Friday, October 14, 2016

The Review Chain: The Rearranged Life by Annika Sharma

Rating: PG
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Young Adult
Score: 4.5 stars
Page Count: 270
Stand Alone
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Published: May 15th, 2015

Nithya, a vivacious, intelligent and driven college senior has always known what she has wanted: a successful career in medicine and the love of her family. She's even come to terms with the idea of an arranged marriage, a tradition her conservative Indian family has held up for thousands of years. 

When a night of partying puts her on a collision course with danger, Nithya's entire life changes. 

Enter James St. Clair, the smart, challenging and heartbreakingly handsome American. 

As Nithya and James fall in love, she questions the future she and her parents have always planned. Now, Nithya has a choice to make: become a doctor and a good Indian bride, or step away from her family and centuries of culture to forge her own path. 

The decision she comes to takes her on a journey that transforms how she sees her future, her relationships with loved ones, and how she learns to put herself back together when even her best-laid plans fall apart.

1. There's nothing I love more than reading YA novels that are about different cultures, especially ones that I don't know much about myself. I've always thought different cultures and countries were so cool to learn more about so when the opportunity came up to potentially review this book, I needed to jump on it! I just want to give a HUGE thanks to the author for the review copy as well as The Review Chain and all the awesome people involved! Here's my review:

2. I seriously LOVED the characters so much! I thought Nithya was such a smart and determined character who always wanted to make her family proud and treasured them and all they've done for her. She's always dreamed of becoming a doctor since she believes it's been programmed into her from birth and she's very driven and doesn't allow herself to get distracted from her goals and her school work. I also thought James was a very nice character since he was equally smart, driven, but also believed that someone's life should be decided for themselves and not what others expect from you. I thought Nithya and James had very good chemistry and both came from good families, had plans and goals for their lives and were logical in their choices. Basically, I loved them like a cute little bunny rabbit. I also loved their families, especially James' brothers who had me laughing out loud with their interactions. Just such a great cast of characters here!

3. I really loved getting insight on Nithya's culture since I don't know much about Indian customs or traditions. I've always been interested in their culture and I think this book is a nice introduction to a new culture without feeling like it's too much information at once. I found myself looking things up online that the book mentioned such as the food, the items, articles of clothing, just to get a better idea and learn more about Nithya's culture and it was really interesting. I appreciated that Nithya's family instilled in her to never forget who she was or where she came from. I think readers who like learning about new cultures from around the world will want to pick this book up.

4. I just loved the writing and the beautiful backdrop this book had set up. The descriptions of things were very beautiful and did a great job describing that the Indian culture is made up of so many colors, Nithya's even saying so herself at one point in the book. I thought the pace was nice as well and it was so easy, fun, and fast to read. I was pretty much hooked from the very beginning of the book, wanting to know what happened next to the characters and ultimately how everything wrapped up. It's been a little while since I've fallen in love with a book and this one had my heart a flutter. Annika has answered the call for diverse romance and I applaud her for doing so!

The reason I didn't give this book a five-star rating is because I would have liked to see a little more of the second love interest. Nithya isn't in a love triangle exactly but there is another boy her family has their eyes on for her. I thought there wasn't enough of Nishanth and felt he kind of just popped up whenever Nithya was with her family and then went back into being non-existant when Nithya went about her life back in her apartment. I would have loved to get to know more about him and his family. Overall, I just adored this book from the very first page and highly recommend it!

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About The Author:

Annika Sharma was born in New Delhi and brought up in the United States, where she moved with her parents as a baby. A proud alum, she graduated from Penn State University with dual degrees in Biobehavioral Health and Neuro-Psychology, and minors in Biology and Human Development and Family Studies. She received her Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education before pursuing her dreams of becoming a writer, landing her agent Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group while daylighting as a preschool teacher. The Rearranged Life, her first novel, was written in the month before graduate school.

Annika, a Gryffindor and Scorpio, spends much of her time dreaming of adventure, working on her next book, going on Starbucks runs with family and friends, shopping online and watching superhero movies. 

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I hope you guys enjoyed this review! Read on, bookworms! See you in the next chapter!


  1. Yay! I'm glad you loved this one! I had read it for review for something else - I forget if it was just on request or a tour - and I was so eager to hear what people who joined this review chain would think about it. We pretty much agreed on everything in our reviews. I loved the characters and the culture a whole lot, although I did say I wanted more on the second love interest and the secondary characters. Great review girl <3

    1. Oh thank you so much! I just really loved this book a ton and I agreed with your review as well, I would have loved to have seen more of the second love interest since he seemed like a really interesting character! Totally one of my favorite reads this year!