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Jasmine “Jazz” Gardner heads off to India during the monsoon season. The family trip is her mother’s doing: Mrs. Gardner wants to volunteer at the orphanage that cared for her when she was young. But going to India isn’t Jazz’s idea of a great summer vacation. She wants no part of her mother’s do-gooder endeavors.

What’s more, Jazz is heartsick. She’s leaving the business s...more
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Published December 18th 2007 by Laurel Leaf (first published August 10th 2004)
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Jasmine
Okay, so this book was half good, and half really annoying, but the really annoying parts REALLY irritated me. Here's my problem: if you're going to make a teenage girl be completely insecure, you have to give her an actual reason why. You can't make her have awesome parents, a great little brother, a really nice male best friend (who is obviously in love with her), be really good in school, a great athlete, and tall and with a great figure, and have her be super insecure about herself without s...more
Beth
Mitali Perkins is an unsung author in the YA lit world. Monsoon Summer was my first experience reading her work, and after reading this book, I am convinced that her books need to be marketed more. Her goal is to make multicultural literature available, enjoyable, and accessible to young readers, and I'd say she succeeds on all accounts with this beautiful work of multicultural, modern-day fiction.

When Jasmine "Jazz" Gardener learns that she'll be spending the entire summer in India with her fa...more
Sherry
"Monsoon Summer" took me by surprise and blew me away with it's emotional depth, rich character development and complex layers. Set in modern-day India, fifteen year-old Jasmine Gardner (from Berkeley, CA) and her family spend a summer abroad in the village where the protagonist's mother was born and adopted. Poor villagers and rich industrialists share the same locale, poignantly showing teenage "Jazz" utter poverty and modern city life juxtaposed at the orphanage and her private school for gir...more
Erin
I liked a lot of things about this book....in general, I always tend to like books set in foreign locales that give you a real feel for the place and this one did that...explaining in detail the poverty, the landscape and the people. It also highlighted the difficulty of being a modern day American girl who's family isn't truly American...I think that it shows the real difference between the former white immigrants who came here wanting to be American and were proud that their children only spok...more
Sandi
Fifteen-year-old Jasmine (Jazz) Gardner travels with her family to Pune, India for the summer when her mother receives a grant to set up a clinic at the orphanage where she lived as a child. Jazz, who is part Indian and part American, is reluctant to leave her best friend and business partner Steve, as well as all that is familiar about her home in California. She has recently found herself falling in love with Steve, yet she does not feel herself worthy of his affection. Jazz struggles with a l...more
Sam Musher
This book could easily have begun and ended with, “I’m going to write a book that showcases the value of small business loans to women in developing countries!” Or, “I’m going to write another book about a girl finding herself and falling in love with her best guy friend, because there really aren’t enough books like that!”

