Nasrin Mahdavi is a Broadway triple threat—but she’s living a double life.
A freshman in NYU’s prestigious musical theater program, Nasrin spends her days prepping for auditions, sweating through dance classes, and belting her heart out for the viral streaming show she’s been cast in. But on calls with her maman and baba, she’s their jigar talah, the golden child who put her theater dreams aside to follow in their entrepreneurial footsteps as a business major.
At least her whole life isn’t a lie—she is taking a single business course. Except she’s kind of failing it. Cue jazz hands?
Nasrin needs to bring her grade up fast if she’s going to keep her parents in the dark, so she grudgingly signs up for tutoring with the infuriatingly smug and annoyingly attractive Max. And yet...as the semester rushes by, the sparks of anger that first flew between them start to turn into a very different kind of spark. The kind she definitely does not have time for.
Except when Nasrin’s charming though devious cousin takes an interest in Max too, Nasrin has to figure out exactly what has been an act—and what’s for real. Can Nasrin decide what—and who—is truly worth fighting for, and find a way to step into the spotlight as her full self?
Available now from Disney-Hyperion!
Praise for A Whole Song and Dance:
"Infectiously rendered [and] plenty to sing about."
"A Whole Song and Dance is full of earnest charm, sparkling wit, and big, true feelings about what it means to want something—and go after it with your whole heart. Nasrin gets a standing ovation from me!"
- Adib Khorram, award-winning author of Darius the Great Is Not Okay
"Sweet and pitch-perfect, a delightful novel about taking the stage and living your truth from one of the best authors writing YA."
- Eric Smith, author of Jagged Little Pill
"Tash spins an appealing yarn...Nasrin’s palpable passion for theater, and her attempts to keep control of her tenable situation, buoyed by a wry enemies-to-lovers romance, make for a bustling production."
"Fans of relationship-driven stories will adore this sweet novel."
"An entirely delightful read [that] delivers excellent pacing with a plethora of pleasing theater references… A comfort read for the artistic dreamers juggling changes in their lives."
Some Technical Info:
A Whole Song and Dance
Ages: 12 and up
Formats available: Hardcover/E-book/Audiobook
First published: April 4, 2023