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#2352683 in Books 2004-08-10 2004-08-10Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 8.63 x .88 x 5.75l, #File Name: 038573123X272 pages | File size: 51.Mb Mitali Perkins : Monsoon Summer before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised Monsoon Summer: 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club.comBy Cynthia HudsonWhen fifteen-year-old Jazz Gardner discovers she's going to spend the summer in India with her family she is not happy about it at all. She has a thriving business in San Francisco with her best friend Steve, and she can't imagine leaving either one for three months. She's certain one of the other girls from school will make a move while she's gone and claim Steve's heart before she even tells him how much he means to her.When she arrives in the town where her


mother was born and adopted from the orphanage, she's determined not to get involved in helping out in any way. All she wants to do is pass the time while she counts the days until she goes home. But her encounters with the people, and a little bit of monsoon madness, just may convince her she's got something to contribute after all.Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins is a great book for mother-daughter book clubs. Jazz is an independent girl whose parents are very much involved in her life. She constantly compares herself to her mother, and often feels she's lacking. This book can generate great discussions on finding and believing in your own strengths, working to help others, trusting people and having the courage to say what you're feeling. Perkins has an excellent mother-daughter book club discussion guide at her website, [...]. Here's just one of the questions that may provoke great discussion:"What's the most risky thing you've tried when it comes to helping someone else? Did it work?" I highly recommend Monsoon Summer for book clubs with girls aged 10 and up.4 of 4 people found the following review helpful. A Magical Book that Will Resonate with Teens and AdultsBy Jennifer RobinsonI absolutely loved this book. Monsoon Summer is the story of 15-year-old Jasmine Carol Gardner, known as Jazz. Jazz is the product of her bulky, introverted white father and her petite, activist Indian-born mother. Genetically, and by her choices, Jazz takes mostly after her father, while her younger brother, Eric, resembles their mother. Their family is very close, however, with a strong sense of mutual loyalty. Thus when Jazz's mother wins a grant to go set up a clinic for pregnant women at the orphanage in India where she lived as a child, the whole family leaves California to go along for the summer.Jazz is quite reluctant to go to India, however, mostly because of her newly-discovered, and undisclosed, love for her best friend, Steve. Jazz and Steve run a thriving business giving Berkeley tourists postcards of themselves in front of local landmarks and nostalgic activist signs. Jazz is worried about leaving Steve to run the business by himself, and even more worried about leaving him to the mercies of other girls from school. She can't imagine actually telling Steve how she feels, because she considers him so much more attractive and popular than herself, and she is sure that he would never be interested in her in that way. Still, she hates to leave him.Most of the story takes place in the city of Pune, India, during the monsoon season, which many believe is a magical time. Jazz is at first quite resistant to the pull of India, and to the needs of the people around her. This is mostly due to her own self-doubt (and a little bit because of her obsession with Steve). The memory of a failed experiment in helping someone else, one in which her trust was betrayed, keeps her from wanting to get involved. But gradually, the monsoons work their magic on her, and she finds her over-protected heart expanding, as she becomes more brave and confident.I think that Jazz's self-doubt and complete inability to think of herself as beautiful will resonate with anyone who is, or ever has been, a teenager. This authenticity makes Jazz's gradual transformation an inspiration. I think that this book could help teens to see themselves in a new light.Jazz and her father both also evolve through the book from being fairly hands-off to being people who take an active part in helping others. Without being preachy about it, Monsoon Summer makes the reader want to get more involved, too. I'm not quite sure how Mitali Perkins manages that feat. I'm personally quite resistant to books that feel like they're promoting some larger agenda. I think that it works in this case because Perkins shows us how Jazz and her father react to a specific situation, rather than simply telling us that we should act in some particular way. All I know is that I cried at the end (in a good way).I also liked the long-distance relationship between Jazz and Steve, sweet at times, realistically snippy at others. The descriptions of India, as seen through the eyes of someone raised in America, are eye-opening, without being overwhelming. And I liked the way that the author resists the temptation to wrap up every detail, leaving at least one issue unresolved. All in all, I enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it for teen readers. I also think that adults, especially those who are feeling a bit jaded about life, will find it a refreshing treat.This book review was originally published on my blog, Jen Robinson's Book Page, on September 2, 2006.3 of 3 people found the following review helpful. Monsoon Summer Works MagicBy A CustomerSome say that India's monsoon season creates "monsoon madness". Its magic drives some people crazy-insane but others crazy-I'll-do-things-I-never-wouldhave-otherwise-done. For 15-year-old Jasmine "Jazz" Carol Gardner, it's the latter. This California girl's world is turned upside down when her family decides to go to India for the summer - to help out at the orphanage Mrs. Gardner started her life in. Though this trip may not have been Jazz's idea of a summer vacation, it's what she got. Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins shows just how India's monsoon worked its magic on her. When Jazz leaves Berkeley, California, her home, she also leaves her best friend and long-time crush, Steve Morales. With only long-distance phone calls and the occasional letter keeping them in touch, she worries something (not in the direction she wants) will happen to their relationship. Reluctant to join her mother's good-doing, especially in an unfamiliar place like Pune, India, Jazz's summer starts out looking pretty bleak. As a 5'11" girl who's trapped inside because of the constant rain, she spends a lot of her time worrying about the problems in her life. Problems including her looks (hugeness) and lovesickness. That is, until she finally befriends Danita, a girl from the orphanage who cooks for the Gardner family and has some troubles of her own. Their friendship teaches Jazz that she really can help other people - and maybe herself too. As this story unfolds you can't miss all the change India's monsoon brings upon a teenage girl and her family and friends. This realistic fiction novel is perfect for the teenage girl who wants to know just how to survive in this troublesome world.(...) Jasmine Jazz Gardner heads off to India during the monsoon season. The family trip is her mothers doing: Mrs.


