The Compulsive Reader: How to Salsa in a Sari by Dona Sarkar

Thursday, April 3, 2008

How to Salsa in a Sari by Dona Sarkar

Issa Mazumder is African-American and Indian and proud of it. She's been living with her Indian mother ever since her father walked out on them five years earlier, and when her mother announces that she is getting remarried, Issa couldn't be more horrified. To make matters even more unbearable, her mom is marrying Cat Morena's father. Cat has it out for Issa fro ages--to the extent of stealing her boyfriend just to spite her. Issa will do all it takes to keep her mother from marrying into Cat's family--even if that might mean stooping to Cat's level.

How to Salsa in a Sari is far from being your run-of-the-mill teen novel. Sarkar breathes a new and vivacious life into this classic plot. Issa is a smart and dynamite character, and the diverse cast will appeal greatly to what is becoming an equally diverse teenage audience. It is their intense humanity and their conflicts that stand out in this novel. Throw in a carefully measured dose of materialism and those miserable, honest mess-ups that are part of the package of growing up, all wrapped up with the perfect imperfect ending, and you’ll find that How to Salsa in a Sari is a stellar, vibrant, and beguiling read that you won’t want to let go of. It is novels of this caliber that are growing ever popular among the teenage set, and will soon dominate the genre.


Chelsea said...

This sounds great! I'm adding it to my TBR list.

Dona Sarkar-Mishra said...

Thank you so much for an AWESOME review...please email me your home address or PO Box number and I will email you an author copy of SHRINK TO FIT once I get them :)

Color Online said...


We just got this book as a donation. I'm linking to your review for our New Crayon feature.

Your review is very helpful thank you.