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Title: Arya Khanna’s Bollywood Moment
Author: Arushi Avachat
Publication date: January 9, 2024
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Recommended for: 13+
Rating: 3/5

After her sister’s three year disappearance and surprising return, Arya feels ready to put the past behind in order to help her sister, Alina, with her Shaadi– which means getting in full wedding preparation mode. But with her unsettled resentment for her sister, boiling tensions with her mother, and a huge mound of college applications to tend to, it’s safe to say that Arya is overwhelmed. Meanwhile, as a senior in high school, Arya is juggling her responsibility as vice president of her class and her hatred for her fellow student council member– Dean Merriweather– who also happens to be her academic rival. Between cake testings and chaotic school fundraisers, Arya will stop at nothing to make sure everything goes smoothly. But when her family relationships start crumbling and she begins to harbor unexpected feelings for Dean, will she still be able to keep her life on course? 

To start on a positive note, I really loved the South Asian representation in this book– between the wedding preparations, traditions, and cuisine– I felt as though I was experiencing a piece of the author’s culture. Additionally, the pacing of this book was pretty good, I was never overly bored while reading it. But all of that aside, it’s safe to say I wasn’t the biggest fan of this one. Although the characters were gearing up for Alina’s wedding, I really didn’t feel as though there was a plot to this story. There wasn’t a clear rising action or climax to keep me interested at the end. Also, the supposed chemistry between Arya and Dean was non-existent. I had absolutely no idea why they liked each other and their banter wasn’t even funny to read. Even the friendship between Arya and her best friend wasn’t very convincing. In fact, I felt that way with a lot of the relationships in this novel. I wish there was more emotional development for the prominent characters in this book because it would have really strengthened the storyline. Overall, I would check this one out if you’re interested in dramatic contemporary fiction.

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