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The Mismatch

The Mismatch

An unforgettable story of first love


'Original, thought-provoking and gripping. I was hooked from the beginning and could not put it down' LIBBY PAGE

'The Mismatch transported me back to that feeling of first love and first heartbreak. Enlightening, poignant and romantic' SOPHIE COUSENS, author of This Time Next Year

'I absolutely devoured it . . . Soraya and Neda's stories were so gorgeously told' BETH REEKLES, author of The Kissing Booth

'A powerful love and life story of past and present Iranian experiences in the UK. Beautiful writing and complex, fascinating characters' HELLY ACTON, author of The Shelf

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.

'An entertaining, heart-warming coming-of-age tale' CULTUREFLY

'Refreshing and engaging . . . a compelling new voice in contemporary fiction' LAUREN HO, author of Last Tang Standing

'Wonderful vibrant characters. [I] absolutely loved it!' KIRSTY CAPES, author of Careless

'A compelling read . . . the family dynamics are so brilliantly charted' ZEBA TALKHANI, author of My Past is a Foreign Country

'Heartbreaking and compelling' HALEH AGAR, author of Out of Touch


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

About the author

Sara Jafari

Sara Jafari is a British-Iranian writer whose work has been longlisted for Spread the Word's Life Writing Prize and published in gal-dem and The Good Journal. She is a contributer to I Will Not Be Erased and the upcoming romance anthology Who's Loving You. Sara also runs TOKEN Magazine, which showcases writing and artwork by underrepresented writers and artists.

Sara works as an editor and is based in London. THE MISMATCH is her debut novel.
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