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Length: 299 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"Rarely have I encountered an author skilled enough to really get inside and sixteen-year-old mind and pull the reader along with them... full of fun characters and twists." - Clean Romance Reviews

"Over My Head is a strong contemporary offering, with an interesting, multi-layered plot and a likeable cast of characters. Marie Lamba deals with cultural conflicts with warmth and sympathy, while accurately representing young love, with all its accompanying mistakes and embarrassments. A solid read."-- Agrippina Legit

"There's a lot to enjoy about Over My Head. I truly appreciate how Sang's heritage is Indian...it's just wonderful to read about a totally normal girl. Because normal, average girls are worth knowing and worth reading about." --Tiger Holland, All-Consuming Books

From the Author

I wrote OVER MY HEAD as the follow-up to my first novel WHAT I MEANT... since many people wanted to know what happened to Sang after that book finished. OVER MY HEAD stands on its own, so there's no need to read the first book to enjoy this summery novel. I hope you like my newest book!  Best, Marie

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  • File Size: 980 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lamba Associates, Inc.; 1 edition (June 24, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058I6J6I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,828 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Marie Lamba (www.marielamba.com) is author of the humorous young adult novel What I Meant... (Random House), which Publisher's Weekly dubbed "an impressive debut." She's also author of the summery YA novel Over My Head about a girl who has either met the love of her life or a player out to break her heart. Marie's newest novel is a paranormal YA titled Drawn, which is about a teen artist who falls for a hot medieval ghost with a sketchy past. Her short story "What I Did..." is in the Philadelphia Liars Club anthology Liar Liar (Mendacity Press).

In addition to her fiction, Marie has published numerous articles in national magazines, and her essay "The View from the Outside" is in the anthology Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing). She lives in Pennsylvania, is a proud member of the Liars Club, and is an Associate Literary Agent for the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency in NYC.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna Galanti on March 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
I don't normally read YA but completely enjoyed this book - a good read full of teen angst, drama, complex family dynamics, love, and loss. I was thrown back to my teen years and deeply felt Sang's pain, joy, hopeful wishes and embarrassments as my own!

We catch up with teenage girl Sang heading into a swirling upside down summer of the unknown. Sang's summer holds a confusing weave of crushes, new friends, arch enemies, family problems, and humiliations. Sang's pivotal summer just may be the place where she finds her sea legs and swims, instead of sinking. A place where she may finally find herself. And YA Author Lamba gives us a delightful, bittersweet tale to follow - with a heroine we ache and cheer for.

Lamba certainly piles on the heavy, complex family dynamics in Sang's life, making it even more difficult for her to wade through on top of her regular teen issues. Lamba also knows how to vividly draw her readers into a painful teen world where the smallest mortifications can snowball into larger problems. And a world where embarrassment lurks in every encounter, waiting to happen.

Lamba gives us the black and white world of a teen. We witness how a teen's peers can have the power to shoot down a young girl with a few words. It's all or nothing. A world where every day is a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. Yet, Lamba leads Sang down the path to finding her own balance in this rigid world. A world where sparks between a boy can signal true love or not and we, the reader, seethe with death wishes for Sang's arch enemy!

You champion for Sang, as she often searches for the very thing that is in front of her all the time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Kristofic on November 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I don't usually read books like this. It's takes place in the summer (not my favorite season), it's about a girl looking for love and a boyfriend (I didn't date until college because I hated high school 'drama') while she's learning to swim at the local pool (I hate pools).

But a friend suggested it to me. I gave it my usual test: "I'll read twenty percent of the book. If it's not doing anything for me, I'm gone."

I read to the end. And quickly.

Here is a book that makes you feel the summer vibe no matter what time of year you open the book. It's all there: the sun, the sweat, the smell of cut grass and warm night air. It's about a teenage girl looking for love (sometimes in the wrong places) and trying to understand the world. It makes you laugh. You feel some genuine emotions. It's a book about a teenage girl who learns what it means to really say "I love you."

I hadn't read a book like this in a long time.

Lamba's clean and funny prose kept me interested in a subject that I would usually pass on (teenage girl looking for love and meaning? Not my typical bag). Her craft for tension and dialogue is embedded in her words. They sometimes feel like they're humming off the page. I actually looked forward to my evening visit with Sang and her exotic, inter-ethnic family as they struggle to put down their roots in quaint Doylestown, Pennsylvania. You hope for them. You root for Sang. You hope she and her family find their way in the fast-paced American landscape, but you also hope they stay true to their Indian traditions so that their deeper understandings of family and love can emerge like a swimmer from the deep end of the pool.

And there's a catfight scene that is just bracingly accurate and laugh-out-loud hilarious. You can't beat that combination.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rusty Allen on June 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
OVER MY HEAD offers a jaunty teen journey, with young adult characters who are diverse, colorful, and well realized. Lamba's heroines are always bright, upstanding young ladies, fighting against feeling like the outsider and hoping for real love. Her YA audience will relate to the protagonist's realistic suburban/small-town life and many of her quandaries, including plenty of romantic intrigue. Will it be the college stud for Sang or her old softy of a high-school buddy? Who's real, who's not? Lamba's clean, tight prose is a breeze to read. This one again illustrates the challenges of living in a multicultural family. And though her heroines may sometimes lose faith amidst all the challenges, they always regain it. Read, and see this author finish with a nice twist of ambiguity!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol on September 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
I fell in love with Sang Jumnal in Marie Lamba's debut novel WHAT I MEANT and the love affair continued in this one. Sang not only deals with the usual teenage difficulties of family tension and love triangles, but she also struggles with balancing the American values and culture of her friends and American mother and those of her Indian father and extended family. Ms. Lamba portrayed Sang's teenage angst and fears with humor and honesty. I could feel Sang's devotion to the family against which she sometimes rebelled which made me root for her even when I disapproved of some of her choices. Teenagers will see some of their own issues in Sang's struggles, but readers of any age will enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Strathcona Library on October 17, 2011
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This is a refreshing YA book. It has all the elements of teenage self discovery with the extra pressure of the tug of war between East Indian values and growing up in America. Sang successfully navigates the minefield of discovering her own identity as a teenager/adult and an American/Indian. It was well written, easy to read and the characters were relatable. Marie Lamba was able to effectively portray that awkwardness that EVERYONE feels when trying to convey how you feel about someone or even say those 3 little words. Now I have to read the rest of the series!!
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