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Winnie Mehta was never really convinced that Raj was her soulmate, but their love was written in the stars. Literally, a pundit predicted Winnie would find the love of her life before her 18th birthday, and Raj meets all of the qualifications. Which is why Winnie is shocked to return from her summer at film camp to find her boyfriend of three years hooking up with Jenny Di ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Crown BFYR
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Cristina Monica
“As much as I love Bollywood damsels in distress, I don’t need saving. I’m my own hero.”

Right now, there’s nothing else I want more than to watch a Bollywood movie and become as obsessed with them as Winnie Mehta is.

Personally, I'm sceptical of prophecies, and the astrologers that tell them, but Winnie isn't. Her whole family has their own ‘‘pandit,’’ who has helped them, in a way, find true love and happiness.

So although this is not part of my culture, and as a reader I certainly questioned
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Maya ❤
Aug 29, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: contemporary
You had me at "dream sequences featuring Shah Rukh Khan"
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was just absolutely adorable. Even as someone who has never watched a Bollywood film in my life, it was super accessible and interesting. And now I want to check out some of the movies referenced in the book!

I really loved the main character, Winnie. She was funny and headstrong, and stood up for her dreams time and time again. I loved her interest in films, especially the parts with film splicing.

This was just good, you guys! I wish more people were talking about it!
Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

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"You only care about yourself and your stupid movies" (88).



This quote is brought to you by Jenny. Not all heroes wear capes.



Wow, I am kind of blown away by how bad and stupid this book was - because my expectations were so high, and I had been looking forward to this books for months. When I was approved, I was so happy, I immediately downloaded it so I could begin reading... and I didn't get further than 13 pages before I inwardly went,
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Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
I’m so bummed that I didn’t like this much. I adored the Bollywood references, the Shah Rukh Khan dream sequences, and the unapologetic use of Hindi in the dialogue. I loved the familial relationships, and Winnie Mehta’s voice was so snarky and distinct!

But... it fell flat for the most part. Winnie’s life is driven by romance, which isn’t a fault (in my opinion, people are motivated by different things and it’s not anyone’s place to finger-point) but EVERY page in the book is saturated with her
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Nasom
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
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This book is so corny, it pops (No?) now I am being corny

What I liked
- As a Bollywood fan, I liked some of the Bollywood movie references, especially the ones that I have watched. The referenced movies I haven’t watched act as great recommendations and I would check them out!!

- I loved that the MC kept having dreams about SRK because I love him so much lol.

- I liked the plot of destiny because I believe in destiny and fate.

What I did not like
- Although I was a fan of the Bollyw
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julianna ➹
I NEED TO WATCH BOLLYWOOD FILMS.

full review at my blog because writing out a separate review for goodreads? how about no

Thank you so much to Penguin Teen for sending me a copy of this book for a review!
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Warda
Apr 15, 2019 marked it as lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
Give me all the Bollywood, the dramatics, the laughter and cheese. I'm so here for the premise of this book.

A gifted copy from Stripes Publishing.
Nisha Sharma
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yes, I know I'm rating my own book, but since I put blood, sweat and tears into every word, I think I should be able to give it 5 stars. (admittedly, I'm biased)


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Stacee
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the exact sort of fluff I was looking for.

I really liked Winnie. I loved how devoted to her family she was, how passionate she was about film, and how she went back and forth between wanting to follow the prophecy. Her BFF Bridget was adorable and I loved everything about Dev.

Plot wise, it was good. There is a little bit of push and pull, but for the most part, Winnie knows what she wants and doesn’t waiver. Her family was fantastic and the entire story is a great mix of old world cul
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Carol (Bookaria)


An entertaining and lighthearted YA romance. Winnie is in high school and part of the film club, she also has a blog about Bollywood films and is facing trouble in the romance department.

Overall, I enjoyed this novel. What worked for me is that I’m familiar with most of the Bollywood films and actors mentioned in the story (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Kabhie Khushie Kabhie Gham, etc). What didn’t work for me was the love triangle and a few parts were a bit predictable.

