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This is How You Fall in Love

February 13

Illustrated cover for This Is How You Fall In Love. Four teenagers wearing headphones are at a crowded party with pink, blue and purple lights shining down from the ceiling. There is an indistinct, silhouetted crowd behind them. The two Desi teens in the middle are holding hands and look like they're dancing together. The girl has long black hair and is wearing a black shirt, skirt, tights, and boots. The boy is wearing a light blue button down, black slacks, and shoes. A boy wearing a hoodie and jeans is standing off to the side watching them, while a blonde girl in a white shirt and blue pants glances at them all as she walks away.This is How You Fall in Love by Anika Hussain
Bloomsbury YA

Zara and Adnan are just friends. Always have been, always will be. Even if they have to pretend to be girlfriend and boyfriend…

Zara loves love in all forms: 90s romcoms and romance novels and grand sweeping gestures. And she’s desperate to have her own great love story. Crucially, a real one. So when her best friend Adnan begs her to pretend to date him to cover up his new top-secret relationship, Zara is hesitant. This isn’t the kind of thing she had in mind. But there’s something in it for Zara too: making her parents, who love Adnan, happy might just stop them arguing for a while. She may not be getting her own love story, but she could save theirs.

So Zara agrees and the act begins: after all, how different can pretending to be in a relationship with your best friend be to just hanging around with them like usual? Turns out, a lot. With fake dating comes fake hand-holding and fake kissing and real feelings… And when a new boy turns up in Zara’s life, things get more confusing than ever.

The course of true love never did run smooth, but Zara’s love story is messier than most…

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