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Arya Khanna's Bollywood Moment

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I really enjoyed this book. It was a cute and fun read that also tackled relationship issues, friendship issues, and family drama.

The romance was cute and sweet, a classic enemies (or rivals) to lovers trope, but I think where it really shined was with all of the family drama. As an eldest daughter, I felt for Alina, but it also helped me understand my younger sibling’s point of view.

Another highlight for me was the wedding preparations and celebrations. I loved reading about the outfits and the events, it really made me want to be there celebrating with the family.

A perfect read all year round, it was an adorable novel that made my heart warm. I have rounded up from 4.5 stars to 5 because it was a breath of fresh air.

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Arya Khanna’s Bollywood Moment by Arushi Avachat
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Arya has a lot going on this year: her sister is home and getting married. Her friend group is changing, and she doesn’t want it to! She’s prepping for college. And her high school nemesis is annoying, but also cute, and she is not as annoyed with him…?
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What I liked:
-I was super impressed with this book. It was funny and yet kept right on smacking me in the face with the emotions. I full on WEPT in the later chapters at some of the heartfelt conversations that were had.
-There were some heavy subjects that were tackled here and I thought they were done well.
-I just loved Arya so much and my heart went out to her and everything she was going through.
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4.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 If you love emotional YA romcoms then this will be right up your alley. Also I feel like this would be a hit for fans of Emma Lord books.

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Arya, a high school senior, is excited to catch up with her older sister, Alina, who is home in anticipation of her upcoming wedding. Arya has so much to juggle this year between college applications, helping her sister with the details of her wedding, family shenanigans, and typical high school friend drama. On top of that, she is serving as the VP for student council and must work closely with her nemesis and senior council president, Dean, to plan their school formal. Once they start to work together, they realize that they may not be enemies after all. Arya must learn to manage her life, have the best senior year ever, and throw the best celebration for her sister.

I thoroughly enjoyed this cute YA rom-com debut! I thought the relationships (between family, friends, and love interests) were the ultimate highlight of this book. I really loved Arya as a character and I appreciated being inside her head during the whole story. Overall, such a sweet and fun read that is exactly what I’m looking for when I want to read YA fiction!

4 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books/St. Martin’s Press for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!

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The premise of this book sounded cute, but it ended up falling flat for me. I can understand what the author was trying to do with the relationship between Arya's sister and their mother, but it ended up invalidating the sister's feelings. Arya was often rewarded for bad behavior, and things just wrapped up a bit too neatly considering the amount of drama that was shaking up throughout the book. I think YA books can absolutely tackle complicated family dynamics, but everything about this was a bit too black and white when this stuff often lives in the gray.

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This was exactly the YA book I needed! A fun story about falling in love…
Arya Khanna’s Bollywood Moment by @arushi.24 is a lovely coming of age story as Arya attempts to figure out her family, friendships, future and love life!
#ilovetoread #yaliterature

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This was a really cute YA romance. I loved the characters and the premise of it being like a Bollywood movie. It did read a little young, but I'm not a teenager, so I'm technically not the target audience. Overall, this was cute and I had fun while reading it.

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This had the potential to be super cute but it fell flat for me. I didn't get any chemistry between the two and I didn't like the best friend, she was horrible.
I hope this book does wind up in the right hands and that it's loved by those who need it and my library will most definitely get a copy of it for that reason but for me I didn't enjoy it sadly.

Thank you to the punisher for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.

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I had to many books on my list to get through this one. I started it and got through a couple of chapters but it didn't hold my attention very well. I couldn't get into to the situation. I do wish I had given it more of a chance. I may have changed my opinion further in. I just haven't had time to get back to it.

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This was a really cute read! Definitely gave off Never Have I Ever vibes and I am not mad about it. The main characters enemies to friends to lovers was perfectly written. I'm a sucker for that trope.

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This was a really good YA contemporary novel, and I love the cover of it!

I received an e-ARC from the publisher.

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Very cute read. Though culturally women may not be encouraged to be strong and vocal about it - I would have like Arya to be more. The enemies to loves trope fell flat as Arya didn't really develop the needed characteristics or attitude to pull it off.

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Avachat's book is a cute afternoon read about a young girl dealing with first love, ambition, and family trauma.
Key themes: Rivals to lovers, coming of age, family conflict.

Overall, Arya is a believable and likeable character. I enjoyed getting to peek into a culture that I am not as familiar and found myself pleasantly surprised that things are explained in way that doesn't beat the reader over the head.
The teenage side characters are mostly likeable, and the adult side characters are relatable and relevant to the plot.

The only negative I have is there were too many "smiles followed by glancing down" references. Seriously. there are a lot.


Thank you NetGalley and publisher for the eARC of this work in exchange for my honest review.

