Wednesday, April 21, 2021

10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon - ADVISABLE

10 Things I Hate About Pinky (Dimple and Rishi, #3) by Sandhya Menon, 354 pages. Simon Pulse, 2020. $19. 

Content: Language: PG-13 (39 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G.  



Pinky doesn’t feel like she fits into her conventional family, which is exacerbated when Pinky’s mom accuses Pinky of setting the barn of their summer home on fire. In response to her mother’s hurtful accusation, Pinky invites her very conventional friend/enemy Samir to spend the summer with her family at their summer home.  Pinky promises Samir that she will get him an internship with her lawyer mom’s firm, if Samir pretends to be Pinky’s “perfect” boyfriend. As the two spend more time together, they become less enemies and way more than friends. 

I like Menon’s books, including this one, because they show high school aged kids navigating family, friends and expectations.  Pinky is not easy to like because she is looking to be offended at every turn, but her character does grow throughout. Samir is lovable from the beginning. There were a few moments that I was beyond annoyed with Pinky, (one in which she recommends that Samir and his mother get therapy-ha the irony!- the entire book is about Pinky and her mother’s inability to communicate), but I do think that teens will relate to Pinky’s struggle to be accepted by her family, and deep down, accepted by herself.  

Reviewer, C. Peterson 

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