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Bhangra Babes (Bindi Babes) Paperback – 6 Jan 2005
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"Fast paced with plenty of upbeat dialogue" (The Irish Times)
"Entertaining" (Learning Support)
"Enjoyable comedy of errors" (Children's Books of Ireland Bookfest)
A third outing for those sassy sisters, Amber, Jazz and Geena - the original Bindi Babes!See all Product description
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At first, I thought this third instalment wasn't going to be as good as the first two - but I was wrong! About half-way through it really takes off and the last ten pages will leave you roaring with laughter.
It's all such heartwarming stuff. The three girls - Geena, Amber and Jazz - are all gorgeous - how I wish they were my daughters - but it's Auntie that I want to marry. The whole book made me wish I was Panjabi and lived in such a family!
The ending is perfect and the whole series would make a great children's TV series - or better still, a Bollywood movie.
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Things I liked:
1. The author obviously had an authentic knowledge of life in a mostly desi community in England. Because I am not from England, I had a pretty hard time in the beginning understanding some of the slang, how neighborhoods related to each other, and even that most of the anglicized names in the book were referring to other desi kids, but that is okay because the book does not apologize or over explain these things. You have to just figure it out as you go along.
2. The storylines were good for its young adult audience, although I would say that the it would be more for the 12-14 year old set, rather than the 15-18 year olds.
3. I liked how the last book of the trilogy ended with good closure, but leaving enough room that if she were to write another book, it would be okay.
Things that could have used some improvement:
1. Similar to another reviewer, I also had a little bit of a hard time, especially in the first book, figuring out the difference between the three main characters, or even basics about who was oldest, etc. By the third book, it was simple to differentiate in my head, but maybe setting a LITTLE more context would be good.
2. The book sometimes jumped from 'scene' to 'scene' without any warning (in the middle of a paragraph). I don't know if it is because the e-book formatting was poor or not, but in one example, the girls are at a store with an elderly person, and in the next sentence, the main character is waking up a few days later with an idea.
Specific things about each book:
Bindi Babes - not sure why the 'babes' are there, but nice enough story talking about what happens when an 'interfering Auntie' comes to stay with three sisters and their dad who are mourning the loss of their mom. I wish they developed Auntie's character more here, rather than just the girls' reaction to Auntie, but it was fine.
Bollywood Babes - my favorite book of the three. Cute storyline and really starts expanding the social circle/community the girls live in.
Bhangra Babes - A nice way to end the trilogy with general closure, and who doesn't love a wedding-- but, I do wish there were more descriptions of the wedding.
A cute, quick read in an authentic voice that I would recommend to anyone.
P.S. I was able to borrow this book electronically from my local library (through Overdrive) so you may want to try that before you buy.