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A fresh, witty rom-com romp set against the backdrop of a high-profile music competition and a riotous Indian wedding Zurika Damani is a naturally gifted violinist with a particular love for hip hop beats. But when you’re part of a big Indian family, everyone has expectations, and those certainly don’t include hip hop violin. After being rejected by Juilliard, Zuri's last h A fresh, witty rom-com romp set against the backdrop of a high-profile music competition and a riotous Indian wedding Zurika Damani is a naturally gifted violinist with a particular love for hip hop beats. But when you’re part of a big Indian family, everyone has expectations, and those certainly don’t include hip hop violin. After being rejected by Juilliard, Zuri's last hope is a contest judged by a panel of top tier college scouts. The only problem? This coveted competition happens to take place during Zuri’s sister’s extravagant wedding week. And Zuri has already been warned, repeatedly, that she is not to miss a single moment. In the midst of the chaos, Zuri’s mom is in matchmaking mode with the groom’s South African cousin Naveen—who just happens to be a cocky vocalist set on stealing Zuri’s spotlight at the scouting competition. Luckily Zuri has a crew of loud and loyal female cousins cheering her on. Now, all she has to do is to wow the judges for a top spot, evade getting caught by her parents, resist Naveen’s charms, and, oh yeah . . . not mess up her sister’s big fat Indian wedding. What could possibly go wrong?


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A fresh, witty rom-com romp set against the backdrop of a high-profile music competition and a riotous Indian wedding Zurika Damani is a naturally gifted violinist with a particular love for hip hop beats. But when you’re part of a big Indian family, everyone has expectations, and those certainly don’t include hip hop violin. After being rejected by Juilliard, Zuri's last h A fresh, witty rom-com romp set against the backdrop of a high-profile music competition and a riotous Indian wedding Zurika Damani is a naturally gifted violinist with a particular love for hip hop beats. But when you’re part of a big Indian family, everyone has expectations, and those certainly don’t include hip hop violin. After being rejected by Juilliard, Zuri's last hope is a contest judged by a panel of top tier college scouts. The only problem? This coveted competition happens to take place during Zuri’s sister’s extravagant wedding week. And Zuri has already been warned, repeatedly, that she is not to miss a single moment. In the midst of the chaos, Zuri’s mom is in matchmaking mode with the groom’s South African cousin Naveen—who just happens to be a cocky vocalist set on stealing Zuri’s spotlight at the scouting competition. Luckily Zuri has a crew of loud and loyal female cousins cheering her on. Now, all she has to do is to wow the judges for a top spot, evade getting caught by her parents, resist Naveen’s charms, and, oh yeah . . . not mess up her sister’s big fat Indian wedding. What could possibly go wrong?

