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Indie Girl

3.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  302 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD INDIE KONKIPUDDI HAS ALWAYS DREAMED OF BECOMING A FASHION REPORTER. She'd do anything to land an internship with glamorous Celebrity Style magazine -- even babysit publisher Aaralyn Taylor's two-year-old son. Indie's neurosurgeon dad can't understand why Indie would want to spend her weekends picking Play-Doh off of someone else's Persian carpets, and pret ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 9th 2007 by Simon Pulse (first published January 9th 2007)
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Smita Beohar
It’s the story of a 16 year old girl, Indie (her real name is Indira Gandhi & needless to say she hates it), settled in Los Angeles. Her father is a surgeon, mom a housewife & she also has a younger brother.

Indie is passionate about fashion? No, she is mad about it and thinks that she has all that it takes to be a fashion journalist. She has an eye & instincts about fashion. She is thereby eyeing “Summer Internship” in Celebrity Style (her favourite fashion magazine).
The book is all
Huda Al-Anbar
Apr 02, 2015 Huda Al-Anbar rated it liked it
Shelves: hard-copy
Indie Girl tells the story of 15 year old Indie Konkipuddi, who aspires to be a fashion editor, like her idol Aaralyn Taylor, the founder and editor of the glamerous Celebrity Style magazine.

Indie is ambitious, driven, and somewhat desperate, as she enters the world of fashion by babysitting Aaralyn's 2 year old son!!

Indie remains grounded to her Indian upbringing throughout the book, although she has some serious questions of faith, she finds the answers she seeks in the end.

Better suited for
May 26, 2014 Runa rated it really liked it
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Jul 22, 2008 Renee rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 7th-10th
Shelves: ya-chick-lit
Combine the movies The Devil Wears Prada and Bend it Like Beckham to get Indie Girl. Indira (Indie) is obsessed with becoming a fashion journalist and having an internship over her sophomore summer with Aaralyn Taylor at Celebrity Style, but Indie’s parents want her to work at a charity in India to help her future Harvard application. Indie snags a job in the spring with Aaralyn….as a babysitter. She tries to prove her worth, balance the expectations of her family with her own dreams and pursue ...more
May 29, 2015 Soso rated it liked it
Book Name: Indie Girl
Author: Kavita Daswani
Stars: 3

-Indian girl aspires to become a fashion reporter
-Attempts to reach her goal by becoming the babysitter of famous fashion magazine editor
-Helps this editor a lot, never gets credit
-Abruptly... drops dreams? randomly leaves to India? I dunno...

-Only Indira/Indie given enough backstory
-Obsessed with fashion, spends spare time (of which she has too much) reading about gossip/fashion
-Goes through a minor transformation, seems to whine/
Sep 15, 2011 Nisha rated it it was ok
I didn't finish this, but I don't want to be mean and rate it 1 star. Afterall, it was YA and I don't usually read that genre anymore. But I thought that this book was boring. Which kinda sucks, because I really wanted to finish reading it. But after falling asleep while trying to read this only proves to me that I shouldn't be reading this book.

Though, it might be good for the young crowd - like middle schoolers.
Nov 07, 2010 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Pretty gud so far
Jun 19, 2016 Carla rated it liked it
Shelves: la-1, la-2, young-adult
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Jan 14, 2013 Sasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Indie is a teenage girl who loves fashion and when an internship opens for Celebrity Style magazine for over the summer and she wants it so bad. She will do anything to get it. A lady who works/owns the fashion business that Indie wants to work for visits Indie's school. Her name is Aaralyn and Indie talked to her about it. Instead she got a babysitting job for Aaralyn's son. Indie finds information that could help the magazine since it was in some trouble. She is finally invited to go with thes ...more
Feb 10, 2010 Sitara rated it it was amazing
For the year 2010 i think Indie Girl is my most favorite book i have read so far. It was truly amazing and it is a book I can relate to my life because I love Fashion just like Indira(Indie) Rajiv Konkipuddi. Indie used to be oa bored girl with practically no interests until she went to the library and saw a magazine, called Celebrity Style and she fell in love it and now she wants to get the summer job there. After running after the Chief of Execute, Aaralyn this magazine she finally gets a job ...more
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Apr 04, 2013 Belen By rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING!!! I have read the book twice this year and every time I read the book I am fascinated by the work of art that was created in this book. I really liked the book because it is about this Indian girl by the name of Indie that has been interested in the fashion industry and would like to be a journalist for the fashion industry. She has the chance when one day at school she sees a flyer for a summer job that a well recognized fashion journal company is looking for a teenager t ...more
Bridget R. Wilson
Indira Konkipuddi is hardly the name of a fashion reporter, but that's what Indie wants to be more than anything. She desperately wants an internship with a top fashion magazine, Celebrity Style. Instead she ends up being the editor's baby-sitter. The magazine is in trouble and Indie finds a way to help.

