Follow Your Heart
Follow Your Heart
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Series: Lorimer Real Love   

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Annotation: Nisha has always been a good Tamil daughter, trying to meet her parents high expectations. Until she discovers what she really loves is writing. Contains Mature Material
Genre: Love stories
Catalog Number: #142804
Format: Library Binding
No other formats available
Special Formats: High Low High Low Mature Content Mature Content
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 157 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-459-41236-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-459-41236-1
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Nisha has always been a good Tamil girl, maintaining her A+ grades into her senior year and obeying her Amma and Appa without question, whether about their desire for her to go to medical school or their refusal to let her be seen with any non-Tamil boy. She respects her cultural heritage, but only feels comfortable voicing her true thoughts, about everything from interracial dating to cultural obedience, via her anonymous blog, Confessions of a Sri Lankan Girl. When she finds out that her long-term school crush, Todd, is a fan of her blog and an even bigger fan of her, she is floored. But how can she possibly date a non-Tamil boy behind her parents' backs? While uncomplicated and entirely predictable, this is a sweet tale of one girl's lesson in learning how to balance cultural identity and personal desire. Nathan's message is clear and positive and up for yourself, but do so without disrespecting those who have made sacrifices for you d her representation of the South Asian domestic and dating experience feels authentic, insightful, and respectful.
Kirkus Reviews
Shy high school senior Nisha, brown-skinned and dark-haired, tries to balance her parents' strict and traditional Sri Lankan Tamil expectations and values with the freedoms of the liberal Canadian society she is growing up in. Her parents are pushing her to become a doctor, but what Nisha really enjoys is writing, especially pouring out her frustrations in her anonymous blog, Confessions of a Sri Lankan Girl. When Nisha is assigned to work on a creative-writing project with a white boy named Todd, they both realize that they have been waiting to get to know each other better. Nisha knows that dating a boy outside her culture and heritage would be sacrilegious, a cause of much shame to her parents and much gossip in her extended community. Nisha and Todd's interracial, forbidden relationship should be exciting, but Nisha's narration is uninspired and fails to provide any tension or true drama. The representation of immigrant South Asian family and culture is realistic but does not rise above stereotype, and the abrupt resolution of her conservative parents' disapproval of both her relationship with a non-Tamil boy and her passion to write feels unrealistic and therefore cannot satisfy. Although this coming-of-age story deals with an interracial relationship and immigrant angst, limp writing, one-dimensional characters, and sweet but simplistic motivations sink it. (Fiction. 12-16)
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Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 9-12

Nisha has always been a good Tamil daughter. She tries to keep her grades up to meet her parents' high expectations to become a doctor. And of course she's not allowed to be in a romantic relationship while she's still a teenager. But Nisha discovers what she really loves is writing. As she devotes more of her time and attention to her creative writing class, she also finds that who she really loves is her classmate Todd. Can love conquer obligation?


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