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Nithya, a vivacious, intelligent and driven college senior has always known what she has wanted: a successful career in medicine and the love of her family. She's even come to terms with the idea of an arranged marriage, a tradition her conservative Indian family has held up for thousands of years.

When a night of partying puts her on a collision course with danger, Nithya
Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Published May 15th 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
**4 Cultural Stars**

When I first read the synopsis of this book, I instantly thought 'Bend it like Beckham.' And because I had enjoyed this movie and every kind of similar story, I thought that I would finally read a different kind of forbidden love, so it didn't take me long to decide that I was excited to be reading this story.

In the western world, arranged marriages are seen as ghastly or inhumane. In India, it's the norm.

Nithya is a girl from India who was born and raised in Ameri
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
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I've always been curious on other nations cultures. Like, by how they dress, their language, their traditions. And I do believe that India has one of the most colorful and fascinating culture ever. Everybody is curious. Everybody wants a glimpse of this country. And most of all, the people are nice! Nobody can argue with that.

Although The Rearranged Life was not fully set on India, I feel like I was transported. Like the main character, Nithya, took me on a t
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s-2015
This story brings back so many childhood memories. Growing up next door to an Indian family. Watching Indian movies, lots of colourful saris, delicious sweets, different music and dances. The atmosphere always so warm and welcoming, vibrant. Parents migrated and children born and bread in a different country and society, yet remaining loyal to their customs and traditions. Just like having dual citizenship. Always heading home to Indian during break and complaining when school starts back. Remin ...more
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
This story came to mean so much to me in the end. I'm of a similar culture, and I related a great deal with it all. I think it's one of the reasons why this story became so meaningful for me in the end.

Firstly, Nithya was a character who's circumstances I understood and the problems created for someone who is trying to juggle to different cultures at once. It's not easy and it wasn't for Nithya. But I loved how much she grew and learnt over the course of this book journey. I both admired her and
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read Full Review At fANGIRLconfessions

I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

Finding the perfect New Adult novel is like searching for a needle in a haystack.
Well readers, that needle has been found . . .

Where Have You Been All My Life?

I honestly don't think I can put into coherent words how much I loved this story. It was completely different from any other NA novel I've ever read, and I'm so proud of t
Olivia-Savannah  Roach
The Rearranged Life was one I eagerly wanted to read because of my own personal interest in culture. I love everything to do with it – so knowing there was a novel out there where the main character is Hindu and abides by the Indian culture and falls for an American boy who she is worried her parents won’t accept… it had me eager to want to try it! The cover is gorgeous and I had heard a lot of good things about it as well. What did I have to lose?

I’m glad to say that I managed to enjoy this boo
Rhea Dsouza
May 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
"We have to be as Indian as the people in India and as American as the Americans. We can't win." 

The Rearranged Life follows the most trying time in the life of Nithya, an Indian by heritage living in the United States. Where this story is a romance, I’d like to bring more emphasis on how this book is about coming of age and growing into yourself.

Nithya, a medicine student, has never bothered about her parents' and her community’s wishes for all Indian girls to marry “appropriate” Indian boys.
Amanda Heger
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My favorite books are always the quiet ones.

They might not have heart-pounding action sequences. They might not keep me wondering if a character will live or die.

But they always make me think. They reflect back the complications of life and the world--that nothing is as all or nothing as we might believe. And most importantly, they make ME feel as conflicted as the characters inside. When the author can take a conflict and show me all the facets in perfect detail, so much that I don't know who
Suze Lavender
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For Nithya family is incredibly important. She always does what's being expected of her, as that's how she's been raised. Nithya is a model student and wants to have a career in medicine. She's also accepted she'll have an arranged marriage, but she's not ready to start meeting potential candidates yet. Nithya also wants to have some college experience and when she's at a party something goes horribly wrong. Fortunately the kind and handsome James is there to help her out. It's the beginning of ...more
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

