SIGN UP: Counting Down With You by Tashie Bhuiyan

Genre: young adult, contemporary, romance

Diversity tags: author of color (bangladeshi american); poc representation (bangladeshi-american mc; black, indian, and chinese side characters); religion representation (muslim mc); lgbtq+ representation; mental health representation (mc with anxiety)

Publication date: 04 May 2021

Publisher: HarperCollins

Cover: Samya Arif (artist), Gigi Lau (art direction)

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Synopsis:


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?

Content/Trigger Warnings

  • In-depth discussions of mental health (specifically anxiety) and mentions of parental abuse (emotional and psychological)

About the Author

Tashie Bhuiyan is a Bangladeshi American writer based in New York City. She recently graduated from St. John’s University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, and hopes to change the world, one book at a time. She loves writing stories about girls with wild hearts, boys who wear rings, and gaining agency through growth. When she’s not doing that, she can be found in a Chipotle or bookstore, insisting 2010 is the best year in cinematic history. (Read: Tangled and Inception.)

About the Tour

The tour for Counting Down With You exclusively accommodates book bloggers. It is open to both US-based and international bookish creators, with priority being given to applicants who identify as Bangladeshi-American, Muslim, and/or a person with anxiety. The tour’s official hashtag is #CountingDownTour.

The tour will run from May 17th to May 21st. Although book reviews are required for this tour, you are more than welcome to add other creative or promotional content of your preference.

Digital review copies of Counting Down With You will be distributed through NetGalley. This means that you need a NetGalley account to participate.

Sign-ups will close within this week and the selected tour hosts will be contacted via email. The CBT Twitter account will announce once the confirmation emails have been sent out.

For other concerns or inquiries, you are more than welcome to leave a comment!

Published by Shealea

Shealea likes sunflowers, research, and diverse books. In 2020, she graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a bachelor's degree in Communication Research.

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