Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tina's Mouth by Keshni Kashyap and Mari Araki

Tina doesn't exactly fit in at her exclusive private school. The other students don't know exactly what to make of her Indian heritage; she's lost count of how many times she's been asked if she has an arranged marriage. She doesn't always fit in with her family, either; she doesn't like going to the big Indian parties that her parents' friends throw. Her English class introduces her to Jean-Paul Sartre and existentialism, and things start to make sense to her. This is her existential diary; this is life through Tina's eyes.

I sat down and read this book the moment I downloaded it from NetGalley. I liked Tina as a character; I was drawn into her world and her point of view. There's so much going on in this story: finding your own personality, friendship breakups, making new friends, the confusion around entering into romantic situations, balancing cultural identities with social realities, relating to siblings, dealing with parents. I enjoyed this book very much and hope to read more from both the author and the illustrator.

I read an advance review copy from NetGalley courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Read it with:
Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
How I Made it to Eighteen by Tracy White
Letters to Sartre by Simone de Beauvoir
Skim by Mariko Tamaki
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

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