That Thing About Bollywood by Supriya Kelkar
Publication Date: May 18th, 2021
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This was such a wholesome and fun read! I really related to the main character, especially because she felt like she had to be emotionless in order to cope with being overwhelmed. I think this was funny and brilliant and heartfelt all at once and definitely did a great job incorporating a love of bollywood music while also spreading the message that it’s absolutely okay to share your emotions and be open even when you think you might be burdening others. I liked that it talked about being open with your parents and calling them out when they unintentionally hurt you even when they are trying to do something they think is good for you.
I loved the scenes that were described with the musical numbers. I could easily see this being a cute movie! The interactions between Sonali and her brother especially near the end! Of course, I was frustrated with Sonali as she had a lot of growing and self realization to go through, but I also understood her on a deep level and really loved being in her mind, especially as she tried to navigate this upside down world and friendships and family drama.
I would definitely recommend this to fans of bollywood, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, singing and dancing your heart out (quite literally), keeping family secrets because of reputations, and trying to juggle new friendships and not be jealous! I loved the friendship dynamics and the sibling relationship, so if you enjoy platonic deep relationships like that, this would definitely be something you enjoy, not to mention just the wild and fun way that this story was told with bollywood magic!