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Serena Singh is tired of everyone telling her what she should want--and she is ready to prove to her mother, her sister, and the aunties in her community that a woman does not need domestic bliss to have a happy life.

Things are going according to plan for Serena. She’s smart, confident, and just got a kick-ass new job at a top advertising firm in Washington, D.C. Even befo
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 16th 2021 by Berkley
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think this is so far the best book of the author! The meaningful words scatter into chapters are directly coming from the author’s honest heart, it’s genuine, natural, realistic and inspirational!

Serena Singh doesn’t need to get marry, having babies, enjoying the benefits of domestic life to find her own happiness. She’s 36 and after her young sister’s marriage she doesn’t want to see the pity looks on her relatives’ faces. No thanks! She is already happy with her accomplishments!

She’s smart
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Jessica | JustReadingJess
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I loved Serena Singh Flips the Script. Serena is a strong, independent woman. Serena is smart and caring. All her parents want is for her to get married and have kids. Serena never wants to have kids or get married but is focused on her career. I liked watching Serena figure out how to manage her employees and the excitement that came with her dream job. Serena gives all of her employees nicknames after the Spice Girls. I loved all the pop culture references. Serena decides she needs to make mor ...more
fanna
Jun 17, 2020 marked it as high-priority-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-releases
↣ digital copy received via the publicist ↢


June 18, 2020: Y'all know how passionate I become when BROWN GIRLS are being mentioned, especially when a book is promising me REBELLIOUS brown girls like heck yea, that's what I've always wanted to be, hehe so it's only obvious that I screamed with happiness when the cover was revealed!
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Korrie’s Korner
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-voices
This is the first book I’ve read from this author, and I loved it! I love books that are diverse, own voices, and that stretch me beyond the shoes that I’m in. This book gave a me a glimpse of what it’s like to be in an Indian family with all its complexities. I felt as if I could truly feel what the author was getting out from her own life and background.

Serena Singh is bad ass. She’s 36, strong, confident and doesn’t want to marry or have babies. I was instantly intrigued by this because it g
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Ashley *Booksbrewsandbarks*
I really enjoyed the first half of this novel. Serena Singh is an independent female with a mind of her own but shaped by her experiences as an immigrant. Add to that the issues she is having finding solid friendships in her 30's and I expected this to be a slam dunk read for me.

Unfortunately, I felt like the back half of the novel fell apart a bit too much for my liking. With a whole storyline revolving around an abusive incident within her family coming out of complete nowhere, I was left con
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Jenna | JennaStopReading
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Berkley for allowing me to read this early on Netgalley! This book releases to the public on February 16, 2021.

This book was a fun ride, and I was engrossed from beginning to end in Serena’s story. I found her character to be unique, entertaining, likable, and strong, and her inner narrative had me invested in her form the very beginning.

Told in a dual perspective (one being Serena in 1st person and another being her mother in 3rd person), it really made for a slow burn as we learne
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Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you Berkley and Netgalley for my free review copy. This was an interesting story about an independent and strong woman. Serena has decided she isn’t interested in marriage or having children. She has recently started her dream job and feels her life is moving along how she wants it to. The one thing that is missing is friendship. Most of the women she was good friends with have now gone on to have a busy family life and find it hard to get together with Serena. She starts dating a nice man ...more
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Serena Singh is content with her life. Her baby sister is getting married, she's getting a new job and she has an okay-ish relationship with her parents. Maybe they won't always be on her case to get married and have kids now that her sister is getting married.

It seems like all of Serena's friends are at a different stage in life than her. They're almost all married with kids and she's feeling left behind. It doesn't help that her new job isn't quite as easy as she thought it was going to be. H
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Kerry (lines i underline)
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.75 ⭐️ Serena Singh knows what she wants.

And it’s not getting married and settling down, no matter what other people’s opinions are. She values her independence and her work. All that’s missing is a true friend.