When I first came across The Rearranged Life in a tour e-mail I knew I had to read this book, so I signed-up for the tour and was excited to receive a review copy. The plot with an Indian girl who falls in love with an American boy sounded interesting and I was looking forward to learn more about Indian culture. When I started this book there were some clichés and the plot was predictable and I couldn't get used to the writing style. But I am hap
Meredith Tate
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Kate Mary
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
Annika Sharma did an amazing job of pulling me into the Indian culture. Through her vivid descriptions of the life and customs Nithya had grown up with, I was able to understand the duty she felt toward her family, as well as the uncertainty she had about making her own choices. As an American, my duty has always been to myself, but reading Nithya’s story makes me see how things can be another way, how the world of arranged marriages can fit a need for some people that a love marriage wouldn’t, ...more
Macy Klingerman
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Man, is it nice to read some New Adult that isn't laden with sex on every other page. I was beginning to wonder if all NA authors thought that college aged people spend their days participating in wild orgies and keg parties. I salute you, Annika Sharma, for portraying college students that actually act like real, average college students. Yes, there are parties from time to time, and some of them do get out of hand. However, most o
Aanchal (Book Flame)
The Rearranged Life is a forbidden romance type of novel, but I found it to be more than that it was also about standing up for yourself and doing what makes you happy and realizing life isn't always going to go the way you planned.

Nithya is an Indian girl born and bred in America. Her parents are pretty traditional Indian parents, they believe in arranged marriages, not the sort where she has no say so but where they find and approve the guy and then if the two hit it off they get married. They
Michelle Hauck
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other
The Rearranged Life is about a Nithya, a driven college senior of Indian born parents. Nithya has her life all planned out: graduate college, get accepted to medical school, take the arranged marriage partner her parents pick out, and become a doctor. She’s focused exclusively on her schoolwork and has never had a boyfriend. While not wholly embracing her culture of arranged marriages, she accepts it.

Enter James St. Claire. James saves her from a dangerous situation at a party. He shares his hom
Laura Salters
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Every so often, and by that I mean maybe once or twice a year, a book comes along that changes the way I see the world. For me, THE REARRANGED LIFE is one of those books.

Nithya is a hyper intelligent, super lovable and crazy Type A personality. Her big dream in life is to make it to med school after she graduates from Penn State, and she's spent the last two decades working towards that goal.

She's also expected to have an arranged marriage, as is traditional in her Indian family—a fact she's a
Sophia Henry
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, new-adult
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**

I love books that keep me engaged in the story, and also teach me something new. The Rearranged Life gave me that easy, fun mix of both. I have Indian-American friends, but I never knew the depth and beauty of their culture until I read this book.

Sharma does an amazing job of writing a seemingly everyday story of first love, yet shares all the intricate details of a culture so different than what I know. I was touched by the family scenes in
Lori Twining
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: na-novels
Great opening! I'm very interested in the Indian culture and love reading books that help me discover what it is like to have connections there. I've read many books about the prearranged marriages for Indian girls, and the way they are forced to marry strangers (or their father's friends or cousins), almost as if it is only a business deal to the family. Reading those kind of books, always make me happy to be a Canadian, where I can make my own choices, without being forced into family obligati ...more
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult, ebook, my-books
Can we have more New Adult like this, please? It shows that you don't have to stick to trends or common perceptions (in the case of NA, over-sexed and overly-angsty) to write a fabulous book that still fits within the category.

With my background, I couldn't truly identify with Nithya's situation, but I could definitely empathize. At times I was frustrated and wanted to shake her and tell her to make her own choices, but at other times I totally understood why she might want to stick with her par
Rahie Tal.
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is that book that'll be a pioneer for the western-living young desi. The book in which everyone is trying to be the good girl, they all keep the facade but life happens and they feel alone when it does.

I fell in love with the book before I bought it or read it, just by knowing the simple synopsis because I knew I could relate immediately and that's something that can rarely be done now, one south Asian relating to an author. For anyone science major, anyone interested in the Indian customs
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I read the blurb of this book, as well as the review from the bloggers over at The Dirty Laundry Review, I knew I had to read this book. I didn't even hesitate to drop the current book I was reading to read "The Rearranged Life" and it was worth it. So worth it.

