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  Booklist Review

What would it be like to move from Bangalore, India where you live with 37 of your relatives to Los Angeles, with just your immediate family? That's what happens to 16-year-old Shalini when her father accepts a new job in the U.S. While her little sister takes to American culture immediately, Shalini struggles to fit in, and her mother becomes increasingly depressed and isolated. Without Vikram, who became Shalini's fiance on her third birthday, she's not sure she'll be able to cope. Shalini does start to adjust to her new life, and there's plenty of drama when a hot flute-playing boy enters the picture, distracting her from her ties back in India. Unfortunately, Shalini never feels like a fully realized character, and the novel skims the surface in its treatment of issues, from Shalini's relationship with all-too-perfect Vikram to her mother's staggering depression. Still, fans of chick lit may be enticed by the love triangle and the East-meets-West culture clash.--Kelley, Ann Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Indie Girl (2007), portrays a contemporary immigrant family and community with empathic insight and humor. Straddling two very different worlds, Shalini remains authentic and appealing throughout her metamorphosis. (Fiction. 12 up)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
<p>Can you find love when you think you already have it?</p> <p>Perfect for fans of When Dimple Met Rishi, Lovetorn is a fun, romantic own voices story that proves that even if you think your destiny has already been chosen, your heart always makes its own choices.</p> <p>Shalini is new to L.A. Not new like from New York City new--or even Kansas new. New like from India new.</p> <p>And in the U.S., she has it all wrong: the way she dresses, the way she talks, the way she wears her hair. And then there is the ring, which makes her way different from everyone else--because Shalini has been engaged since she was three to Vikram, back in India.</p> <p>Shalini's life has been turned upside down. She doesn't fit in, her mom is depressed, and email is no substitute for being with Vikram.</p> <p>But when she meets Toby at school, Shalini's heart gets turned upside down, too. Just looking at Toby makes her stomach flutter. She thinks she loves Vikram, but he never made her feel like this.</p>
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