Can you find love when you think you already have it?
Shalini is new to L.A. Not new like from New York City new—or even Kansas new. New like from India new. And in the U.S., she has it all wrong: the way she dresses, the way she talks, the way she wears her hair. And then there is the ring, which makes her way different from everyone else—because Shalini has been engaged since she was three to Vikram, back in India.
Shalini’s life has been turned upside down. She doesn’t fit in, her mom is depressed, and email is no substitute for being with Vikram.
But when she meets Toby at school, Shalini’s heart gets turned upside down, too. Just looking at Toby makes her stomach flutter. She thinks she loves Vikram, but he never made her feel like this.
In Lovetorn, Shalini discovers that your heart ultimately makes its own choices, even when it seems as if your destiny has already been chosen.
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|Age Range:||13 Years|
About the Author
Kavita Daswani has been a fashion correspondent for CNN International, CNBC Asia, and Women’s Wear Daily. Her stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, Vogue India, and Entrepreneur magazine, among many other publications. She was also formerly the fashion editor of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Her adult novels include For Matrimonial Purposes, The Village Bride of Beverly Hills, and Salaam, Paris. She is also the author of Indie Girl (for teens). Kavita grew up in Hong Kong and spent summers in Mumbai, where her parents are from. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Shalini, the main character of this novel, leaves the familiarity of India for the strange new environment and people of America. One of her most regrettable thoughts of leaving India consisted of Vikram, the boy she has been engaged to since she was three. Vikram and Shalini's relationship does continue via long-distance. They skype, chat on the phone, and write letters; however, it is not easy to keep a long-distance relationship going and Shalini slowly begins to adjust to her new home. At the beginning, Shalini experienced the typical out-of-place new girl emotion. There were a few "mean girls" who made her adjustment harder than it had to be. She envies her younger sister for slipping into the school and her new life so easily. Shalini is resilient, however, and manages to make some necessary changes and move on. Her mother is not making the necessary changes...her mother's behavior alters the family dynamic. When Shalini decides to forge through school and meets a handsome American boy, Toby, she suddenly has questions about her future. Overall, this was an excellent book. I loved Shalini's character. She was so clearly intelligent, brave, and calm. Toby was interesting, he was a "nice guy." He could have possibly been introduced earlier in the novel, but it was fine the way it was. Vikram was so sweet it was unbearable-a reader will be able to see why Shalini loved him. The events were fast-paced and interesting. The story is told from Shalini's perspective and she truly allows the reader to get inside her head. This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.