Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani

Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani

Title & Author:
Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Publication Date:
January 17, 2012
Pages:
256
Source:
ARC Tour

When Shalini’s father gets a new job in L.A., she is torn away from her life in India and the boy to whom she’s been betrothed since she was three. L.A. is so different, and Shalini dresses and talks all wrong. She isn’t sure she’ll survive high school in America without her fiancé, Vikram, and now she has to cope with her mom’s homesickness and depression. A new friend, chill and confident Renuka, helps Shalini find her way and get up the courage to join the Food4Life club at school. But she gets more than just a friend when she meets Toby—she gets a major crush. Shalini thinks she loves Vikram, but he never made her feel like this.

In Lovetorn, Shalini discovers that your heart ultimately makes its own choices, even when it seems as if your destiny has already been chosen. – Goodreads

Okay, Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani was basically amazing. I’m a huge fan of Indian culture and contemporary, and reading Lovetorn basically combined this love.

Lovetorn is an eye-opening look at Indian culture, as well as bullying, depression, and the way people are able (or not able as the case may be) to cope with drastic changes in their lives, such as moving from India to California.

I loved Shalini as a protagonist. I’ve never been bullied like she has and Kavita Daswani’s writing really helped me to feel everything she was going through, with the school bullies and the confusion of a first crush. And everything with her mother just broke my heart. Even though her mother drove me crazy and I wanted to slap her at times.

The storyline allowed for amazing character growth and self discovery.

Lovetorn is a stunning and original contemporary. I teared up and laughed and experienced things along with all of the characters, not just Shalini. If you’re a fan of contemporaries and learning about different cultures, I definitely recommend picking up Lovetorn.

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