Harry N. Abrams (2013), 256 pages
Tara Feinstein, proud of both her East Indian and Jewish heritage, questions what it means to have a bat mitzvah and deals with her own doubts about her faith.
LibraryThing member JoStARs
My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman is a delightful coming-of-age story of Tara Feinstein. Tara seems to do everything in twos. She has two best friends, two boys interested in her, and two cultural traditions in her family. While Tara studies for her bat mitzvah and wonders if she needs to believe in God, she also tries to figure out how to bring together her East Indian and Jewish American heritages. Tara is such a great character and so well written that readers can’t wait to see what happens next. I highly recommend My Basmati Bat Mitzvah and hope some television producer is smart enough to turn this book into a series.
LibraryThing member Salsabrarian
As Tara prepares for her bat mitzvah, she tries to find balance in recognizing her mixed heritage (Asian Indian and Jewish) while also dealing with typical teenage drama in her personal life. Tara's teen voice and attitude are authentically drawn and will appeal to teen readers, but resonate particularly with readers of mixed, Indian or Jewish background. This put me in mind of Judy Blume's works.
256 p.; 5.5 inches
1419708066 / 9781419708060