The Whole Story of Half a Girl

By Veera Hiranandani

What larger compliment than to be in comparison to Judy Blume!--"Each [Blume and Hiranandani] excels in charting the fluctuating pain zones of adolescent identification with affectionate humor."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred

After her father loses his activity, Sonia Nadhamuni, part Indian and part Jewish American, unearths herself yanked out of non-public institution and thrown into the strange international of public schooling. For the 1st time, Sonia's combined historical past makes her classmates ask questions—questions Sonia does not continually understand how to answer—as she navigates among a bunch of renowned women who wish her to attempt out for the cheerleading squad and different scholars who are usually not a part of the "in" crowd.

At an analogous time that Sonia is making an attempt to make new buddies, she's facing what it capability to have an out-of-work parent—it's tough for her kin to regulate to their replaced conditions. after which, at some point, Sonia's father is going lacking. Now Sonia wonders if she ever particularly knew him. As she starts to seem for solutions, she needs to make a decision what relatively concerns and who her precise pals are—and even if her halves, irrespective of how varied, could make her a whole.

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Um, well …” yet sooner than i will be able to end, Jackie’s within the room. “Hurry, men, we’re going to be late,” she says. “We need to drop off Sonia first. ” “Mom, can Sonia come? ” Kate says, completing her lipstick. “Well …,” says Jackie. anything glints throughout her eyes. as a rule she’s excited whilst I subscribe to them in something. “Aren’t you Jewish, hon? ” “Sort of. ” “I simply don’t wish you to do whatever opposed to your faith. ” i think misplaced, all of sudden. i glance at Kate for support, yet she’s busy solving her outfit within the replicate. “I’m no longer Jewish. simply my mother is. It’s in contrast to I’ll explode or something. ” My phrases shock me greater than an individual. Kate turns round and begins guffawing. Jackie glares at her, so she places her quit her mouth, yet doesn’t cease. “Well, you recognize most sensible. You’re continually welcome,” Jackie says in a stiff approach that makes me ponder whether she particularly skill “welcome to every little thing other than church. ” She begins to stroll out of the room. “We go away in ten. Quicken the velocity, women. ” “Were you joking? ” Kate says, nonetheless giggling whilst Jackie leaves the room. “About what, that I’m going to blow up in church? ” “No, that you’re no longer Jewish,” Kate says, her eyes beaming, all that glowing power enthusiastic about me. I don’t actually need to respond to her. “But what if I do explode? ” I whisper, laughing. “Don’t worry,” Kate says, guffawing tougher now. “I’ll guard you! ” With that she jumps on me like Catwoman and we tumble down on her gentle purple rug giggling until eventually we snatch our stomachs in discomfort. The funniest factor, although, is that I wasn’t joking, no longer one bit. I’m bored with telling humans I’m Jewish whilst I don’t feel Jewish, no matter what being Jewish is meant to consider like. Kate’s church is in a stone construction that, I swear, appears like a smaller model of Notre Dame in Paris. within are most of these stained-glass home windows and glossy wood benches, and the ceiling’s 100 ft up within the air. I don’t particularly hear that conscientiously to the priest through the sermon, however it seems like kind of an identical stuff the rabbi talks approximately once we visit temple with my grandparents. i ponder why they’re purported to be so assorted, being Jewish and being Christian. They either discuss what God is, and what we will do to be larger humans, and tales from the Bible that educate us classes. i love the darkish wood pews, the stone flooring, the echoing sounds pinging off the partitions. often i like taking a look at the stained-glass home windows, the way in which the sunshine indicates via all of the colours like jewels and makes me contemplate the Taj Mahal. For a few cause it makes me chuffed. My home is nonetheless as heavy as burned bran cakes. It’s sturdy that Dad’s now not sulking round in his bathrobe anymore, yet he works such overdue hours that he’s by no means round. Mom’s nonetheless operating extra too. Her periods are all within the morning now, yet she spends each evening in her workplace grading papers. We’ve been getting loads of takeout pizza nowadays, anything we by no means used to do. while Mom’s no longer operating, she’s asking me how i believe approximately every little thing with huge, frightened eyes. How do you are feeling approximately having new acquaintances?

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