I read this book for my English class and I really enjoyed it. I was able to see more into the Indian culture, which is very interesting. The thing that i did not like about it was how whenever a new character or surrounding was introduced she went on for a while describing every last detail. I heard her short stories are really good, and in a short story she would not have time to do this, so I may read some of those. The movie that was made after the book is also really good, it leaves a lot out, but all movies do. So it is recommended, and it made me want to go see Slumdog Millionaire which is now one of my new favorite movies.