Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani

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Can you find love when you think you already have it?

Shalini is new to L.A. Not new like from New York City new—or even Kansas new. New like from India new. And in the U.S., she has it all wrong: the way she dresses, the way she talks, the way she wears her hair. And then there is the ring, which makes her way different from everyone else—because Shalini has been engaged since she was three to Vikram, back in India.

Shalini’s life has been turned upside down. She doesn’t fit in, her mom is depressed, and email is no substitute for being with Vikram.

But when she meets Toby at school, Shalini’s heart gets turned upside down, too. Just looking at Toby makes her stomach flutter. She thinks she loves Vikram, but he never made her feel like this.

In Lovetorn, Shalini discovers that your heart ultimately makes its own choices, even when it seems as if your destiny has already been chosen.


About Kavita Daswani

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Kavita Daswani has been a fashion correspondent for CNN, CNBC Asia, and Women?s Wear Daily, has written for the Los Angeles Times and the International Herald Tribune, among many other publications, and has been the fashion editor for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.
Published January 17, 2012 by HarperTeen. 256 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult.

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But like her mother, Asha, shy Shalini is miserable in high school, where her foreign manners and dress target her for ridicule.

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Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani is the young adult book for those whose mothers love books by Shobhan Bantwal, the wonderful author of books (like The Full Moon Bride) about love that either are set in India or feature families from India.

Jan 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Lovetorn

City Book Review

In Lovetorn, the reader is introduced to a girl from India whose family has been uprooted and moved to Los Angeles, due to a job.

Mar 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Lovetorn

Night Owl Romance

Shalini and her family move to L.A.

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IBN Live

Bareilly to Beverly Hills is the journey sixteen-year-old Shalini Agarwal makes when her father moves to a new job in Los Angeles.

Nov 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Lovetorn

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