Friday, January 13, 2012

Alice's Review on The Whole Story of Half a Girl

The Whole Story of Half a Girl
Author: Veera Hiranandani (@VeeraHira)
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Format: E-Galley
Pages: 218
Source: NetGalley
Challenge: 2012 Completely Contemp
Buy it: Amazon
After her father loses his job, Sonia Nadhamuni, half Indian and half Jewish American, finds herself yanked out of private school and thrown into the unfamiliar world of public education. For the first time, Sonia's mixed heritage makes her classmates ask questions—questions Sonia doesn't always know how to answer—as she navigates between a group of popular girls who want her to try out for the cheerleading squad and other students who aren't part of the "in" crowd.

At the same time that Sonia is trying to make new friends, she's dealing with what it means to have an out-of-work parent—it's hard for her family to adjust to their changed circumstances. And then, one day, Sonia's father goes missing. Now Sonia wonders if she ever really knew him. As she begins to look for answers, she must decide what really matters and who her true friends are—and whether her two halves, no matter how different, can make her a whole.

You Should... – Buy it

Reason for Reading – Cover, Topic

Judge the Cover – I am glad they tied in some characteristics of the main character. Like putting Sonia on her shoe and the color purple is Sonia’s favorite color.

A Little Teaser  “How can you be Jewish and Indian at the same time? That’s really weird.” The chicken nuggets I’m chewing start to feel like cardboard and my head gets all floaty like I might rise up off my seat and out of the cafeteria. “You just can,” I say, and wish I had a better answer.

Review  This is a short review, but in three words this book was enjoyable, touching, and realistic.

In the beginning, Sonia Nadhamuni is attending a private school where the teachers are called by their first names, and there are no grades. The school is very creative and artistic, and some might call it a ‘hippie’ school. Sonia loves her life in this school. No one is judged and made fun of, and she had never had to question who she is.

That is until Sonia’s father lose his job, and Sonia is taken out of her private school. Sonia is devastated that she has to leave her school and friend behind and start at a public school. She is starting middle school, which is a big milestone for anyone. Sonia starts school and is way different from her private school. She takes notices on the differences right away. Like people at the public school eat school lunch, while Sonia brings healthy lunch from home.

Another thing she notices is the school is split up. There’s the popular group and then there are a small group of Black students. Sonia is questioned about her family background, and Sonia starts to notice she really isn’t sure who she is. She always told everyone and herself, that she is half-Indian and half-Jewish, but now she has questions for her family and herself.

Sonia not only dealing with struggles of discovering who she is, she is having some troubles at home. Her father after losing his job doesn’t seem like the same guy anymore. She doesn’t know what to expect when she sees him. Then her mother is trying to keep everything the same, but also having to work more to keep up with the financial problems. Sonia now growing up is having problems connecting with her mother.

It is really a touching story, and I felt connected to the character Sonia. This book was easy, amazing read. I would suggest this book to preteens.

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