On November 20, Penguin Teen revealed the cover to Olivia Abtahi’s 2021 Contemporary debut titled Perfectly Parvin!
This hilarious and heartfelt debut follows 14-year-old Parvin Mohammadi, who falls for a guy at her new high school, Matty Fumero and wants to ask him to homecoming. Then, she also starts a budding friendship with another guy in her Farsi class. When she also decides to start acting like the heroines in her favorite romcom’s to win over Matt, she soon realizes a new friend likes her just as she is.
Alongside the cover reveal, an excerpt was also revealed. Abtahi’s debut is set to be book one of a duology!
Parvin has just had her heart broken when she meets the cutest boy at her new high school, Matty Fumero–with an emphasis on fumero, because he might be the smoking hot cure to all of her boy troubles. If Parvin can get Matty to ask her to homecoming, she’s positive it will erase all the awful and embarrassing feelings He Who Will Not Be Named left her with after the summer. The only problem is Matty is definitely too cool for bassoon-playing, frizzy-haired, Cheeto-eating Parvin. Since being herself has not worked for her in the past (see aforementioned relationship), she decides that to be the girl who finally gets the guy, she should start acting like the women in her favorite rom-coms. Those girls aren’t loud, they certainly don’t cackle when they laugh, and they smile much more than they talk. Easy enough, right?
But as Parvin struggles through her parent-mandated Farsi lessons on the weekends, a budding friendship with a boy she can’t help but be her unfiltered self with, and dealing with the ramifications of the Muslim Ban on her family in Iran, she realizes that being herself might just be the perfect thing after all.
Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi is set to be released May 18, 2021!