The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani

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Sonia is easy to relate to, yet flawed...Hiranandani does an admirable job of portraying the jumbled mess of emotions Sonia feels during her family’s crisis and her own struggle to fit in a new environment.
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What greater praise than to be compared to Judy Blume!--"Each [Blume and Hiranandani] excels in charting the fluctuating discomfort zones of adolescent identity with affectionate humor."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred

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.


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About Veera Hiranandani

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VEERA HIRANANDANI has an MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She has written fiction for both children and adults. The Whole Story of Half a Girl is her debut novel.

Author Residence: Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
 
Published January 10, 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 226 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction
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Reviewed by Nicole Bonia on Mar 02 2012

Sonia is easy to relate to, yet flawed...Hiranandani does an admirable job of portraying the jumbled mess of emotions Sonia feels during her family’s crisis and her own struggle to fit in a new environment.

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