This book deals with the subject of parental expectations, cultural expectations, growing up, and forging one's own path. It also touches upon the wonder of falling in love and how terrifyingly amazing it can be. As a Nigerian living
Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
The Review was first posted on For The Love of Fictional Worlds

I was provided an ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.Thank You Curiosity Quills.

I am a 23 year old Indian Girl of marriageable age.

Why does that matter? Because let's just say that every opinion and thoughts that I have had about this book - from actually requesting to be a part of this blog tour to the thoughts reading this book - have been influenced by that single fact.

"We ha
Cheryl (I Heart Fictional People)
This review can also be seen on my blog I Heart Fictional People

In The Rearranged Life by Annika Sharma, college senior and future doctor Nithya comes from a traditional Indian family. Her parents have always planned on an arranged marriage for her. She has always obeyed her parents and tried so hard to please them, so an arranged marriage isn’t out of the question for her. But then she meets James, an American, and he and her feelings for him make her question everything she’s ever known. Does
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Rearranged Life is focused on Indian-American, college senior, Nithya. She's been brought up with two totally different cultures, but she embraces them both, even when they're in conflict. Nithya loves her Indian culture with all her heart, but when she meets James, she knows something has to give. Her parents expect her to go to medical school and marry an Indian boy, but as Nithya gets to know James, she has to question how what she wants fits into what her family wants.

I loved learning mo
Alyce Hunt
First off I need to say a massive thank you to Curiosity Quills Press, for sending me an e-copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review, and for allowing me to be a part of the 'The ReArranged Life' Blog Tour!

Nithya, a vivacious, intelligent and driven college senior has always known what she has wanted: a successful career in medicine and the love of her family. She’s even come to terms with the idea of an arranged marriage, a tradition her conservative Indian family has held up
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
THE REARRANGED LIFE is a poignant tale of a young Indian-American woman, proud of her Indian heritage and traditions, yet ready to embrace the American side of herself too. When the two cultures clash, Nithya is forced to make a decision that could potentially ruin the close relationship she has with her parents.

Nithya, an intelligent, decisive college senior is ready to take the next step in her college career: med school. But, she encounters some road bumps along the way. Specifically, when s
Tegan Wren
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A taste of Indian culture, a sweet romance, and a young woman learning to balance her own needs with the expectations of her family...These are just some of the reasons readers will love THE REARRANGED LIFE. As if that weren't enough, the main character, Nithya, has a voice that's fun, engaging, and authentic to a college-aged woman who's driven and career-minded. I was happy to have Nithya take me along with her on this delicious ride. This book definitely kept me up past my usual bedtime becau ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
With a fascination for different cultures and arranged marriages and coming off of a recent binging on 'Arranged' and 'Married at First Sight' episodes on cable, I was pulled in by the description of this book--free on Kindle Unlimited. Nithya is in her senior year at Penn State, studying to be a doctor and getting ready to apply for medical school. From a fairly traditional Indian family, she has followed cultural traditions all of her life and can't imagine not having an Indian husband and lik ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I greatly enjoy reading stories of all sorts that teach me about different cultures. I find you can learn a lot more about cultures with a well written fiction piece because it puts the information in a memorable context. Although I typically don't read what is dubbed "chick lit", a good story is a good story, and this is a good story.

Nithya is a second generation Indian-American who has been happy living up to her family expectations until her senior year in college. That is when James, the gre
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Goodreads win. Will read and review once received.

I would love to see more books like this in America and all over. I know very little about India and the culture of the people there. This book has made me really want to learn more. This book was very beautiful. The author did a great job of pulling me in and not letting go until the very end of the book. It was a great read that I would love to read again in the future.
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Annika Sharma was born in New Delhi and brought up in the United States, where she moved with her parents as a baby. A proud alum, she graduated from Penn State University with dual degrees in Biobehavioral Health and Neuro-Psychology, and minors in Biology and Human Development and Family Studies. She received her Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education before pursuing her dreams of ...more
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