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Skunk Girl If Nina Khan were to rate herself on the unofficial Pakistani prestige point system the one she s sure all the aunties and uncles use to determine the most attractive marriage prospects for their children her scoring might go something like thispoints for getting excellent gradespoints for failing to live up to expectations set by genius older sisterpoints for dutifully obeying parents and never, ever going to parties, no matter how antisocial that makes her seem to everyone at Deer Hook Highpoint for harboring secret jealousy of her best friends, who are allowed to date like normal teenagerspoints for never drinking an alcoholic beveragepoints for obsessing about Asher Richelli, who talks to Nina like she s not a freak at all, even though he knows that she has a disturbing line of hair running down her backIn this wryly funny debut novel, the smart, sassy, and utterly lovable Nina Khan tackles friends, family, and love, and learns that it s possible to embrace two very different cultures even if things can get a little bit, well, hairy I d been wanting to read this for a while, as I ve been trying to findYA books that feature diverse stories I thought the overall premise of this book was good, but the execution was not I found myself wantingcharacter development all around, and plot development as well It was all just there to read but not really feel Additionally, I didn t feel as if there was resolution I can understand why nina made the decision she did, based on my own knowledge of the culture and communit I d been wanting to read this for a while, as I ve been trying to findYA books that feature diverse stories I thought the overall premise of this book was good, but the execution was not I found myself wantingcharacter development all around, and plot development as well It was all just there to read but not really feel Additionally, I didn t feel as if there was resolution I can understand why nina made the decision she did, based on my own knowledge of the culture and community she comes from However, she goes from a conversation with her sister to making the decision, and there really is no overall development to be shown for it I would ve liked to readthoughts about it Skunk Girl is creative and funny and shows the life of an everyday family in Pakistan The main character was easy to relate to and really witty throughout. This was the kind of book that I sit back and think what on earth was the point of this However, while I was reading it, I enjoyed it It was interesting to read about a different culture, but the main character, Nina, was not a very interesting person I think the thing that bothered me the most was that there was no resolution to her initial problem She just kind of gets over the boy she likes and moves on because she doesn t want to tell her parents I understand that the resolution is th This was the kind of book that I sit back and think what on earth was the point of this However, while I was reading it, I enjoyed it It was interesting to read about a different culture, but the main character, Nina, was not a very interesting person I think the thing that bothered me the most was that there was no resolution to her initial problem She just kind of gets over the boy she likes and moves on because she doesn t want to tell her parents I understand that the resolution is that she accepts herself as a Pakistani Muslim girl, but I feel like I wanted atangible ending I have no suggestions as to what kind of ending I want, because every one I have come up with is incredibly unrealistic and would take about another one hundred pages to explain I liked the way the book did not have numbered chapters, I liked the subheading that was given every so often Most of them were really funny and catchy and made me want to continue reading Overall, I could see how some people would find this book to be good, and I am certainly not telling you to avoid reading it, but it was not satisfying enough for me Skunk Girl is the emotional journey of a teenager called Nina.Nina KhanNina lives in small town Deer Hook, population 11,250 In her school, with it s expected coterie of snobbish cheerleaders, handsome jocks and loving but sometimes clueless friends, brown skinned Nina feels like the odd one out.The fact that she is a Pakistani Muslim and comes from a conservative household means that she s often envious of the freedom that her friends take for granted While being a fairly intelligent studen Skunk Girl is the emotional journey of a teenager called Nina.Nina KhanNina lives in small town Deer Hook, population 11,250 In her school, with it s expected coterie of snobbish cheerleaders, handsome jocks and loving but sometimes clueless friends, brown skinned Nina feels like the odd one out.The fact that she is a Pakistani Muslim and comes from a conservative household means that she s often envious of the freedom that her friends take for granted While being a fairly intelligent student herself, she has to constantly face comparisons with her super nerd, Harvard attending sister Sonia Nina suffers the secret pangs of being a fairly hairy teenager and the added shock of discovering a thick strip of soft hair running down the center of her back ergo, the title She isn t allowed out on weekends and is constantly under her parents radar, lest she becomes Americanized or as her aunt would scathingly put it,umreecanizedSo what happens when you throw in an handsome Italian boy called Asher Richelli who despite being wooed by the most popular girl and Nina s nemesis , appears to be interested in the go nowhere Nina I liked the book I really did Farthan I had anticipated Coming from a fairly conservative South Indian family myself, I associated with Nina s teenage frustrations And maybe I enjoyed itfor the trips down memory lane that it took me I read out snarky sections to my mum and she gave me the cheeky smile cum weary resignation, as we remembered similar incidents Many might complain that Nina whined A Lot Let me just tell you that it s NOT an exaggeration I whined and whinged An embarrassing LOT Maybe now, as an adult, I understand where my parents were coming from Evolved thought processes have taken their time to settle in But yep, teendom was an angry canvas of red faced me, bawling out at the unfairness of it all.Nina Khan s story is believable and entertaining It has a nice vein of self deprecating humour running through it The ending could either be termed as realistic or a bit surprising, consider your outlook Either which way, it s a story by an author who has immersed herself into her plot and used it to maximum effect

  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • Skunk Girl
  • Sheba Karim
  • English
  • 09 December 2018
  • 0374370117

About the Author: Sheba Karim

My third YA novel, Mariam Sharma Hits the Road, about three best friends on a road trip through the American South, is out June 2018 from Harper Collins It s the first YA road trip book featuring South Asian Americans My second young adult novel, That Thing We Call a Heart is out in May 2017 from HarperTeen It features complex, Muslim American characters who defy conventional stereotypes and is set against a backdrop of Radiohead s music and the evocative metaphors of Urdu poetry My first novel was Skunk Girl I edited the anthology Alchemy The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Short Stories 2 Tranquebar Press, 2012 can find outhere www.shebakarim.com.


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