Friday, May 15th 2015. Write it down, folks. Write. It. Down.
Today is the day Annika Sharma’s The Rearranged Life comes into the world, and I couldn’t be more excited. I came across Annika’s website before she had a book deal, read the description of her story, and thought “Yes, this is exactly the kind of New Adult book I want to read.” And now that The Rearranged Life is an actual book, I can.
Actually, I already did. But before we get to that, here’s a refresher on all the stuff you need to know. Study up, because there’s a quiz at the end. (Or a giveaway for $25 Starbucks gift card. One of the two.)
Nithya, a vivacious, intelligent and driven college senior has always known what she has wanted: a successful career in medicine and the love of her family. She’s even come to terms with the idea of an arranged marriage, a tradition her conservative Indian family has held up for thousands of years.
When a night of partying puts her on a collision course with danger, Nithya’s entire life changes.
Enter James St. Clair, the smart, challenging and heartbreakingly handsome American. As Nithya and James fall in love, she questions the future she and her parents have always planned.
Now, Nithya has a choice to make: become a doctor and a good Indian bride, or step away from her family and centuries of culture to forge her own path. The decision she comes to takes her on a journey that transforms how she sees her future, her relationships with loved ones, and how she learns to put herself back together when even her best-laid plans fall apart.
(Also on Goodreads)
My favorite books are always the quiet ones.
They might not have heart-pounding action sequences. They might not keep me wondering if a character will live or die.
But they always make me think. They reflect back the complications of life and the world–that nothing is as all or nothing as we might believe. And most importantly, they make ME feel as conflicted as the characters inside. When the author can take a conflict and show me all the facets in perfect detail, so much that I don’t know whose side I’m on, that’s when I know I’ve been hooked. Deeply.
Annika Sharma’s THE REARRANGED LIFE is one of those books. She lets us in on Nithya and James’ sweet, funny, butterflies-in-the-stomach relationship. She lets us in on Nithya’s kind, compassionate, supportive-in-every-way family. And when Nithya is pulled between them, I felt that conflict in my own heart.
A fantastic read that’s low on the angst and high on the quiet, heartfelt emotional conflict. A great addition to the New Adult category, and I can’t wait to see what Sharma will write next.
*I received an ARC from the publisher. The book is still fabulous.*
About The Author:
Annika Sharma was born in India and moved to the United States (Pennsylvania!) when she was a baby. Annika was a daydreamer from day one, always coming up with stories and games of pretend that seemed real. She was a serious journal-writer from fifth grade to college and wrote dramatic scenes for stories often, inspired by soap operas she watched in summers off from school.
Eventually, when the time for college came around, Annika’s parents encouraged her to pursue journalism. Convinced she couldn’t make a living from writing, Annika disagreed. After five years, two degrees, two minors, working with children, being a dancer teacher, and creating a two-and-a-half page resume in college that had interests so all-over-the-place that even she couldn’t make sense of it, Annika finally decided her parents were right. Writing was where her heart was, all along.
In the month before graduate school, the idea Annika had in mind for years finally poured out in the form of the novel, The Rearranged Life. Annika began editing in earnest after she finished her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education, landing Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group as an agent. Three months later, she had a book deal with Curiosity Quills.
In her spare time, Annika loves spending time with her family and friends, often indulging in the three S’s: Starbucks, shopping and superhero movies. As a chocolate lover and general all-around vegetarian foodie, Annika also adores cooking.
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