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Title:
96 words for love
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9780316477789
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
Physical Description:
302 pages ; 24 cm.
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"JIMMY Patterson Books."
Summary:
While exploring her grandmother's past at an ashram in India with her cousin Anandi, seventeen-year-old Raya finds herself and, perhaps, true love in this modern retelling of the legend of Dushyanta and Shakuntala.
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A modern retelling of a romantic Indian legend, 96 Words for Love is a star-crossed love story perfect for fans of The Sun is Also a Star and When Dimple Met Rishi .
Ever since her acceptance to UCLA, 17-year-old Raya Liston has been quietly freaking out. She feels simultaneously lost and trapped by a future already mapped out for her.

Then her beloved grandmother dies, and Raya jumps at the chance to spend her last free summer at the ashram in India where her grandmother met and fell in love with her grandfather. Raya hopes to find her center and her true path. But she didn't expect to fall in love... with a country of beautiful contradictions, her fiercely loyal cousin, a local girl with a passion for reading, and a boy who teaches her that in Sanskrit, there are 96 different ways to say the word "love."

"This book is a feast for your soul." --Deepak Chopra


Author Notes

Rachel Roy is the daughter of an Indian immigrant father and Dutch mother. She is mother to Tallulah and Ava. Rachel is the founder & creative director of her eponymous brand and a tireless activist for using your voice to cultivate change in the world and to design the life you wish to live. Rachel founded Kindness Is Always Fashionable, an entrepreneurial philanthropic platform to help women artisans around the world create sustainable income for their families and communities. In 2018 Rachel was named a United Nations Women Champion for Innovation, and works for the UN advocating gender equality and other critical women's issues. In 2015, Rachel published, Design Your Life.
Ava Dash is the daughter of fashion designer Rachel Roy. She attends college, works and lives in Los Angeles. Ava works with young adults that have aged out of the foster care system as well as former sex trafficked girls in India. Inspired from her travels with her mother, Ava hopes to start a give back business that provides critical resources to educate and empower the girls she has met on her travels to India.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-After being accepted to UCLA, Raya starts to wonder if that is where her true passion lies. Right before her beloved Daadee passes away, she tells Raya that she has left something for her and her cousin Anandi at the Rishi Kanva ashram in the Himalayas she had stayed at in her youth. Raya decides that this is her opportunity to find herself and who she is meant to be, so the teen convinces her parents to allow her to live at the ashram with her cousin for a month. While solving her Daadee's mystery, she meets Kiran, a boy she desperately doesn't want to fall for on her journey to self-discovery, but does, and she meets a slew of other people who change her for the better. All of the characters in this story are well fleshed out with their own internal conflicts. Throughout, readers are also told the story Shakuntala and Dushyanta and how their love story parallels what both Raya and her Daadee have experienced. This is a readable, relatable story that touches upon social justice issues, such as sex trafficking, which at times feel like vehicles in place only to move the love story along. VERDICT A general purchase for libraries looking for romantic coming-of-age stories with depth.-Kristyn -Dorfman, The Nightingale-Bamford School, New York City © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

On her deathbed, Raya's grandmother, Daadee, tells her that she's left things that Raya and her cousin Anandi should have at a remote ashram in India, which Daadee visited in her own youth. Worried about her future and confused by her anxiety about being accepted to UCLA, Raya travels to the ashram with Anandi, hoping to find personal clarity and locate whatever Daadee left behind. At the ashram, direction comes when Raya finds two of Daadee's adolescent journals and falls in love with Kiran, a budding filmmaker from Delhi. Loosely retelling the Indian story of Shakuntala, both Daadee, through journal entries, and Raya, through her first-person narration, draw parallels to their own lives, struggling to find balance between their goals and the sacrifices that their newfound romantic entanglements would require. Well-known designer Roy and daughter Dash write in a pop culture-laden conversational tone to convey Raya's concerns-stress about going to college and declaring a major, curiosity about sex and a future with Kiran. Though her feelings are portrayed as valid and relevant, the book's too-quick pace leaves them underexplored and too quickly resolved, making the overall message about trusting one's individual journey unsatisfying. Ages 13-up. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.