30 review for My Sister's Big Fat Indian Wedding

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    3.5 rounded up to 4 for exceptionally high sweetness and cuteness levels of this book ( and let’s not forget this ultra adorable cover! ) I have to admit: I enjoyed the previous works of the author a little bit more! But I can never say no to have dreamy experience of a desi wedding! Each step of celebration is perfectly told and made me feel like I was actually there and participating that fun! Culture, traditions, rituals, family’s expectations are realistically written. Let’s take a quick lo 3.5 rounded up to 4 for exceptionally high sweetness and cuteness levels of this book ( and let’s not forget this ultra adorable cover! ) I have to admit: I enjoyed the previous works of the author a little bit more! But I can never say no to have dreamy experience of a desi wedding! Each step of celebration is perfectly told and made me feel like I was actually there and participating that fun! Culture, traditions, rituals, family’s expectations are realistically written. Let’s take a quick look to the plot: Zurika is likable character who has a big dilemma: chasing her dreams at music or finding a reputable career to please her family! Even though she’s talented violinist with a bright future opportunities ahead of her, her parents want her follow her older sisters’ path to become a lawyer. Now she has a last chance to get accepted by a very prestigious music school but the auditions intercepted with the wedding ceremony of her sister that she’s required to participate at each step of traditional ceremonies and let’s not forget: the groom’s charming cousin is also one of her biggest rivals at the competition. Can she achieve to beat the major laws of physics by being two places at the same time? So far, it was entertaining, extra sweet read with lovely characters. The romance parts between Naveen and Zuri were also adorable! The ending was well wrapped up! I love the author’s feel good novels and I’m looking forward to read more of her works in near future! Special thanks to NetGalley and Abrams Kids/ Amulet Books for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    Love this Indian Wedding! So much beauty, tradition, and a spectacle worthy of Bollywood. I could just see them in their finery, chosen specifically for each piece of the ceremony. I thought I had a ton of details to keep track of when my sons got married. That was nothing! The musical ambitions of Zurika and Naveen are another fascinating part of the book -- and their meet cute plus sweet, budding romance. Inspired by the wedding of the author's brother, the book is full of rich detail. Want to Love this Indian Wedding! So much beauty, tradition, and a spectacle worthy of Bollywood. I could just see them in their finery, chosen specifically for each piece of the ceremony. I thought I had a ton of details to keep track of when my sons got married. That was nothing! The musical ambitions of Zurika and Naveen are another fascinating part of the book -- and their meet cute plus sweet, budding romance. Inspired by the wedding of the author's brother, the book is full of rich detail. Want to go to a wedding? Thank you to Amulet Books and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    LOOK AT THAT COVER *SCREAM* I NEED IT

  4. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    March 11, 2021: I'm anyway already sold at the mention of an Indian wedding but when you say the main character is an aspiring violinist and needs to keep dodging "her boisterous family's matchmaking schemes", TAKE EVERYTHING and let me read this NOW. March 11, 2021: I'm anyway already sold at the mention of an Indian wedding but when you say the main character is an aspiring violinist and needs to keep dodging "her boisterous family's matchmaking schemes", TAKE EVERYTHING and let me read this NOW.

  5. 5 out of 5

    kate

    A fun, energetic and vibrant romcom full of music, passion. family and mouthwatering descriptions of food.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ash | आश ♥ [superache enthusiast]

    saw a tiktok quote abt a certain scene and instantly added it !

  7. 4 out of 5

    Antonella

    maybe I should avoid YA! I love Sajni Patel's writing but I couldn't connect with this one... maybe I should avoid YA! I love Sajni Patel's writing but I couldn't connect with this one...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Monika

    We Indians love weddings. No one would want to miss a wedding event, its like a festival 🤩 My wedding in 2016 was a three day event filled with ceremonies and parties. Yes the aunties are annoying but who cares when we can have fun with cousins and siblings. So excited to read what this big fat Indian wedding is about!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cortney LaScola Hornyak - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach

    I feel like the author tried too hard to sound like a teenager and it came off feeling forced, which made the book and the story not flow right. I attended a wedding in India a few years ago, so I thankfully had some background, but if I hadn't already been familiar with some of it, a lot of the Indian references would have gone over my head. Still a cute story, but I was hoping for a lot more. I feel like the author tried too hard to sound like a teenager and it came off feeling forced, which made the book and the story not flow right. I attended a wedding in India a few years ago, so I thankfully had some background, but if I hadn't already been familiar with some of it, a lot of the Indian references would have gone over my head. Still a cute story, but I was hoping for a lot more.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wendy W.