Gardner wants to volunteer at the orphanage that cared for her when she was young. But going to India isnt Jazzs idea of a great summer vacation. She wants no part of her mothers do-gooder endeavors.Whats more, Jazz is heartsick. Shes leaving the business she and her best friend, Steve Morales, startedas well as Steve himself. Jazz is crazy in love with the guy. If only he knew!Only when Jazz reluctantly befriends Danita, a girl who cooks for her family, and who faces a tough dilemma, does Jazz begin to see how she can make a differenceto her own family, to Danita, to the children at the orphanage, even to Steve. As India claims Jazz, the monsoon works its madness and its magic. From School Library JournalGrade 6-9Jazz, 15, and her best friend (and secret love), Steve, own a successful small business in Berkeley, taking photos of tourists in hippie costumes. When her mother wins a grant to spend the summer in India to establish a clinic at the orphanage from which she was adopted as a child, Jazz is reluctant to go but understands that the family must stick together. The girls she meets in Pune help her see herself with new eyes: more than a solidly built shot-putter, she is a beautiful young woman who might be worthy of Steve's affection. Once burned for following a do-gooder impulse, Jazz is initially afraid to befriend Danita, a talented 15-year-old orphan who dreams about starting her own business but feels compelled to accept a marriage proposal from an older man who will care for her sisters. Influenced by the magic of the monsoon season, the girls push one another to take chances rather than play it safe. Jazz reaches out to Steve and finds a way to make a difference in Danita's life. This realistic and romantic novel unobtrusively incorporates details of Indian life and culture. Jazz is a believable character, curious about her new surroundings but most engaged by her own family and friendship issues. She is appropriately upset by the poverty that surrounds her and increasingly aware of the Indians' different perceptions, including subtle indications of race and caste. Readers with an interest in faraway places will enjoy this story of friendship and first love.Kathleen Isaacs, Edmund Burke School, Washington, DC Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.From BooklistGr. 7-12. Fifteen-year-old Jasmine ("Jazz") is conflicted about spending the summer in Pune, India, where her mother has received a grant to work at the orphanage where she had lived as a child. Jazz would rather spend the summer at home in California, with Steve, the best friend she secretly loves. Jazz has always identified more with her tall, shy, "bulky" father than with her slight, "do-gooder" mother, but as she forms new friendships in Pune and delves deeper into her Indian heritage, she discovers her own strong beauty as well as the confidence to help others. Although Jazz's loving, altruistic, multiethnic family is a bit idealized, this debut novel, written in Jazz's smart, funny, self-deprecating voice, vividly evokes the smells, sights, and sounds of India in the monsoon season. Perkins folds interesting questions about caste discrimination, charity, and the challenges of growing up with a heroic parent into her warm, romantic story, which shows how the deepest private discoveries often come from very public risks. For other books about Indian and Indian American culture, see the Read-alikes "Out of India" [BKL S 15 03]. Gillian EngbergCopyright American Library Association. All rights reserved (A) heartfelt story. Besides having educational merit in conveying India's culture, Perkins' novel sensitively traces an American girl's emotional growth. -- Publisher's Weekly, August 23, 2004(Jazz's) experiences are riveting ... (she) sees gut-wrenching poverty and prejudice along with the beauty of her mother's native culture. -- San Jose Mercury News, September 12, 2004(Perkins) enlightens readers not familiar with the richness of Indian culture. In Bollywood fashion, she turns turmoil into happy endings. -- Kirkus s, July 2004A light-hearted yarn, spun with fascinating details and hearty characters. -- Seattle Times, August 7, 2004A red-hot read! -- Teen People, August 2004Besides having educational merit in conveying India's culture and its problems, Perkins' novel sensitively traces an American girl's emotional growth. -- Publisher's Weekly, August 2004Jazz is an overwhelmingly likable and understandable teen ... An intriguing demonstration of the concept of getting through giving. -- Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, September 2004Jazz is an overwhelmingly likable and understandable teen. Wholly satisfying ... Offer this to fans of Brashares Traveling Pants books. -- Bulletin of the Center For Children's Books, October 2004Jazz's realization, expressed through her funny and honest first-person narration, (is that she's) not only tall and athletic, she's beautiful. -- Horn Book Magazine, November 2004Perkins' character's experiences are riveting. (Jazz) sees gutwrenching poverty and prejudice, along with the beauty of her mother's native culture. -- San Jose Mercury News, September 12, 2004

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