Thursday, August 7, 2008

Indie Girl by Kavita Daswani

Fifteen-year-old Indie Konkipuddi has always dreamed of becoming a fashion reporter. She'd do anything to land an internship with glamorous Celebrity Style magazine -- even babysit publisher Aaralyn Taylor's two-year-old son. Indie's neurosurgeon dad can't understand why Indie would want to spend her weekends picking Play-Doh off of someone else's Persian carpets, and pretty soon she starts asking herself the same thing.

Then Indie finds out that (1) Celebrity Style is in trouble, and (2) Hollywood's hottest star is having her wedding dress made in a village in India. Indie's sure she's scored the juiciest gossip in town -- the kind of story that will put the magazine back on the map and finally land her the internship! But when things don't pan out exactly as planned, Indie wonders -- will Aaralyn ever see her as anything more than just the hired help?

Indie Girl was a pretty good read. The main character (Indie, of course) was likable. I loved that she stayed true to herself and wasn't swayed by the glitz and glamor of the fashion magazine industry. But, the fact that she had no love of her Indian culture was a turn off. There isn't much to this story. The morals was simple enough: "Never give up" and "Always stay true to yourself". If you want a easy uncomplicated book to read this would be it.

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