    Four and a Half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ My Sister’s Big Fat Indian Wedding by Sajni Patel is a delightful, well-written story about the younger sister of an Indian woman about to get married. Zurika Damani is in her last year of High School and is deciding on her next step by choosing colleges. Her parents want her to go to law school as her two older sisters did. But, Zurika has other ideas. She’s a talented violinist and wants to attend music school instead. This week starts the preparations for her sister Four and a Half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ My Sister’s Big Fat Indian Wedding by Sajni Patel is a delightful, well-written story about the younger sister of an Indian woman about to get married. Zurika Damani is in her last year of High School and is deciding on her next step by choosing colleges. Her parents want her to go to law school as her two older sisters did. But, Zurika has other ideas. She’s a talented violinist and wants to attend music school instead. This week starts the preparations for her sister, Madri’s, big, over-the-top, Indian wedding. Her sister and her parents need her close by for all the celebrations, and preparations. She wants to attend a musical contest the same week as her sister’s wedding, and once she learns she did not get into Julliard, she knows the contest is the best way to get into a prestigious music school. But, can she disobey her parents and sneak out to the contest without getting caught? I have never been to a large Indian wedding, and now I feel like I’ve been to one. I loved hearing all about the details of the wedding preparation and all the celebrations leading up to the main event. Zurika is so conflicted during most of the book. She wants to please her family, but she thinks she can’t please her family and go on her own path. She knows that the only thing she wants to do, is to play the violin, but her family wants her to become a lawyer, a doctor, or an engineer. They believe there isn’t a future for Zurika in music and wants to be sure she has a good solid financial future. I loved the journey that Zurika went on as she learned more about herself and her talent, and how to stand up for herself. There is some light romance in the book, that was fun and heartwarming. I highly recommend My Sister’s Big Fat Indian Wedding to anyone who enjoys YA books with a bit of romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sahitya

    I’ve probably read two YA contemporary novels in the past two years, which includes this current one. I just feel disconnected with the age group and have decided not to read them rather than not like them. But I couldn’t resist this book because that’s a lovely cover and who can say no to a full on desi wedding extravaganza. And I was not disappointed. I can’t say I enjoyed my wedding because I was hardly involved in any aspect of it and it was such a tiring day that I don’t even like rememberi I’ve probably read two YA contemporary novels in the past two years, which includes this current one. I just feel disconnected with the age group and have decided not to read them rather than not like them. But I couldn’t resist this book because that’s a lovely cover and who can say no to a full on desi wedding extravaganza. And I was not disappointed. I can’t say I enjoyed my wedding because I was hardly involved in any aspect of it and it was such a tiring day that I don’t even like remembering it much. But reading or watching desi weddings play out like huge parties is always super fun and the author commits to it fully. Spanning only about 8-9 days, this book is fast paced and reads like a breeze but captures the chaotic and colorful atmosphere of our weddings perfectly. The pujas, the rituals, the decorations, the cooking and the food, the sweets, haldi, Mehendi, sangeet, the baaraat and ofcourse the crying - the author leaves out nothing and it all makes for an amazing and thoroughly entertaining but also emotional read. The premise of the main characters’ brother and sister’s wedding also reminded me of the classic Bollywood wedding film Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, and I felt the author was definitely giving a nod to the movie in the very elaborately executed shoe stealing sequence during the wedding. Just evoked so much nostalgia. Zuri is sister of the bride and while she wants to major in music, her family wants her to go to law school like her sisters. She has to choose between attending a music competition on the same day as her sister’s garba night and while it was a difficult dilemma for her and I could really sympathize with her struggles, it randomly reminded me of an old Hindi TV serial called Sasural Simar Ka in which the bride is the one who wants to attend an audition on the day of her wedding and has to choose. I promise you, this book is way way better than that show but the random memory just felt hilarious. Coming back to the book, Zuri is a sweet girl who is very excited to ensure her sister’s wedding goes perfectly but is also worried about chasing her dreams. I’m glad with how she made her choices but sometimes I also wished she could speak up. But I also know it’s not easy to counter the arguments made me desi parents and elders, especially when you are a teenager. Naveen is a cousin of the groom and an aspiring singer as well and an absolute cocky charmer. Their banter right from the first “accidental” meeting was super fun and I liked how the author developed their friendship and more. Thankfully, it’s not aiming for eternal love but feels very realistic for how two young teenagers might feel about each other. I was also absolutely glad that there is no miscommunication trope or a third act breakup. The supporting characters are also all amazing. The aunts and uncles might only care about the kids being engineers, doctors and lawyers and always going on about matchmaking, it’s the cousins and friends who are the stars here. They bring all the fun to the wedding celebrations and are also there to support Zuri when she desperately needs it. I especially loved Krish for being an awesome cousin. In the end, this was a romp and I was smiling throughout. The main character might have some small troubles about making the right choices but other than that, the book is all about love and family and everything that encompasses a desi wedding. It’s big and bold and bright and every description took me back to some memory. If you are a fan of lavish weddings and characters whose music touches the soul, then this book is perfect for you. This one promises every bit of fun that the gorgeous indicates.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dee Dolce

