I can NOT wait until I get another break. Life. Is. HECTIC.
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(Now I sound like I'm doing a commercial. Great.)
Let's get back to the real reason we are here.
MY BASMATI BAT MITZVAH
By Paula J. Freedman
In case you can't read the green writing at the top, it says the following: Just your average Jewish-Indian-American girl.
Isn't that just an awesome way to sum up this awesome book?
I'm going to let Goodreads say its bit:
During the fall leading up to her bat mitzvah, Tara (Hindi for "star") Feinstein has a lot more than her Torah portion on her mind. Between Hebrew school and study sessions with the rabbi, there doesn’t seem to be enough time to hang out with her best friend Ben-o--who might also be her boyfriend--and her other best friend, Rebecca, who’s getting a little too cozy with that snotty Sheila Rosenberg. Not to mention working on her robotics project with the class clown Ryan Berger, or figuring out what to do with a priceless heirloom sari that she accidentally ruined. Amid all this drama, Tara considers how to balance her Indian and Jewish identities and what it means to have a bat mitzvah while questioning her faith
This was a great book! Tara is really interesting and I loved her so much. She felt very real to me. I loved how Paula really gave her a personality. I feel like I know Tara and she's not some book character.
I also liked the level of depth given to each character. I could understand where they were all coming from, even if I didn't agree with what they were doing.
There is a little romance in it. It is part on the conflict, but it adds to the story and makes it feel a little more real in my opinion.
I think I would have liked it a little better if her relationship with Ben-o turned out differently, even though I lived the small amount of romance in the story. Once you get to her age, a few people start "dating", but sometimes I wish the main character would just pull a Quentin (read Heartbreak Messenger to understand!). They are in Middle School.
All in all, it was a great book about growing up and being who you are- even if that means being Jewish-Indian-American.
Worthy of 4 stars.