In the Key of Nira Ghani
by Natasha Deen
Running Press Kids
Pub Date 09 Apr 2019
I am reviewing a copy of In the Key Of Nira Ghani through Running Press Kids and Netgalley:
Nira Ghani has always dreamed of becoming a musician but her Guyanese parents have a different dream for her they want her to become a scientist or a doctor. Only Nira’s Grandmother and her best friend Emily understand her need to establish her own identity outside of the one her parents mapped out for her. When auditions for a jazz band are announced, Nira realizes it’s now or never she must convince her parents that she deserves a chance to pursue her passion.
Fighting with her parents is bad enough, but now Nira finds herself navigating a new friendship dynamic when her crush Noah and notorious mean girl McKenzie who everyone calls “Mac” takes an interest in her and Emily, inserting themselves into the group of friends. Nira’s much cooler cans competitive cousin Farrah also tries to wiggle her way into the group. 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.
After Nira steps back she begins to realize that she is not the only one struggling to find her place in this world.
In the Key Of Nira Ghani is a story of culture and of coming of age, it’s a powerful story.
Five out of five stars!