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The Whole Story of Half a Girl

By: Veera Hiranandani

Contemporary Fiction

"I am half Indian, half Jewish, and now I’m half a cheerleader!" When Sonia’s father loses his job, she must leave her beloved private community school and attend the local public school. Will she ever feel like she belongs?

Ages: 9+

224 pages

Penguin Random House

Average Rating: (27 Ratings)

Interesting plot
Submitted 5/6/2019 by leveygirls

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

I liked the book. Since I go to a private school, it was good to know the happenings of a public school. But I thought the cheerleading group was odd. I think she made the wrong choice.

Submitted 1/8/2019 by AlittleBritish

You will NOT regret reading this, I couldn't put it down!!

GREAT BOOK
Submitted 1/5/2019 by Softball13

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I read this book 2 times and let my friend read it too. AWESOME BOOK

BAD-This book is really boring
Submitted 1/5/2019 by DinosaursAreAwesome

My sister selected this and I read it ONLY because the plot sounded vaguely interesting, but I think whoever wrote the summary exaggerated to make it sound good. Maybe occasionally there was a slightly interesting part, which is why I didn't give it 1star, but most of the stuff that made this book slightly worthwhile to read ended within a chapter and was portrayed in a boring way, and the only reason I didn't stop reading it was because I was because I was

a)bored
b)hoping something would eventually happen

DON'T SELECT THIS BOOK unless you like books that drag on and don't mind plots that never even get anywhere.

Could not put it down
Submitted 12/5/2018 by poopiepant

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I LOVED this book. i never wanted to put it down until i finnished.

I loved reading this!
Submitted 12/4/2018 by sammd

I loved this book! I just wish Sonia’s family was more fun.

Submitted 12/2/2018 by 3bckid

I loved this book!

I would definitely recommend this book to somebody! I love how this book taught me how to be a better person and pick the right friends.

Amazing
Submitted 11/10/2018 by firestar

This was a really sentimental book that I could relate to a lot. When Sonia's dad runs away, you can literally feel her feelings. One of my best PJ Our Way books yet. 😀

I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!
Submitted 11/1/2018 by cocoluc16

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

you need to read it

SO SO SO SO SO SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 10/8/2018 by ReadeSkeader

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

so good but i actually liked Kate a lot

READ ME. NOW!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 9/8/2018 by Sushicat

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

:):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

This is a great book!
Submitted 9/6/2018 by lovepjlibraryandpjourway

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I read this book when I was nine years old. I have read a lot of books and this book made me really happy. I would recommend this book to my friends. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read it!

BEST BOOK EVERRRRR!!
Submitted 9/4/2018 by myfavoritedaughter1

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book is the best book that I have ever read. It teaches you how to choose friends on personality and not just how 'popular' you are. It also teaches you how to make your own choices and not base your opinions on someone else's. This book also includes teaching you that different races should all be treated equally.

Submitted 9/4/2018 by CoffeeBreak

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

this book was really great! Sorta sad, though.
You should read it!
You will love it!
It is amazing!

The characters felt so real
Submitted 9/3/2018 by LittleRedFeather

I loved this book!

I really got the theme of this book and felt the character’s emotions. It’s a thumbs up from me!

AMAZING!!
Submitted 8/7/2018 by EDanceGirl

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book is awesome! It is about fitting in and discovering your inner self.

Cannot Put It Down!
Submitted 8/3/2018 by morielle

I loved this book!

This book made me think about Judaism and friendship. Every time I read this book, I couldn't it down!

bleeh
Submitted 7/22/2018 by sheebabear10

This book was just OK

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book was so long, and i could not understand it ,and i wanted to put it down but i like to finish books and not just quit.

The Whole Story of Half a Girl
Submitted 7/10/2018 by DalekReader

Thumbs up!

This book was great! I definitely recommend this book!😄😄😄💕

wow.
Submitted 7/9/2018 by Lovekitties

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

this book was soo cool! I really liked the drama. if you like drama, adventure,and jewish books, READ DIS BOOK!!!!!

Great Book
Submitted 7/5/2018 by Lesadinia

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book is great because it talks about real life situations from a different point of view. This is helpful because we learn that we aren’t the only people experiencing these things.

A pretty good book
Submitted 7/5/2018 by artgirl11

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

It was a great book, one of those where it might be really good to some people and just eh to others. I enjoyed it because it taught me more about cheerleading and how depression affects families differently.

The best book I have ever read in my life!!!
Submitted 7/4/2018 by Booklover707

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about friendship.

I love books that show a girls point of view. I have read many books like that, but this one was the best one I have ever read!!

A Sweet, Sentimental Story
Submitted 7/3/2018 by readyforreading

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book is about a half-Indian, half-Jewish middle school girl named Sonia who has to navigate the trials of middle school, friend drama, boy drama and family drama. Her dad has depression, so she has a tough time at home. Sonia is an incredibly brave girl, and she is always ready for more.

Sweet, beautiful perspective
Submitted 7/2/2018 by Asheret

I loved this book!

This book will make even the most unsympathetic reader empathetic. Written in first person, this book tells of the trials of a girl unused to having a parent out of a job. The wording is heartfelt. I especially loved how Sonia evolved throughout the story-- from being unable to see the hidden beauty in some people to being more understanding, sincere, and able to think for herself. The book is also full of beautiful moments where she realizes that life is difficult to cope with and fixes her mistakes, even though it isn't easy. I loved Sonia, and I hope that everyone who reads this review will be inspired to face life's challenges and think for themselves.

A Very Good Book!!!
Submitted 7/2/2018 by Redbird9

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Sonia is a half Indian half Jewish girl. When her father loses his job, things go crazy. Sonia has to change schools and she learns that friends can be not so friendly. This is a must read book!!

One of the best books I have read
Submitted 5/1/2018 by NationalDT

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I could not put this book down! It is about a girl named Sonia who is half Indian and half Jewish. Her father loses his job. Sonia and her sister have to go to a public school after going to a private school. Sonia has to make new friends. She mixes with popular girls who want her to try out for cheer-leading and a not so “in” group. All of a sudden something big happens! You will have to read the book to find out.
by Rebecca, Kid Advisory Committee

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Veera Hiranandani

Author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl

"Coming from two cultures and not always fitting in has probably made me a stronger person."

When Veera was eleven, she loved video games, reading, making up stories, doing gymnastics, baking cookies, drawing, and making her little sister play the games she wanted to play.

But growing up wasn't always easy for Veera. Like Sonia in The Whole Story of Half a Girl, Veera has a Jewish-American mother and an Indian father, and this was an unusual combination for a kid in the Connecticut town where she grew up. Veera spent a lot of time quietly watching other people. She thinks that maybe she wouldn't have become a writer if she wasn't forced to look at the world a little differently.

 

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