What’s a girl gotta do to get her first bra, her first kiss, her first love?
If you thought the Middle East was all about fatwas and burkhas, think again. Join the fun as Veena, a naive teen from India, bungles her way through adolescence on the island of Bahrain. Laugh out loud as she deals with the intricacies of stubborn bras, crazy parents, racist classmates, first love, and the No-No Club, an abstinence club that degenerates into the Yes-Yes Club.
If you’ve ever struggled with body image issues, ever wanted to be different from what you are, ever wanted a hot guy or girl you couldn’t have, or if you just want a good laugh, this novel is for you, whether you’re nine, ninety, or anywhere in between.
Why I recommend it:
I rarely read YA books and this is the first one I’ve read in a long time. And it was worth it!
Just a couple lines into the book and I already find myself laughing. The author has a quirky sense of humor and her way of telling a story is highly entertaining that kept me hooked till the end.
Now, we all know that adolescence is a bitch. Veena, the protagonist, is like most a
dolescent girls when it comes to body image issues, first love, and everything in between. Throw in an overly pessimistic mom, racist classmates, a couple misadventures – and you’re up for a fun ride.
Also, Veena’s particular ignorance on pop culture had me laughing throughout the book. Demi Lovato, who? But for a girl her age, she sure is smart.
And isn’t it nice to read a book where every character’s personality is fleshed out? I love that the author managed to make every character, whether minor, stand out that it makes you feel invested in them. You don’t see that a lot.
Unlike your typical YA fiction, the story is not set in the West. But I can assure that YA fic fans will still love this book.
My rating? 4.5 for the laughs and entertainment value.
Guess what? Chapter 5 is out!
Lacey’s Murder Case (A Lacey Thompson Humor Mystery) Chapter 5:
I’m not ashamed to admit that a smile had been plastered on my face since I left Scott’s office. And that I bounced my way into my car amidst a few weirded-out stares when I got off from work. Nothing like the best news ever to brighten up this sad, horrific day.
Besides, I know George (bless his soul) would be happy to know that his precious secretary didn’t get lay off fr
om his company. I bet he didn’t mind that I immediately jumped from being traumatized and grieving to becoming perky and extremely thrilled.
Okay, maybe a little…Read more here!