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The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  416 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Rose petal milk shakes and a world of surprises awaits Dini when her family moves to India in this spirited novel with Bollywood flair.

Eleven-year old Dini loves movies—watching them, reading about them, trying to write her own—especially those oh-so-fabulous Bollywood movies where you don’t need to know the language to get what’s going on. But when her mother reveals some
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Published (first published May 24th 2011)
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Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lovely read! A super-sweet story of young girl following her dreams while her physician mother follows her own dreams and moves the family abroad. A great book for any YA reader who has ever faced an international move (or felt misunderstood by her parents or had friend tensions). The characters are relatable, then tension real (but not depressing or overwhelming, in a way that seems good for young-ish readers). There is a lovely multi-cultural aspect to this book in which the characters seem ...more
Monica Edinger
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Eleven-year old Dini adores Bollywood movies, those entertaining Hindi musicals set in India and filled with grand production numbers, adventure, and romance. As summer vacation begins her life is upended when she learns that instead of dance camp with her best friend Maddie she and her parents are heading out across the ocean for a two year-stint in Swampangiri, a small town in India.

While understandably sad, shocked, and surprised Dini is also a trooper and, appreciating how important this opp
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a charming story of friendship and romance. The struggle to stay friends with Maddie despite the distance is something that I think all kids can relate to, whether a physical distance, or emotional distance. The plot is not realistic (no, the famous movie star is not going to come to some kid’s party, and no a kid is not going to reunite the couple), but it is feel-good. I think the style is supposed to be along the lines of a Bollywood movie.

Kind of reminds me of The Parent Trap. Too g
Miss Amanda
gr 4-6 266pgs

Maryland / Swapnagiri, India. 11 year old Dini and her best friend Maddie love Bollywood movies and their favorite actress is Dolly. They know all her movies and songs by heart. When Dini learns that her family will be moving to Swapnagiri for two years, she is heartbroken at the thought of being separated from her best friend. But Maddie thinks this might be Dini's chance to meet Dolly since Swapnagiri is much closer to Mumbai than Maryland is. Dini knows it's a long shot, but hope
Elissa Schaeffer
Dini is torn with her family's move to India--one one hand, that means she has to move away from her very best friend, Maddie, and on the other hand, she will be closer to her hero, Bollywood star Dolly Singh. Life in Swapnigiri is more complicated than Dini realized it would--especially when she can't find anyone to help her locate Dolly, who is also in Swapnigiri, and she's struggling to stay connected to Maddie.

This was a fun, light read with just enough "magic of coincidence" layered in to
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Sort of ridiculous and over the top, in a Bollywood-style-plot sort of way, but delightful for all that. Set partly in Maryland, but mostly in India, it's the story of Dini's plan to find her favorite movie star, Dolly Singh. Dini also wants to make Dolly happy again, which leads to complications. Lighthearted, funny, full of coincidences.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quirky and fun. I love the fun of the coincidences in the story and the way the author (and Dini, the main character) plays with the idea of plot. A great read for older elementary/ young middle school students.
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lower-school, death
I really wanted to like this book set in India with a Bollywood subplot, but the sheer number of coincidences made the whole story too implausible for my taste. I also think the writing style will make it hard for the intended audience to follow. (It was for me, and I'm an adult.)
Fun book, especially for low level readers. It's young, but does a lot of cool things with connected plots and feels very much like a Bollywood movie might from a child's perspective. I enjoyed the many characters as they all came together in Dini's plotted out mission.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
This is a story about a young girl, who is obsessed with Bollywood movies and especially the movie star Dolly, who moves to India with her family and the adventures she has there and how she eventually meets her idol. Fun and light hearted with lots of cool details about India.
Seema Rao
An elementary age read about an Indian-American girl who moves to India and finds herself in the midst of a Bollywood-style conundrum complete with a Bollywood actress. Wonderful illustrations and adequate text.
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome Book!
The Grand Plan to Fix Everything is an epic boom with lots of interesting reading. It is such an engaging book and I really recommend it to read to learn new vocabulary and to enjoy it.
Mar 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Eleven-year-old Dini and her best friend Maddie are in love. They are in love with Dolly Singh, the most beautiful and talented actress/singer/dancer in all of Bollywood. But they have been picking up on signs - signs that only a true fan would notice! - that Dolly is in some kind of trouble. When Dini's family suddenly moves to India, she knows this is her chance to find Dolly and fix everything. The only problem is, she'll be leaving Maddie behind...