Instead we get a javelin-throwing business owner, a little brother obsessed with bug collecting, a well-run orphanage that is not to be pitied, and an endearing love interest...more
Hattie D.
I read the book Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins. I would rate this book 5/5 stars because I really enjoyed reading it the whole time. I loved the plot of the story and found it interesting at all parts. This story begins as a girl named Jasmine who is often called Jazz throughout the story, finds out she is leaving to go to India where her mother was put into an orphanage when she was young. Jazz’s mom loves helping people and giving back to people as much as she can so she tried very hard to g...more
Roberta
Jazz, 15, and her best friend (and secret love), Steve, own a successful small business in Berkeley, taking photos of tourists in hippie costumes called The Biz. It’s actually a great idea, I wonder if it exists.
When her mother wins a grant to spend the summer in India to establish a clinic at the orphanage from which she was adopted as a child, Jazz is reluctant to go but understands that the family must stick together. Jazz has always identified more with her tall, shy, "bulky" father than wit...more
Gwennie
A clean read, and really interesting to follow along with the main characters journey of self-discovery. Mitali Perkins has a website with reviews of multiethnic books. I'd recommend this book to girls who liked the Bindi Babes series and are ready to move into teen books.
Kricket
This is a really cute story- goodhearted without being too preachy, and lots of fascinating Indian culture. Writing wasn't standout, and there's a few loose ends left at the end, but I will definitely recommend this at work.
Erin Banet
Great feel good story! It inspired me to want to help others!
Sharon
I picked up this book thinking that it was going to be a book about an Indian-American girl named Jasmine Gardner who goes with her parents and little brother to India over the summer, during monsoon season, to volunteer in an orphanage. (which is what the back of the book said). Instead, it ended up being about how she missed her friend, Steve, who she was actually in love with. I was really expecting this to be an awesome book, but it was very disappointing. The romance definitely got in the w...more
Tahleen
15-year-old Jazz has just found out some big news. After receiving a grant, Jazz's mother will finally have the chance to pay back the orphanage in India where she spent her first years by building a clinic. The problem? Jazz, and the rest of her family, will have to join her, spending the entire summer in India and away from her best friend/secret crush Steve, not to mention the booming business they've created. She'll be halfway around the world from everything she knows in Berkeley, Californi...more
Ari
Something that's really starting to get on my nerves about girls in books is when they constantly complain about their bodies (which I get believe, I hate my body) but then there are AT LEAST 2-3 guys interested in them. In Jazz's case, she goes to a dance club and every guy wants to dance with her and I understand that before that she thought she was ugly but after that she should have felt way better about herself. And yet she continued to believe she was ugly, it especially pained me that she...more
Lydia
Perkins is an outstanding author, with an ability to introduce the Indian world to YA readers in a beautiful positive light. Jasmine "Jazz" is a bi-racial Indian-American whose mother is a shining star in the world of hands-on philanthropy. While her brother Eric, the bug expert, resembles their Indian born mother, Jazz resembles her tall blond father. At fifteen, Jazz and her best friend Steve have a prospering business in Berkeley, California; but Jazz realizes she is starting to feel differen...more
Cindy Hudson
When fifteen-year-old Jazz Gardner discovers she’s going to spend the summer in India with her family she is not happy about it at all. She has a thriving business in San Francisco with her best friend Steve, and she can’t imagine leaving either one for three months. She’s certain one of the other girls from school will make a move while she’s gone and claim Steve’s heart before she even tells him how much he means to her.

When she arrives in the town where her mother was born and adopted from th...more
Lucy
Jazz Gardener’s mom was raised in an orphanage in India until she was adopted by Americans. Now, she has gotten a grant to go back to India and help out the orphanage where she grew up, and she’s taking her family with her.

Jazz is less than thrilled. For one thing, she hasn’t inherited her mother’s do-gooder genes, and for the other, she is dreading leaving behind her best friend (and unrequited crush) Steve. She’s afraid to tell him how she really feels, and even more terrified that while she’s...more
Sarah Sammis
I met Mitali Perkins online via Twitter. One day she tweeted her frustration over getting her books into libraries. Curious, I went online to my library's catalog and saw that they had multiple copies of all but her newest book. They all sounded good so I asked her which book I should read first. She suggested Monsoon Summer.

Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins is about a family of four going to India for the summer (monsoon season). It's told from the first person point of view of fifteen year old...more
Amitha
I'm not a huge YA chick lit fan, but I really enjoyed Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins. This novel is about a teenage girl from California named Jazz (short for Jasmine--she is half Indian) and her summer vacation at an orphanage in India. Jazz's mother was adopted at a very young age from the orphanage by American parents and wants to go back to find out more about her roots. Jazz is initially reluctant to travel to India because she has to leave behind her best-friend/crush Steve, but she even...more
Shaeley Santiago
This was a fun story to read! It is about a family from Berkeley, California, who goes to Pune, India for the summer. The mother was adopted from a Catholic orphanage there and has been awarded a grant to set up a maternal health clinic at that same orphanage. She takes along her American husband and two children.

