Summary: My Sister’s Big Fat Indian Wedding
Zurika Damani plays the violin with a sprinkle of hip-hop and has just been rejected by Julliard. Her current options are to go to college for pre-law or compete in a contest judged by major college scouts (including Julliard scouts). The only problem is that the contest is during her big sister’s week-long Indian wedding. Thankfully, her cousins band together to help her disappear during the ceremony without being discovered. But things get complicated when Zurika finds out that the group’s South African cousin is a fellow contestant.
This was a fun, dramatic story with a large cast of characters. I found it much easier to get into on audio than I did with my text copy. Zuri is an ambitious character who loves her family but also wants a chance to prove that she can make music as a career, not just a hobby like her Indian family thinks. I loved seeing how supportive all her cousins were, and the plotting and hijinks added to the story’s fun.
Naveen’s charm comes through in every scene, and I enjoyed the chemistry between him and Zuri, even as they waded through their enemies phase to the not-so-sure stage and, finally, the definitely-attracted phase. Naveen is also a musician (he sings) but seems more confident than Zuri in his abilities and on the stage. I liked seeing the contrast between both characters and the way they played off of each other.
Finally, family and sisterhood are another huge theme in this one, in addition to the showcase of Indian culture throughout the week-long wedding. Zuri has a sweet relationship with her father, and her little sister reminded me heaps of Kitty, Lara Jean’s sister. There wasn’t too much depth or “big-issue-tackling” in this story, which made the reading experience relaxing and more feel-good than anything else.
- Death: None
- Alcohol/substance abuse: None
- Language: No profanity, occasional usage of “AF”
- Violence: None
- Ethnic: Most of the cast is Indian-American
- Sexual orientation: None
Recommended for ages: 12+
Good for kids who like:
- Sarah Dessen
- Wedding-based YA stories
- Jenny Han
- High school romances for teens
- Enemies-to-lovers romances
|Publisher details||Amulet Books|
|Publication date:||April 19, 2022|
|Cover artists | Designer:||Jyotirmayee Patra | Chelsea Hunter|
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