SYNOPSISNithya, a vivacious, intelligent and driven college senior has always known what she has wanted: a successful career in medicine and the love of her family. She's even come to terms with the idea of an arranged marriage, a tradition her conservative Indian family has held up for thousands of years.
When a night of partying puts her on a collision course with danger, Nithya's entire life changes.
Enter James St. Clair, the smart, challenging and heartbreakingly handsome American.
As Nithya and James fall in love, she questions the future she and her parents have always planned. Now, Nithya has a choice to make: become a doctor and a good Indian bride, or step away from her family and centuries of culture to forge her own path.
The decision she comes to takes her on a journey that transforms how she sees her future, her relationships with loved ones, and how she learns to put herself back together when even her best-laid plans fall apart.
REVIEWI have been in sort of a book funk lately and this book snapped me right out of it! I loved how although it gives off a contemporary feel, I learned many things about another culture (Indian/Hindu). Despite the main character being Indian-American I really felt like she was a very relatable character to me. I also enjoy short chapters, because every book I read with short chapters I fall in love with. (ex. Jenny Han's To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before).
Nithya was a great character, and I thought it would be great if I could be friends with her in real life. I also thought Sophie was very sweet and I loved how she asked so many silly questions during the Indian wedding. I also loved the descriptions of the Indian wedding, I definitely would love to see one in person!
James was awesome, the way he is like a knight in shining armor to Nithya. I loved their awkwardness at the beginning, felt so lifelike to me.
When I first started this book I thought it was going to take a dark turn, and I am so glad it didn't. Nithya really is lucky that James comes to the rescue. I could see this happening to other people in real life, because if you have good friends they should be watching you and making sure you don't run off with strangers.
If you like contemporaries and learning about new cultures, you should definitely pick this one up! I loved Annika Sharma's writing style.
I rate this one 4 out of 5 stars!
ABOUT THE AUTHORAnnika Sharma was born in New Delhi and brought up in the United States, where she moved with her parents as a baby. A proud alum, she graduated from Penn State University with dual degrees in Biobehavioral Health and Neuro-Psychology, and minors in Biology and Human Development and Family Studies. She received her Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education before pursuing her dreams of becoming a writer, landing her agent Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group while daylighting as a preschool teacher. The Rearranged Life, her first novel, was written in the month before graduate school.
Annika, a Gryffindor and Scorpio, spends much of her time dreaming of adventure, working on her next book, going on Starbucks runs with family and friends, shopping online and watching superhero movies.
The Rearranged Life, will be hitting shelves on May 15th, 2015, published by Curiosity Quills Press.