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Bras, Boys, and Blunders: Juliet & Romeo in Bahrain

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What’s a girl gotta do to get her first bra, her first kiss, her first love?

If you thought the Middle East was all about fatwas and burkhas, think again. Join the fun as Veena, a naive teen from India, bungles her way through adolescence on the island of Bahrain. Laugh out loud as she deals with the intricacies of stubborn bras, crazy parents, racist classmates, first love
Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published June 6th 2012
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

Fifteen-year-old Veena Solomon lives in Bahrain with her parents and brother, a transplanted Indian in an Arab country, although she attends Catholic school. Her family moved there to seek a better life than the one available in India. Her mother is Catholic by faith and worrier by profession (although she also works as a teacher in Veena's school). Veena is trying to figure out what she believes herself, especially when her fervent prayers to grow breasts and for gorgeous Rashid to fall
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Featuring a smart, witty teen's observations on family, race, and self-esteem, Bras, Boys and Blunders is a story that will open your heart and keep you laughing.

I had a strong feeling that I would enjoy Bras, Boys and Blunders as soon as I read the first page. The story opens with main character Veena at school, in a sex ed class. The students love making their teachers squirm, asking question after awkward question about reproduction. This made for a very funny, attention-grabbing scene, and
Bonnie Lamer
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Are teenagers the same everywhere? If that question means ‘do they all have the same insecurities’ then the answer seems to be yes. Veena at fifteen is, in her opinion, woefully inept at anything that doesn’t involve being the smartest student in the class. She doesn’t know how to get the boy she likes to notice her. She is looking for a cure for what she sees as her boy-like figure, and her family could star on ‘Are You the Biggest Bunch of Dysfunctional People in the World’ and easily take hom ...more
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
What’s a girl gotta do to get her first bra, her first kiss, her first love?

If you thought the Middle East was all about fatwas and burkhas, think again. Join the fun as Veena, a naive teen from India, bungles her way through adolescence on the island of Bahrain.

Dollycas's Thoughts

A great escape filled with laughter and teenage angst. Girls in the Middle East aren't very different than girls in the U.S. The girls in the story had to live with a few more rules but like girls everywhere they find
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, fiction, young-adult
3.5. Perhaps you all know by now that I love an exotic location. So off the bat, I was intrigued by the setting of the book. I don't think I've ever read a book about Bahrain. You get only a small taste of the country but it was intriguing all the same.

What this book made me realize is that teenage girls are teenage girls, no matter where in the world they live! They all face the same issues with boys and growing up. In a way, it's sort of comforting to see that indeed, you are not the only one
Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it
A short review for a short book! When the author contacted me to review her novella, I was pretty intrigued. I don't know much about what it's like to grow up in Bahrain, but the plot sounded interesting and I thought maybe I would learn something, so I gave it a go.

Don't let the plain cover fool you; Bras, Boys, and Blunders is an entertaining coming of age novel set in Bahrain. This short novella follows Veena, a young girl growing up in Bahrain who is trying to navigate school, home life, and
Rick Taubold
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How many of us outside the Middle East and India have any idea what life there is like? "Bras, Boys & Blunders" shows us that, cultural differences aside, teens the world over still struggle with the same universal issues of self-image, peer pressure, the opposite sex, and parents.

As with the author's first novel, this one is extremely well edited, still something of a rare treat among indie-published novels, and like that novel, this one takes the reader into her world with the same humorou
Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves)
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teenage
Our life is very different compared to the the other side of the world. India has culture differences, as well as some similarities. They deal with peer pressure, and their self image, what every teenage girl is going through. To make things harder, fifteen year old Veena Solomon is attending a Catholic school, following in her mothers beliefs. As well as having a different accent amongst her peers, and being the star in Romeo and Juliet.

I found Bra's Boys and Blunders to be very enlightening. I
Rebecca McKinnon
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

This is an interesting story. An Indian girl attending a Christian school, where racism is alive and rampant, and girls who so much as speak to a boy alone are considered sluts. It's an interesting idea.

When the book starts, it's right in the middle of a sex ed class. Quite honestly, that made me worried about what the rest of the book would be like. Luckily, things turned to other matters.

Veena has to deal with a lot of things, including her first haircut from a salon (which results
S.M. Blooding
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I loved this book! It’s a short read, but it’s great! I love how Ms. Samson takes things like race, culture, and religion, and makes the clashes between people funny! Too often, we get stuck in how horrible differences can be. No, no. The reactions can go very bad. However, with Ms. Samson’s approach, it’s easy to see how the world could be just a little different if we used humor instead of fear to deal with serious issues like this.

I love the setting! Bahrain has been added to my list of place
Edwin Stark
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
On general terms, I usually don't read YA literature. But the premise behind "Bras, Boys and Blunders" (BB & B) intrigued me, and, oh boy, was I in for a pleasant surprise! This is the story of Veena, a young girl growing in multicultural Bahrain. She is your typical teenager going through her typical teen crushes and obsessed about bra sizes. She gets chosen to play Juliet at the school play and from then on all He11 breaks loose. Our young protagonist claims she wants to become the "Indian ...more
Aug 21, 2012 rated it liked it
This book’s premise is very amusing. An Indian girl who starts attending a Christian school. That’s pretty much all you need to hear to know it’s going to be an interesting read.
There are so many funny moments in the book. This is definitely a light read, but it is packed with well-written scenes and fun dialogue. The scene where Veena gets a haircut is one of the best ones, I think, and it show the author’s real gift for comedic pacing.
I would have enjoyed a bit more character development as t
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I have to say that this book was funny. I really enjoyed it and it was a quick read. Veena is an Indian girl attending a Christian school. She is like a fish out of water because she has to learn to adapt to her surroundings. She will experience your typical teenage things like first crush, bullying and racism.

Veena will go through your everyday teenage stuff but it is how she handles it is what amazed me. She also gets the leading role in her school play and her mother seems to be shacke
Harry Rutherford
This is a teen romantic comedy about an Indian girl going to a multicultural Catholic school while her parents are working in Bahrain. At the school, white students have automatic cool status while the Indians and Pakistanis are at the bottom of the pecking order, mocked by the Arabs for their accents. Our heroine is a naive, shy girl dealing with boys, flat-chestedness, her parents; it’s fairly standard stuff, apart from the unusual setting. I’m clearly not the target market for this book, but ...more
Jennifer Zuna
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this book as much as I loved Ms Samson's previous book Indian Maidens Bust Loose. This was a very funny and witty look at one teenagers life at a private catholic school in Bahrain. From racial tensions between students to crushes and bullying this story touches on a lot of current themes that teenagers deal with no matter where they live. A little serious and a lot funny and witty this was a great quick vacation read that I thouroghly enjoyed!
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this one because of the multi-cultural content, but I just never really got into it.

Set in a Catholic school in Bahrain, there are students from India, Pakistan, the US, and several other countries in attendance. It mainly follows the travails of an Indian girl trying to deal with all the normal teen quandaries.
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book was very roughly written and I couldn't figure out if it was purposeful or not. This was a coming of age book about a teen girl from India.
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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Nancy H
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a good YA book, with plenty of humor and teen girl situations that prove teenage girls are the same the world over.
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love the way vidya samson protrayed her own teenage years in bras,boys, and blunders.
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