The YA Room

The YA Room is a Melbourne-based Young Adult book club! We meet once a month to discuss our Book of the Month, as well as host a variety of other special events. The YA Room was co-created at the beginning of 2017 by Sarah Robinson-Hatch and Alexandra Panzarino, and it’s run by Sarah and co-hosts Bianca Breen and Shaun Goodhue.

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Book of the Month

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating

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Everyone likes Humaira “Hani” Khan—she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita “Ishu” Dey. Ishu is the complete opposite of Hani. She’s an academic overachiever who hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for college. But Ishita agrees to help Hani, if Hani will help her become more popular so that she stands a chance of being elected head girl.

Despite their mutually beneficial pact, they start developing real feelings for each other. But relationships are complicated, and some people will do anything to stop two Bengali girls from achieving happily ever after.


Upcoming Events

Pages & Pyjamas #2

Wednesday 9th May, 7pm AEST, Zoom (Online)

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating Book Meet

Wednesday 30th June, 7pm – 8.30pm AEST

Melbourne Young Writers’ Studio, 720B Nicholson St, Fitzroy North VIC


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