The Night Diary tells about the split of Pakastan from India after India was granted its freedom from England. It is told from the perspective of a girl about the age of twelve. Orphaned at birth Nisha has her father, grandfather, twin brother, and a hired cook that is her best friend. She also has a secret. Her brother and her are half Muslim and half Hindu. When the country is divided her family has to leaver behind their home and travel across the border to the new India.
The novel is beautifully written. It is described in a way that is perfect for a middle school audience. It is emotionally captivating, informative, relatable, all without being too overwhelming and graphic. As the author says, in the back of the book, some journeys were easier and others were harder. Many people lost their life during this time. The author's note was a great addition to put this one story in perspective.
As an adult I appreciated Hiranandani sharing a story based upon her own family. It is a part of history that I personally had not thought about, and knew almost nothing about. This book would be a great addition to any reader's list as well as many classrooms.
When Dimple Met Rishi was everywhere. I heard so many good things about the book that I had to pick it up. I found it on sale and bought it and then it sat on my shelf for a few months. Thankfully I managed to actually pick it up and read this book.
Menon has a gift for creating such dynamic characters. The summer before heading off to college Dimples wants nothing more then to go to an elite coding course. She is overjoyed when her parents agree to pay for it. Although, she is less than thrilled when she finds out they agreed so that she would meet Rishi who just happens to be the boy she is arranged to be married to.
Dimple is caught between the world of her mother that is filled with makeup and marriage and her world of computer programming. This is a story about growing up and reevaluating your perceptions on life. It is done with exceptional writing and amazing story telling.
This is the first book written by Sandhya Menon. I loved her first book so much I had to come and check this book out - even though it is more YA. I have to admit that I am very over YA. Nothing is more annoying then a teenager who’s world is ending because they do not have a cell phone.
From Twinkle, with Love is about as YA as you can go. The main character, Twinkle, is obsessed with her social standing. She is insecure and trying to find herself. During the book she has drastic behavioral shifts, but her personality stayes grounded through the book. The book also has a very neat happy ever after feel to it as well. I live with three teenagers. This book was like adding a fourth teenager into my life.
I suppose it should tell you how talented Menon is that I loved this book. Her writing is beautiful and her characters are real. I may be annoyed by teenage drama - but that is because it felt like real teenage drama.
I really enjoy how Menon explores the identity of Twinkle. She is such a dynamic personality balancing her social status, her racial identity, her socioeconomic status, her gender, and her love of film making. All of these aspects are represented as a dynamic and interchanging personality. It really is genius. It is because the YA genre has such brilliant writers that I keep reading it - teenage drama and all.
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