I recommend that before you rea
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Rincey
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poc-author
Is this book super over the top and cheesy and predictable? Yes.

Was this book a bright spot during my otherwise tough week? Also yes.

Watch my brief discussion in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/z-mkTQwXlQE?t=7m37s
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Prabh⚔
Jul 18, 2017 marked it as to-read
great,,,, give me all the books with Indian rep if this is like When Dimple Met Rishi imma cry

*whispers* but... wHEN ARE WE GETTING A YA BOOK SET IN INDIA???


no offense but I'm bored of you, America
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Contemporary books with mixed-race MCs tend to be a hit-or-miss for me, so I was scared that my anticipation (and I mean extreme anticipation) for this book might go to waste--I mean, pretty much everyone has been loving this book, but I'm often one of the black sheep.

BUT!!! My So-Called Bollywood Life was absolutely the read I needed to lift my mood! It was super cute, and it'll be the perfect summer read for all of you who haven't read it yet. I promise.You can hit me with a bat if you don't e
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Olivia-Savannah  Roach
Did I know I needed Bollywood-themed, young adult drama in my life? No! But good thing Nisha Sharma was here to give it to me anyway. By the end of this book, I couldn’t stop smiling. And here’s why…

I really loved the Bollywood inspired storyline. I loved that our main character was a huge Bollywood buff and made references to the movies as she lived her life. I liked that she was a blogger and the little snippets of movie reviews we got to see sprawled throughout the book. (Note: there’s a reco
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may ❀
book #1 done for the contemporary-a-thon under the challenge of: read a diverse contemporary

okay this book was really cheesy and dramatic but somehow it worked???

pros
- i loved loved loved the indian and bollywood references (even though i didn't understand the majority of them) its nice to see authors un-apologetically put their language and culture into books
- the friendship between winnie and bridget
- super fast paced
- her PARENTS and GRANDMA were hilarious. i love seeing ethnic parent
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Aishah Q.
Jan 03, 2017 added it
Shelves: to-read-2018
Did you say..."dream sequence with Shah Rukh Khan?" I'm SOLD
Shreya Karnati
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved reading this book and all of the Bollywood references in it. Even though I am not super into Bollywood movies I have seen several of the ones mentioned in the book. This book reminded me of From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon as both follow an Indian girl who is interested in film making. Winnie was an interesting character and her friendship with Bridget was sweet. The dream Winnie kept having about Shah Rukh Khan were kind of weird but also interesting. I listened to the audiobook ...more
Aila
“‘As much as I love Bollywood damsels in distress, I don’t need saving. I’m my own hero.’”


OH. MY. GOD. This book was absolutely STUNNING. Let me give you five reasons on why I’m rating this book five stars:

Preface: I know for a fact that some readers are going to say “This book had too much drama” or “This book was predictable” or “These characters were immature” or along those lines. The drama part is true, so come into the book with that expectation in mind. My main point is that this is a
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Vicky Again
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This was so much fun!

I love reading diverse contemporaries, but the only problem is that when I read one, I want to read more like it! So being able to read Maurene Goo's The Way You Make Me Feel and then My So-Called Bollywood Life right after was such a pleasant experience because I got all the feels.

And although diverse romcom contemporaries all have the same vein of fluffy romance + other life problems going on, each is a little different. Although people have compared this to When
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Samantha (WLABB)
This book made me so happy!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

DISCLAIMER: The closest I have come to watching a Bollywood film was Bride & Prejudice, which is a Bollywood style adaptation of Pride & Prejudice (and quite wonderful, if I do say so myself). However, I do not believe one must be well versed in Bollywood films to enjoy this book, and I think it may inspire you to check a few out.

• Pro: Winnie was wonderful! How I could I not love a girl, who was so fierce and feisty, that she stole back her DVDs and held
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kav (xreadingsolacex)
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacted my review.

