My Sister's Big Fat Indian Wedding
by Sajni Patel
Publication Date April 19, 2022
Published by Abrams
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Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Diversity & Multicultural, Young Adult Fiction / Performing Arts / Music, Young Adult Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
A fresh, witty rom-com romp set against the backdrop of a high-profile music competition and a riotous Indian wedding
Zurika Damani is a naturally gifted violinist with a particular love for hip hop beats. But when you’re part of a big Indian family, everyone has expectations, and those certainly don’t include hip hop violin. After being rejected by Juilliard, Zuri's last hope is a contest judged by a panel of top tier college scouts. The only problem? This coveted competition happens to take place during Zuri’s sister’s extravagant wedding week. And Zuri has already been warned, repeatedly, that she is not to miss a single moment.
In the midst of the chaos, Zuri’s mom is in matchmaking mode with the groom’s South African cousin Naveen—who just happens to be a cocky vocalist set on stealing Zuri’s spotlight at the scouting competition. Luckily Zuri has a crew of loud and loyal female cousins cheering her on. Now, all she has to do is to wow the judges for a top spot, evade getting caught by her parents, resist Naveen’s charms, and, oh yeah . . . not mess up her sister’s big fat Indian wedding. What could possibly go wrong?
My Sister’s Big Fat Indian Wedding by Sajni Patel is a delightful, well-written story about the younger sister of an Indian woman about to get married.
Zurika Damani is in her last year of High School and is deciding on her next step by choosing colleges. Her parents want her to go to law school as her two older sisters did. But, Zurika has other ideas. She’s a talented violinist and wants to attend music school instead.
This week starts the preparations for her sister, Madri’s, big, over-the-top, Indian wedding. Her sister and her parents need her close by for all the celebrations, and preparations. She wants to attend a musical contest the same week as her sister’s wedding, and once she learns she did not get into Julliard, she knows the contest is the best way to get into a prestigious music school. But, can she disobey her parents and sneak out to the contest without getting caught?
I have never been to a large Indian wedding, and now I feel like I’ve been to one. I loved hearing all about the details of the wedding preparation and all the celebrations leading up to the main event.
Zurika is so conflicted during most of the book. She wants to please her family, but she thinks she can’t please her family and go on her own path. She knows that the only thing she wants to do, is to play the violin, but her family wants her to become a lawyer, a doctor, or an engineer. They believe there isn’t a future for Zurika in music and wants to be sure she has a good solid financial future.
I loved the journey that Zurika went on as she learned more about herself and her talent, and how to stand up for herself. There is some light romance in the book, that was fun and heartwarming.
I highly recommend My Sister’s Big Fat Indian Wedding to anyone who enjoys YA books with a bit of romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.