What I thought: This was a great book. Indie's struggle to reconcile the 2 parts of her (Indian and American) reminded me of Mitali Perkins' book about Suni. I find myself drawn to these multicul
Apr 10, 2011 Charlotte rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The only reason it has 4 stars, and not 5 is this;
The ending didn't leave me content. It felt harsh and abrupt. Not much was resolved. The racial differences--not really. It was covered but not to much extent. Then, with Indie's character, I really expected her to get out of the summer trip. AND, which annoyed me the most is; Aaralye never gave a specific reason for choosing Brooke. Sure she is family, but Indie proved very well she is a harder worker. It just all was
Dec 05, 2008 Navdeep rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any one with hopes and dreams
Recommended to Navdeep by: no one
I liked this book becuase i like to read about fashion and this book was about a girl who will do whatever it tacks to get what she really wants. Indie Konnkipuddi is a 15 year old girl who always dreamed of becoming a fashion reporter. She wants to work for Aaralyn Taylor a publisher of Celebrity Style magazine. Indie's dad can't understand why she would want to babysit a publisher's baby. Indie said, "that she will do anything to work in that magazine." But Aaralyn only saw Indie as just the h ...more
Jul 30, 2010 Sabrina rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a fantastic book! It was an easy read and had no real moral or taught anything but was truly well written and enjoyable. I loved Indie and her passionate drive to fashion! I especially love the bond between Indie and the toddler ( I forget his name)! Reminded me of Devil wears Prada, but not so much to bother me. What did bother me though, is Indie's emotion. Usually Kavita Daswani portrayed her feelings perfectly but she cried so many darn times it got annoying! Clever ending, I didn' ...more
Mar 04, 2013 Tan rated it it was ok
Originally reviewed - 8/7/08

Indie Girl was a pretty good read. The main character (Indie, of course) was likable. I loved that she stayed true to herself and wasn't swayed by the glitz and glamor of the fashion magazine industry. But, the fact that she had no love of her Indian culture was a turn off. There isn't much to this story. The morals was simple enough: "Never give up" and "Always stay true to yourself". If you want a easy uncomplicated book to read this would be it.
Dec 31, 2013 Jodie rated it it was ok
This book is about an Indian girl who always wanted to be a fashion reporter. She gets a job as the editor's babysitter, in hopes that she will like her and let her be an intern. Later, she realizes that it isn't a very good idea and that no matter what she does to help her, she doesn't respect how much she cares. I don't recommend this book, it's not that good.
Apr 24, 2010 Alicia rated it really liked it
Indira is trying to go after what she wants, a spot as an intern at a famous fashion magazines, but instead ends of babysitting the magazine editor's kids. Positively enough, Indira decides whatever her goals are they will be her choice which leads to a perfectly inspiring story for girls.

And this time, I knew I didn't have to run after it.
Nov 28, 2010 Nicole-Ann rated it liked it
This book was okay, not great but not bad. I felt like I could relate to the main character in some ways, and though this book's main subject is pretty worn-out, it added some fresh perspective. Read this book if you are looking for an easy, laid-back book that requires little thinking :)
Beth Fred
Jun 14, 2010 Beth Fred rated it liked it
Not the best writing style but brilliant content. Full review at or
Aug 28, 2009 shruti rated it liked it
I think I should now make a desi fiction category or something. I've read Daswani's other books and I think this one is one of her better ones. I liked that it was not full of stereotypes of strict Indian parents.
Oct 07, 2009 Sidikha rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I easily connected with the main character Indira(Indie) Also, a girl with indian decent, has great expectations from her parents and hopes to to achieve her goal, in this case fashion.
Princess Nuchu
May 30, 2009 Princess Nuchu rated it it was amazing
I learned about Fashion, trend!

It made me to have a clear idea about Fashion and made me to crave to be like INDIE!
Jul 25, 2009 Sowmya added it
I rele liked this book, wsa interesting to read a book by an indian person and about an indian person for a change!!

Jul 19, 2009 Divya rated it it was ok
It was ok. I didn't really like it it didn't have a point to it. I wouldn't reccomend other people to read it.
Nov 01, 2009 Tina rated it it was amazing
there was nothing to dislike about this book. cool indian background to this book. just thought it was awesome.
Mar 16, 2015 Maria rated it it was ok
Indie is a pretty great heroine, wish she had done more with the story. Wanted a better ending with Indie.
This is a lighthearted teenage book. It would have been a bit boring if not for the Indian culture though.
Mar 16, 2008 Jess rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl who wants to break into the fashion world. A bit predictable, but a good story!
Aug 30, 2009 Sai rated it really liked it
i thought it was pretty good. so perfect tho. it had a nice story but....
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Kavita Daswani is an American author who started her career as a journalist for South China Morning Post when she only seventeen. She lived in Hong Kong before moving to Los Angeles.

Now in her thirties, she has written several novels for grown-ups and young adults that represent her passion and love for the Indian culture. In her books, we see how young Indian girls are trying to break away from t
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