Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim
Without giving too much away, I have to say that this heartfelt debut has one of the most touching first-kiss scenes ever: up on a snowy mountain under a bright clear sky, having just taken a tumble while skiing, making snow angels and laughing … and then … just *smooch*. What’s not to love about that?
For not-yet-16-year-old high schooler Nina Khan, being a good Muslim daughter means no weekend parties, no sleeping over even at her best friend’s house because some strange man (her best friend’s dad?!) might see her in her pajamas, and most especially no talking to boys because that just might lead to getting pregnant! With a genius sister at Harvard (of course, Sonia never even looked at boys except as disdainful competition), Nina’s got a big expectations to meet. But when new boy Asher arrives in their sleepy little town, he turns every girl’s head … including Nina’s. Now what’s a good Pakistani American daughter to do?
Readers: Young Adult