    This was such a fun, vibrant, exciting book! From the cute romance to the beautiful descriptions of everything going on, it was such a fun read! This book is a cute rom-com about a big, Indian wedding, a music contest, and trying to deal with your family’s expectations, while trying to follow your own dreams. The narration in this book is so charming, and the imagery used to describe all the foods and clothing and music throughout the story is INCREDIBLE (I really want some pistachio baklava now). This was such a fun, vibrant, exciting book! From the cute romance to the beautiful descriptions of everything going on, it was such a fun read! This book is a cute rom-com about a big, Indian wedding, a music contest, and trying to deal with your family’s expectations, while trying to follow your own dreams. The narration in this book is so charming, and the imagery used to describe all the foods and clothing and music throughout the story is INCREDIBLE (I really want some pistachio baklava now). I really enjoyed feeling like you were there, experiencing all this stuff along with the characters. The representation of diaspora Indians in the book was so nice, and something that is seriously underrepresented in most other books. One of the main characters is Indo-Trinidadian, and another is South African-Indian, and this was really nice to see. Additionally, the discussions of colorism were so important to have, and I’m so glad they were included. If you’re looking for a fun, lighthearted romcom, I’d totally recommend checking this book out when it’s released on April 22, 2022. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair review!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ayushi (bookwormbullet)

    Thank you to ABRAMS Books for providing me with a physical ARC in exchange for an honest review! It's no secret that Sajni Patel is one of my favorite authors of all time, and My Sister's Big Fat Indian Wedding just proved once again why she is. I'm obsessed with all the big desi wedding vibes--the outfits, the jewelry, the food, the traditions, the family shenanigans--in this book. The last and only time I've been to an Indian wedding was when I was three years old, so safe to say that I was li Thank you to ABRAMS Books for providing me with a physical ARC in exchange for an honest review! It's no secret that Sajni Patel is one of my favorite authors of all time, and My Sister's Big Fat Indian Wedding just proved once again why she is. I'm obsessed with all the big desi wedding vibes--the outfits, the jewelry, the food, the traditions, the family shenanigans--in this book. The last and only time I've been to an Indian wedding was when I was three years old, so safe to say that I was living vicariously through Zuri in this book. I'm not gonna lie, I was feeling super nervous seeing Zuri sneaking out against her family's wishes to perform at her auditions, as I'm sure that many South Asian readers can relate to, lol. The romance aspect of this book was also so charming, as always! Sajni's so good at writing the cocky, charming, flirty love interest, and it made me fall head over heels for Naveen. The lines that came out of this boy's mouth *swoon*. I loved how the rivals to lovers arc played out between them and how Naveen was set on winning Zuri over while Zuri was trying (and failing) not to fall for his advances. The Trinidadian-Indian rep was also so cool to learn more about in this book! I've only ever read one or two other books with South Asian rep like this, and we definitely need more books out there with MC's from other parts of the South Asian diaspora. Of course, the themes of intergenerational conflict, specifically through Zuri's aunt recommending a skin-lightening cream to Zuri, was also handled well, as Sajni does with all her critiques of the South Asian community. Once again, I feel like this book and Zuri as a MC will be such a great role model for young South Asian readers. It was true for Kareena in The Knockout, and it was true in this novel as well. I'm so excited for everyone to read this book when it comes out in April!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    This book was such a cute and sweet romance! The family dynamics were interesting and relatable. All in love an enjoyable read for sure!