Jasmine Carol Gardner, her teenage daughter, is the main character of the story. She's struggling with being away from her business partner and best friend, Steve, for the summer. She...more
Sarah
Jazz Gardner is the oldest daughter from an American-adopted Indian-born mother and a white bread dad. Her mother is a social activist in Berkley and decides to head back to the orphanage in India where she was abandoned to open a health clinic and take the whole family for the summer. Jazz is wary of social activism (which was the only odd sticking point for me) do-goodness of her mother, and instead is a young entrepreneur. She is also in love.
Obviously things change while they are in India f...more
Katie
Nice multicultural coming of age novel. The main character is biracial (white & Indian) and leaves the U.S. to spend the summer in India. As she learns about her mother's culture, she discovers who she is and learns to love herself and her body.
Dagmar
Jasmine, or Jazz, is a teenager from Berkeley who is in love with her friend and business partner, Steve. She and Steve have been friends for years, and she's afraid to tell him how she feels. When her family goes to India for the summer so her mother can open a women's health clinic at the orphanage where she grew up, Jazz meets a girl named Danita and finds out that she has a bigger heart than she thought.

I was hesitant about this book at first, because I didn't lie the constantly self-depreca...more
Mary Louise Sanchez
Fifteen-year-old Jasmine "Jazz" Gardner reluctanly goes with her family to India during the monsoon season. The plan is for the family to volunteer at the orphanage where Jazz's mother was cared for years ago. Jazz would rather stay in Berkeley, California with her business partner and secret love,Steve. Jazz gradually volunteers and even helps Danita, the family's young Indian cook, with a business plan so that Danita does not have to enter a marriage of convenience. By the book's end, India ha...more
Vani
I loved this book so much! It was lightly touching and sad but happy at the same time. A girl who dreaded her trip to Inida, acctually loved it. It was an amazing story. I had already read The Not-so Star Spangeled life of Sunita Sen, which was aslso by Mitali Perkins. Therefore, I did have some expectations of this book. Turned out, I loved it! I was a little disappointed when we came near the end, but only slightly dissapointed. I thought that Jazz's leave would be more emotional and I wanted...more
Jenilyn Braden
When I first started reading this book, I didn't get into it that much. It started out kind of slow and it took me about 100 pages or so to really get into it. However, once I did get into it I ended up loving it. I couldn't hardly put it down after I got involved in the story. My only issue was that I wanted it to go on just a little longer. There were a lot of really good things that happened at the end of the story, and I wanted there to be like one more chapter or something explaining like w...more
Kim Foy
This was an outstanding book. Jazz and her family spend the summer in India. Her mother wants to return and help out at the orphanage she onced lived in. Jazz, a fourteen year old girl along with her younger brother and father are reluctant to go. However, they are pleasantly surprised. Jazz not only learned a great deal about the Indian culture, but she also did a lot of growing up. Her dad experienced the great reward that comes from helping others with his computer help at the orphanage while...more
Savanna Bangs
Love love love this book!! it was my favorite book when i was in like 7-or 8th grade.
Amy
Great book for middle-schoolers.
Heather
A coming of age tale wrapped in a Bollywood story. After her mom receives a grant to work in an orphanage in India, 15- year old Jazz nervously leaves her best friend and secret crush in the US. She is thrust into a strange world where the popular Indian girls think that her muscular physique is beautiful and the Indian boys go ga-ga for her. Jazz befriends Danita, their domestic worker, who encourages Jazz to look into her heart, love herself, her heritage and let the Monsoon Season work its ma...more
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Mitali Perkins was born in Kolkata, India, and immigrated to the States when she was seven years old. She's written several books for young readers, including BAMBOO PEOPLE, RICKSHAW GIRL, MONSOON SUMMER, and SECRET KEEPER. She is also the editor of an anthology: OPEN MIC: RIFFS BETWEEN CULTURES IN TEN VOICES. Mitali maintains a website (mitaliperkins.com) and blog (mitaliblog.com) where she chats...more
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