Title: Jazz in Love
Author: Neesha Meminger
Genre: Teen Fiction, Realistic Fiction
Publication Date: January 10, 2011
Publisher: Ignite Books
ISBN-13 Book: 9780983158301
Source: Purchased copy from Barnes and Noble. This is my honest review!
Jazz in Love by Neesha Meminger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Jazz has a problem. Her parents. Sure they love her, and she knows that they are good parents, but ever since a neighbor reported seeing Jazz hugging a boy (a guy whom she has been friends with since kindergarten) they have gone out of their way to make things complicated for her. Now her mother wants her to participate in what she calls "Guided dating" where together they choose a proper Indian boy for Jazz to begin to date. Jazz wants to be able to choose her own boyfriend, starting with the yummy Tyler R. who would definitely not fall into her parents "suitable boy" category. Jazz just wants the right to choose, but how do you compete with years of family and cultural tradition to find real love?
This novel was brilliant! I loved the main character Jazz and her feisty nature. It was a roller coaster ride of emotions and expectations as you progress through the novel. Jazz is an extremely likable and well drawn teenager. She is a smart and reliable girl, and makes mistakes even smart girls sometimes make. She wants real love and doesn't think she will find it in her parents "Guided Dating" plan. So what's a smart girl to do when her parents won't let her date the boy she dreams of? Sneak around of course.
This novel was a crash course in what not to do on the path of love. I love that Jazz makes realistic decisions and mistakes. She wants the best for herself and those around her, even though at times she doesn't really know what is best.
Realistically drawn characters, wonderful friendships, and teenage mistakes, all bundled up in a novel that will tug at your heartstrings as you cheer at Jazz's ups and cry for her failures. You won't want to put this novel down!
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