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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Jay's creative writing exercise is to write a fairy tale, to end with 'they lived happily ever after'. But the way her life is panning out she's not sure it will ever reach that stage. A powerful moving gripping story which explores themes of family, loyalty and culture clash but is ultimately about hope and understanding. ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published March 29th 2018 by Troika
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May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I was sent this one for review by the author, I did not expect this story to be one where rape was the main event and topic in the book. I wanted to start my review with this because it needs to be said: there is a trigger warning for rape, suicidal thoughts and sexual assault in this novel. When I started reading I couldn’t believe that there wasn’t any indication of this subject matter in the synopsis or as a warning! So, I was already cautious when reading. But I have to say, this was am ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
5 Words: Family, secrets, power, betrayal, recovery.

Content Warnings: Sexual Assault, suicide

I'm just ugly-crying. This book was heartbreaking and amazing all at once.
Marta :}
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, arcs
You can also find my review on my blog here.
Many thanks to the author who send me a review copy of this book, this hadn't influenced my review in any way!
Trigger warnings: sexual abuse, PTSD, trauma, suicide attempt.

The Girl in the Broken Mirror is a very raw and powerful book that presents trauma very realistically. I’ve read this book two weeks ago, yet while I’m writing this review, it’s still very hard to put my thoughts together, to let go of my emotions that are clouding everything. This b
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
*I read this as my Muggle Studies book (Contemporary) for the OWLs readathon*


This book is one I am glad I managed to squeeze in to the OWLs readathon as typically I do not really pick up or gravitate towards contemporary books, but I got this one at an event last year and I remember the author talking about it and it really sounded a little bit different. This is the story of Jay, a young Indian-UK girl who was raised in the UK but she has family who are traditional
Becca ♥︎
Review coming 6/5 on the blog tour!
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jay's story is incredibly gripping - in fact, I sat down one afternoon with the intention of reading for "just a bit". The next thing I knew, I'd finished it. I got to a point where I felt like I just had to be there for Jay, which meant finishing her story.

It's not an easy one. Savita tackles some difficult subjects including negotiating beliefs and values. As a British Asian girl, Jay has to deal with two competing worldviews, ones that sometimes seem on utterly opposing ends of a scale. Jay
Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
TWs for Rape, sexual assault, attempted suicide, emotional manipulation, death of a parent (not on-page).
Read my full review for The Girl in the Broken Mirror blog tour here:

The Girl in the Broken Mirror is first and foremost a tale of survival. It’s a story about one girl’s trauma and healing, and is likely one of the most powerful, heart-wrenching books you’ll read this year. But it also comes with trigger warnings for rape and attempted suicide, so if
Nicole Sweeney
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles.

This is an incredibly moving story that I found difficult to put down. I picked it up early in preparation for the blog tour and found myself still sitting in the same spot a few hours later, absolutely gripped by this emotional tale.

This book covers a lot of difficult topics such as suicide and rape, so this is by no means a light read, but it is a beautifully written tale that stays with you long after you’re finished reading. The book fol
WARNING: Due to the nature of the story, this review mentions the main character being a victim of rape. Please feel free to skip out on this review if you need to.

The Plot
It's impossible to go into this story expecting a light read. It deals with some seriously tough subjects, and it doesn't shy away from the details. We're shown from the very first chapter that this is going to be a difficult journey, but it's such an important one.

The Girl in the Broken Mirror deals with the rape of teenager
Jules Marie
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an emotional book. I just finished the last page of The Girl in the Broken Mirror and my emotions are all over the place. My heart went out to Jay, our beloved main character from the very beginning.

Jay is an innocent 15 year old girl with the entire world at her finger tips. But, one night at a party, everything changes. Jay’s world gets turned upside down and she has no idea how to repair herself after the trauma she’s been put through. It’s up to Jay and the people closest to her, to hel
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erin-10-0
This is such a hard book to read just because of the subject. But it's well-written and compelling. Not an enjoyable book but really, really good. ...more
Karen King
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, heartbreaking but redemptive. A wonderful debut novel.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
A full review can be found on my blog, Headscarves and Hardbacks!

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!

Trigger warning for rape and suicide attempt.

This book opens with the aftermath of Jay’s rape by a member of her extended family, but it isn’t about rape; it’s about family, love, loss and recovery. Still, unless you know about the main subject matter of the book – rape – there is no indication from the synopsis of what you’re going in to.

I was
 Adesuwa Grace (Somewhat Reserved)
Full review on my blog at Somewhat Reserved

3.5 stars

INTERMISSION: I got a signed review copy from the author and this have not influenced my review in any way. Thank you.

I really appreciated the representation. This is an #OwnVoices Indian novel and the protagonists come from a lower socio-economic background after previously being wealthy before.

This book does include the subject of rape and how Jay struggled to cope afterwards.

Healing is an important topic and a new character called Sita was i
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very worth the read. I would definitely read another one of your books. If you have some great stories to share more like this one ,You can join in NovelStar writing contest with a theme "WEREWOLVES" Prices are amazing! or just email any of the following editors;
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wouldn't buy this for a child! Its all doom & gloom. No humour or anything to make it attractive. If you want to use it as an educational book, it might be useful but a skilled writer would put the message across with more warmth and optimism. ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Didn't finish. Writing didn't capture my heart so I'm going to let it go. Sorry Savita. ...more
Review to follow. It broke my heart but is, ultimately, hopeful.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cv, ya, reviewed, aoc, 2018-release
There are so many things I really enjoyed about this novel. Kalhan is obviously a very talented writer. Jay's voice was absolutely perfect - and really captured her youth. I also thought Jay was a really strong and vivid character in general.

This novel also did a fantastic job in portraying the difficulties of being British and Indian - trying to juggle those two things as a young teen - along with the difficulties of being poor. Jay and her mother have a lot of financial difficulties which is w
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Savita Kalhan was born in India, but now lives in the UK and studied at the University of Wales. She has travelled extensively, and lived in the Middle East for several years, where she taught English.
She is keen on tennis, boxing and running. She is an avid allotmenteer and somehow manages to fit in some writing, reading and blogging too! She now lives in North London with her husband, her son,

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