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Posted August 24, 2010
Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club.com
When fifteen-year-old Jazz Gardner discovers she's going to spend the summer in India with her family she is not happy about it at all. She has a thriving business in San Francisco with her best friend Steve, and she can't imagine leaving either one for three months. She's certain one of the other girls from school will make a move while she's gone and claim Steve's heart before she even tells him how much he means to her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When she arrives in the town where her mother was born and adopted from the orphanage, she's determined not to get involved in helping out in any way. All she wants to do is pass the time while she counts the days until she goes home. But her encounters with the people, and a little bit of monsoon madness, just may convince her she's got something to contribute after all.
Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins is a great book for mother-daughter book clubs. Jazz is an independent girl whose parents are very much involved in her life. She constantly compares herself to her mother, and often feels she's lacking. This book can generate great discussions on finding and believing in your own strengths, working to help others, trusting people and having the courage to say what you're feeling. Perkins has an excellent mother-daughter book club discussion guide at her website, http://www.mitaliperkins.com/mother_daughter_book_club.html. Here's just one of the questions that may provoke great discussion:
"What's the most risky thing you've tried when it comes to helping someone else? Did it work?" I highly recommend Monsoon Summer for book clubs with girls aged 10 and up.
Posted August 6, 2008
great read for young girls and women who love them
Although this book started out a bit young for my taste as a 30 something I quickly started reading if from a teenage girls point of view. What great lessons this book teaches and messages it conveys to girls. Be proud of your heritage, you don't have to look like a barbie doll to be considered acceptable and above all, human compassion and charity. I encourage all teens and their moms to read this great story!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 24, 2004
Jazz resisted going to India for the summer with her family. Her mother, who was adopted by American parents had been born in India and had lived the first four years of her life in an orphanage. Now the mother was excited about returning to help the orphanage and the community around it with a medical clinic. However, Jazz had discovered her first love, her long time friend, Steve, and she yearned to stay at home and take care of the business that she and Steve had established. The family packed up and moved to India during the Monsoon season. At first Jazz felt bitter and awkward, but she gradually started to feel comfortable. As the Monsoon brought new life to the land, Jazz discovered inner resources and contentment. It was a pleasure to read a book with a family who cared about each other and who placed importance on family loyalty. The characters are well-written and appealing. Jazz may feel anxiety about the summer in India, she may consider herself a big unlovable girl, she may want to hide from the crowds who seem to have their eyes on her all the time, but she always comes across as someone who in the end will shine, and so she does. She scoffs at her mother¿s desire to give and help, but Jazz discovers that helping is part of her own personality, also. Along with Jazz¿s adventures there is information about the people of India, how they dress, eat, live, and think. Danita, an orphaned girl that Jazz befriends, is determined to keep her two sisters with her, even if it means marrying a much older and physically repellant man. Danita and Jazz share their talents and make a difference in their lives. Monsoon summer is touching and engrossing. I highly recommend it for those who want an easy to read and uplifting story about adjusting to another culture and discovering one¿s own self. The book is rated age 12 and up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 13, 2004
Monsoon summer in an excellent book. It was so exciting for Jazz (Jasmine) to go through such a hard time in India, and finally realizes that she loved to spend time at the orphanage. I'm indian myself, and knows what she goes through in this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 30, 2004
What a delightful and satisfying read!
I picked up a signed copy of Monsoon Summer at my favorite bookstore in NYC and just couldn't put it down! This book is so much fun! Jasmine (Jazz) is a endearing and believable character whose insecurities and mistakes made me think of a younger me. Mitali Perkins captures those awkward teenage years and that first crush so clearly; you will feel like you are reliving it! Perkins brings out the most beautiful details of India, and Pune (a city a few hours outside of Bombay) in particular. Her observations of caste and poverty are poignant. Most interesting are her views and charity and altruism. What a delightful and satisfying read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.