My So-Called Bollywood Life is a young-adult rom-com about Vaneeta Mehta, better known as Winnie Mehta, a soon-to-be film critic and lover of Bollywood movies who lost her soul-mate, Raj, and now has to navigate her feelings for Raj Shah and a new face, Dev Khanna.

My So-Called Bollywood Life is a solid debut novel--it is without a doubt well-written and I really appreciated the writing
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nick
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it

As a brown girl, I can't tell you just how much it pleases me to read books about brown girls falling in love and being all happy. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon last year made me realize just how much I want stories about brown girls and their love stories. When I found out about My So-Called Bollywood Life, I didn't even bother reading the summary. What a charming and lovely story this was! If you like romantic comedies, this book is perfect for you.

My So-Called Bollywood Life tells th
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Bookphenomena (Micky)
4.5 stars

What a delightful, fun, escapist read this unusual YA was. It was completely unexpected in nature and plot line, fairly low in terms of teenage angst and it made me smile while reading many times.

I know only a little about Bollywood films but through the protagonist Winnie, I learnt just a little more and came to love her love for it. Winnie finds herself in a break up situation in her final year of high school, with a new low-key love interest and uses her savant-ish knowledge of bolly
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Angelica
As much as I love Bollywood damsels in distress, I don't need saving. I'm my own hero."


I loved the characters in this book! With the minor exception of the first like two or chapters where I had a problem with Winnie, but more on that later.

After that though, Winnie did grow on me. She was funny and headstrong and likable. She was passionate and sweet and I loved her relationship with her friends and family.

My favorite part about this new wave of own voices books that have been coming out is
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Tova
*SCREAMS IN BOLLYWOOD* HOLY BABY SHAH RUKH KHAN! I HAVE NEVER FELT MORE VALIDATED AS A BOLLYWOOD STAN. You can read my full blog review (with lot of gifs) here!/a> ...more
Rida Imran
Apr 11, 2020 marked it as dnf
I give up. I'm a brown desi girl. I've grown up watching Bollywood movies and I love this iconic Shahrukh Khan pose:

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And I love this book's fabulous cover.

But I cannot read this book. It took me 2 full days to drag myself to read 10 pages. So I finally give up I'm not saying this book was bad but it just wasn't for me. Since I've only read 10 pages I'm not going to rate this book either.


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linda (flourishreader)
Please, don't get me wrong,

I have nothing against Bollywood. In fact, it is a big part of my childhood and I really like Bollywood movies (including the family drama and the heavy rain that appears almost magically whenever the main character falls into a sad mood). I haven't seen all of SRK's movies but the most popular ones, those I have seen way too many times (considering how long Bollywood movies are).

So, I was really excited to start this contemporary book. I saw the drama coming but not o
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Lisa
Jan 17, 2018 added it
Shelves: arc, 2017
I think the characters and idea of the book are super charming and fun! I personally struggled with some of the basic points: “cheating” while on a break and a prophecy.

The first feels very flimsy, and put in for added drama. The second just reads as cheesy outside a fantasy setting. These elements distracted me enough that they took away from the story.

I honestly think other readers may be able to look past what didn’t work for me.
Jay G
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
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All her life, Winnie has been told that she will meet her soulmate before the age of 18, a man who's name begins with R who gives her a silver bracelet as a token of their love. She thought she had found him in Raj her long-time boyfriend, but then he cheats on her when she went away to film camp during the summer. Winnie is devastated and decides to throw herself into organizing the sc
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Nisha Sharma is the author of the YA novel My So-Called Bollywood Life, and the adult contemporary romance The Takeover Effect. Her writing has been praised in NPR, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Buzzfeed, Hypable and more. Nisha credits her father for her multiple graduate degrees, and her mother for her love of Shah Rukh Khan and Jane Austen. She lives in New Jersey with her Alaskan husband, her cat ...more

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