Thursday, May 5, 2022

Sari, Not Sari by Sonya Singh


This delightful debut rom-com follows the adventures of a woman trying to connect with her South Asian roots and introduces readers to a memorable cast of characters in a veritable feast of food, family traditions, and fun.

Manny Dogra is the beautiful young CEO of Breakup, a highly successful company that helps people manage their relationship breakups. As preoccupied as she is with her business, she’s also planning her wedding to handsome architect Adam Jamieson while dealing with the loss of her beloved parents.

For reasons Manny has never understood, her mother and father, who were both born in India, always wanted her to become an “All-American” girl. So that’s what she did. She knows next to nothing about her South Asian heritage, and that’s never been a problem—until her parents are no longer around, and an image of Manny that’s been Photoshopped to make her skin look more white appears on a major magazine cover. Suddenly, the woman who built an empire encouraging people to be true to themselves is having her own identity crisis.

But when an irritating client named Sammy Patel approaches Manny with an odd breakup request, the perfect solution presents itself: If they both agree to certain terms, he’ll give her a crash course in being “Indian” at his brother’s wedding.

What follows is days of dancing and dal, masala and mehndi as Manny meets the lovable, if endlessly interfering, aunties and uncles of the Patel family, and, along the way, discovers much more than she could ever have anticipated. 

Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 5th 2022 
by Simon & Schuster CA
3/5 stars
'only you know who you are, and no one else can change that about you.'
Sari, Not Sari was a quick, sweet read. It was also an impulse purchase for an IG readalong.

Manny runs a unique business, the breakup business. Rather than awkward face to face breakups her company writes the emails - kinda a weird concept but let’s go with it. Each chapter begins with a plea for help, witty and unique actually.

But Manny is struggling with her Indian identity and what follows is a fast paced lesson in that area. I learned a lot about the culture, family traditions and relationships. There were fun characters, some twisters, instalove and a predictable conclusion (it’s romance, that’s kind of a given.)

All in all a fun read by this Canadian author. Sari, Not Sari is readily available for purchase now.

This book was part of my 2022 Reading Off My Shelf Challenge #26

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