Monday, May 28, 2012

Book Review: The Whole Story of Half a Girl

Title: The Whole Story Of Half A Girl
Author: Veera Hiranandani
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: realistic-fiction
Pages: 224
Rating: 9/10
Source : Netgalley

‘Then I get home. Mom’s face is all droopy-the way it looks when she’s upset. But she doesn’t say much. She just stirs and stirs something in a pot on the stove.’

This excerpt is from the book ‘The Whole Story Of Half A Girl’, and is thought by a girl named Sonia when she gets home from school. Sonia loves things the way they are, but things are changing- fast. And she’s faced with the problem of how to deal with all these problems - from making new friends, moving to another school, and her dad leaving - and still end on top.

Sonia’s living in a completely new world. With only one parent working, moving to from a private to a public school , and finding new friends there’s a lot that’s changing. Sonia’s fitting in, but worried that she might not be doing things the right way, and looking different with her half Jewish American and half Indian looks isn’t exactly the best way to fit in. Will Sonia find a way to figure out the turmoil that has become her life? And that no matter what happens, will her two halves always make her who she is?

My favorite character in this book is Sonia. Leaving her private school and going to what seems like a foreign new school - it’s a public school! - is hard enough without having to leave all of your old friends, and trying to find make new ones. And it doesn’t make it any easier when you have to decide from the cool popular “in” kids, and the other not popular students. And with her father who just lost his job, and feeling a little out of place, and then goes and just disappears, the problems just keep on mounting up, higher and higher.

I rated this book a 9 out of 10, because I felt that while this book was wonderful and it made me just feel like I was with Sonia, figuring out what she has to do to solve all of her school problems. I also enjoyed how that, when Sonia’s figuring out how to change her life, she has many conflicts with what she does, which to me, makes the story seem more interesting. The more conflicts, the merrier!

I also like how Mrs. Hirandandani wrote the book, having some small conflicts in the beginning, having them partially solved, and then laying a whole other bomb of surprising conflicts. It added some suspense to the story, making it quite enjoyable to read.

Will Sonia make it through the big move? Will she fit in and find the right friends? And all in all, will her family go back to normal, being the happy family they once were? Read the book, ‘The Whole Story Of Half A Girl’ by Veera Hiranandani.
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