Book Review: 'Counting Down with You' By Tashie Bhuiyan.

I loved the sound of 'Counting Down with You' from the moment I read the blurb and then I fell in love with cover and I think Tashie is awesome, so I was super excited to read it. 


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 in the mornings, impresses her friends without trying, and even promises to buy her a dozen books (a week) if she goes along with his fake-dating facade. Though Karina agrees, she can't help but start counting down the days until her parents come back.

T-minus twenty-eight days until everything returns to normal--but what if Karina no longer wants it to?

My Review

This book was super cute. I swooned so much. Karina was incredibly awesome and I was drawn in right away with her narrative. I love the way she spoke, from her nerves to her more confident and bold moments. She was very relatable and just really cool. I loved that she cared about school, loved English and was taking Italian. That bit definitely had me smiling. She made me laugh a lot when it came to getting caught up in the whole tutoring debacle with Ace. I loved that she could be honest with him and often told it like it was, but then her brain would overthink it and she would make me giggle with the thoughts in her head. 

I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Bangladeshi culture in this book. My heart went out to Karina when she felt too scared to face her parents and follow her dreams but it was interesting to learn about where they came from and how certain traditions were passed down to them and how they were just doing what they had been taught. There were elements of understanding this aspect of a different culture to my own and wanting to respect them and how important traditions can be for people, but at the same time I desperately wanted Karina to be able to live her dream and be with the person she wanted to be with. It was eye opening to see her struggles and to be by her side while she was figuring it out. I also think it was important to respect that she couldn't just do everything all at once and throw everything at her parents and she needed a plan when it came to studying what she wanted to study and dating the boy she wanted to date. I'm so glad she had her Dadu by her side. Dadu was so incredibly special and amazing and I absolutely adored her and Karina's relationship throughout this book. It warmed my heart and made me think of my Nanna and I just loved it so much. Going after all the things she wants isn't easy for Karina and I think this was an incredible moment of communication and bonding when Ace had to learn and respect that. I was happy that she had such special and wonderful people around her. 

Speaking of Ace, he was just wonderful and him and Karina just gelled in a way that made my heart smile. Their study sessions at the bakery, to bowling, dinner dates and hanging out were just so special, romantic and sweet and I adored their banter with each other. I loved their understanding of each other, the getting to know each other, communicating, being open and honest and being there for each other. For a young relationship, I think Tashie did an absolutely beautiful job of portraying a healthy relationship that had boundaries and where both people shared their needs and feelings. I also greatly appreciated every One Direction and High School Musical reference too! 

'Counting Down with You' is such a fun and gorgeous book that I highly recommend you pick up today! 

Happy reading! 


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