Doesn't this book just look ado
Katie Fitzgerald
Dini is devastated when she learns her family is moving to India for two years. She can't imagine leaving her best friend Maddie behind for all that time! There is a glimmer of happiness, however, because the girls' favorite movie star, Dolly Singh, who stars in many Bollywood films, also lives in India, and Dini's chances of meeting her just have to increase if they're in the same country. This seems like a far-fetched expectation, at first, but upon her arrival in India, Dini learns that Dolly ...more
Sarah BT
Sep 01, 2011 rated it liked it
About the Book: Dini's parents have just announced that they're moving to India for two whole years! Dini can't believe her parents are making her move away from her best friend Maddie and now she has to miss out on the Bollywood dance class she and Maddie were going to take. But India is home to Dini and Maddie's favorite movies and their favorite Bollywood star, Dolly Singh. Dini's parents aren't moving to Bombay, the movie capital of India, but instead to a small town called Swapnagiri. Surpr ...more
Children's stories focusing on girls are always stories that I want to find and read. Given that I want to work with children and young adults, I'm trying to familiarize myself with lots of different stories. I had heard of THE GRAND PLAN TO FIX EVERYTHING in my Children's Lit class at school, and was reminded of it in my children's services class during a slew of book talks. So I grabbed it from the library, took it home, and decided to give it a whirl.

Dini and Maddie are best friends living in
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j, light, life, not-graphic, voice
And now Dini sees something that only those who listen-listen, look-look, can understand. Open one problem up, like the hood of a car, and you may find another problem waiting to be solved. Try opening that one up and you are likely to find several dozen others just waiting to get in your way. It is all very depressing.


Dini has two especially special things going for her: a wonderful best friend who shares everything with her, has the same tastes, and thinks just like her, and a movie star
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Grand Plan to Fix Everything is by Uma Krishnaswami. The book, published by the group Atheneum Books for Young Readers, is 226 pages. The cover is a girl who is standing in front of a map of India which is labeled with what looks like to be important sights. From reading the back, I know that Dini is moving to a different country and Maddie, her best friend is staying in Virginia. Dini is hoping to find a famous movie star who lives is India and might be close.
At about pg. 75, Dini has move
Cindy Hudson
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Dini and her best friend Maddie love to watch movies from Bollywood. They memorize lines from songs and know all the situations that can be solved by their favorite actress, Dolly Singh. When Dini’s mom gets a grant to study at a clinic in southern India for two years, Dini is both upset and excited. She’s upset to leave Maddie and her home in Delaware. But she’s also excited that she’ll be closer to Bombay, as all the filmi people call Mumbai. Maybe she’ll even have a chance to meet her screen ...more
Brandy Painter
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Sometimes a book comes along that is a balance of quirky, enjoyable, and well written. When it happens to be a contemporary fiction novel about a culture many young readers are not familiar with, so much the better. If you are looking for such a book then Uma Krishnaswami's The Grand Plan to Fix Everything is one to check out.

