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That Thing about Bollywood Kindle Edition
You know how in Bollywood when people are in love, they sing and dance from the mountaintops? Eleven-year-old Sonali wonders if they do the same when they’re breaking up. The truth is, Sonali’s parents don’t get along, and it looks like they might be separating.
Sonali’s little brother, Ronak, is not taking the news well, constantly crying. Sonali would never do that. It’s embarrassing to let out so many feelings, to show the world how not okay you are. But then something strange happens, something magical, maybe. When Sonali gets upset during a field trip, she can’t bury her feelings like usual—instead, she suddenly bursts into a Bollywood song-and-dance routine about why she’s upset!
The next morning, much to her dismay, Sonali’s reality has shifted. Things seem brighter, almost too bright. Her parents have had Bollywood makeovers. Her friends are also breaking out into song and dance. And somehow, everyone is acting as if this is totally normal.
Sonali knows something has gone wrong, and she suspects it has something to do with her own mismanaged emotions. Can she figure it out before it’s too late?
"A love letter to Bollywood that offers heartfelt encouragement to the lonely." (Kirkus Reviews )
"Effervescent." (Booklist )
"Hilarious and harrowing." (Shelf Awareness )
About the Author
- ASIN : B08LDVRV31
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 18, 2021)
- Publication date : May 18, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3326 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 349 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1534466738
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,318,893 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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While the Bollywood elements add flavor to the novel, it’s the emotions that play out during the song-and-dance numbers that really carry the book forward. It’s through the music that Sonali is able to access and begin to process her own feelings.
It does take a while for the Bollywood-like action to begin, making That Thing About Hollywood feel a touch too long. The pacing picks up about a third of the way in, giving the book a much-needed lift. A glossary of terms also would have been a nice touch.
That Thing About Bollywood is an engaging read that will especially appeal to readers who enjoy music, dance and film.
I don't typically read a lot of magical realism but this is the second book of this genre I've read this week and I have to admit, they're growing on me! There are not many MG books about Bollywood and so I think this book is both great representation for readers who don't often see themselves in books, and as an introduction to readers who may not know much about Bollywood. I also think the message of the importance of expressing your feelings instead of bottling them up inside is a great one for middle grade readers.
Added note: I think this would be a really fun movie for kids and adults!