The Rearranged Life (Book Review)

The Rearranged Life (Book Review)
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Title: The Rearranged Life

Author: Annika Sharma
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Published Date: 15th May 2015
Rating: 3 Stars
*Thanks to the publisher for the review copy*
 Synopsis: 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.

Review: The Rearranged Life was one I eagerly wanted to read because of my own personal interest in
culture. I love everything to do with it – so knowing there was a novel out
there where the main character is Hindu and abides by the Indian culture and
falls for an American boy who she is worried her parents won’t accept… it had
me eager to want to try it! The cover is gorgeous and I had heard a lot of good
things about it as well. What did I have to lose?
I’m
glad to say that I managed to enjoy this book well enough. It didn’t dive as
deep as I was looking for, but it was a nice light hearted novel that was
enjoyable while a good insight to some cultural issues people do have to deal
with these days as well.
I
really liked Nithya, who is the main character. Her name is beautiful, and the
truth is that I saw a lot of myself reflected in her. Her tendency to be very
ambitious and to strive for a single goal and give it her all… that’s so me.
But then she starts to question if she can really reach those ambitions and
throughout this novel she faces a lot of personal obstacles regarding her
outlook and management of life. And then on top of all that she falls in love
with a boy outside of the whole arranged marriage side of things – as if she
didn’t already have enough on her plate already.
James
was a nice love interest, but I felt like we never really dived into his
character with enough depth for me to be completely sucked in. I felt like that
with the majority of the characters really – even when it came to the lovely,
bouncy, roommate Sophia and also her boyfriend. We get to know about them and
their situation but I never felt too deeply for them. I didn’t mind really – it
was fun to read about them, but I don’t think they made a very lasting
impression. 
Another
character I wanted more of was Nishanth! He was the Indian possible love
interest. There wasn’t really a love
triangle, but he did want Nithya’s heart if she wanted to try and date someone
within her culture. He seemed to really come and go. When she was with her
family he would pop up, but as soon as she went he was back to being non
existant. I felt like she traded one for the other and we never saw them
together. I would’ve liked the complication of having him and James in the same
room just once!
The
Indian culture was depicted perfectly, as far as I know about it. I’ve read a
lot about it now, and I have a few friends who are Indian so that is where I am
gathering my understanding from. I loved the descriptions of food, of weddings
and all that involved it as well.
Sometimes
the writing style lent a little on telling instead of showing, but that was
simply another thing that I didn’t mind. Because in the end, I rather enjoyed
reading this one. It was fun, I flew through it in only a day and the ending
left me content and satisfied. I’m not sure if I will reread it in the future,
but I know it’s one I won’t regret having made the time for.
Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

New Video! I need to get better at remembering to add these to posts. Here’s one from two weeks back, about writing. 

Olivia’s
Question: Have you ever faced a moment in life when you truly didn’t know which
path to take?

Olivia-Savannah
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