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368 pages, Hardcover
First published July 21, 2020
“I don’t think we could be more opposite if we were custom-designed to be.”
10 Things I Hate About Pinky is a desi young adult summer romance with a refreshing frenemies-to-lovers trope.
Pinky is the ferocious girl you’ll cheer on and support right off the bat.
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Samir is the adorable and perfect guy who makes to-do lists everyday.
Frenemies-to-lovers is true but the fake dating trope was underused.
↣ digital copy received via the netgalley
"Pinky Kumar knew who she was - a social justice warrior. She wore that metaphorical badge with pride, laughing at those anonymous Internet trolls who used the phrase as a slur. What was wrong with being passionate and fiery and outraged? What was wrong with wanting the world to change, to expand its collective mind, to dig a little to find the last dregs of empathy it could find?"
"The girl was like a closed book - with some of the pages ripped out."
"Pinky, on the other hand, lived for herself. She knew what it was she needed to do in this world, she knew her purpose, and she charged into the fire willingly, over and over, if it meant she could help anyone else. It didn't matter if she was sad or afraid or hurt [..]. All that mattered was she lived bravely, that she lived passionately, that she lived."
"Samir level a gaze at her. 'Sometimes, being in control is the only thing you have going for you.'"
"It didn't take a shrink to see that planning every minute detail of his life also helped Samir feel like he was in control. And now, it just made good sense. Lists helped him feel balance, like drinking a green smoothie in the morning or going on a six-mile run."
"Ash [Ashish from TSAS]: behind every hateful relationship is a tsunami of passion"
"Considering her, Samir couldn't help but smile a little. Impractical and hot-headed as she was, he had to hand it to her. She approached everything she did with a tsunami of passion that he didn't think he'd ever felt, let alone for a game of Boggle.".
"But listen, people can change all the time. Maybe not in big, profound ways, but in little, incremental ways that end up changing essential parts of them anyway. It's like a Rubik's Cube - you start with one line at a time, and then everything begins to fit together."
"It's crazy how all these little moments weave together and become this, like, tapestry of life, isn't it? [...] "I mean, really, it's just these mundane moments. Setting up the tent, grabbing lanterns from the shed. Putting on sunscreen. But in the larger framework of life, it's all so vital to who we are."
"Dude, how could anyone not love [Kali]? She's always shown physically dancing on Shiva - a god - while he lies quitely under her. And in one story, she was the only one who could defeat hordes of demons. Oh, and let's not forget she wore a garland of freaking skulls while she did it. And then, when all the demons had been slain, she danced on their corpses. I mean, seriously, how metal is that? She's the OG feminist."
'That's not a judgement. There's absolutely nothing wrong with therapy. [...] What would you if you fell off this ledge right now and broke your back on the ground?'
[...] 'I'd hope you call an ambulance for me.'
'Right. Exactly. You'd get medical help for a medical problem, right? So why is it any different to get help for a life problem that's causing you so much grief. Why will you accept one professional's help but not another's? [...] There's such a stigma about mental health and asking for help,' Pinky said. 'And it's really bad in the Indian-American community. But there shouldn't be.'"
"Dolly sat back and laughed. 'Wow...this is...I feel like I'm in a Heath Ledger rom-com or something.'
Pinky shook her head. 'If it's is a movie, it's the most effed-up movie on the planet.'
Pinky was in need of a boyfriend. A perfect summer boyfriend.