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Lovetorn [Kindle Edition]

Kavita Daswani
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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About the Author

Kavita Daswani has been a fashion correspondent for CNN International, CNBC Asia, and Women’s Wear Daily. Her stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, Vogue India, and Entrepreneur magazine, among many other publications. She was also formerly the fashion editor of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Her adult novels include For Matrimonial Purposes, The Village Bride of Beverly Hills, and Salaam, Paris. She is also the author of Indie Girl (for teens). Kavita grew up in Hong Kong and spent summers in Mumbai, where her parents are from. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

Product Details

  • File Size: 460 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (January 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DIAX2O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,367 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovetorn May 2, 2012
When I received this book from the publisher I thought to myself that I really loved the cover. I am a sucker for what the cover looks like. I know you are not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but I do. I loved the design on the side of the book. I was interested in knowing more. I had to know more.

You meet Shalini. She and her family are moving to L.A. from India. All she has known is India. She doesn't know what people do here, she doesn't know what they wear, or even where they buy their groceries. So when her family gets to the states it is a real experience. So she goes to the local high school, but she is having a hard fitting in. People don't like her because she is different. She is having a hard time meeting friends and just being a normal teenager. Which is very sad because I have some of my best memories in high school. I met some of my best friends there(which I am still friends with), and I met my husband there(yes we are high school sweethearts). High school was awesome....most of the time. :)

While there she meets this guy Toby. Toby is in the school orchestra, he is popular, and not to mention extremely good looking. So she develops a major crush on him. But there is one thing holding her back. Her boyfriend that is still in India. Yeah that is defiantly a problem. So she is torn between to guys that she is madly and deeply crushing over. How awesome does this book seem????

At first I didn't know how I would feel about this book. I thought it was just another contemporary novel to go along with the many others. Boy was I wrong. This book showed a girl not only dealing with the issues that she is facing. But it also showed the issues that her family was dealing with as a whole. Sometimes books don't do that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Gentleman's Agreement December 3, 2013
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Shalini Agarwal's life has already been planned for her. Living in Bangalore, India, with her 39 relatives, she is happy as can be. That is until her father gets a new job in Los Angeles. Now she, her younger sister and mother must move away from the only home they've all only known. Can they adjust?

Shalini's father and sister are excited about being in a new place. They both easily adjust. The same cannot be said for Shalini and her mom. Her mom is withdrawn and refuses to participate in their lives. Shalini finds herself as an outcast amongst her peers.

A new friend and a new perspective help Shalini. Soon she's enjoying school, joining clubs and she's no longer homesick. Will she forget about her promise?

LOVETORN by Kavita Daswani is a coming-of-age story about a young girl from India learning how to adjust to life in America. It was a quick and easy read. I'd definitely recommend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise, but a bit predictable March 28, 2013
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The author had a great idea: what would happen if as teenage girl moved from India to L.A? What if she had a fiancé, chosen by her father? What if she actually loved her fiancé?
However, the author went wrong when the girl won over the mean kids by being a good student and made friends by doing charity work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of ChickLovesLit . com June 19, 2012
By S Day
I was pleasantly surprised at the dynamics and depth in Daswani's LOVETORN. The title and cover make it seem like a pure romance story, but that was actually the plot theme I was least invested in as I was reading about Shalini and her move to America.

Shalini's father has taken a new job in Los Angeles, uprooting her family (mom, Shalini, sister, and father) from India, where they have forever lived with their entire extended family. As part of her culture, Shalini has been betrothed to Vikram, and they are set to marry when they become of age. This, of course, poses a slight problem when she moves across the ocean, as they are on completely different timezones and hours away from each other. Shalini starts to notice other boys in her American school, and has inner turmoil over her love life situation.

That's not the most interesting part to me, though. I know the title and cover want you to care about that the most, but I loved reading about their actual transition to America. They all took it differently, as expected, with Shalini's mother having the worst time of them all. Shalini's sister adapted well, and Shalini felt caught in between cultures. I loved reading about their transition and how they felt in their new place versus India and their old culture. Daswani didn't make the move simple and easy to force focus on the love story, and the depth this creates makes LOVETORN a pretty satisfying (short) read.

In all honesty, the length of the book hurt it for me - it is quite short, and some of the issues get skimmed over more than others, and I was beginning to get so invested that I wanted to read more. But for what it was, I enjoyed the authentic voice in LOVETORN.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lovetorn February 22, 2012
This book was really interesting; I don't think I've ever read a book from an Indian's point of view. I thought the author did a great job writing Shalini's character and incorporating the Indian culture, including the arranged marriage (though, like it says in the book, that's not really done much now and is part of an older culture). Because of my unfamiliarity, this story was a breath of fresh air. I really liked Shalini's voice and she made the book fun to read. I feel like I didn't put it down all that often because I was interested to see what Shalini would be experiencing next now that she was in America.

I also really liked Daswani's inclusion of depression in the storyline and it rang true. I can only imagine what it's like to be uprooted from your home country and plopped down in another so far away, especially when you no choice in the matter. Daswani did a great job including it in the storyline and giving the mother a journey of her own to go through, along with the rest of the family's reactions and concerns to it.

I had a bit of a problem with the romance aspect of the book. We barely see Shalini with either boy, and so I never really got a connection with either one. Both boys were nice, but there wasn't much screen time for either. Vikram is only heard from through phone and email every so often, and Toby doesn't come into the story until halfway through the novel. So I didn't really buy that Shalini was in love with him. I think one of the problems regarding that was because the timeline was over a couple months, but it was crammed into 100 pages so it felt rushed to me.

Overall though, a promising debut and it is a cute book with some depth to it. I'd suggest a library read. Plus, yay for people of color on and in books! :)
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More About the Author

Kavita Daswani is a fashion editor for Women's Wear Daily and has written for L.A Times and CNN International. She is the author of three adult novels and one teen novel, INDIE GIRL. Born in Mumbai, raised in Hong Kong, she now lives in L.A. with her husband and two sons.

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