Sonia Nadhamuni is half-Indian, half-Jewish, and thoroughly confused. Suddenly forced into public middle school after years of idyllic private education, Sonia finds that she just doesn’t fit in to her new environment. Her skin color and clothing and hobbies were never an object of discussion at her old school, but now her mixed heritage is causing an identity crisis. On the one hand, she has an in with the popular cheerleader girls who want to dress her up and make her over. On the other hand, she is friendly with a decidedly nicer but uncool girl who likes her for who she is.
With everything in her social life so up in the air, Sonia is a girl torn in two.
To further complicate matters, there is trouble brewing in the Nadhamuni home. Sonia’s father, newly unemployed, is grappling with clinical depression and having trouble adjusting to his new circumstances. When he suddenly disappears without a word, Sonia has to decide who she really is and who she wants to be.
Sonia is a highly relatable and likable narrator and her story is a realistic and enjoyable one that older readers, particularly fans of authors like Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, will get into. 224 pages.
Recommended by Molly Crumbley, Librarian, Maryland, USA.