  15. 5 out of 5

    belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)

    rep: Indian cast “My daughter will do me proud”, “she’ll be like her sisters. Imagine all four of time become lawyers”, these are the things that zuri’s parents have been saying to their relatives and everyone else who will listen during the period of zuri’s sister 5-day long wedding. all zuri knows is that she loves playing the violin and would rather attend college that allowed her to focus on music than studying law or working towards medicine. she just want her music, and if that means she h rep: Indian cast “My daughter will do me proud”, “she’ll be like her sisters. Imagine all four of time become lawyers”, these are the things that zuri’s parents have been saying to their relatives and everyone else who will listen during the period of zuri’s sister 5-day long wedding. all zuri knows is that she loves playing the violin and would rather attend college that allowed her to focus on music than studying law or working towards medicine. she just want her music, and if that means she have to sneak out once in a while for auditions so that she can appear in front of scouts, it’s what she will do. then she meets the boy her mom is trying to matchmake her with. another Indian boy, one from South Africa, who has a beautiful, rich singing voice. naveen is joining the same competition as zuri. although the first impression was bad, naveen and zuri easily struck up a camaraderie as they snuck out to the competition and when they started practicing for the wedding reception-zuri with her violin, naveen with his voice. neither of their families believe in their music. as many traditional families, naveen and zuri’s parents never thought of music as a possible route for them. zuri has to decide between staying for her sister’s wedding and chasing her dreams. things get tricky but zuri has a group of cousins willing to help her out. after all, sneaking out of an Indian will take a lot of manuveouring. naveen and zuri’s relationship was pretty cute from the start. zuri wasn’t having naveen’s cockiness and took him down a peg. naveen helped zuri rationalize a lot of her inner thoughts as well, and smoothing over her insecurities. overall, I’ve never read about such a huge Indian wedding before. the amount of preparation for the processions must have been insane. it wouldn’t have been done without the community, family connections, and love for the couple. the book is rich with Indian culture and the food just got me salivating.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Moon

    I absolutely adored My Sister's Big Fat Indian Wedding by Sajni Patel! I've loved her adult novels, so I already knew I was in a for a treat. Reading this book felt like watching a Bollywood movie or watching a dramatic Indian TV show. I loved the descriptions of the food and customs, many of which differ for me since I am from a different part of India than the author and the characters, although there were many similarities. I love how Sajni explained not just so many customs, but also the fam I absolutely adored My Sister's Big Fat Indian Wedding by Sajni Patel! I've loved her adult novels, so I already knew I was in a for a treat. Reading this book felt like watching a Bollywood movie or watching a dramatic Indian TV show. I loved the descriptions of the food and customs, many of which differ for me since I am from a different part of India than the author and the characters, although there were many similarities. I love how Sajni explained not just so many customs, but also the familial expectations Zurika and Naveen face in regards to what they should do with their lives.  I also really loved how she included some of the issues that face the Indian community as a whole, especially colorism.  Most of all I loved Zurika and Navneen. I loved how Zurika pursued her dreams, how she was with her family who were also her friends. I loved how Naveen fell so hard for Zurika and how he both challenged and supported her. Also the Damani cousins are pretty amazing, they really helped support Zurika in a way that only those who love you do. Speaking of cousins and family, the dynamics shown are really well done. Both the good, and the bad. Zurika has a wonderful family, who loves her, and while they may not always support her intially, it was wonderful to see them rally around her. My Sister's Big Fat Indian Wedding is a wonderful read. It has romance and drama, but does it in a way that both entertaining and enlightening. I would highly recommend this for readers of all ages. I would absolutely love it if Sajni Patel wrote another book or story featuring Zurika and Navneen sometime in the future, just to see how things go between them.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book was so fun snd so vibrant. I’d love to see this wedding with my own eyes. Zuri’s sister is getting married. She’s having a huge wedding with days of traditional events from Indian weddings. Zuri has to find a way to sneak away for an audition that could make or break her chance to get into Juilliard. She finds out that the cute groomsmen her family is trying to match her with is going too. At first she’s not sure if she can trust him with her secret but he proves himself trustworthy quic This book was so fun snd so vibrant. I’d love to see this wedding with my own eyes. Zuri’s sister is getting married. She’s having a huge wedding with days of traditional events from Indian weddings. Zuri has to find a way to sneak away for an audition that could make or break her chance to get into Juilliard. She finds out that the cute groomsmen her family is trying to match her with is going too. At first she’s not sure if she can trust him with her secret but he proves himself trustworthy quickly. The events of this wedding celebration just sound amazing. There are days and days of events and Zuri has a significant part of all of them. I wish I could better describe what I love about this book. I enjoyed Zuri trying to find a balance between what she owes her family and what she wants to do for her own dreams. I loved the characters. Her sisters are wonderful, her love interest is sweet and I especially love her relationship with her dad. My favorite part of the book would be the events themselves, they’re so fun to read about. The author does a beautiful job of explaining all the traditions to someone (like myself!) who isn’t familiar with most of them. It all came to life. I would love it if they adapted this book and I could see everything in full, bright color playing out in front of my eyes.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Gregory

