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“Jane Austen meets Bengali cinema” (Publishers Weekly) in this delightful and heartfelt rom-com about a Bangladeshi American teen whose meddling mother arranges a match to secure their family’s financial security—just as she’s falling in love with someone else.

Zahra Khan is basically Bangladeshi royalty, but being a princess doesn’t pay the bills in Paterson, New Jersey. While Zahra’s plans for financial security this summer involve working long hours at Chai Ho and saving up for college writing courses, Amma is convinced that all Zahra needs is a “good match,” Jane Austen style.

Enter Harun Emon, who’s wealthy, devastatingly handsome, and…aloof. As soon as Zahra meets him, she knows it’s a bad match. It’s nothing like the connection she has with Nayim Aktar, the new dishwasher at the tea shop, who just gets Zahra in a way no one has before. So, when Zahra finds out that Harun is just as uninterested in this match as she is, they decide to slowly sabotage their parents’ plans. And for once in Zahra’s life, she can have her rossomalai and eat it too: “dating” Harun and keeping Amma happy while catching real feelings for Nayim.

But life—and boys—can be more complicated than Zahra realizes. With her feelings all mixed up, Zahra discovers that sometimes being a good Bengali kid can be a royal pain.

About The Author

Priyanka Taslim is a Bangladeshi American writer, teacher, and lifelong New Jersey resident. Having grown up in a bustling Bangladeshi diaspora community, surrounded by her mother’s entire clan and many aunties of no relation, her writing often features families, communities, and all the drama therein. Currently, Priyanka teaches English by day and tells all kinds of stories about Bangladeshi characters by night. Her writing usually stars spunky Bangladeshi heroines finding their place in the world—and a little swoony romance, too. You can connect with her on Twitter and Instagram @BhootBabe and check out her website,

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Why We Love It

The Love Match is Pride and Prejudice reimagined for the 21st century, rooted in Bangladeshi American culture. It has everything you’ve ever wanted in a YA rom-com, and then some, with its utterly charming and equally loveable love interests, thoughtful depiction of class struggle, and a headstrong heroine who is as winsome as Lizzie Bennet herself. This extremely readable, funny, and warm story is the perfect summer romance.”

—Dainese S., Assistant Editor, on The Love Match

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (January 3, 2023)
  • Runtime: 9 hours and 44 minutes
  • ISBN13: 9781797151182
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99

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Raves and Reviews

"The author’s note about setting her story in the Bengali community of Paterson, New Jersey, invites listeners into this story. Reena Dutt further extends that welcome with a narration that beautifully differentiates its two generations of characters. In an American accent, Dutt briskly portrays practical 18-year-old Zahara Khan, particularly the sense of family responsibility that has sent her to work instead of pursuing her dream to study creative writing. In contrast, Dutt delivers Zahara's mother’s traditional views in Bengali-accented speech as she asserts her old-school values, for example, by arranging a marriage between her daughter and the son of a wealthy family. Dutt fluidly switches from one generation to the other while illuminating Zaharah’s inner conflicts as she seeks her own path."

– AudioFile Magazine

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