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Bindi Babes

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3.45  ·  Rating details ·  522 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Meet Amber, Jazz and Geena, the coolest chicks on the block.

These girls have been through some tough times, but now that they've got their perfect world totally sorted, the one fashion accessory they don't need is an interfering live-in auntie trying to cramp their style

Bring on the collective brainpower of the Bindi Babes! Nothing in life, not even a formidable Auntie-Ji,
Paperback, 185 pages
Published 2003 by Corgi Books
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Before you judge me and I judge you and bla bla bla bla, let me clarify something: I HAVE MY REASONS

I read this book a long time ago and I picked up this book for one particular reason..

Do my eyes deceive me? Are these actual brown people??

OK I'm a “brown” person. And let me be clear, there are hardly any books in which the hero/ heroine is of a race other than white, and even if they are, it is highly unlikely that the hero/heroine in question is from South Asia or the Middle East. So me
Feb 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india
I read this a long, long time ago (please don't ask why). I don't remember much about it except it was cringe-worthy and horrible.
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
Even as the demographics of this country are slowly shifting, the YA genre has been almost criminally slow to embrace the changing face of America (as well as other places around the world). Worse, the constant instances of whitewashing covers proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that publishers are still being dictated to by a small backwards contingent of people who more than likely don't even read. Also most novels featuring characters of color tend to be heavy-handed socio-politcal treatises ...more
Suraia Munia
when i am reading a book, i like to think of myself as the protagonist. For this book, it was extremely hard because i couldn't see myself connecting witht the character or didn't want to feel the connection. The story is not that special as well. three extremely bratty sisters gets freaked out when their auntie arrives from india. I love multicultural books but this one was not my cup of tea.
i have to say i was a little put off by the cocky attitude of the main character in this story. she treats all adults like idiots and the rest of her school like she’s (and her sisters are) the best thing that’s ever happened there. i guess that by the end, she’s realized that adults are more sharp than she gives them credit, but it’s sort of too little, too late. it was refreshing to read a “multicultural” book that wasn’t about underprivileged characters or all focused on the culture struggle. ...more
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Younger teens, or fans of Middle Grade books
What a fun book! The plot, at first sight, may not seem like the most exciting thing in the world, but I liked the way it was executed and it was very fast-paced, which made this book very readable. The main characters had a great "we're cool and we know it" attitude, but humanity and depth at the same time. I've been a fan of this series for years and this re-read did not disappoint! Bring on the next one!
Bcoghill Coghill
Good fun. Narinder will go on my list of books to pick up every now & again. Sort of what they call beach reads except the beaches where I live tend to rather wind swept and cold.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya

This is a cute middle grade story about three sisters: Geena, Amber, and Jazz. Ever since their mom died a year ago, the girls have an unspoken rule never to bring her up, and they strive to be perfect in every way so everyone sees how well they're coping and never has a chance to pity them. They're popular, well-liked by their teachers, and every boy is crushing on them. Best of all, their dad spoils them and never says no. But when their Auntie comes from India she starts interfering and
Spoiled and privileged sisters are used to getting their way since their mom died. Everything changes when their aunt from India comes to live with them. The story entertained me, but there were multiple times when I thought the girls were really shallow.
Elaine Doe
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
its a brilliant read.i couldnt put it down.
Zarina Macha
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Some of the best books of my childhood, brings back so many wonderful memories.
Tahmina Begum
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Comfort read - as I read it remembered why I loved it as a child so much. There are some savage lines in here.
This was a quick, easy read. Things I like: it's about non-white, non-Christian characters; there is a non-traditional family (dad raising 3 girls alone, until Auntie steps in to help); there are mentions of people from multiple religions; it takes place in England with characters who originated in India. Things I didn't care for: the ending was a touch predictable (with a plot twist that I admittedly did not see coming), the author spent a looooong time talking about how perfect the girls are. ...more
The three Dhillon sisters are a bit fluffy, but exactly the kind of girls I would have wanted to read about in upper elementary and middle school. These three sisters get on each others' nerves, but always have each others' backs when something goes wrong. Their mother passed away last year, and now, just when things are settling down again, their Auntie comes from India to care for them and their Dad. These sisters have problems that make your heart ache - not the fact that Amber doesn't get ...more
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
'Meet Amber, Jazz and Geena, the coolest chicks on the block.'

Narinder Dhami signed my copy of this book years ago, for my grandmother who originally owned it.

This is fun book that I'd read during my days at school. 'Bindi Babes' is about three Indian-British sisters who are model students. But then their auntie comes to stay and intrudes their comfortable lives, and cramps their style. They band together to find ways of getting rid of her, even if it means - gulp - behaving badly at school and
This book is nice and pleasant, but beyond the details of Indian culture there's not much here that's extra-special. The story follows three sisters of Indian heritage living in England who have recently lost their mother. Their father, in his grief, has also withdrawn, leaving the three girls with a lot of freedom and the belief that they're doing just fine. Until their Indian auntie comes to watch over them, that is.

