My perspective of In the Key of Nira Ghani by Natasha Deen is going to be a bit skewed and biased since I have a general tendency to dislike and thus avoid contemporary novels. I’m pretty picky about them and so when it comes to this particular book, I only have a mild interest. Which is funny because I genuinely do feel as though this could be an absolutely brilliant novel. But unfortunately, instead of eagerly adding it to my TBR I just feel kind of on the fence about it. Cause, sure, this could be a fantastic story, but the chances of me enjoying it immensely are just smaller on account of the fact that these aren’t the genres I typical love.
So, I’m holding off on In the Key of Nira Ghani for a bit. Maybe I’ll check out some more of the reviews and see if they sway me one way or the other.
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.
How do you feel about In the Key of Nira Ghani? Does it strike you as a poignant novel? Do you think you’d want to read it or do you feel meh about it? Do you think I should ignore my general dislike for contemporary and give it a shot? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below! And happy reading, everyone!