The Rearranged Life
written by Annika Sharma
published by Curiosity Quills Press 2015
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: When I saw that this book was written by a fellow Penn Stater, I knew I had to read it. Blue and white runs through my veins, and I truly needed to get my hands on The Rearranged Life.
This is a very well-written love story. I also learned a lot about Indian culture. I felt very much like James at times when Nithya tried to explain herself and her family. Arranged marriages are not something I was familiar with, but now I understand how they can influence an Indian family. Marrying for love is not something that is seen in the best light, especially when it’s someone outside your culture. Nithya was the type of woman I could see myself hanging out with, and James is the boy-next-door type who I could see myself crushing on.
I was rooting for James and Nithya the whole time. There were so many emotional ups and downs that made it all the more real.
This is a fresh love story that I think anyone, even a non-Penn Stater, would enjoy reading.
“I turn from ‘Hot Mess Express’ to ‘Game Face On.’”
Would I recommend it: Yes! I think it’s definitely a summer read.
About the book – from Goodreads: 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.