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Counting Down with You (Hardcover)

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The whole time I was reading, I couldn't stop smiling. Karina and Ace’s story was so wholesome, charming, and sweet. What started out as tutoring turned into fake dating, ends up being a story about finding yourself, and the strength needed to be true to yourself. Ace truly cared about Karina as a person and just wanted her happy with her life and her choices. While Karina saw the true Ace, not just the bad boy everyone saw him as, and loved him for it.  Ace definitely made me ask, where were the guys like him when I was in high school.
TW: Anxiety, Anxiety Attacks

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When Karina Ahmed agrees to tutor Ace Clyde she doesn’t expect to get roped into pretending to be his girlfriend in front of his family. But Ace, surprisingly might not be so bad — he gets her coffee order right, gets along with her best friends, and even buys her a dozen books (a WEEK!) in exchange for agreeing to his facade. Karina and Ace’s story is a heart-warming, romantic, and relatable — on the surface it’s a tender love story but it’s also wrapped around frank discussions of anxiety and identity and finding the courage to be your own person, even if you’re afraid of what your family might say.

— From KelleyAnn Staff Picks


"A witty, romantic, deeply insightful debut." --Emma Lord, author of Tweet Cute

In this sparkling and romantic YA debut, a reserved Bangladeshi teenager has twenty-eight days to make the biggest decision of her life after agreeing to fake date her school's resident bad boy.

How do you make one month last a lifetime?

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?

"I. Love. This. Book." --Mark Oshiro, award-winning author of Anger Is a Gift and Each of Us a Desert
"A must-have addition to any YA bookshelf." --Sabina Khan, author of Zara Hossain Is Here and The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali
"Hand to fans of Netflix hit Never Have I Ever." --Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9781335209979
ISBN-10: 1335209972
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Publication Date: May 4th, 2021
Pages: 464
Language: English