Most of this book end up being a fairly humorous account of how the sisters
Oct 09, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 4+ girls
Grade 4-7–Amber (10), Jazz (11), and Geena (13), three Indian sisters, live with their father in England. On the surface, they are perfect students who dress in perfect clothes and get along perfectly with each other. In reality, the girls are missing one big element in their lives, their mom. Ever since her death the year before, their father has indulged his daughters' every material wish, but is rarely at home. That suddenly changes when he invites his sister from India to live with them. The ...more
There are three Dhillon Amber, Jazz, and Geena. The girls are in shock after their mom’s death and are being raised by their dad. The girls are spoiled rotten and their dad buys them whatever they want. They are the envy of all the girls at school because they have everything nice. Things change when the girl’s aunt comes to live with them from India. She comes to stay to help their dad raise them. The aunt doesn’t think the girls should be so spoiled and get everything they want. The girls come ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a really good book to read why? Because is about these 3 girls named amber, Jazz and Geena Dhillon also known as the Bindi babes that they want to dress really good. One of them has to work really hard so that her sisters and she can dress good. They want to be the popular girls in school. Their mom died one year ago and they miss her a lot but nobody knows in school only them. The dad told them that they need to stop buying new things and expensive because he does not have that ...more
Apr 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Teen Book Club selection
This was a very lightweight read. Three Indians sisters - Geena, Amber, and Jazz - work hard to maintain their perfect facade. Since their mother died a year ago, they have the run of the house and their father wrapped around their little fingers. But their Dad invited their aunt to stay to take care of the three girls, and soon they are plotting ways to get Auntie to leave, including marrying her off.

I found Auntie to be a much more likeable character than the three sisters, who came across as
Aug 30, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Blah. This tries to be a bit like Louise Rennison's kooky Georgia Nicholson books what with the friends, odd nicknames & goings-on at school. I had expected a more compelling look at British/Indian culture with conflict between the more Indian ways of Auntie and the modern English life of the girls. But there really wasn't enough to make this a useful multicultural reading experience and it seemed far too British to have strong appeal for American kids. I'm not sure teachers would be ...more
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't judge; I was in the mood for something light and trashy. I first read this back in middle school, and it was recently in my head for some reason, so I bought the ebook and reread it. It's mostly a teen chick-lit book, with a British Indian twist. The dialogue is very well done, particularly for the girls' Auntie, who is delightfully sassy. My major complaint would be that the main character's two sisters do not seem to have any distinct personality. Aside from that, the plot is ...more
Jul 08, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fiction
Three sisters, Amber, Geena, and Jazz, try to be perfect at everything so that no one will know that they are grieving for their mother, who recently died. When their aunt comes from India to help their father raise them, they decide to take matters into their own hands. By observing their own relatives, it becomes clear to them that the only way to get rid of her is to marry her off. Chaos insues.

This book actually turned out to be not so bad after the first couple chapters. The writing was so
An quick and enjoyable middle-grade read. Sisters Amber, Jazz, and Geena have worked hard to look and behave perfect ever since the death of their mother, and while they've been busy showing the world how well they're coping, their father has bought them everything they ask for but spent nearly all his time at work. Everything changes, though, when their aunt comes from India to live with them. As Auntie tries to reestablish a normal family life--complete with rules and spending limits--the ...more
Dec 29, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with an interfering aunt
Another book on tape. I read this while wrapping Christmas presents. Three girls and a father, an Indian family in London, have buried their grief respectively in being cool, perfect kids and living at the office. Enter the aunt from India and the showdown begins between the girls who want to maintain their image and shopping habits and the aunt who wants to help them face their loss. The showdowns escalate and the end is satisfying. My only wish is that I hadn't read the book jacket which gives ...more
Sep 06, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Meet Amber, Jazz and Geena, the coolest chicks on the block. These girls have lost their mother, but they're coping very well... or they thought so.

They become perfect model students. Whenever there are problems, people expect them to sort them out (including teachers). Their friends even have names for them. Bindi Babes.

A very good book about coping with grief. How to recognize it, and how to deal with it.
Neill Smith
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Geena, Amber, and Jazz are pretty, popular, smart, and well-behaved. They have coped as well as possible since their mother died and they got everything they wanted from a father who kept working hard to make up for their loss. Then Auntie arrives from India altering their seemingly perfect lifestyle and begins to give them what they need – and they have to fight back. Funny and poignant this is a modest introduction to Indian culture.
Alice Kunce
Having sisters is hard. Having a dad who works all the time and substitutes material items for emotional support is great...until it's not.

Three sisters band together to be "perfect" after their mother dies. Their world is just fine until their aunt arrives from India and insists on talking. Will her interference help the girls reconnect with their father? Or will her interference destroy the fragile web of existence the sisters have woven?
Apr 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Cute story about three sisters, Geena, Amber, and Jazz, as they deal with their Auntie coming to live with them a year after their mother passes away. They think their Auntie is a meddling busy-body, and they want her gone.

Despite the topic of grief being an underlying theme, the book's overall tone is fairly light. I think it would probably appeal most to upper elementary and middle school students as the main characters are 11, 12, and 14 years old.
The sisters in this novel are very interesting characters. They act in very realistic ways, whether it is dealing with the death of their mother, the arrival of their aunt or friends at school. However, I thought the conflict was resolved entirely too quickly and easily. The sisters spend the entire book trying to get rid of their aunt and then decide they want her to stay in the last 10 pages. I would have liked a slower transition.
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