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Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
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Nov 22, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: family-life, multicultural, quick-read, ya

A lot about this book I like. Samar is Indian-American and her uncle wears a turban and she wants to learn about her heritage and we shouldn't judge people and often we have racism we didn't even know about just lurking under the surface... but the author seems to try to hard to make this book hip, and some of the cultural references don't add up. I don't know if teens would notice or not, but this is set in the weeks and months following Sept 11, and the teens in this book are texting like mad and using wikipedia all day, when those things were incredibly new at the time, and most people didn't use them. Also, some parts of the characterizations seemed forced. Basically, I think the author has promise, but I think this is her first novel, which explains why it is less than stellar. Still, teens will probably still like it.

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