on August 22nd, 2022
Genres: Young Adult
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Ila, a Mumbai-based teenager, is going nuts with Veena, her controlling, single mother who prevents her from stalking her pop idol, Ali Zafar. Veena wants her daughter to date real guys in the lead-up to finding a husband. But Ila decides that the only way to get her mom off her back is by finding her a boyfriend instead.
With the help of her best friend Deepali, her crush Dev and her mother’s best friend Maleeka, they will come up with a plan to make it happen by setting up a profile in dating apps.
Hi there you guys! What a fun Young Adult book we have to share with you today. My Mommy hasn’t been a teenager in many, many years. But reading this teenage novel about a quirky and hilarious Indian girl in Mumbai, made her giggle like a teenager herself.
One of the easiest ways to spot a teenager in any country across the world, is watch for signs of obsession about very random things. Especially random things like celebrities. Ila is definitely a teenager and she going gaga for:
- Ali Zafar
- Ali Zafar’s voice
- Ali Zafar’s eyes
- Ali Zafar’s hair
Yes, you guessed it – Ali Zafar is a singer-songwriter from Pakistan and he has been Ila’s obsessions since she was fifteen.
One of the easiest ways to spot the parent of a teenager in any country across the world, is to look for signs of severe stomach ache. Most teenager parents simply can’t stomach their teenagers obsession. Veena is no exception. She would much rather prefer it if Ila dates a real boy and not a cardboard image. The possibility of dating a real guy isn’t completely off the table, the problem is just that Ila’s best friend Deepali, seems to fill her own plate with no less than three guys she’s date-juggling at the same time.
Ila and Deepali concocts a plan to get Veena off her back and in this day and age, what is better than a few internet searches and schemes? Well, perhaps the grapevine still bears the most fruit and when Ila and Deepali discovers that Veena has a secret teenage obsession herself, ammunition is quickly gathered. But will that be enough? Or perhaps an even better plan will be to just find beautiful Veena a new love interest.
This was such an enjoyable read. The author has a strong and relatable writing style and it was fun to “travel” to India and to experience this mother-daughter relationship and their close connection to the community.
A comfortable 4 stars from our side.
About the Author
Reenita Malhotra Hora is a founder, executive-level content, operations & marketing leader, and
prolific writer. With multiple years of experience in media, entertainment, communications,
tech/innovation and wellness industries in the USA and Asia, she grows organizations, ranging
from early stage startups through mid-size businesses, through storytelling, creative marketing
and business strategy.
Reenita has written seven books – five non fiction and two fiction. She is the writer, anchor and
executive producer of Shadow Realm and True Fiction Project podcasts and founder of the
Chapter by episode fiction app. She has contributed to The Hindu, South China Morning Post,
Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNN, Asian Investor, Times of India, National Geographic
Kids, Cartoon Network Asia, Disney, and more.
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What a fun Young Adult book we have to share with you today. My Mommy hasn't been a teenager in many, many years. But reading this teenage novel about a quirky and hilarious Indian girl in Mumbai, made her giggle like a teenager herself.… Click To Tweet
I don’t read many YA books, because it’s been many, many, many years since I was YA. However, once in a while I enjoy them very much and they make me feel young again. This one looks like a lot of fun!