26 March 2009

Skunk Girl; Sheba Karim

Skunk Girl Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim

My review

rating: 2 of 5 stars

Nina's parents are Pakistani Muslims, while she wants to be an Americanized teenager. She's got two girlfriends, both white, and a crush on the new boy Asher. Problem is, of course, getting her parents to allow her to do anything that might involve boys, dating, dancing, etc., which of course they won't because they want her to be a good girl. Asher appears to like her, though...

The ending is, I think, supposed to let us know that Nina has somehow made peace with her American and Pakistani sides; it just comes across as a tacked-on coda.

Skunk Girl is set in the 1990s, and I'm guessing that is because the author grew up in a similar situation during that time. Because there's no real reason for it to be set then (by which I mean there's no great event or person that would require it to be set in the '90s), the lack of cell phones, texting, computers and all the other teen "stuff" stands out.

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