The Rearranged Life

The Rearranged Life

by Annika Sharma

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Overview

Nithya, a vivacious, intelligent and driven college senior has always known what she has wanted: a successful career in medicine and the love of her family. She's even come to terms with the idea of an arranged marriage, a tradition her conservative Indian family has held up for thousands of years.

When a night of partying puts her on a collision course with danger, Nithya's entire life changes.

Enter James St. Clair, the smart, challenging and heartbreakingly handsome American. As Nithya and James fall in love, she questions the future she and her parents have always planned.

Now, Nithya has a choice to make: become a doctor and a good Indian bride, or step away from her family and centuries of culture to forge her own path. The decision she comes to takes her on a journey that transforms how she sees her future, her relationships with loved ones, and how she learns to put herself back together when even her best-laid plans fall apart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620078778
Publisher: Whampa, LLC
Publication date: 05/15/2015
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
For Nithya family is incredibly important. She always does what's being expected of her, as that's how she's been raised. Nithya is a model student and wants to have a career in medicine. She's also accepted she'll have an arranged marriage, but she's not ready to start meeting potential candidates yet. Nithya also wants to have some college experience and when she's at a party something goes horribly wrong. Fortunately the kind and handsome James is there to help her out. It's the beginning of a strong friendship. Nithya likes spending time with James and he's easy to get along with. They have a lot in common and they fall in love with each other head over heels. This puts Nithya in a difficult position, will she choose to follow the dreams her family has for her and give up her own or will she listen to her heart and be with James? Will she ever have the chance to be happy or will her heart be broken no matter which path she chooses? What will Nithya decide and will she be able to handle the consequences of this decision? The Rearranged Life is a beautiful story about true love. Nithya is a fantastic person. She's super smart, she's a loving daughter, she's responsible and she's kind. I loved how she always thinks things through and never makes rash decisions. She doesn't only think about herself, she also thinks about how her behavior affects others and I loved that. She and James have a great bond. It was fun to see how well they get along and I enjoyed reading about their families and their values. They have plenty of sparks, there's a deep intellectual connection and I was endeared by how sweet they are together, which are all very important aspects of a good relationship. I really liked how well thought through Annika Sharma writes about this special couple. I love reading about different cultures and The Rearranged Life immediately captivated me. I admired how informative Annika Sharma's writing is, while her story remains entertaining and easy to read I've learned a lot from The Rearranged Life as well. She writes about Nithya's family and their expectations in a fantastic open way that made it possible to understand all of Nithya's feelings about the dilemma she's facing. Annika Sharma skillfully does this through surprising and intriguing twists and turns and many fascinating scenes that kept piquing my interest. Annika Sharma has a fabulous rhythmic writing style that made me fly through the pages of The Rearranged Life. I was enchanted by the story. I'm a big fan of books about true love and this story put a huge smile on my face. Annika Sharma makes her main characters come to life very well. I love how she writes about their thoughts and emotions. She's written a complete and balanced story. I like smart main characters and that made this book extra wonderful for me. I highly recommend The Rearranged Life, it's a terrific romantic book.
JRHoward More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review** The Rearranged Life is like nothing you've ever read in New Adult Romance in all the best possible ways. It's sweet and charming, funny and fresh. Sharma has a fantastic way of introducing the reader to Indian culture while still infusing her story with all the swoon you'd expect from this type of book. Our main character, Nithya, is a brilliant and driven college senior intent on making her way into medical school after graduating from Penn State. She's even come to terms with the idea of an arranged marriage, a tradition upheld by her conservative Indian family for thousands of years. In fact, everything in her life seems to be going according to plan...until she meets James St. Clair. On paper, James is perfect--handsome, smart, lovable. The only problem? He's American, and to Nithya's family, that one fact makes him completely incompatible. Add to the problem that Nithya's family has found her the perfect match in Nishanth, the son of an old family friend, and Nithya's got herself quite the dilemma. This book was incredibly thought provoking, and perhaps what I loved about it best is that it demonstrated both sides of the argument equally. There was no bad guy, no right answer, and up until the very end I still couldn't be 100% certain which way Nithya would decide. Sharma effortlessly tackled a tricky subject and has filled it with so much raw emotion that it's impossible for you not to empathize with the characters. A great read not to be missed!