Statistically, there should be more books about parents who divorce than parents who die. This book does a good job at showing the tension that bickering parents can cause a family. The details of how a family deals with separation and divorce are rarely depicted in literature. This has an added layer of interest with the magical realism of Sonali's new Bollywood reality. I enjoyed the bits of backstory we got about her grandfather, and the interactions with her extended family. The friend drama is always popular. I love the cover!
This was VERY message heavy. Sonali is told again and again that she shouldn't keep things bottled up. The fun part is that she "unbottles" with Bollywood style dances!
An interesting twist with Bollywood for readers who liked Dhami's Bindi Babes,
Bajaj's Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood, Krishnaswami's The Grand Plan to Fix Everything, and fans of magical realism fraught with problems, like Corey Ann Haydu's work. Love this author's Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame, American as Paneer Pie, and Ahimsa.