    Thank you Amulet Books for the ARC! This was a cute YA! I’ll have to say it wasn’t very memorable and I already forgot half the things, but I remember it being cute. Zuri started off kind of annoying and so did her parents, but Zuri had some positive growth. She was just chasing her dreams and her happiness which I think we can resonate with. Her slight romance with Naveen was also cute, but it was barely there. I wanted to see more between them! So I wouldn’t really call this a rom com because Thank you Amulet Books for the ARC! This was a cute YA! I’ll have to say it wasn’t very memorable and I already forgot half the things, but I remember it being cute. Zuri started off kind of annoying and so did her parents, but Zuri had some positive growth. She was just chasing her dreams and her happiness which I think we can resonate with. Her slight romance with Naveen was also cute, but it was barely there. I wanted to see more between them! So I wouldn’t really call this a rom com because the rom is just meh. Like how you gonna end it like that??! So that’s all I’m gonna say then.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tazrin

    I’m a huge fan of Sajni Patel’s adult books so I was super curious to see what her YA books were like (I have not read THE KNOCKOUT but it’s on my TBR). Plus, nothing says desi culture like a big wedding and I have missed out on wedding season for so many years now that I was just ready to get immersed in all the wedding vibes. We follow Zurika in this story, an aspiring violinist in her senior year of high school with designs on Juilliard. Her older sister is also getting married so it’s a pret I’m a huge fan of Sajni Patel’s adult books so I was super curious to see what her YA books were like (I have not read THE KNOCKOUT but it’s on my TBR). Plus, nothing says desi culture like a big wedding and I have missed out on wedding season for so many years now that I was just ready to get immersed in all the wedding vibes. We follow Zurika in this story, an aspiring violinist in her senior year of high school with designs on Juilliard. Her older sister is also getting married so it’s a pretty hectic time for her! Much her dismay and a large amount of anxiety, her only shot of getting into Juilliard comes by in the form of a contest that’s being judged by top college scouts…. right smack dab in the middle of wedding festivities. Zuri is a little bit of a troublemaker in her family – she’s fiercely independent, scrappy and sometimes impulsive and out-spoken. Yet despite those qualities of her that are not really desirable in a brown girl, she is extremely loyal and considerate of her family and their feelings. Her biggest fear is letting her family down. That’s why the internal struggle in Zuri is so compelling in this story – she’s trying to toe the line between staying true to herself and following her dreams while still managing the expectations of her family’s – something that I think any diaspora child can relate to, no matter which culture you belong to. While I liked the love interest, Naveen, I didn’t feel too much chemistry between him and Zuri. This book is marketed as an enemies-to-lovers type of situation and while, yes, they totally are enemies at first (he’s competing in the same competition as her), I feel like they definitely end up as friends as opposed to love interests – despite how much their respective families were pushing them together. I did love the meddlesome, matching making aunties in this. They felt so visceral and real – this is totally how aunties in real life behave and Zuri definitely handled it much better than I did when I was in high school! I especially adored the commentary about how brown families tend to value STEM and Zuri, who wishes to pursue music full time, definitely has a chip on her shoulder regarding this – for good reason! We definitely need more artists and non-traditional career paths to be more accepted in our community. The descriptors of the food and clothes made me super nostalgic as well and had me wishing that one of my friends would get married soon so that I could dress up in a fancy salwar kameez or lehenga and eat all the delicious wedding foods! What was really, especially fascinating to me was that this book had Indian-Trinidadian diaspora representation. This demographic is woefully underrepresented in brown communities so the unapologetic portrayal of it was heartening. Overall, this was a really great book that portrays the difficulty of staying true to yourself and your goals while still honoring your cultural traditions and background – without compromising the either of the two. Special thanks to NetGalley and Amulet Books for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange for my honest opinions.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Moony (Captain Mischief) MeowPoff

