporary, coming-of age story, In the Key of Nira Ghani explores the social and cultural struggles of a teen in an immigrant household.
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BLOG TOUR – In The Key of Nira Ghani is a coming of age story of a Guyanese girl looking to forge her own path. When reading the description of this book, it sounds very similar to many other coming of age YA book; however, the uniqueness of the characters are something that makes this book stand out from the rest.
Nira’s character has a strong voice and is quickly established in the readers mind – in my opinion, there is no other book character that I have come across like her. Her relationship with her grandmother is so real that the reader can feel it and her struggles to break away from her parents dreams and follow her own of becoming a musician are very real and relatable for many young adults.
While there were times when I found the story to hit a “lull”, I thoroughly enjoyed Nira’s journey in this book. The prose was nice and the plot highly relatable – mixed with the unique and strong characters and this made from a very enjoyable read.
Thank you to HBG Canada for including me in this BLOG TOUR!
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from HBG Canada*