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Jazz in Love

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Jasbir, a.k.a. Jazz, has always been a stellar student and an obedient, albeit wise-cracking, daughter. Everything has gone along just fine--she has good friends in the "genius" program she's been in since kindergarten, her teachers and principal adore her, and her parents dote on her. But now, in her junior year of high school, her mother hears that Jazz was seen hugging ...more
260 pages
Published January 3rd 2011 by Ignite Books (first published December 7th 2010)
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Sherwood Smith
Feb 14, 2011 added it
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I started off reading a chapter a day, to make it last, but halfway through I got so caught up in the story I had to stay up way past my bedtime to devour the book.

Teenage Jazz is Indian, specifically Sikh from Punjabi. Her parents have decided that they will be enlightened about matchmaking--they gave her photos of suitable boys from the proper Indian background. She can pick any of them to be her future husband.

But Jazz has the hots for Tyler, who is not on that list. So she develops a plot t
Mar 07, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5. The narration was such pitch perfect teenage girl (complete with enthusiastic punctuation and emotional outbursts) that you almost got the sense that Jazz was telling you her story off the top of her head. The effect was both authentic and endearing. Even though the plot was simple, it was told in an engagingly sweet way. More lighthearted than deep, but overall pretty charming.
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Shveta, Kaz
"I felt his arms tighten around me. I dropped my head back against his shoulder and stared up into the sky. This time I knew what he was talking about. The stars. they were like a thousand suns. And at night, that's what they felt like, little pricks prodding everyone to do what's deep down inside, and not worry about anyone or anything else. They were like a veil, letting the secret part of you be heard-the part you kept shut and quiet under the harsher light of the daytime sun" pgs 142-143

Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had a pretty quiet childhood. My parents weren't necessarily strict, but I wasn't allowed to do many things either without their permission. They really didn't have to worry, anyway, since I'm a pretty good kid. At least, I'd like to think I am, save for the occasional messy room and laziness with school work. I'd like to think I've outgrown that now, and I've found my own identity, but I know that I wouldn't be me without my somewhat quiet childhood and teen years.
Dec 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Loved this view into a world the same as, yet very different from, the one I grew up in. Jazz's parents launch a Guided Dating Program for her once she is seen hugging an unknown boy. It happens to be her neighbor and friend from childhood, but she fears her parents are so old-word (India) and caste-bound that she can't tell them it was him and meant nothing.

Or did it?

She especially can't tell them about her relationship with Tyler, the new uberhunk in school, who calls her Baby J and leaves her
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Full review posted at Amaterasu Reads

This book is a thoroughly delightful mix of a unique culture, teenage angst, humor and romance. You want a real protagonist with real life problems? Jazz is here. It can't get anymore real than what Jazz went through in this book.

For once I am glad I am brought up the way my parents did. They're strict most of the time, but as I grow up, I learned that whatever they were doing is for my own good. Jazz learned that lesson the hard way. She's a member of th
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
17 yr old Jasbir (Jazz) is very good student and in her schools, Future Stars and Leaders program. When Jazz's mom learns through the Indian community grapevine that she was hugging a boy in public, Jazz's parents begin to play matchmaker. They want to find a parent approved boyfriend who will of course be Indian, preferably with Punjab roots.

This sounds more serious then it really is. Don't get me wrong I like serious but sometimes it nice to read something fun that's hard to put down with just
Maggie Desmond-O'Brien
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've said it before and I'll say it again - I have a hard time with romance. Mostly because I'm much more the scrawny-gangly-shy-artsy-bangs-in-the-face-and/or-dreadlocks-emo-bohemian type than blond-surfer-boy, and the former doesn't show up so much. (Come to think of it, he doesn't show up much in real life, either. Hmmm...) So why is it that cross-cultural romance is so awesome? Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier. Major win. While not strictly YA and also magical realism, Like Water for Cho ...more
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jazz In Love was one of the first books I read this year, and honestly set the tone for me for the rest of my reads. It is a light, fun read that really opens your eyes into the Indian culture. Honestly, to dive into a culturally driven book that wasn't about an immigrant or about fighting blatant racism was really refreshing. It's not that I dislike books like that, not at all really. It's just nice to have a light and fun read about a girl who comes from another background. I fell in love with ...more
Jazz In Love is a great coming of age story about a teenage girl trying to break away from her parents' influence and be a strong, independent young woman.

My favorite character in Jazz In Love is the main character, Jazz. I know this sounds like a well, duh statement, but I have read many books where I could not connect with the main character(s). Such was not the case in this book. Jazz, who has been raised in a traditional Indian household, is a smart and funny seventeen year old girl trying
Jazz has a problem. Her parents. Sure they love her, and she knows that they are good parents, but ever since a neighbor reported seeing Jazz hugging a boy (a guy whom she has been friends with since kindergarten) they have gone out of their way to make things complicated for her. Now her mother wants her to participate in what she calls "Guided dating" where together they choose a proper Indian boy for Jazz to begin to date. Jazz wants to be able to choose her own boyfriend, starting with th
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Neesha Meminger, in her second young adult novel, shares the tale of 17-year-old Jasbir, a.k.a. Jazz, who has spent her life living within the constraints of a strict Sikh household. So, when her parents learn that Jazz was spotted hugging a boy, life goes from bad to worse. She is forced to begin the search for a suitable husband.

