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Book Babble Review: Counting Down with You by Tashie Bhuiyan

I came for the fake dating, book-buying bad boy and stayed for the rest of it. Tashie Bhuiyan did such a great job not only with the romance but adding the cultural element of the main character being a Bangladeshi American. I enjoyed this book that writing a review for it was so hard since I wanted to tell you all the things, but I will not spoil you here.


In this sparkling and romantic YA debut, a reserved Bangladeshi American teenager has 28 days to make the biggest decision of her life after agreeing to fake date her school's resident bad boy. A lot can happen in 28 days. Karina Ahmed has a plan. Keep her head down, get through high school without a fuss, and follow her parents’ rules—even if it means sacrificing her dreams. When her parents go abroad to Bangladesh for four weeks, Karina expects some peace and quiet. Instead, one simple lie unravels everything. Karina is my girlfriend. Tutoring the school’s resident bad boy was already crossing a line. Pretending to date him? Out of the question. But Ace Clyde does everything right—he brings her coffee, impresses her friends, and even promises to buy her a dozen books (a week!) if she goes along with his fake-dating facade. Now Karina is counting down the days until everything returns to normal—but what if she no longer wants it to?

The main character, Karina, is a great student who loves to read and hates math, which is a problem since she is supposed to go into medicine like her parents have told her. But things change when they head out of town and she ends up tutoring the school’s bad boy, Ace, in English. Somehow the tutoring lead to a lie and a fake relationship. A major selling point for this fake boyfriend was that her was going to buy her 10 books a week for the whole “relationship” , which personally would be a major bonus for me! The couples relationship was cute and they actually got to know each other and once they began to learn more about the “real” people behind the mask it was a game changer. I thought their relationship was cute and they really helped each other grow throughout the course of the story.

Not only was

the romantic r

elationship great, all the relationships were written so well. I loved Karina’s family and friends. Her brother was totally a little brother and that was relatable. Her grandma, Dadu, loved her grandchildren and was willing to fight for all of them not matter the circumstances. Her best friends were so much fun. They were willing to do anything to protect their friend and it added to the story greatly. Even her relationship with her parents, while strained, was written well and painted a clear picture of that dynamic.

Altogether this was such a good story about life and figuring out what you want for yourself if when cultural/familial pressures are strong. Her next book, A Show for Two, sounds SOO good and I will be picking up the second I see it! This author is definitely someone who you can probably expecting some great books from and this debut is just the tip of the iceberg!

Happy Reading!

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