    It was kind of cute, a bit too much. Some of it i wish would have been different, and the dialouge sometimes felt forced and a little wierd. The chemistry between Zuri and Naveen was ...some of it that felt forced and random.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Navneet

    4.5* Man I love sajni’s books. Her writing style is mind blowing, so captivating and easily creates a visual in your head. This was such a cute and fun read and it just had me there smiling and giggling 🤭 I just know if Sajni ever wrote a book with the arranged marriage trope I would EAT it up like it’s my last meal. Reading this has me wishing I can experience this type of story at a wedding too😩 I wish we got an epilogue tho :(

  22. 5 out of 5

    Coco

    Completely, utterly relatable. Indian weddings are the definition of chaos. -Coco, a jalebi loving Indian

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Thank you to the publisher for providing me an ARC via NetGalley for an honest review. I really enjoyed this one. I like the author’s writing style, and how vibrant and realistic everything feels. Even though I don’t really have any knowledge of the culture and traditions, I could picture everything really well because of how the author described it and brought the events and the characters to life. The whole wedding weekend seemed like so much fun, and I loved the atmosphere it created. Zuri wa Thank you to the publisher for providing me an ARC via NetGalley for an honest review. I really enjoyed this one. I like the author’s writing style, and how vibrant and realistic everything feels. Even though I don’t really have any knowledge of the culture and traditions, I could picture everything really well because of how the author described it and brought the events and the characters to life. The whole wedding weekend seemed like so much fun, and I loved the atmosphere it created. Zuri was a really good character. I liked that she was trying to follow her dreams, and I also completely felt for her as her family continually tried to push her in a different direction. I really appreciated how the author wrote Zuri’s struggles between attending the audition or being there for her sister and family. I also really liked the relationship between Zuri and Naveen. They had some fun banter, and though Zuri viewed him as competition and the enemy in the beginning, I liked seeing that change as they worked together. It was really sweet and funny. The pacing was really good. There were a ton of different wedding events, and the whole story took place in the span of a little over a week. The writing style was super easy to follow, and I found myself laughing so much while reading. I’d definitely recommend this hilarious YA book filled with culture, family, and love.

  24. 5 out of 5

    anjali chaubey

    i loved the main character! zurika was super cool and confident. she always stood her ground and made for a great role model. the setting was unique and fun; a desi wedding made for a vibrant and lively backdrop. the wedding events were reminiscent of weddings i have been to and were very accurately portrayed. the characters and their struggles were super relatable. the writing style is young, fresh, and laced with southern charm. while the love interest had some good moments, romance was defini i loved the main character! zurika was super cool and confident. she always stood her ground and made for a great role model. the setting was unique and fun; a desi wedding made for a vibrant and lively backdrop. the wedding events were reminiscent of weddings i have been to and were very accurately portrayed. the characters and their struggles were super relatable. the writing style is young, fresh, and laced with southern charm. while the love interest had some good moments, romance was definitely a subplot and not super developed. however, the book was very fast-paced so i didn’t feel like i was missing anything. the ending was also kind of predictable but i’m not mad about it. finally, i really liked the way sajni patel handled serious topics within the desi community, notably colorism. overall, i really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend!! thank you abrams books and edelweiss for the e-arc!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    DNF at 25%. I really liked two of this authors other books so I had high hopes going into this one. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a let down. I love how this author gives bits of Indian culture and I was excited that this one was all about a wedding. But the book just didn’t flow. The writing didn’t capture me and it was actually hard to get as far as I did in the book. Thank you to NetGalley for my first arc!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lalitha Chandrashekar

