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Shalini and her family move to L.A. from India after her father gets a new job. How can she handle it after she's taken away from Vikram, the boy she's been betrothed to since three. Shalini finds life very different in L.A. Her sister fits right in at their new school but Shalini believes she dresses all wrong and that everything she does is weird. With her mother's depression thrown in, how will Shalini ever survive in the United States? Just as she starts to find new friends and starts to fit in, Shalini must decide if she is turning her back on India and Vikram when she develops a crush on Toby.

This was an interesting read. It was enjoyable learning about the Indian culture and read about Shalini's take on America. I thought it was fascinating to read about arranged marriages and family life in India. Kavita Daswani has earned a place on my must-read list.

Book Blurb for Lovetorn

When Shalini's father gets a new job in L.A., she is torn away from her life in India and the boy to whom she's been betrothed since she was three. L.A. is so different, and Shalini dresses and talks all wrong. She isn't sure she'll survive high school in America without her fiance, Vikram, and now she has to cope with her mom's homesickness and depression. A new friend, chill and confident Renuka, helps Shalini find her way and get the courage to join the Food 4 Life clud at school. But she gets more than just a friend when she meets Toby-she gets a major crush. Shalini thinks she loves Vikram, but he never made her feel like this.

In this Bollywood twist on Sarah Dessen novel, Shalini discovers that your heart untimately makes its own choices, even when it seems like your destiny has already been chosen.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2012 4.00