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4.0 out of 5 stars A childrens book worthy of universal readership, 16 Jan 2004
This review is from: Bindi Babes (Paperback)
I read this book purely because it was written by Narinder Dhami who also wrote the brilliant Bend it Like Beckham, despite the fact that it is a childrens book and I am a twenty-two year old English Literature student. Having spent three years reading the set texts for my degree course, I expected this to be a light and funny, entertaining read - which it was, but with added depth that I did not expect in a childrens book.
Amber, Geena and Jazz are three young girls whose mother died a year before the book is set. Their father does not know how to be a parent to them on his own and spends too much time at work. He over-compensates by indulging the girls' every whim and lavishing them with designer clothes. When their auntie arrives and begins to try to bring some normality and routine back to their lives, the girls are horrified and resent her intrusion into their mother's role. They plot to get rid of her. So far so-so. However, there is a much more serious message to this book when the girls begin to realise that they are not dealing with the loss of their mother quite as well as they thought and their auntie makes them realise that other people have problems too.
I liked the fact that it was made clear that having all the best possessions does not equal having the perfect life. The girls are envied by their schoolmates for what they have but what they don't have is what their schoolmates all have - a mother.
There is even a sub-plot that deals with a racist neighbour who is made to see the error of her ways by Auntie.
Losing a parent is traumatic at any age and the book is realistic in the way it highlights the fact that ignoring that someone has died is not facing up to it, and that life goes on for others who still have their parents but still have problems all the same. This is a childrens book with adult themes - loss, racism and compassion. Children and adults alike should read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brilliant Bindi Babes!, 12 Jan 2008
This review is from: Bindi Babes (Paperback)
Narinder Dharmi has written a book which is funny, deeply moving, and fast-paced - and sometimes all three at the same time! It is about three Asian sisters, the coolest girls in school, who have recently lost their mother. When their father realises that he cannot cope on his own, he sends for their auntie to come and keep an eye on them. She decides that what they need is a firm hand and routine - and they absolutely hate it! At every turn they try and upstage their aunt in an effort to get rid of her, but she manages to upstage them instead! In the end, they decide there's only one thing for it - to try and get her married off to the gorgeous Mr Aurora, one of their teachers, and get her out of their lives once and for all! Do they succeed? Read it yourself and find out!

This is a brilliant book which deals with deep issues such as loss, loneliness, racism, and superficial values with a lightness of touch which makes it a pure joy to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Least Give it Foive!, 26 Aug 2007
AG Stephenson "andrewjoychris" (Newhaven England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bindi Babes (Paperback)
Miss Lissa has written a first-class review of this remarkable book. It has everything she says it have. Narinder Dhami is one of Britain's best authors - and yet almost totally ignored by the 'clever press'.

The only thing that Miss Lissa seems to have missed is that the book is written with a wonderfully funny and light tone that regularly had me in stiches - it's difficult to do that when you are writing about the tragic loss of a parent and racism.

And as for Auntie! Wow! I want to marry her now, do you hear me, Narinder? Who is she based on in real life?

SO, MISS LISSA, HOW COME YOU ONLY GAVE FOUR STARS??? Just what kind of a perfectionist are you?
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is the best book, 4 Aug 2005
nikita (New Zealand) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bindi Babes (Paperback)
Amber(10), Jazz(11), and Geena(13) are three Indian sisters eho are very helpful at school. They live with their dad. one day their dad had some news that Auntie(dad's sister) was coming over from India to stay with them. A couple of days later Auntie arrives and their life changes into one big mess. the girls try everthing including getting her married off to their school teacher who they say is handsome.
Auntie is a awesome character in the book and she likes to annoy the girls and iterupt into other peoples lives.
I like this book because it is hilarious and when i read the book it made me feel determind to keep reading till the end. This would be the best book i have ever read in my whole life.
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