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Born Confused (Bccb Blue Ribbon Fiction Books (Awards)) Hardcover – 1 Oct 2002

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439357624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439357623
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 14 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,965,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Tanuja Desai Hidier's BORN CONFUSED:
* "Absorbing and intoxicating, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, boxed and starred review
"Compelling and witty...gives voice to a new generation of Americans." --USA TODAY
"A breathtaking experience." --KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review
"Complicated, chaotic, and absolutely charming." --SEVENTEEN
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tanuja Desai Hidier is the critically acclaimed author of the groundbreaking novels "Bombay Blues" and "Born Confused," which was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and hailed by "Entertainment Weekly" and "Rolling Stone" as one of the best YA novels of all time.
Born and raised in the USA, Tanuja is a writer/singer-songwriter now based in London. For more about "Born Confused" and "Bombay Blues," as well as her "booktrack" albums of original songs to accompany them, please visit www.ThisIsTanuja.com.
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I absolutely loved this book! It's about an American Indian girl, Dimple Lala, who's utterly lovable and the book describes her relationship primarily with herself, her parents, her best friend Gwen and ultimately, The Suitable Boy! The author has incredible talent - she has the photographer's eye for details, a wonderful ear for dialogue, and the characters are beautifully drawn. She brings love, life, joy and sorrow to the pages of this utterly captivating tale. I laughed out loud several times, and even cried at one bit! I agree with another reviewer who said you don't have to be Indian or a teen to enjoy this book... absolutely not, I'm an over 50 Irish Brit! Beautifully written with life, energy and colour on every page. The title is Born Confused, and the author, Tanuja Desai Hidier, was born to write. I can't wait to read the sequel, Bombay Blues.
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By A Customer on 11 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Dimple Lala has never fit in. Originally from India, she has lived in New Jersey for her whole life. From the beginning, she was born "turned around" and this caused her mother "twelve treacherous hours of painful labor." She continues resisting her parent’s traditions for sixteen years, but when she turns seventeen, she does not know who she is and exactly where she is from. Finally, after many years of avoiding her identity, she is confronted with her problem when her parents encourage her to date a "suitable boy" for marriage. Now Dimple, on her journey to adulthood and self-actualization, is directly faced with a cultural problem that she needs to come to terms with. The novel does not only center around this boy, but also around her relatives that help her through her problems. Her passion for photography also helps Dimple with day to day life and the reader can learn more about this art. This novel is comprised of cultural conflicts as well as friendship and relationship problems that eventually lead Dimple to finding out who she is and where she comes from.
You do not have to be from India to enjoy this captivating and enticing, realistic story that many can relate to. It is a clash between an American girl and her Indian origins that occurs in this novel. Dimple goes through similar problems that teenagers face, but this compelling novel also incorporates finding one’s culture as well as identity. Tanuja Desai Hidier takes an interesting approach to intrigue the reader with a mix of the Indian and American culture. This novel brings up worthwhile questions to think about even after you have finished it. Absorbing, questioning, and appealing, Born Confused not only makes you think about who you are, but where you are from.
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Format: Paperback
I picked this book last easter needing a soppy teenage novel to fill the days instead (thankfully)i gained a book that will never leave me. Funny, emotive, with a believable protagonist who does what we all do one time or another in our lives,learn something new about herself and enviorment. She experiences love, dilemas, desires and learns the truth. I would recommend this book to anyone, you don't have to be of a particular race to enjoy and understand the book, as may be suggested due to the cover, 'Born Confused' deals with universal themes, so all you have to do is love a good story because that is what you will get:)
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By A Customer on 26 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
When I first bought this book, I was worried that it would be too cheesy, or that I wouldn't understand it, due to the fact that it's about an american-indian girl trying to find her identity - and I'm just english. But wow. Born Confused is so beautiful, but hilarious too. You can relate to it whoever you are, and the author writes it in such a beautiful way. The book is everlastingly inspirational, tackles not-just-teenage issues, and is a complete one-off. I love it and recommend it to anyone, of any age.
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