Abby Virtually

Abby Virtually

by Ronen Divon


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A coming-of-age story set primarily in New Delhi, India, with a sub-plot taking place in New York, Abby Virtually captures a young teenage girl's foray into global tech entrepreneurship against the backdrop of a society caught between modernity, traditional values, and the changing role of women. Abhaya, an Indian teenager from New Delhi, India, cannot stand living at her parents’ home any longer. Sharing a room with an older sister, she distastes a father who is heavy on tradition. A brilliant programmer, Abhaya forges a secret life online, where she rents her services to clients around the world with a secret plan to make enough money, so she can run away from home. With its multiple layers, Abby Virtually introduces readers to themes including contemporary generational gap, ethnical prejudice, and violence against women. Yet where Abhaya’s journey ends up taking her, is the last place she would have ever imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683509073
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Ronen Divon resides in beautiful Cary, North Carolina with his wife and four kids: a set of triplets and singleton. An Israeli-born who spent twenty-five years in New York prior to relocating to NC, Ronen brings a unique blend of mixed cultures and philosophies into his work as a writer. He is an award-winning filmmaker (MFA, School of Visual Arts, NYC) with additional training in mixed media, and is a yoga and Tai Chi instructor, a healer, a spiritualist, and a business entrepreneur with rich life experience, and keen, honest observations about life. To date, Ronen has published two children’s books and a host of short adult fiction stories, as well as many articles and blog posts.

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Abby Virtually 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Insightful, beautiful, and adventurous. I think it’s been over a decade since I last read a novel (I prefer non-fiction and have little patience for most stories). I picked up this book because it seemed like I might learn something from it even though it is a fiction book. I was very taken in by the descriptiveness of the many tensions - young vs old, tradition vs modern, East vs West, male vs female, religious vs non- religious, wealthy vs poor. I felt like I learned a great deal from the perspective of the young Indian girl (the main character in the story). The story both warmed my heart and broadened my perspective. Huge kudos to the author for his ability to draw in a reader like me who does not waste time on books unless I can truly learn something from it to help me be a better person. I had fun reading and learning from this book and look forward to this author’s future books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very relevant and relatable! Interesting and engaging book. As a parent I can appreciate the struggle teenagers have these days, trying to bridge between progress, technology, and also navigate the social scene. The main character is a good role model. She is just like everyone else with strengths and weaknesses. I love her strong character. Very relatable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a unique story and concept which I’ve never encountered in another novel before. This book was absolutely charming, with such a sweet ending. I loved following the lives of those in the Indian family, whom I found to be so lovable and cute. Ronen is really masterful at creating emotional atmospheres through his words, and developing interesting conversations between the characters. I found myself laughing, amused, and even gasping aloud at certain parts, just because I was so absorbed in the story. Although Ronen is a man, I was amazed at the level of understanding he had of women and how the relationships between Abhaya and her sister, as well as Abhaya and Janaki, were so relatable and realistic. Reading the book felt like I was transported to a different country. I loved being submerged in a culture I wasn’t familiar with and being exposed to different terms like-- Masala Chai, Chapatti dough, Mundu, and the Pipal tree, as well as learning about the various Gods and their symbolisms. It made me feel as though I was on a traveling adventure, absorbing the way of life from elsewhere. It was also fascinating to see how the Indian family’s way of life differed so much from the typical family here; mostly because of the corruption of their outer environment, and the gender roles that are so traditionally placed. It all really opened my eyes to the larger scope of things and made me contemplate the world at large. What an impactful and wonderful story. I’m so excited about this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I loved most about this book is how engaging and relatable all the characters were - you find something of them in you and in so many others that you know and you really care about them. At the same time, they are all complex multidimensional figures who compete for your compassion while also being occasionally infuriating. One of my favorite characters is a guru whose silences appear profound but who may just have nothing to say. The story also brought me back to my own struggles to live up the expectations of an immigrant parent. I highly recommend this beautiful book and await the sequel! And maybe the movie!!
Marcey Rader More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. Disclaimer: I know the author personally, which always makes me nervous....will I like it and if I don't, how will I review it? Well, there was no problem with this one, because it was so good, I kept forgetting who wrote it and just read out of pure interest. This fiction book is set in India and tells the story of a teenager and her sister, dealing with a very traditional father and their electronically-connected world. The plot of how Abby gets her name, makes money, and grows her relationship with her sister, was relatable even for those not living in India. I found myself connected and caring about all the characters and what happened to them. I'll be giving this book as a gift to my niece, as there are many lessons to be learned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Abby virtually" is a brilliantly written little book. I am no longer a "young adult" but the themes running through the stories are universal to all of us. Whether it is the gap of generations or the clash of a fast pace modern society vs a more traditional one, the chapters find an accurate balance to describe the ever increasing stress imposed upon us by the internet and social medias...i.e how do we define who we are in real life vs life on the world wide web? I enjoyed discovering the well-defined characters as the book progressed and I was sorry to see them go at the end. For me, characters that go on living beyond the last page are the best ones; they engage my imagination to a greater creative world.