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My So-Called Bollywood Life
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My So-Called Bollywood Life
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The romance of Stephanie Perkins meets the quirk of Maureen Johnson, then gets a Bollywood twist in this fate-filled debut that takes the future into its own hands.
Winnie Mehta was never really convinced that Raj was her soul mate, but their love was written in the stars. Literally, a pandit predicted Winnie would find the love of her life before her eighteenth birthday, and Raj meets all the qualifications. Which is why Winnie is shocked when she returns from her summer at film camp to find her boyfriend of three years hooking up with Jenny Dickens. As a self-proclaimed Bollywood expert, Winnie knows this is not how her perfect ending is scripted.
Then there's Dev, a fellow film geek and one of the few people Winnie can count on. Dev is smart and charming, and he challenges Winnie to look beyond her horoscope and find someone she'd pick for herself. But does falling for Dev mean giving up on her prophecy and her chance to live happily ever after? To find her perfect ending, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family, and of course, a Bollywood movie star.
The romance of Stephanie Perkins meets the quirk of Maureen Johnson, then gets a Bollywood twist in this fate-filled debut that takes the future into its own hands.
Winnie Mehta was never really convinced that Raj was her soul mate, but their love was written in the stars. Literally, a pandit predicted Winnie would find the love of her life before her eighteenth birthday, and Raj meets all the qualifications. Which is why Winnie is shocked when she returns from her summer at film camp to find her boyfriend of three years hooking up with Jenny Dickens. As a self-proclaimed Bollywood expert, Winnie knows this is not how her perfect ending is scripted.
Then there's Dev, a fellow film geek and one of the few people Winnie can count on. Dev is smart and charming, and he challenges Winnie to look beyond her horoscope and find someone she'd pick for herself. But does falling for Dev mean giving up on her prophecy and her chance to live happily ever after? To find her perfect ending, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family, and of course, a Bollywood movie star.
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    From Winnie Mehta's Bollywood Review Blog:

    QUEEN

    Kangana Ranaut's blockbuster included all the elements needed to create a money-making masterpiece: a strong woman, a stupid man, and tons of girl power.

    According to Google, a grave was supposed to be six feet deep, but Winnie Mehta didn't want to put that much effort into digging. Besides, it wasn't as if she was dumping an actual body or anything.

    She stopped and surveyed the burial site she'd chosen in the woods behind her house. After dragging three boxes and a shovel up the hiking path, Winnie had already built up a layer of sweat, but she had a lot to do before she could go home.

    As she marked the hole, her phone began vibrating in her pocket. She sent the call to voice mail when she saw her best friend's face flash across the screen. That was Bridget's seventh call in the last hour. Winnie wanted—no, needed—this moment, in which she stuck it to her stupid destiny, the wasted years she believed in true love, and, most importantly, to Raj, her cheating ex who'd hooked up with someone else while she was away at film camp. There was nothing Bridget could say that would change her mind.

    It had been two months since Winnie had told Raj they needed a "break," which wasn't the same thing as a "breakup." And even if they had broken up, a relationship blossoming from a childhood romance that became official when they were fourteen deserved more than three weeks of mourning before one party moved on to someone else. Even celebrities waited longer than that.

    The thought caused her hands to tighten on her shovel. She rolled her shoulders, and with a warrior's grunt, she started digging.

    Stupid love story, stupid prophecy, stupid everything, she thought as she scooped up heaps of thick black soil. Since she was a kid, her family's astrologer had predicted that Winnie's soul mate would meet three unique criteria: his name would start with an R, he'd give her a silver bracelet as a sign of his love, and he'd cross paths with Winnie before her eighteenth birthday.

    Identifying Raj as the man of her dreams wasn't too farfetched, since they went to the same school and had grown up in the same community. Not to mention, he'd pulled out all the stops to get her to notice him when they were freshmen. For Winnie, accepting her destiny as truth and believing that her high school boyfriend was her soul mate for life was as easy as rattling off the top ten grossing Bollywood films per decade.

