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The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani - Review

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Where did I get it? I bought it

What's it about? Sonia has an Indian dad and a Jewish mum, and while she's always been at a private, Montessori type school, she's now in public school and learning how to deal with that, as well as how to deal with being asked questions like "what are you?" and "where are you from?" Her dad is quite ill mentally, which is skillfully done, and Sonia is growing up, challenging her parents' rules, and learning who her real friends are. 

What age range is it for? Anything from 10 - 13 I think. 

Are any main characters LGBTQ+? It's not mentioned

Are any main characters non-white? Yes, one of the main premises.  

Are any main characters disabled either mentally or physically? Yes as I mentioned, Sonia's dad has depression.

Is there any sex stuff? No 

Are drugs mentioned or used? No 

Is there any talk of death? Yes, and suicide. 

Are there swear words? No.

Would I recommend the book? Yes, it's a really excellent example of a diverse middle grade book.  

How many stars? 8 out of 10. I'd definitely read something else by this author. 

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