Let me start by saying that the narrator is likable, as are several supporting characters. The cultural flavor of the book is highly interesting as well as educational for an American of European descent. It is also refreshing, in fiction written for teen girls, to hear from a narrator who is very clear on her passions, and they aren't even too cliché.
The cover and summaries are misleading. Sure, she's...more
In Lovetorn, Shalini, her mother and her sister have just arrived in the United States to be with their father. He is excited and proud of the job he was hired to do, and he plans to live and work in the USA for two years and then return to India to success and much...more
In Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani, Shalini has only known one world: India. She lives in a massive house with 37 of her relatives and loves it. She has been engaged to Vikram, the man of her dreams, since she was three years old. Nothing could spoil her wonderful life…except when her father decides to take a new job and uproot her family to L.A. How could she possibly adjust to this completely different lifestyle? Her little sister seems to jump right in, while her mother struggles more and more...more
I'll discuss the good points first. The multicultural aspect was very well done. I have basic kn...more
This book was very short for me. The average of pages of books I read is usually around four hundred.
So go ahead and say NERD out loud, punks.
Very loud, I'll say. Anyway, I'll include the synopsis.
"When Shalini’s father gets a new job in L.A., she is torn away from her life in India and the boy to whom she’s been betrothed since she was three. L.A. is so different, and Shalini dresses and talks all wrong. She isn’t sure she’ll survive high school in America without her fiancé, Vikra...more
Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani is a very sweet coming of age story with a big dose of culture shock thrown in to make things interesting. I don’t think you could choose two more culturally different places than Bangalore and LA if you tried! Because of an opportunity with his job, Shalini’s father moves the four of them from all they’ve ever known and plops them in LA without family or friends, and no preparation or support system. Shalini’s mother falls into a debilitating depression so th...more
Shalini, the main character of this novel, leaves the familiarity of India for the strange new environment and people of America. One of her most regrettable thoughts of leaving India consisted of Vikram, the boy she has been engaged to since she was three. Vikram and Shalini's relationship does continue via long-distance. They skype, chat on the phone, and write letters; however, it is not easy to keep a long-distance relationship going and Shalini slowly begins to adjust to her new home.
You meet Shalini. She and her family are moving to L.A. from India. All she has known is India. She doesn't know what people do here, she doesn't know what they wear, or even where they buy the...more
I got this book free as an uncorrected proof from Goodreads Giveaways, it's actual release date is 1-17-12.
Shalini has lived in India her whole life, she was born, raised, and engaged there. Her father gets a once-in-a-lifetime job in Los Angeles, America, where she moves along with her sister, and mother.
Shalini's been engaged since she was three years old, to her handsome Indian friend/love Vikram.
The beginning and middle of the book is quite depressing, to say th...more
I liked the story overall. It’s a quick light read with a lot of great ideas. However, I just wished that some of them were explored a little more fully. The length of the book is short, to the expense of some of the character...more
Shalini's father gets a new job in L.A, so she is uprooted from her Indian life and a boy who she has been in love with since she was three years old. She seriously does not want to leave. When she gets there, it is such a different life! The way she talks is wrong. The way she dresses is wrong. The way she acts is wrong. Is anything going to go right for her? While she is trying to get through American high school wit...more
I have friends l...more
Okay, Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani was basically amazing. I’m a huge fan of Indian culture and contemporary, and reading Lovetorn basically combined this love.
Lovetorn is an eye-opening look at Indian culture, as well as bullying, depression, and the way people are able (or not able as the case may be) to cope with drastic changes in their lives, such as moving from India to California.
I loved Shalini as a protagonist. I’ve never bee...more
Author: Kavita Daswani
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pub Date: January 17, 2012
Pages: 250 pages
My Edition: Advanced Reader Copy provided to me by publisher for an honest review. Thanks to Harper Collins.
When Shalini’s father gets a new job in L.A. , she is torn away from her life in India and the boy to whom she’s been betrothed since she was three. L.A. is so different, and Shalini dresses and talks all wrong. She isn’t sure she’ll survive high school in A...more
But hey it's published by HarperTeen and you can't go wrong with that, right? Did I hear you agree? Yes?
We are introduced to Shalini who has just moved to the United States from India with her father, mother, and little sister. Shalini isn't used to living with only three people. Back at hom...more
A Gentleman's Agreement
Shalini Agarwal’s life has already been planned for her. Living in Bangalore, India, with her 39 relatives, she is happy as can be. That is until her father gets a new job in Los Angeles. Now she, her younger sister and mother must move away from the only home they’ve all only known. Can they adjust?
Shalini’s father and sister are excited about being in a new place. They both easily adjust. The same cannot be said for Shalini and her mom. Her mom is...more
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...more