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite In The Rearranged Life by Annika Sharma, college senior and future doctor Nithya comes from a traditional Indian family. Her parents have always planned on an arranged marriage for her. She has always obeyed her parents and tried so hard to please them, so an arranged marriage isn’t out of the question for her. But then she meets James, an American, and he and her feelings for him make her question everything she’s ever known. Does she really want to marry someone she doesn’t love? Does she even want to be a doctor? What if her decisions until now were made because she doesn’t know anything else? And if she changes her mind about things and goes against her culture’s and her family’s traditions, will she lose the people she loves? They say not to judge a book by its cover. Sadly, I am guilty of doing this all the time. However, I’m glad I did in this case. I absolutely loved the cover of this book, and it immediately made me want to read it. And I’m so glad I did. What an incredible story. I am the product of an interracial couple, so I’m always interested in books where two people from completely different cultures have this undeniable chemistry. And that is exactly what Nithya and James have. They couldn’t be more different with regard to the worlds they come from, but none of that matters; they connect on a whole other level, and they understand each other like no one else does. But this isn’t your typical forbidden love story. Nithya loves her family, and she wants their approval. Disappointing them is extremely hard for her, which a lot of us can relate to, no matter what our background is. So, it’s difficult for her to make a decision when it comes to whether she should be with James or not. That is one reason I enjoyed this book so much; it is completely relatable and realistic. With such a real love story, characters you can’t help but connect with and root for, and authentic cultural references, The Rearranged Life is a must-read book. I couldn’t be happier about finding this amazing author. Annika Sharma, I hope to read many more books from you!
Marie_Meyer More than 1 year ago
THE REARRANGED LIFE is a poignant tale of a young Indian-American woman, proud of her Indian heritage and traditions, yet ready to embrace the American side of herself too. When the two cultures clash, Nithya is forced to make a decision that could potentially ruin the close relationship she has with her parents.  Nithya, an intelligent, decisive college senior is ready to take the next step in her college career: med school. But, she encounters some road bumps along the way. Specifically, when she meets the handsome James, an American. Nithya isn't supposed to fall for James. Her whole life, she's never done anything against her parents wishes, and they wish for her to be with the nice Indian boy, Nishanth...and he is nice. Ms. Sharma does a fabulous job of showing both of Nithya's choices, which are equally wonderful. Nithya is drawn to both guys and each of them have endearing qualities.  As I read, my heart hurt for Nithya and her suitors, because I knew she could be happy with either of them. I liked both boys and didn't want to see either one get hurt. But, like real life, choices aren't easy and someone will be the inevitable looser. Ms. Sharma portray's Nithya's struggle beautifully. If she chooses James, Nishanth will be hurt, and she runs the risk of disgracing her conservative Indian family. If she chooses Nishanth, James gets hurt. And ultimately, Nithya, our lovely protagonist, will experience a degree of loss and hurt in making her decision as well.  THE REARRANGED LIFE is a quiet story that gets under your skin. It has characters you'll connect with on a deeper level. You'll experience their joy and feel their pain as if it were your own. This is a story that will stay with you long after you finish reading. I'm looking forward to seeing what Ms. Sharma has in store next!
JRHoward More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review** The Rearranged Life is like nothing you've ever read in New Adult Romance in all the best possible ways. It's sweet and charming, funny and fresh. Sharma has a fantastic way of introducing the reader to Indian culture while still infusing her story with all the swoon you'd expect from this type of book. Our main character, Nithya, is a brilliant and driven college senior intent on making her way into medical school after graduating from Penn State. She's even come to terms with the idea of an arranged marriage, a tradition upheld by her conservative Indian family for thousands of years. In fact, everything in her life seems to be going according to plan...until she meets James St. Clair. On paper, James is perfect--handsome, smart, lovable. The only problem? He's American, and to Nithya's family, that one fact makes him completely incompatible. Add to the problem that Nithya's family has found her the perfect match in Nishanth, the son of an old family friend, and Nithya's got herself quite the dilemma. This book was incredibly thought provoking, and perhaps what I loved about it best is that it demonstrated both sides of the argument equally. There was no bad guy, no right answer, and up until the very end I still couldn't be 100% certain which way Nithya would decide. Sharma effortlessly tackled a tricky subject and has filled it with so much raw emotion that it's impossible for you not to empathize with the characters. A great read not to be missed!