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Radha & Jai's Recipe for Romance

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  21 reviews
To All the Boys I Loved Before meets World of Dance in this delectable love story that combines food, dance, and a hint of drama to cook up the perfect romance.

Radha is on the verge of becoming one of the greatest Kathak dancers in the world . . . until a family betrayal costs her the biggest competition of her life. Now, she has left her Chica
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another feel good, motivational, entertaining read made me smile to my ears ( I’m testing their flexibility because my smile gets wider at each second)

Quick summary of the storyline: Radha Chopra knows how to move like dancing queen; she’s talented Kathak dancer. But after learning horrible truth about her family, she feels betrayed because of her own mother’s wrongdoings and she leaves the international competition, giving up her dancing career, moving to Chicago from Jersey.

She meets with ho
Aug 31, 2020 marked it as to-read
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August 31, 2020: There's not even a description yet but my desi self can smell the amazingness you know like recipe so like food so like smell...yeah ...more
Adriana Herrera
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I read an early copy of Rhada & Jai's Recipe for Romance and absolutely loved it. It is a compelling and rich story about family and finding yourself. I love how Nisha folds culture into her stories and the nuance with which she approaches love and the crux between loyalty to family and being faithful your own dreams. ...more
Feb 23, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a sweet read about two high school seniors with a shared love of dance trying to figure out their own futures. Radha, a skilled kathak dancer, is struggling with performance anxiety and debilitating self-doubt after uncovering a shocking secret about her mum. Jai, the captain of his school's Bollywood dance team, dreams of going to Columbia to study medicine but feels a responsibility to keep working at his family's store. Radha and Jai were both likeable characters. I sympathised with ...more
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book made me so happy. Nisha Sharma's stories are always pure (reading) joy. ...more
Jan 21, 2021 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately I didn't enjoy this book. I was really looking forward to it being Indian myself but it just wasn't for me. I felt like the writing was too cheesy ( i understand it was supposed to be fluffy and like a bollywood movie but it was too much) and lacked depth in a way that I couldn't really connect to the characters. I also felt like the pacing was off. There were so many time skips and scene changes that we barely got to see the issues that played out and the characters reactions to m ...more
Vaish -bookishbelle1008
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
I want to thank the publishers and Nisha for giving me an ARC of this book.

This was a fully filmy, Bollywood, ishq wala love type read and I found it to be sweet and meaningful. The various Desi elements from the food to the dresses and dance sequences are described vividly. Radha’s character struggles with performance anxiety and questions her future aspirations which bring ta focus on mental health. I don’t often read books with Indian representation that acknowledges seeking therapy for heal
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, I thought the story was phenomenal. I loved the familial relationships, the dance plot, the Indian recipes, and the romance. I recommend this just as much as My So-Called Bollywood Life, which I gave 4 stars. With the mental and physical (stroke awareness) health representation, I think this book deserves a higher review!
Raquel  Fig
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I know absolutely nothing about dance but I thought this story was really cute.

Radha and Jai were both genuinely good people who only had each other's best interests in mind throughout the whole book.

I like how Nisha Sharma shows that people can have different interests and be good at both. Radha was great at both cooking and dancing which I thought was a good life lesson.

I would recommend this book to anyone who asked and think that you should consider reading it yourself.

Thank you to the publi
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was an absolutely lovely book. It is so infused with culture and life that every word seems to explode off the page. I really enjoyed reading about the dances, food, and struggles of these two young teens trying to make difficult choices in their lives.
Tina Athaide
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In Nisha Sharma's latest book, readers are in for a scrumptious treat filled with food, dance, and romance in this coming of age YA rom-com.

Radha has a passion for Kathak dancing, but when a betrayal by her mother costs her the biggest competition of her life, Radha's dancing career is brought to an abrupt and devastating end. She leaves behind her Chicago home and enrolls in the Princeton Academy of the Arts in New Jersey. At her new school Radha is determined to leave the performing world in
Bookishly Tiff
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Picking up Radha & Jai's Recipe for Romance was an easy decision. I adored Nisha Sharma's My So Called Bollywood Life and had no doubts I'd love this one as well. Though the read is light and enjoyable there was moments that my heart ached for each character.

What I loved:
- The build up to the romance and the genuine awkwardness that so often is life

- The characters flaws. These beautifully crafted characters had cracks and it allowed for such genuine pain but also growth

- The Culture. I love tha
Jan 29, 2021 marked it as to-read
replace Radha with Kiret and you have me sold 🙊😂
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-releases
A compelling story of finding and being true to oneself, Radha and Jai's recipe for Romance is filled with passion for dance and food and a cute romance. Written in a cheesy, fluffy style, you can't help but read ahead as you find out more about Radha and Jai and fall in love with them.

Radha, after having to back out from a competition, is no longer sure about her dancing abilities. Unable to face doing it again only to realise that all her accomplishments were fake, takes on cooking to connect
Oct 28, 2020 marked it as 2021-releases
Ever since I read Nisha Sharma's YA debut, My So-Called Bollywood Life, this book is all I've wanted, and finally, this book is coming out in like eight months and I am so excited!!!! ...more
Totally Graced
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When a terrible secret causes Radha's world to fall apart, she doesn't think that she'll ever find her "dance joy" again. Once a world-famous kathak dancer, she and her controlling stage mom of a mother move to New Jersey to start fresh. They have an agreement - she'll follow all of the requirements to complete her dance track, but she refuses to ever perform again.

It's at her new school that she meets Jai - the captain of Bollywood Beats. He's kind, and funny, and believes she can do the one t
Ellie M
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Radha Chopra once dedicated her entire life to competing in karnak dancing, but when she discovers that her mom has been having an affair with a judge, her career is over, along with her parents' marriage. Now she's starting her senior year at a performing-arts school in New Jersey after making a deal with her mom: she'll give dancing one more try, without competing or performing, and her mom will pay for whatever she wants to study in college. And with the absence of her father, she discovers h ...more
Jan 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishing team for sharing this ARC with me.

3.5! This was a wholesome read. I love YA books with teens actually behaving like teens. This was fun to read and I liked the Bollywood feels it gave off! The writing was vivid and I was able to easily imagine all the colors and imagery described. It was also a nice insight into different types of Indian dance, cuisine, and culture. It also dealt with many real issues with teens including family relationships, finding yo
H Paige
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Just finished RTC
E. R.
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
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4/5 stars!

When a disaster happened at an important dancing competition, Radha had a lot to cope with as she moved from Chicago to New Jersey to start at a new school. There she meets Jai, who has his own troubles within his family. The two fall in love as they deal with personal issues, school, future, and family in this YA romance.

This is a nice story featuring strong yet flawed main characters. I enjoyed the hero's family dynamics that included some touching scenes. And though the heroine's fa
Simant Verma
Oct 28, 2020 marked it as tbr-arcs
October 28, 2020: And we have a cover! I am crying because how beautiful it is! And I am all here for more Desi books with Bollywood dance and songs.
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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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