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.
Interpreter of Maladies is a collection of short stories written by Jhumpa Lahiri. All the stories feature Indian characters. Most stories also include the complex dynamics between Indian culture and American culture. Although some stories are placed directly in India and focus more on the complexity within the Indian culture.
Lahiri's novel was a fascinating read. Each story was unique and beautifully written. I was captured from the beginning to the end. The characters were so well defined that I was able to not only picture them but to live behind their eyes. I felt the longing for a country that I have never even seen. I felt appreciation for community and togetherness that, as the author also illustrated, just doesn't exist in America. I also witnessed how two people who never met fell in love while another couple walked away from everything.
My favorite aspect of the book is the diversity of the stories and characters. Each story is unique and every character has their own story and personality. Everytime a story ended I was reluctant to leave their lives. I highly recommend that you pick this book up!
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