    I needed to read something lighthearted after reading a very intense historical fiction. This book fits the bill.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bianca

    In the spirit of trying not to be a major hater, I won't go into serious detail but will leave you with this one sentence thought by our MC that I cannot erase from my mind: "I had to be a Frozen character in the moment and just...let it go. " In what world would a 17-year-old girl reference a Disney movie in their internal dialogue? I feel like YA dialogue can be so hit or miss, and this book was the latter. There are many more examples, but again trying not to be a #hater. Thanks to the publish In the spirit of trying not to be a major hater, I won't go into serious detail but will leave you with this one sentence thought by our MC that I cannot erase from my mind: "I had to be a Frozen character in the moment and just...let it go. " In what world would a 17-year-old girl reference a Disney movie in their internal dialogue? I feel like YA dialogue can be so hit or miss, and this book was the latter. There are many more examples, but again trying not to be a #hater. Thanks to the publisher for the ARC!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hafsah

    Everything about this book spoke to my soul as a South Asian-American, from Zuri wanting to follow her dreams instead of following her predetermined path set by her parents, to the family relationships and lavish wedding events. I loved the romance aspect as well, Naveen Patel definitely could be the love interest in a '90s Bollywood movie played by Shah Rukh Khan. 4.5 stars Everything about this book spoke to my soul as a South Asian-American, from Zuri wanting to follow her dreams instead of following her predetermined path set by her parents, to the family relationships and lavish wedding events. I loved the romance aspect as well, Naveen Patel definitely could be the love interest in a '90s Bollywood movie played by Shah Rukh Khan. 4.5 stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Suzie Davis

    A fun and cheesy rom-com centered around a very elaborate wedding. It was an interesting look into Indian culture and I had to look up a lot of words for the food dishes and articles of clothing mentioned. I kept wishing the author would have explained some of that more, but then it might have made the story really long. This is also a story about following your dreams and not settling for what others want for you. Fun, if your into romance.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hadassah S

    •Arc kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own! • Let me tell you all a little fact about me 😂 Over the past few years, when cousin weddings in my family would roll around - I became just a tiny bit obsessive 😂🙊 So when I heard about My Sisters Big Fat Indian Wedding, I could barely contain my excitement (Family Weddings are my very favourite😂) Sajini Patel perfectly captured the essence of what wedding season is like in a brown •Arc kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own! • Let me tell you all a little fact about me 😂 Over the past few years, when cousin weddings in my family would roll around - I became just a tiny bit obsessive 😂🙊 So when I heard about My Sisters Big Fat Indian Wedding, I could barely contain my excitement (Family Weddings are my very favourite😂) Sajini Patel perfectly captured the essence of what wedding season is like in a brown family!! I could not believe how many scenes in this book felt like a warm hug 🥺 Reading about the Damani Family & their wedding antics was its own kind of magic ✨ I notoriously became known in my family as the cousin with the wedding countdowns, so seeing that each chapter of this book opened with a countdown to the wedding made my heart quite literally burst with happiness 😂💖 Did I mention that the main love interest is from SOUTH AFRICA😱 I am not ashamed to say I squealed every time Durban / KZN was mentioned 😂 I could go on forever telling you how much I love Sajni Patel & and her work, but I'll save you all the drama, and just say : Please. Read. This. Book. Between the swoon worthy romance & the desi family shenanigans, I for one can not pick my favourite part of this story! My Sisters Big Fat Indian Wedding releases, April 19th🥳 I hope you all love this book as much as I did!

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