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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,549 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tanuja Desai Hidier Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Dimple Lala doesn’t know what to think. Her parents are from India, and she’s spent her whole life resisting their traditions. Then suddenly she gets to high school and everything Indian is trendy. Now things are more complicated than ever. At seventeen, she’s still recovering from a year-old break up and her best friend isn’t around the way she used to be. To make matters worse, her parents arrange for her to meet a “suitable boy.” Of course, it doesn’t go well—until Dimple goes to a club and finds him spinning a magical web of words and music. Suddenly the boy is suitable because of his sheer unsuitability, and complications ensue.

This is a funny, thoughtful story about finding yourself, finding your friends, finding love, and finding your culture—sometimes where you least expect it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Compelling and witty…Gives voice to a new generation of Americans.”

    USA Today

  • “Complicated, chaotic, and absolutely charming.”


  • “The author poetically captures the essence of her characters and the richness of seemingly insignificant moments. Absorbing and intoxicating, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Narrator Gavin gives a rousing performance. She handles the accents with aplomb—Indian, British, American—individualizing each character…Gavin’s stellar performance is impressive.” 

    Kliatt (starred review)

  • “A breathtaking experience…The exuberant, almost psychedelic linguistic riffs will catch readers up in a breathtaking experience that is beyond virtually anything being published for teens today.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Colorfully recounted by Marguerite Gavin, who reads with the rhythm of ankle bells and sitar in her soul…The quality of Gavin’s voice is most appealing, and her regional accents make the scenes picturesque.”


  • “This involving story, filled with detail about the protagonist’s life and background, will reward its readers. The family background and richness in cultural information add a new level to the familiar girl-meets-boy story. Teens will be rooting for Dimple and her quest to find her own place in her family and country.”

    School Library Journal

  • “[A] feast for the senses, creating a reading experience that is unusual in YA literature today.”


  • AnALA Best Book for Young Adults

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/13/2014

    " This book is a great book that expresses the daily life of being a teenager and struggling with how you look, religion and of course boys. I did feel that the book was slow reading and there were many Indian words that aren't easily understood. Overall a really enjoyable book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Donna | 2/11/2014

    " it's nothing special or particular "epic" or "amazing" but there is something about this book that sticks with you...ad you're not entirely sure why, even at 26 every so often I think about going back to it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chani | 2/10/2014

    " I love this book so much. It is the perfect mixture of reality, hope, beauty, truth, and a unique coming of age story. Born Confused offers outsiders a glimpse into the difficulties of growing up in two different cultures. As a photographer, I loved reading the passages of the darkroom and the 'dance' of chemical development. I re-read this book at least once a year, the story a favorite of mine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Libby | 2/7/2014

    " Really liked it--especially that her parents weren't always the bad guys and some of her realizations about herself (definitely a coming-of-age/identity book)--very poetic, but some of the poetry and musings were a little long-winded. "

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