Jazz has no choice but to go along with her parents’ wishes, that is, until she meets Gurmit. He, too, is placating his parents. Gurmit has yet to reveal the truth ab
Lindsay Paige
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
WARNINGS: I really loved this book!

This book was just fantastic. Jazz has to face what many of us face (what our parents wish for us) but her situation is different. There is a cultural difference. You see, the family is from India but live in America. It was good to see a different view of parent pressures.

Jazz sure does know how to get into trouble. It was so easy to connect with her. We've all had that one boyfriend who our friends warn us about and we ignore them anyway. (They were right in
A buoyant, good-hearted YA novel with, yes, some romance, but more growing up. And lots of characters of color! Not a one of them served as a token (insert ethnicity or race here) in this novel, which made it so refreshing, and while Jazz's conflict was built around specific cultural constraints, her testing of those boundaries was less rejection and more transformation (of herself, of her relationships), which was also refreshing to read.

The plot was straight-forward and Jazz's actions and atti
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I enjoyed reading Jazz in Love. This well written book had me caring about the characters and wanting them to find resolution and happiness. A great mix of culture, humor, and romance made for an easy to read book.

The cultural pressures Jazz felt were portrayed very realistically. I'm fairly conservative and found myself able to relate to both Jazz and her parents. I understood Jazz's desire to follow her heart and fit in. I could also see her parent's logic behind their ultra strict views and d
Medeia Sharif
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jasbir, aka Jazz, is a nice girl with good grades and strict parents. But then her parents hear that she hugged a boy, which is a no-no in their Indian and Sikh mindset. Her parents become matchmakers and search for a man to curb her lust.

Jazz meets the young man her parents found for her, but under the surface he really does not fit her parents' ideas of suitability. Then there's the new boy at school, Tyler, who she's weak in the knees for. Jazz also gets involved in Auntie Kinder's love life
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, romance, meh
I was really hoping that this wouldn't suck. Spoiler: it did. I don't know why - maybe it's the pervasive Western influence on my life - but I do love stories of children rebelling against strict, traditional upbringings, no matter the source. I loved Bend It Like Beckham because the family weren't vilified, but at the same time they came to learn to accept Jas for who she was - which meant abandoning some of their traditional viewpoints. Meminger loved Bend It Like Beckham too, because most of ...more
Jazz is a normal teen with loving Indian parents who decide to put her on the "guided dating plan" after seeing her hug a lifelong friend. Jazz is a bright student, part of the genius club, obedient, and a smart aleck. Now that she is supposed to think about marriage at age 17, things get funny,desperate, and out of control. The guy her parents pair her with is from Canada and gay, but Jazz and Mit decide to have this work to both their advantage. Jazz falls for the "new" guy in school, who woul ...more
Dec 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was so happy to read this book. There aren’t many YA authors painting stories with the color brown, and this author has clearly increased in confidence and skill with this book.

Jazz, short for Jasbir, is seventeen, and despondent because her strict Punjabi Sikh parents want to start the process of fixing her up with a “suitable boy” as determined by family matchmakers. Jazz, however, is an all-American girl, and wants to date, and have boyfriends, and then fall madly in love, like in the bodic
I loved SHINE, COCONUT MOON, so I was pleased to see a new book by Neesha Meminger. I'm always interested in stories that address what it means to live the second-generation, children-of-immigrants life. Jazz in Love does that with a premise sure to hook not only South Asian readers but any young reader with strict parents, especially those who go a little overboard with respect to controlling their child's social life.

Full review at Finding Wonderland:
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Really enjoyed this story a lot - I love stories of families who've moved to other countries, especially from the perspective of the kids, and Jazz's voice was great. Even when you could see likely bad consequences to some of the choices she made, they felt realistic, and you cared enough about her (and the other characters) to hope they could avoid the worst. And despite seeing things from Jazz's perspective rather than that of her parents, it was also easy to see how hard it is to hold on to y ...more
C. McKenzie
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Caught between two cultures, Jazz does her best to live in both. I loved this story. The MC has spunk, intelligence and the genius for getting into trouble. You keep wanting her to be the American girl, but you understand how important her parents and her heritage are to her. Bravo, Meminger!
May 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Cute book. The beginning was better than the end, but Meminger does some interesting things here.
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Cute but ultimately forgettable. I wish Jazz had been more developed and had hobbies outside boy chasing and romance.
Laurie D'ghent
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very realistic, 17-year-old story that was funny and sweet and enthralling. It lost a star for swearing and the few sexual references.
Oct 02, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This book needs a follow-up! I want to know moreeeeeee.
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Neesha Meminger was born in Punjab, India, grew up in Toronto, Canada, and currently lives in New York City. Her debut novel, SHINE, COCONUT MOON, was listed as a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children and made the New York Public Library's Top 100 Books for Teens - Stuff For the Teen Age list. JAZZ IN LOVE, Neesha's second novel for young adults, released to rave reviews from online bloggers and i ...more

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