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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Sang Jumnal jumps into the summer before her senior year with big plans.But she didn't plan on facing her fear of swimming by taking a series of humiliating kiddy lessons. Or falling hard for college-aged lifeguard Cameron Cerulli, who is either the guy of her dreams or a player out to stomp on her heart. Or fighting with her dad, who bans her from seeing Cameron. Or disco ...more
Kindle Edition, 299 pages
Published (first published June 23rd 2011)
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Jim Kristofic
I don’t usually read books like this. It’s takes place in the summer (not my favorite season), it’s about a girl looking for love and a boyfriend (I never dated in high school) while she’s learning to swim at the local pool (I hate pools).

But a friend suggested it to me. I gave it my usual test: “I’ll read twenty percent of the book. If it’s not doing anything for me, I’m gone.”

I read to the end. And quickly.

Here is a book that makes you feel the summer vibe no matter what time of year you op
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Steph Su
I didn’t realize until after I had finished OVER MY HEAD that it is actually somewhat of a sequel to Marie Lamba’s debut novel What I Meant. Which means that OVER MY HEAD can be enjoyed on its own. It is a quick, sometimes annoying, but still gratifying look into a mixed Indian-Caucasian teen’s ups and downs.

The YA world very clearly needs more books like OVER MY HEAD, where the main character is of mixed race, culture is an important part of the story, but the story itself is not about acceptin
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Hannah Victoria
Loved this book :) Very sweet, very touching. Loved all the drama, the teenage problems, the heartache, the love. I was really transported along with Sang, and I felt everything she goes through. I rooted for her the whole way through and the ending made me tear up a bit!

I read it so quick, Lamba's writing is a delight and flows so well. She combines comedy and pain effortlessly, I would love to read another of her books.

In fact, I'm all smiley now, it's left me with a really warm feeling, and
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Kendra
This was a book I received through the Goodreads "first reads" program, so I was very excited to receive it in the mail! The story revolves around 16 year old Sangeet, or "Sang" as she is called. This is a nice, light summer read as the story itself is about one summer in Sang's life. She experiences many typical teen issues: she likes a boy but isn't sure how he feels about her, another boy likes her but she just wants to be his friend, a mean girl is always picking on her...The issues are pret ...more
Donna Galanti
I don't normally read YA but completely enjoyed this book - a good read full of teen angst, drama, complex family dynamics, love, and loss. I was thrown back to my teen years and deeply felt Sang's pain, joy, hopeful wishes and embarrassments as my own!

We catch up with teenage girl Sang heading into a swirling upside down summer of the unknown. Sang's summer holds a confusing weave of crushes, new friends, arch enemies, family problems, and humiliations. Sang's pivotal summer just may be the pl
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Tara Calaby
Although Over My Head is really a sequel to Marie Lamba's What I Meant (Random House), it reads perfectly as a stand alone novel – which is good, given that I've not read the original! It's an entertaining contemporary YA offering, which has a generally light tone but nonetheless manages to deal with some very big issues in a particularly sensitive manner.

Sang is the daughter of an Indian-American (Sikh) father and an American (lapsed Catholic) mother, and this heritage informs much of the novel
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Michele Minor
This young adult book is about one half Indian’s summer vacation where instead of spending a week at the Jersey Shore they have purchased a membership at the local pool club. Sang’s parents sign her up for swim lessons at the club in order to help her get over her fear of the water. She meets and falls for the lifeguard who helps out with her swim classes where she is one of the oldest students along with her cousin from India who is visiting with her family for the summer. Her younger sister Do ...more
Englishrose
Rarely have I encountered an author skilled enough to really get inside and sixteen-year-old mind and pull the reader along with them. All the crazy emotions, lack of focus, lack of maturity while trying to be an adult, and insecurities of wanting to fall in love....all in one. Altogether this was a good read, full of fun characters and twists. The author combines the serious event with the less important ones in a way that you never get too depressed, nor do you get frustrated with the flightin ...more
C. G. (Chris)
A good read, folks, 'specially for you young-uns out there. Ms. Lamba's high school characters get chances at doing right, doing wrong and doing each other over a long, hot summer. This YA novel watches the local high school population grab for all the gusto that the warm weather brings (parties, swimming, spooning), except lead character Sang Jumnal has two rather tough issues to overcome: her phobic aversion to swimming pools, especially ones with water in them, and her mistaken assumption tha ...more
Cherylann
Over My Head continues telling Sang Jumnal's story. Reader's first met Sang in What I Meant. Over My Head begins with the summer stretching out in front of Sang, and she's imagining all of the possibilities the summer has to offer. Sang learns very quickly the only thing she can count on in life is change. Sang deals with the ups and downs of family life in a very realistic way. This is a novel full of character development. It was a fun and poignant read.
Lisa Tomarelli
Fun read! Adults and young adults alike will enjoy it.
Literary  Chanteuse
I loved the whole summer love story here. A young girl starts out with all her hopes of what the summer will bring. She learns about love, life, friends and family and what is truly important along with discovering her own strength. Excellent young adult book!
Genesis Blue
This was an interesting story about a teen girl struggling to deal with some major issues in her life. Everyone in her family is keeping things from her and she finds herself in some humiliating situations . . . and with a plan to find summer love.
Amy C
I think what is so great about Over My Head is the fact that, although romance does come into it, Sang's story is so much more. It's a story about coming of age, of facing fears and of keeping faith. I finished this in one day. Highly recommended
Garreth
i honestly like this novel, an easy to read, i finished reading after a few hours.I must commend marie's ability to crack me up and touch my heart at the same time.
Sally Salyards
This book will become one of our YA books here at the Jackson County Library. I hope all our young readers enjoy it as much as I did!
Kori
Sep 16, 2011 Kori rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
i thought this book was great. I mean it had some sad parts, but it was also funny. i couldn't put the book down. You gotta love it.
Cierra (The Book Lover's Report)
I thought this book was great! The parts that were supposed to be funny were absolutely hilarious!
Marie
Jun 28, 2011 Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Partial! My book :)
Chrystal
I'm not rating this book as I did not complete reading it and I don't feel it fair to rate a book that I did not complete. It was nothing to do with the book itself, I sometimes just have moments where I am not feeling the book even though it has a lovely writing style or story to it. Sadly I just could not get into this book at this time and have since passed it on to someone else to give it a chance. Thank you to the author who supplied me with a copy for review.
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Marie is author of hilarious and moving YA novels including WHAT I MEANT... (Random House) and OVER MY HEAD. Marie's newest novel (out Jan. 2012) is a paranormal titled DRAWN, which is about a teen artist who falls for a hot medieval ghost with a sketchy past. She has a short story in the anthology LIAR LIAR, and an essay in the anthology CALL ME OKAASAN: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering. Mar ...more
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