The three sisters first introduced in Bindi Babes (in a starred review, PW called it "a touching story about loss, adjustment and family love, laced with humor") return for a third and final installment, Bhangra Babes by Narinder Dhami, in which their interfering Auntie is finally getting married and moving out. The trio should be relieved to have their lives and their father back, right? But a host of extenuating circumstances may well sap their gratitude. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Amber, Jazz, and Geena Dhillon are back in this rollicking finale to Narinder Dhami's trilogy. In this story, Auntie is finally getting married and moving out. The lucky guy is none other than Mr. Arora. He's the good-looking teacher the girls fixed Auntie up with, so they ought to be thrilled. Nevertheless, life manages to complicate itself. Kiran, the new girl in school with an attitude; the gorgeous Rocky Gill, for whom all three sisters fall with a series of resounding crashes; and a relative by marriage who threatens to out aunt Auntie herself are just a few of the ingredients in this laugh-out-loud book. All being fair in love and war, Amber plays to win, only to realize the reward she thought she'd want eventually shows up lacking in luster. The story's cultural context is lovingly and unerringly drawn, down to the regional nuances of wedding customs and bhangra music that reflect the joyful energy of the Punjabi community in the UK. The first person kid voice is right on the pulse, and the promise of swiftly paced humor is amply delivered. Dhami has a sound ear for the well-placed comic line, and Amber is a smart and witty narrator. Bhangra Babes strikes a nice balance between the various plot threads and brings us to a satisfying conclusion. The larger story of the trilogy comes full circle when the mother's death, occurring prior to the events of the first book, becomes the touchstone for Amber's own growth in her relationship with Kiran. 2006, Delacorte, and Ages 8 up.
Gr 5-7-In this final book in the trilogy, Amber, Geena, and Jazz are about to be rid of their strict aunt. Auntie, who came to England from India to look after the girls after their mother's death, is marrying Mr. Arora, the head of their school. Amber narrates from the center of the action as the family dodges the wild wedding-planning fancies of Mr. Arora's own strong-minded auntie. She is also drooling over a new boy at school who thinks he can rap, and her uncle-to-be uses his status to persuade her to befriend Kiran, a bullying new girl at school. Amid the squeals, giggles, and hijinks of Auntie's wedding, Amber learns some lessons about not judging others so quickly. The light banter and romantic theme make for a quick, appealing read. Even those who missed Bindi Babes (2004) and Bollywood Babes (2005, both Delacorte) will find much to enjoy in this final offering: witty dialogue, characters who are fabulously trendy yet compassionate, a peek into British school life, and a warm depiction of contemporary Indian immigrant families.-Wendi Hoffenberg, Yonkers Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Dhami concludes her chick-lit trilogy about three Indian-British tweens-Geena, Amber and Jazz Dhillon-who have a penchant for trouble and sisterly bantering. This time, their interfering auntie is planning a wedding and moving out. Added to the mix of disasters waiting to happen is the girls' bet as to which sister the gorgeous Rocky will like best and their forced welcoming support of Kiran, the new girl in school with an attitude problem. When Amber discovers that Kiran's sudden truancy is related to the recent death of her father, she persuades Rocky to act friendly toward her in exchange for playing his bhangra-style music at her aunt's wedding. The seemingly perfect arrangement unravels when Rocky and Kiran appear to be more than friends and Rocky's talent stops with his good looks. But the sisters are babes after all, and end the series on a high note. Fans of Dhami's previous titles will want to finish the series. (Fiction. 9-13)