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Secret Keeper

Secret Keeper

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by Mitali Perkins

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When her father loses his job and leaves India to look for work in America, Asha Gupta, her older sister, Reet, and their mother must wait with Baba’s brother and his family, as well as their grandmother, in Calcutta. Uncle is welcoming, but in a country steeped in tradition, the three women must abide by his decisions. Asha knows this is temporary—just

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Lawral More than 1 year ago
The best part about this book is the descriptive language that Perkins uses throughout. Everything is so lush and easy to feel or visualize. At the same time, she doesn't coddle her readers, most of whom aren't familiar with 1970s Indian dress and customs; she does not go to great lengths to spell everything out. Because she lets you kind of figure things out for yourself as you go along (with the help of a glossary of Indian words at the back of the book) there were no obtrusive info-dumps to pull you out of the story. Some people may want more description of the customs and traditions acted out in the book, but I was happy to get on with the story! Asha is young and chafing in her girl-hood. She had a pretty free and open childhood, learning how to do things like play tennis and cricket, but all of that stopped when she got her period and she had to become a proper young lady. Further restrictions are placed on her and Reet when they move to Uncle's house. The contrast of their lives inside the house (always inside the house) to that of her male cousin Raj is pointed, both to the reader and to Asha. Watching Asha come in to her own and start to make decisions for her family in this environment is all the more amazing. Because the story centers around this aspect of Asha's life, as well as how her growing confidence can or cannot save her sister and mother, I think that this would make a great middle grade read as well. I really enjoyed Secret Keeper and look forward to reading more of Mitali Perkins' books in the future! Book source: Philly Free Library
J_Renee_Archer More than 1 year ago
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. 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.
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SarahAG More than 1 year ago
What a waste of time! I have just read Secret Keeper by Mital Perkins. This book was hard to understand. This book was about secrets. Asha has a sceret that she hasn't told her friend Reet. Asha has all kinds of secerts that she can't tell. Reet tries to get Asha to tell, but she won't. It was misleading, and I thought it would be easier to read. The book was hard to follow. I was confused most of the time. Ths book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I thought it would have more secrets and give more information. I thoight it was disappointing. Again, I was disppointed, Because of this, I give this bok two out of five stars.