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What I Meant...

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  233 ratings  ·  46 reviews
After 15 years of being a good daughter and loyal friend, wouldn't you expect the people closest to you to believe you? To at least try to understand what you mean? Since my evil aunt moved in, everything has gone wrong.

My little sister thinks I'm a thief.

My best friend thinks I'm a jerk.

My parents think I'm bulimic.

And the boy I love thinks I'm not into him at all.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 24th 2007 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Here's the deal - I read A LOT of YA (okay, maybe not this summer, but overall I read a lot of ya). Some YA appeals more to adults than to kids, some appeals to both, and some YA is totally just for it's intended audience. This is a book that I know my students - specifically my girls - will LOVE. Looking at the book through the lens of a teenaged girl, this would probably be a five star review. I really like that Sang is a strong female protagonist. I also like that she is brown. While I've bee ...more
What I Meant by Marie Lamba is a book about a 15 year-old girl named Sang going through what she thinks is too much for her to handle. That her life was out of control and that things were falling apart.

A teenage girl named Sang was having a good life- except for the fact that her aunt, Chachi, is living with her and her family since her brother, Hari, moved out for college. Her dad thought it would be a good idea because he would be helping family. Sang? Not so much. At first, she didn't mind h
Kristina Jo
I have two big questions. One: What changed Dad's mind? He was all "My daughter brings shame to my family!" And then he's all, "No one would steal your stuff, Kajal." Two: Kajal/Chachi bloodies Sangeet's nose during a religious ceremony in a holy place, and the whole family takes Kajal to dinner where they wait on her hand and foot. But Kajal calls the mom a slut and that's the straw that breaks the camel's back? Don't get me wrong, I in no way agree with Kajal, nor do I think she should have br ...more
Jul 27, 2009 Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, I admit I'm partial. This is my debut novel. :)
this is a book about a teenage girl that is going through a lot in her life right now. her parents think she is bulimic; which she is not . and her aunt that came from india is ruining everything. her aunt gets her in trouble and lies about things that 'sangeet' [ the girl ] didnt do . and also a guy that she likes and the boy likes her too. so she gives him and chance and goes with him to the concert. but then he doesnt care about her and stays on the train to the concert when sangeet sees her ...more
Clarence :P
Aug 09, 2010 Clarence :P rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those older then 12
What would you do if your Evil Aunt moved in? If your best friend suddenly hates you? If your own parents don't believe a single word you say? If you're Sangeet, you'd try to fix it.
Sangeet, or Sang, is 15. She's half Eastern-Indian and half American,("exotic" as her long-time crush, Jason, has said). Sang's la-di-da life changes drastically, but she discovers things that are better unhidden and learns just how strong she can be.
This comedy about a teenage girl navigating her crazy life is hap
15 year old Sangeet has always been the perfect student, daughter, and friend. Ever since her evil aunt has moved in with her and her family, everything is falling apart. Her best friend abandons her, her parents think she's got an eating disorder (she doesn't), and no one in her life seems to trust her any more. The story recounts all of the injustices that come upon Sangeet, but doesn't do a very convincing job at explaining why all of these things seem to be happening. Characters came off as ...more
this book was really good. i was surprised how relateable it really was, everything from the girl's personality to the locks on her door-- were exactly like mine. It takes place in Doylestown, which is really cool because it mentions Planet Smoothie and IceWorld Skating rink, two places i know about fairly well. I liked this book alot, it was funny, cute and also a bit annoying--the aunt, not the book. I really want to read more by this author now.
So glad I met this author because then I bought the book and it was awesome. Multi-cultures make for great reading and the family relationships ring true. Loved the mix of family conflict, touch of mystery/intrigue, dab of romance and dash of humor. All combined for engaging reading. Excited to read more by the author and to book talk the book to my students.
The ongoing gag was how the (real)evil-aunt tried & succeeded in sabotaging the main character & how she and her younger sister set to stop her & reveal her true identity to their parents. You'll also learn that your so-call 'Best friend' may not turn out to be so 'Best' afterall, esp in comparison & forgiving stuffs.
It was pretty good. I was reading it for my Multicultural book. It had to be a book about another country.I taught me a lot about India that I didn't know. This girl Sang had a very complicated life! From aunts who steal your families money and blame it on you, to best friends who run away!!! Pretty good!
Janelle Kranz
as I got this book I got this book at a workshop that I met Mrs. Lamba at. She shared with us some of her experiences, and we got this book. Once she read some passages from the book, I was hooked. I am about 3/4 of the way through, and so far I'm loving it. I'll write more after I finish the story. :)
This book is amazingly good! I loved this book. It is another one of my top faves. It is a must read book. This book is about an Indian girl and how her life changed when her aunt came to live with her. You will see the tough times she has had with her family.
this is my second favorite book ever. ABSOLUTELY COMPLETELY WONDERFUL!! held my attention. i was very dissapointed when it ended. and even more when i found out that the author didnt write anymore books. So Marie Lamba, if your reading this: WRITE MORE BOOKS PLEASE!
jessica chen
i love this book. its very funny, and i think that sometimes life can change very fast, and the boy that you love, is a total idiot and jerk. Love can be right under our noses. ;)
i heart dis book
Mady Veith
I liked this book it showed how stressful being a teen can be and how to cope.
This girl was making so many mistakes I was getting anxious. I wanted to yell at her to think first.
Sep 06, 2008 Andi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
If you like books that include aunts stealing from their nieces and sister in laws, you'll like this one!
Bryanna marie  vazquez
it is a really good book to read if u like interesting books it has lots of details i give it 5 stars
Gracey Crawford
This book is about a girl who is constantly being misunderstood. She says one thing but means another. Things get a lot worse when her evil aunt moves in because her aunt blames everything on her and her parents always believe her aunt. I liked reading book because I thought it was interesting. The main character's name is Sangeet. The book had some slow parts but some parts were really good. I think that middle school and high school girls would like this book the best because it is a girly boo ...more
this is one of my favorite books, becasue it was actually based on the small town where i grew up.
Sep 06, 2008 Parisa marked it as to-read
Recommended to Parisa by: Andi
I haven't read it yet, but it's my sister's 2nd favorite book, so I think it'll be pretty good.
Karyn Johnson
Things don't always go the way you want them to go or the way you planned them to go.
I really liked this book. It is more of a teen book. But i still enjoyed it.
Darn I wanted to know more about Gina and dalton! Still a good book though
My dear friend wrote this and wrote it beautifully!!
it's amazing! i would definitely recommend this book!
Jill Mcconnell
It was a very entertaining book!!!!!!!!!!!!
The characters cunning and mysterious...
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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 DRAWN is about a teen artist who falls for a medieval ghost with a sketchy past. Her debut picture book GREEN, GREEN, about community gardening, comes out through Farrar Straus Giroux in 2017. She has a short story in the anthology LIAR LIAR, and an essay in the antholo ...more
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