    But then Raj changed. A lot. Three years later he wasn't her hipster in shining armor anymore. He'd traded in his collection of graphic T-shirts for polos and his love of movie nights for the tennis team and STEM club.

    She felt her chest constrict and her heart pound from the exercise and from remembering that moment when Raj had told her he wanted to go to school in Boston instead of New York. He'd followed that truth bomb by asking her to give up her dreams and move to Boston, too.

    "Winnie! Winnie, are you out here?" Bridget's voice echoed through the rustling trees and the sound of chirping birds. "I saw the drag marks from your car and across your backyard."

    "Shit," she muttered. She started digging a little faster, tossing dirt in every direction.

    "Okay, this is nuts," Bridget yelled. "Where the hell are you?"

    Winnie tried to block the sounds of branches snapping as she continued to create her movie grave. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw Bridget step into the clearing. Her blond hair was tied in a high ponytail, and her shorts...

About the Author-
  • Nisha Sharma grew up immersed in Bollywood movies, eighties pop culture, and romance novels, so it comes as no surprise that her first novel My So-Called Bollywood Life features all three. Nisha credits her father for her multiple graduate degrees and her mother for her love of Shah Rukh Khan and Jane Austen. She lives in New Jersey with her cat, Lizzie Bennett, and her dog, Nancey Drew. You can find her online at www.nisha-sharma.com or on Twitter and Instagram at @nishawrites.
Reviews-
  • Kirkus

    March 1, 2018
    A fresh, madcap rom-com in which a Princeton, New Jersey, high school senior, aspiring film school student, and Bollywood junkie navigates the dramas of real life.Vaneeta "Winnie" Mehta is digging a grave for her ex-boyfriend Raj's entire film collection. She'd believed that Raj was destined to be with her; their match was fated in her janampatri (natal star chart) after all, so she was devastated to find out via social media that he was hooking up with another classmate. To add insult to injury, she's stripped of her role as school film festival chair because of an administrative snafu, and Raj has secured Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha--Winnie's idol--as the festival's guest of honor. But when Winnie reconnects with classmate and fellow film geek Dev Khanna and falls for him hard, she is forced to question all that has been prophesied: Is Raj really her destiny, and if she chooses Dev, will she be giving up her chance to live happily ever after? With the help of family and friends, Winnie navigates these ups and downs in order to find her own perfectly scripted Bollywood ending. Bollywood fans will appreciate the high-drama tropes and self-referential jokes, and newcomers will be tempted to explore the genre for themselvesA delightful and humorous debut. (Romance. 14-18)

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 26, 2018
    Winnie (Vaneeta) Mehta and her family are obsessed with a prophecy from an Indian priest about the New Jersey teen’s romantic future. They believe she’s destined to marry Raj, her longtime boyfriend and childhood friend. But over the summer, Raj hooked up with another girl, and he no longer shares her Bollywood filmmaking dreams either—even more of a betrayal to Winnie than the cheating. The fallout from their breakup is vast: not only does Winnie get pushed out from helping with the school’s annual film festival, but she has to get a job to pay back Raj after a misguided, post-breakup stealing incident. Winnie’s new position at a local art house puts her in the orbit of Dev, a classmate who loves the cinema as much as Winnie. Sharma’s YA debut is filled with upbeat, third-person prose, and quirky, Bollywood-focused details: in recurring dreams, Winnie is visited by actor Shah Rukh Khan, who gives her life and love advice, and each chapter begins with a Bollywood movie review and rating written from Winnie’s review blog. The romance that blossoms between Winnie and Dev is sweet, if predictable, creating a satisfying story with a layer of dramatic intrigue offered through Winnie’s genuine concern over whether her fate is predetermined or of her own design. Ages 14–up. Agent: Antonella Iannarino, David Black Literary Agency.

  • Kirkus Reviews, starred review "A delightful and humorous debut."
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