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3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  354 ratings  ·  85 reviews
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, Vikram, and now she has to cope with her mom’s homesickness and depression. A new friend, c ...more
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Published January 17th 2012 by HarperCollins, HarperTeen (first published October 1st 2010)
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Si Yun
This is story of a girl from India, named Shalini is engaged to a boy 3 years older than her since she was 3 and really loves him. But because of her father's job, she had to leave him and move to the states. At first she didn't feel too comfortable, but later, she started to have a crush on someone else, a feeling and emotion she has never had before.I gave this book only 3 stars because I think that this book is not too bad, the plot is a bit too normal and simple in which is was not that exci ...more
Pooja Dimba
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Anastasia L.
Shalini is a girl that was born into a traditional indian family and was enganged to hey fianc'e at the age of three. When her dad gets a job in Los angeles , her life crumbles. her mom becomes depressed and she is having a hard time at school and mostly of all, she misses her love . Over the months life gets better until she meets Toby, A prodigious flute player and she instantly falls in love but she goes into the most toughest decision of her life,disappoint her family over a boy or stay with ...more
I became interested in reading Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani because of the multicultural aspect. I love reading about other cultures and I think it's important to have more YA books on the market that incorporate diverse characters. For that reason, I was super excited to read Lovetorn. Unfortunately, I wasn't completely satisfied with it. It has some great aspects, but overall, I wanted a little more.

I'll discuss the good points first. The multicultural aspect was very well done. I have basic kn
Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani was provided to me free-of-charge as an Uncorrected Proof from GoodReads, FirstReads. This is a young adult novel which presents an educational opportunity to learn about the customs and traditions of India. I found it to be interesting since I know very little about India. A nice touch was the glossary found at the back of the book which was very helpful since some, but not a lot, of the words in the book were not in English. It was also refreshing that not a single c ...more
Christina (Reading Extensively)
Lovetorn on the surface sounds like a romance with a love triangle however the novel focuses more on Shalini and her family than on romantic relationships. Toby doesn't even appear until more than halfway through the story. When he does show up, he does not make enough of an impression. Readers who pick up this book solely for the romantic aspect might find themselves disappointed but I am glad that the author chose to spend so much time on other things. The portrayal of the culture shock and th ...more
Pamela Kramer
Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani is the young adult book for those whose mothers love books by Shobhan Bantwal, the wonderful author of books (like The Full Moon Bride) about love that either are set in India or feature families from India.

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
I literally just finished this novel. It was supremely underwhelming, I feel nothing towards this book. The back of the book has a comparison to Sarah Dessen and I can't really fathom why because other than being a contemporary novel, it doesn't have anything in common. This book was so flat and the writing was really simple. When I read it, everything came out choppily in my head because the dialogue was so stilted. I also thought all the descriptions of clothes were superfluous, maybe it was m ...more
Extremely sweet , written pretty well -the reason I love kavita daswanis work .
Paige Y.
Shalini has been raised in India with her entire extended family – thirty-seven family members living in the house and she is not the least bit excited when her father announces that he has taken a job in the United States and their family of four will be moving there for two years. Not only will she have to leave her extended family, she’ll also have to leave her fiancé, a boy she has been engaged to since she was three. Going from her small private school to being a junior at a large public sc ...more
I really wanted to love this book. The premise is incredibly unique and it's on my wishlist of culturally diverse books. But sadly, though there are a lot of really good things about this book, on the whole it was a bit of a disappointment. Shalini is an Indian girl whose family just moved to Los Angeles; she's been engaged to Vikram since she was three years old; he's her best friend, her true love. Everything. And she's surprised when she finds herself falling for a very American boy at her ne ...more
Joana Jimenez
Shalini has to move to L.A. because her father has gotten a job there. Since she's from India they have their own traditions over there and everything is different. Right now she's in a taxi and she's going into her new home. Where she is moving into it's a big community. She is in high school and has to start a new life because in India it's a tradition to get married at a certain age. She already has her husband but in this book she finds someone new that makes her feel some type of way. I fou ...more
I loved this book so much! And I would have given it a 5 if it weren't for the ending. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but is there like a second book I don't know about? I personally don't love books that leave you with so many unexplained or unfinished story lines. But the rest of the book was great! I loved the romance between her and Toby. I feel like she really likes him and it makes her love a lot stronger for him because Vikram couldn't give her that exciting and adventurous love tha ...more
Originally published at: A Girl that Likes Books

First impression

I bought this book after Book Riot recommended it in their South Asian YA: 5 titles to read post. It had a very nice premise; a whole family moving from India to the States, the elder girl has been engaged since she was 3 years old and dealing in general with being a teenager. The book does all this things but I was disappointed with the end.

Final thoughts

Shalini is the main character of this book and she is telling the story of how
Grace Fonseca
Title: Lovetorn
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.

Book 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 A
When I received this book from the publisher I thought to myself that I really loved the cover. I am a sucker for what the cover looks like. I know you are not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but I do. I loved the design on the side of the book. I was interested in knowing more. I had to know more.

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
I was inspired to pick up Lovetorn to read more about the Indian culture, and to read about how the family transitions from Bangalore to LA. Seems like quite the culture shock. The forbidden love aspect and how that relates to the arranged marriage also caught my interest.

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
Ms. Yingling
Shalini's father has a great business opportunity that takes her family to Los Angeles. Shalini isn't thrilled about moving away from her large extended family in Bangalore, but her sister Sangita is thrilled. Her mother, on the other hand, is very upset. Shalini tries her best to fit in to high school life, but learning a new way of dressing and acting is difficult, especially when some of her classmates make fun of her. Even more difficult is being away from her finance, Vikram. Even though th ...more
Jessi (Reading in the Corner)
Life is about choices. And they aren't always your choices--sometimes it's the choices of others and how they can change your life. Take Shalini for example. She's perfectly happy living in India with her extended family and her fiance since she was 3, Vikram. She's sure that she loves Vikram and looks forward to a happy future with him and the rest of her family in India. Then, in what seems like a chance decision, her father moves the family to the United States and they are all forced to embr ...more
The copy I read was a hand-me-down ARC, so I can't be too definite about my complaints.
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
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
3.5 Stars, really good!

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
3.5 stars

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
Bundles of
Oh I love reading about love! This book had a love triangle.....long distance.

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
Cynthia (A Blog about Nothing)
I was excited to read a book with a main character from India, I’ve always been curious about its fascinating culture, we don’t have many out there and this one seemed like it would be a great contemporary. I think the Sarah Dessen comparison gave me high expectations which was probably the first mistake I made because unfortunately this one didn’t live up to them. At the beginning I thought I would be able to form a connection with Shalini, I felt awful for what she was going through, being new ...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

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
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: When I first heard about Lovetorn, I honestly didn't know if it would interest me or not. It didn't sound like anything I had read before but it was also about a culture I didn't know much about.

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


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

Nov 28, 2011 Krystal rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc

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.

At th
Shalini has been engaged to her childhood friend, Vikram, since she was three. So when her father gets a new job in Los Angeles, she is clearly miserable. At her high school, she is teased due to her Indian accent, for example, and everyday she comes back from school to see that her mother is depressed (for homesickness). When Shalini joins the Food 4 Life club at school, she finds new friends and slowly develops a crush on a flautist, Toby , who is connected to the charity club.

I have friends l
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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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