This is a book many kids will be able to identify with even if they don't know anything about Bollywood or Indian culture. They will be able to sympa
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dini is not pleased when her doctor mother announces the family will be moving to India for two years so she can work at a clinic in the small town of Swapnagiri, a.k.a. Dream Mountain. Dini's biggest dream is to meet her favorite Bollywood star, Dolly Singh, and what are the chances of that?! As kismet would have it, very good indeed. With the help of a few true, if unlikely, Dolly fans -- a postal carrier, a car mechanic, and a grouchy landlord -- Dini not only realizes her own dream but helps ...more
Dini and her best friend Maddie love Bollywood movies, and their most famous actress, Dolly. When Dini’s mother gets a grant to work in an Indian clinic, Dini has to move away from her best friend for two whole years. To make matters worse, they are moving to a small town called Swampnagiri, hundreds of miles from Mumbai, where Dolly lives and Bollywood films are made. Dolly has been having some problems of her own, and by coincidence, fate, or kismet, she winds up in the same small town as Dini ...more
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-book
This is a cute book for kids - well, girls, probably, since boys don't like to read about girls so much, which is really too bad.

Dini - Nandini for long - is forced to leave her home in Maryland, to go to India for two years, where her doctor mother has a grant to run a clinic for mothers and babies for two years. When one is 11, leaving home and one's best friend is a highly traumatic event.

The trauma for Dini is lessened by her love for a Bollywood star called Dolly Singh. In a series of coinc
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juv
Coincidence is huge in this story - if you can't suspend your disbelief and throw yourself into the world of Bollywood, then this probably isn't the book for you. Once you're on board with a story that weaves together several characters and storylines into one joyful whole, you'll have fun with Dini and the rest of the characters. Movie stars, postmen, school girls, bakers - the whole story is a colorful swirl. For kids who like stories set in other parts of the world, this has the added bonus o ...more
Christian H
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
I recently finished the book The Grand Plan To Fix Everything By: Uma Krishnaswami. The book is good and I think people who like realistic fiction, friendships, and " Bollywood Stars" would like this book. When Two friends leave each other one stays ( Maddie ) and one goes ( Dini ). Dini leaves to go to India where she hopes she will find her favorite Bollywood Star Dolly Singh. I think this book is a little bit cheesy and a little hard to get in to. I think Uma Krishnaswami did a good job const ...more
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ncbla
Dini and her friend Maddie share everything--even an interest in Bollywood and the films of Dolly Singh. But when Dini's mother has a grant approved that enables her to work in a clinic in a small town in India for the next two years, the friends are upset at being separated. The only thing that lessens the pangs of their separation is the possibility that Dini will meet her favorite star. Off to India Dini's family goes, and through a series of unlikely coincidences, Dini hatches a plan to stra ...more
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Until Gene Luen Yang mentioned TGPTFE in the great little comic he did for the NYT, Glare of Disdain I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed these two books when I read them a few years ago. Sadly they’re not published in the UK despite our large South Asian diasporic population, but they’re well worth investing in for kids who love all things dance and Bollywood. The books are funny and enjoyable romps, the first set in a small town in the hills of South India, the second involves a renegade elephant ...more
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So dumb. And like, not just because I'm (way) too old for it. I read it for SLJ's Battle of the Books and, man, I don't know if I'd have finished it if it weren't so short and large-printed.

I mean, the characters are stupid. The writing kind of nags at you in a bad way. The bits with the monkeys are not for anyone, not funny even if you're five, and I have to say, I don't think I would have liked this book at all, even when I was a kid. It all just comes together too easily, and it's stupid, an
Joanne Roberts
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books. The voice of the MC is so authentic, so purely Dini, that readers can't help but fall in love with her. She views life as if it were a Bollywood fillum. She schemes to plot her future like a movie script, complete with happy ending. But when things don't go as planned, Dini must learn to accept the things she can't control. Her perseverance finally allows her to see that life is composed of both the bitter and sweet and, like her favorite movies, boundless optim ...more
Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
A light book whose main character skips across the pages, continents, and cultures. Perfect for the middle reader who doesn't take life seriously but cares about friends and life. Set in India, The Grand Plan To Fix Everything tells the story of a Indian-American who leaves her best friend in the US to live in India for 2 years. Her obsession with a Bollywood Starlet is central and fun to the story and provides the cross-cultural bridge that readers need to find the setting and customs accessibl ...more
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