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10 Things I Hate about Pinky

By: Sandhya Menon

Pinky Kumar wears the social justice warrior badge with pride. From raccoon hospitals to persecuted rock stars, no cause is too esoteric for her to champion. But a teeny tiny part of her also really enjoys making her conservative, buttoned-up corporate lawyer parents cringe.

Samir Jha might have a few…quirks remaining from the time he had to take care of his sick mother, like the endless lists he makes in his planner and the way he schedules every minute of every day, but those are good things. They make life predictable and steady.

Pinky loves lazy summers at her parents’ Cape Cod lake house, but after listening to them harangue her about the poor decisions she’s made (a.k.a. boyfriends she’s had), she hatches a plan. Get her sorta-friend-sorta-enemy—who is a total Harvard-bound Mama’s boy—to pose as her perfect boyfriend for the summer.

When Samir’s internship falls through, leaving him with an unplanned summer, he gets a text from Pinky asking if he’ll be her fake boyfriend in exchange for a new internship. He jumps at the opportunity; Pinky’s a weirdo, but he can survive a summer with her if there’s light at the end of the tunnel. As they bicker their way through lighthouses and butterfly habitats, sparks fly, and they both realize this will be a summer they'll never forget.

ISBN: 9781534416819

JLG Release: Oct 2020


Sensitive Areas: Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion , Language: Moderate Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
Topics:

Dating (social customs) , East Indian Americans , Family life , Romance , Activism , Cape Cod, Massachusetts , Lawyers , Summer vacation

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Pinky Kumar and her family are spending the summer at a vacation home on Cape Cod with her relatives. As stresses increase between Pinky and her mother, Pinky wonders if her parents would prefer her to be more like her cousin Dolly. With all the demands, Pinky insists that she has a perfect boyfriend back home who has transformed her from reckless Pinky Kumar and her family are spending the summer at a vacation home on Cape Cod with her relatives. As stresses increase between Pinky and her mother, Pinky wonders if her parents would prefer her to be more like her cousin Dolly. With all the demands, Pinky insists that she has a perfect boyfriend back home who has transformed her from reckless to responsible. Meanwhile, Pinky’s frenemy Samir is everything her parents would want in a son-in-law, and she persuades him to spend the summer with her family as her pretend beau. This story is a layered mix of emotion and merriment, with an entire cast of Desi characters. Pinky and Samir have fleshed-out personalities that are relatable. Pinky is stubborn and strong-minded, resolute to be a dissenting voice in the world when her parents don’t fully support her. The friendship between Pinky and Samir stimulates the story with touching charm, and that is where the heart of the novel resonates. Fans of Menon’s other books, especially When Dimple Met Rishi, will not be disappointed.

Book Details

ISBN

9781534416819

First Release

October 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

368

Accelerated Reader

Level 5; Points: 14;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Simon Pulse

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion , Language: Moderate Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Topics

Dating (social customs), East Indian Americans, Family life, Romance, Activism, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Lawyers, Summer vacation,

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