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  • Published: 2 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787465015
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $19.99

The Mismatch

An unforgettable story of first love

A stunning debut novel about first love and finding your place in the world while caught between two cultures. For fans of Ayisha Malik, Candice Carty-Williams and Beth O'Leary.

Soraya knows she could never fall for someone like Magnus. He's her complete opposite in every way.

Popular and confident, Magnus seems to have his life figured out, while Soraya has got to twenty-one and has somehow never been kissed.

Soraya's mother Neda also knows what it's like to feel mismatched. She left Iran with her husband in the wake of revolution, and the aftershocks of that decision are still being felt decades later.

When Soraya sets her sights on Magnus for her first kiss, the last thing she expects to find is first love.

But sometimes the person you least expect might turn out to be the perfect fit . . .

With unforgettable characters at its heart, THE MISMATCH is a pitch-perfect coming-of-age story and a fresh take on how what you think you want isn't always what brings you happiness.

  • Published: 2 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787465015
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $19.99

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Praise for The Mismatch

Utterly gorgeous! A smart, modern romance . . . I adored it

Abbie Greaves

An entertaining, heart-warming coming-of-age tale about first love, clashing cultures and finding your place in the world


A refreshing and engaging coming-of-age story centring a complex, relatable British-Iranian woman straddling two worlds and her search for identity, sense of self, and love, juxtaposed against her mother's own experiences navigating the societal expectations and familial pressures placed on young women in 1970s Iran. Sara Jafari is a compelling new voice in contemporary fiction.

Lauren Ho, author of Last Tang Standing

The Mismatch transported me back to that feeling of first love and first heartbreak. Enlightening, poignant and romantic - I loved it

Sophie Cousens, author of This Time Next Year

I loved [The Mismatch] - original, thought-provoking and gripping. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't put it down.

Libby Page

Wonderful vibrant characters and [a] wickedly dry sense of humour. Absolutely loved it

Kirsty Capes, debut author of Careless

Enlightening, profound and deeply moving . . . a powerful love and life story of past and present Iranian experiences in the UK, and about finding a place in the world. Beautiful writing and complex, fascinating characters

Helly Acton, author of The Shelf

Contemporary, bold and fresh and captures [the] weirdness of not knowing what you want

Huma Qureshi, author of How We Met

A compelling read . . . the family dynamics are so brilliantly charted

Zeba Talkhani, author of My Past is a Foreign Country

I absolutely devoured [it] . . . Soraya and Neda's stories were so gorgeously told

Beth Reekles, author of The Kissing Booth

Heartbreaking and compelling

Haleh Agar, author of Out of Touch

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