Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani

Sonia never questioned who she was when she was attending her beloved private school.  Everyone knew that she was half Jewish, half Indian and it wasn't a big deal to anyone, Sonia least of all.  But after her dad loses his job Sonia has to attend the local public school for the first time in her life and now people seem to care.  Sonia herself isn't sure where she will fit in.  She is immediately taken in by a group of popular girls when she tries out for the cheerleading team but Sonia doesn't feel completely comfortable with them.  She really likes her new African-American friend Alisha but knows that sitting with her at lunch will cause others to look down on Sonia.  While struggling with school issues Sonia's home life is also deteriorating as her father slips into depression and finally disappears.  This is a story with which many students could identify.  It is written in a manner that makes it seem lighter than the issues included.