There are not enough stories out there that explore some of the issues at the heart of this story, specifically: finding new and fulfilling friendship in adulthood, and women who choose to prioritize their independence over a long term relationship.

I think Lalli succeeds on several front
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Stephanie (read_with_steph)
I was looking forward to reading this book, since I heard it was about a heroine who didn't want children or to get married, which isn't something we see often in "Romance," though this book was really more women's fiction.

Serena Singh is a mid-thirties professional in advertising living and working in Washington, DC. That's all I've got. There's no other plot to this book. Serena tries to make friends, tries to do great at her amazing job, and tries to figure out her romantic life. There is no
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Shamashtika
*review to come*

** UPDATE April 5th 2021**

Serene Singh Flips the Script

RATING: 3.5/5 📄

An endearing and familiar novel that showcases a peek into how women in the Indian and South Asian communities are expected to behave. I was delighted to develop a connection to the main character, who was career-driven without regard for what society expects from her. There are a lot of references to the differences that exist in her parents' generations versus ours. This was something that I related to becau
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Twice Upon A Book
Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I truly enjoyed that Serena Singh was a driven woman that was not looking for marriage or children. This book also explored how difficult it is to make friends as an adult especially as it feels your friends are going in different directions. This book also covered a lot of family tension, both cultural and generational. The impact of the relationship you grew up with has on how you view relationships.

I loved her fr
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Shireen Hakim
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Berkley and NetGalley for the wonderful eARC!
Maggie Boyd
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, women-s-fiction
Serena Singh Flips the Script is a tale about the joy, sorrow, laughter and tears that relationships bring to our lives. It’s a sweet, funny, occasionally insightful story, that will remind you what a blessing good friends are.

Serena Singh has finally reached one of her big career goals. It hasn’t been easy. The advertising industry, especially in Washington D.C., is still very much a sexist boys’ club and Serena has put up with bosses taking credit for her work, co-workers speaking to (and of)
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Monika
Serena Singh is a career driven woman in her thirties, who finds tries her best to form a bonding with fellow adults. She feels that people around her, her friends, her sister are moving away from her as they start their own family. This makes Serena vulnerable and a bit self-centered. But instead of whining, she take steps to make friends by going to book clubs and classes. Since the results were not upto her expectations, Serena tries to make friends with her old acquaintance. Did she succeed? ...more
USOM
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

In so many vulnerable ways, Serena Singh Flips the Script was so utterly relatable. Amidst a culture that seems to push marriage and children, Serena doesn't want any of that. She feels that as soon as her friends get married and have children, they lose time for their friendships. While they'd all be there for her in an emergency, she's talking about all the moments in between. So m
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Crystal
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Serena’s journey is such an important one, but this book is about so much more! I loved seeing her mother’s perspective too, and just everything! So powerful!
Alex
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
This Galentine’s Day, I wanted to post about a love letter to female friendships: Serena Singh Flips the Script. This lovely book follows Serena Singh, advertising executive, as she navigates her relationships as an adult who doesn’t necessarily want the same thing as her peers. Serena knows she doesn’t want kids or a big wedding and keeps romance on the backburner, but after years of laser focus on her career she’s found that she’s let her hobbies and friendships slide too.  There is so much to ...more
Danielle
Feb 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you to the publisher for the eARC.

I enjoyed this book and it’s premise. I liked seeing Serena having to figure out how to make friends as an adult; and having to come to terms with the way her high school/college friendships evolved over time. I also liked seeing Serena come to understand that she can be herself, have her career, and have a romantic partner. Just overall I felt connected to Serena in many ways.

