Cassia can't wait for her first visit to India - Bollywood glamour, new friends to admire her uber-cool street-dance moves...But as she steps into real Indian life, NOTHING is as she expected...Cass is with her mum in Kerala, on a buying trip for their Fair Trade craft shop, and everything seems to be going wrong.
There's Mum's new romance with "call-me-V" Mr Chaudury for a start, her own prickly stand-off with pretty, fashion-mad Priyanka, and the devastating news that her mum's business may be on the rocks.
But then pop idol Jonny Gold arrives at the beach to promote his new song, Om Shanti Babe, sparking a mystery, new friendships and a race to save the mangrove swamps...Fizzing with energy, and laugh-out-loud funny, this is a roller-coaster journey of discovery, which also has an exciting environmental twist - all against the backdrop of beautiful Kerala.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/09/2012
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9781847803573
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Review by SmithSJ01
The story centres on Cassia’s relationship with her mother Lula and there life over a short period of time. Starting off in London, where Lula runs a shop, the setting changes to the beautiful Kerala. During the time of the novel, Cassia makes discoveries about Lula as well as her own life and relationships. Along the way we find out what has happened to Cassia just before the start of the novel and travel with her as she learns who she is and what makes her tick. It is a coming-of-age novel set against a stunning background.I feel it is well-suited to 11 or 12 year old girls but there’s definitely nothing stopping any boys reading it or other aged girls. In it you’ll find Cassia’s developing relationships with friends and boys being explored, learning to understand how relationships with parents change over time, love for pop stars and how the world is not always what you want it to be. In the early stages of the novel I’d considered whether I was just the wrong age to be reading it but I stuck with and enjoyed a really lovely last third of the novel where Cassia changes and more sophisticated aspects of her life take over. I’m sure if I was 12 then I’d love this novel but might feel that the lack of pace at the beginning would drop it a star. As an adult I’d give it about 3/5 but if I was younger then I’m sure it’d be 4/5.