Two popular YA writers talk reality and romance, dating and making big decisions
Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating is a funny, heart-warming rom-com about first love and identity. When Hani comes out to her friends as bisexual, they immediately doubt her. Cornered into proving her sexuality, she tells them she’s dating Ishu, the straight A student who seems more concerned with studying than relationships.
Working on the school newspaper, Paige is used to dealing with fake stories. But Paige has had enough lies: she’s going to reveal the truth, whatever the cost… Holly Bourne’s tenth YA novel The Yearbook is a scathingly funny and relatable high-school takedown.
Adiba is a Bangladeshi and Irish writer and teacher, and author of the unputdownable YA hit The Henna Wars. Holly Bourne is a best-selling author, passionate mental health advocate and proud feminist.
Holly Bourne & Adiba Jaigirdar will be in conversation with our StoryMachine children and families programmer, Janet Smyth.
IMAGE HOLLY: L Bourne
IMAGE ADIBA: Lia Carlotti