Some things wrapped up a little too nicely in the end for me, but overall this w
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Shivani
Apr 03, 2021 rated it liked it
I was definitely a little disappointed in the book as I was reading it. I thought this book would be right up my ally. It's about an ambitious South Asian woman named Serena who wants to prioritize her career. Also, she's also an older sister so there were many areas that I felt like I could connect with her on, but I really didn't end up loving her as a character. I don't know if this is just a problem I have, but it always bugs me in adult books when characters act or do childish things, espec ...more
Cathi - LovesBooksMore
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Serena Singh is 36 and very successful -in everything but her love and social life.
Her career is now perfect, but her friends are non existent and she has no man to share her life. She dates, but guys don’t understand she has no interest in marriage and babies. Her career is just too important. This also causes quite a stir with her very traditional parents. They worked very hard and want her to have a husband to take care of her.
When Serena accidentally reunites with her college flame, Jesse,
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Chris Markley
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Serena has just landed her dream job but she is feeling alone after her sister's wedding. She has a new male friend but does not want marriage or children. What she does want is friends and embarks to try to find some but make friends as an adult is hard, especially when she won't let anyone close .A story of finding the courage to let people in and speak what you are afraid to say.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC for my honest review.
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Saumya Dobriyal
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
reading a story about an Indian american based in dc as an Indian american based (near) dc was one of the most gratifying experiences of my life (I read sonya lalli is Canadian so I’m thoroughly impressed at how well she captured the dmv). the representation means the world to me because I never imagined a contemporary fic would help me make sense of my own cultural identity. it was oddly specific and kind of healing.
Kiret
I related to this book and the characters so much. I just loved the story.
Asha Samuel
Feb 04, 2021 rated it liked it
2.75 stars rounded up; it took me about a third of the way through to start enjoying this book (and enjoying is a very relative term). I really wanted to root for Serena but I found her annoying and a little selfish. I appreciated the character growth throughout the story but it didn't really make me like her.

the thing that really threw me off was the pacing. I had truly no idea how much time was passing if it wasn't explicitly stated and some of the events, especially towards the end, are just
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Kaitlyn Joy
Mar 04, 2021 rated it liked it
CW: Relationship Abuse, Mistreatment of Loved Ones, Sexism.

Here's our set-up: Serena Singh is a BOSS. She just got her dream job in advertising and feels the pressure is finally off her with her sister's recent wedding. See, Serena does not want to get married or have kids and it's a sore spot between her family and her. Also, it seems like all her friends (including her sister) have kids and thus have not been around to hang. Serena starts the book off by having a ton of friendship dates and ge
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MsArdychan
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Please Note: I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions in my review in any way.

I've read several books recently where the main character comes from Indian immigrant parents. Usually the focus of these books is on the pressure to get married. What I loved about Serena Singh Flips The Script, by Sonya Lallie, is that the focus of the book is on how the main character, Serena tries to form friendshi
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Erin Sokol
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
A good women’s fiction story for anyone who enjoys a strong female character defying society/cultural expectations.

You’ll enjoy this book if you’re looking for validation in following your own choices - such as putting your career first, choosing not to marry when you’re pressured, or having children on anyone’s timeline.

The character having a rich Indian heritage was a major bonus. You learn a lot about the culture from this book!

The only disconnect I found had to do with the switching of per
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Simant Verma
This was my first book by Sonya Lalli and the best thing was how utterly relatable it was! Serena is 36, works in an advertising firm, don't want to get married or have babies, and of course, there is a huge pressure on her to get married. And she is Indian-American, and you know how Desi parents are, especially when your younger sibling gets married first :D But the thing that was most relatable, and the thing that this book discussed in great detail, is how the friendships of women after marri ...more
Ruth
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: default, own
Serena Singh Flips the Script is about a mid-thirties, career driven, independent woman who pushes against domestic and cultural norms for women. The book is broken up into four sections (Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn) throughout a year of detailing Serena's personal journey with romantic, familial, and platonic relationships, her new dream job, and going against expected norms. There are also some chapters sprinkled throughout giving the reader an inside look into her mother's perspective (San ...more
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Sonya Lalli is a Canadian writer of Indian heritage. She studied law in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and at Columbia University in New York City. She completed an MA in Creative Writing and Publishing at City University London in 2015, and currently works as a journalist at a legal magazine in London. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and loves travel, yoga, piano, reading and cocktai ...more

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