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Posted December 23, 2009
Coming of Age with Secret Keeper
Secret Keeper is a coming-of-age novel set in the 1970s that tells the story of Asha, an Indian girl. Asha and her sister are teenagers when their father moves to the United States in search of work. The two girls along with their mother move in with extended family until Baba finds work and they can join him in America. Tension is high under her uncle's roof, relationships are strained and money is slipping away fast with more mouths to feed. Asha's family lives by strict cultural traditions that suppress her personality and dreams. With each new circumstance and decision the anticipated move to America seems more like a dream and less like reality.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Perkins immerses the reader in Indian culture. This novel teaches the traditions and customs that teenage girls live by. Although aspects of life for young women in India are far different from that of American girls, readers can easily connect with Asha as she matures into womanhood, develops relationships and searches for her place in society.
One nitpick for this novel: a slow beginning. The first half of the book drug by. The story was off to a somber start which made the early chapters seem dull and dreary. I wish some of the action and liveliness of the later chapters could have made an earlier entrance.
Secret Keeper is a good choice for those who enjoy stories set in different cultures. This book is a good choice if you have ever had to let go of a dream or if you have had to except something for yourself that is less than you desire. Read Secret Keeper for a tale of one girl's journey through an uncertain and sometimes awkward time in her life.
Posted January 2, 2011
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