Sunday, June 04, 2006
Summer School of Life
During the summer between her junior and senior years of high school, Dimple learns more than anyone can ever learn in a classroom. She learns her parents aren't nearly so dull as she'd thought and she comes to terms with her (East) Indian heritage and her own Indian body. She meets an unsuitable suitable Indian boy, Karsh. Dimple and her best friend Gwen Sexton learn a lot about friendship. She learns a lot about love from her older cousin Kavita.
Dimple Lala is a great main character, and you'll find her in the young adult novel Born Confused, by Tanuja Desai Hidier. Although Dimple is susceptible to common pitfalls of teenage life, she is established very early in the book as a thoughtful, interesting 17 year old. She is an artist-- she photographs everything, and she's good at it. It often bugs me when a character begins as an airhead and somehow becomes smart and interesting by the end, but Dimple isn't like that. She certainly grows and changes through the book, but her progress is gentle and traceable. This book will take you through a range of emotions (as most good books do) as Dimple herself goes through a range of emotions.