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As a desi person who grew up in North America, this is the kind of book I wish I had had when I was growing up! Such a beautiful little story, truly felt like a Bollywood movie meets Never Have I Ever! Arya was so relatable and the chemistry and blooming romance were adorable. I wish to see more desi rep in romcoms that are at this level of excellence and pure joy!

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Absolutely loved this book! The storytelling was captivating from start to finish. The characters were richly developed, and I highly recommend for anyone looking for a great read!

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I like that this is a book about an Indian girl’s first love. I also loved all the cultural events that took place. There were some cute parts throughout the book. Overall, this book wasn’t for me. I am not the target audience for this novel. I fell for the cute cover, and went in blind to this one. I found the main character whiny, which I guess can be expected from a teenage girl. It was slow moving for me, and I was slightly bored by the middle. By the ending, I was hoping for more resolution surrounding her family.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Arya’s older sister, Alina, has been away for a few years due to a disagreement with their mom, and Arya is mostly happy she’s back for a while, even if it’s temporary. Alina is engaged and the family is getting ready for her marriage. Since the Khannas are Indian American, that means a big series of events to plan. Things are busy, so Arya is trying to put aside her simmering anger at Alina for how Alina’s fights with their mom affect her own life.

Arya is also navigating senior year of high school. But it’s not going quite as she expected. For one, her best-friend group of three is disintegrating because the other two decided to date and now have just broken up. For another, she’s vice president of student council, second in command to the popular and good-looking Dean Merriweather. They’ve been rivals throughout high school and her loss to him at the end of last school year is still rankling her. She feels he’s just a jock who doesn’t take the job seriously.

As she works at her part-time job at a bookstore, applies to colleges, and helps her sister choose outfits and food for the wedding, Arya learns a few lessons. And as she gets to know Dean (and realizes he may not be the person she thought he was) and has some fun, she can see herself a bit as part of a Bollywood movie. There’s romance, dancing, music, beautiful clothes and plenty of delicious food.

I always enjoy getting a good window into other cultures. I didn’t know a lot about Indian wedding traditions, so I learned a bit here. I admit that I have watched very few Bollywood films, so I couldn’t appreciate that this book is meant to be structured like one. It was clear there are mentions of different parts of those films throughout, including an intermission, but I didn’t fully get the big picture. So I’m sure readers who love Bollywood will appreciate that more than I.

Aside from that, the story fell a bit flat for me. It’s not a spoiler to say that Arya falls for the cute guy, given the whole setup, but it just didn’t feel swoony to me. I also kinda didn’t like Arya sometimes, so that made it a bit hard to root for her. All that said, I think other readers will like the book a bit more than I did, and it’s still a fairly solid debut.

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This was such a cute book! I loved how organic the enemies to lovers trope felt and the family drama was really well done without being overdone.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book.

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What a delightful debut! "Arya Khanna's Bollywood Moment" by Arushi Avachat is a rom-com that twirls readers into the vibrant world of Bollywood. Set against the backdrop of a high school senior's life, the novel takes us on a whirlwind journey of love, family, and self-discovery. Structured like a Bollywood film (complete with an entertaining intermission, score!), readers are invited to swoon, laugh, cry, and dance.

Meet Arya Khanna. She’s our spirited protagonist who finds her life infused with Bollywood magic when her sister gets engaged. The household buzzes with shaadi preparations but beneath the glittering surface lies Arya's lingering resentment towards her sister. As she plays mediator during her sister's squabbles and welcomes her future brother-in-law, Arya grapples with her own senior year dreams. Travel with Arya between classes and her part-time gig at a bookshop, as she learns life doesn't always follow the script of the beloved Bollywood movies.

Avachat's writing captures the essence of family bonds, cultural clashes, and unexpected connections. The novel celebrates the magic of everyday moments, reminding us that sometimes, the person we least expect can lead us to our dream sequence. I’m so here for this story and the representation it brings.

I cannot believe this is a debut novel! It’s a delightful addition to the world of YA romance, so load your favourite Bollywood playlist, settle into a cozy spot, and follow Arya on a heartwarming journey through love, laughter, and the magic of cinema. This story promises a delightful escape into a world where love dances to its own beat.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for a temporary e-ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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its not for me and it was okay. to much horascope talk which i was not okay with. Sad sad review. The charecters were unqiue

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This book was so much fun. It is the story of Arya, a high school senior in the thick of college applications, friend drama, first love and student council stress while also helping her sister plan her wedding, full of Hindu traditions and customs. Arya is sharp and witty and as a bonus for us booknerds, she works in a little bookstore which sounds like a dream. I loved seeing her grow, find herself and reconnect with her sister. I loved the pop culture references. Her extended family added additional humor. And I loved learning so much about her traditions. It was just a feel good, heartwarming book.

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