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Jul 08, 2020betsymarzoni rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
A heart-breaking story of two young women born into poverty in India and their incredible resilience and perseverance as each navigates the harrowing circumstances of their lives.
Mar 09, 2020Vero_biblio rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
The story of two best friends, girls living in poverty in India, and who get separated by destiny. Absolutely *horrible* things happen to them -- the world is extremely cruel to them, and it's very hard to read. But that what makes it…
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Oct 24, 2019JCLBetM rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
This is a hard story to read (rape, forced prostitution, violence against women). But I felt it was one that was important to hear and stand witness to how life is for women in other countries and cultures even today. And how my own…
Aug 03, 2019JANMAYS rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
DNF - lack of time to read, didn't appear to be something I'd like.
Jul 30, 2019
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Jun 30, 2019INVS rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
I'd love to have been able to latch on to this, a fascinating subject. My poor old brain has problems with unfamiliar names, thus I can't keep the character in place.
Jun 19, 2019amrita2 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This was a gripping read. I found it hard to put it down but hard to read in one go. I read this book over the last few days (as I couldn't spare more than a few hours per day) and I found myself thinking about the characters in the…
Feb 17, 2019writermala rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
This debut novel by Shobha Rao spares no punches.We are told in gory detail the abuse that women (Barely more than girls) suffer at the hands of men folk.Poornima and Savitha become fast friends and it is this friendship that sustains…
Feb 14, 2019Eil_1 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This compelling story is one of many that deal with the horrific conditions that thousands of girls/women endure in Mid-eastern countries as well as in India (as this book describes). As always, girls suffer at the hands of the men in…
Nov 25, 2018ritikanathani rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed reading Girls Burn Brighter, specially the first half. I was invested the the friendship that Rao has portrayed between Poornima and Savitha and I was rooting for them throughout the book. The story is fast paced and never…
Sep 27, 2018brangwinn rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
When poverty is so overwhelming, girls in India have no say in their future. It’s a book you want to put down because of the tragedy but the girls’ self-determination in overcoming huge obstacles. If nothing else, you’ll be made aware of…
Jun 21, 2018Michael Colford rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Shobha Rao's first full-length novel is devastating and heart-wrenching, illuminating cruelty and male violence almost to the point where it becomes unbearable. Yet somehow, she manages to illuminate the nearly unquenchable spirit of her…
May 31, 2018laphampeak rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This is a need-to-read story about two Indian girls, Poornima and Savitha, and their fight to survive in an unimaginable economy of living poor, born female, and the ability to survive the mindset of outdated tradition. After reading…
Apr 06, 2018ehbooklover rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This was definitely not a light read. In fact, it was pretty brutal and graphic at times but don't let that keep you from giving it a try. This was a powerful story about two very strong women that kept me on the edge of my seat.
Mar 23, 2018
A devastating story of the unrelenting bonds of friendship.
Feb 14, 2018JCLJessG rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This book packs a punch. You will feel it in your gut, and you will not recover easily. A devastating, worthwhile read, not for the faint of heart. Tread cautiously, and you will be rewarded. It's a wonderfully written book that tells the…
Jan 23, 2018JCLGreggW rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
A beautiful and powerful novel about the enduring bonds of friendship even in the most trying of circumstances, Shobha Rao's novel is the sort you push into the hands of total strangers with wild-eyed enthusiasm. In a small Indian village,…
Nov 23, 2017darladoodles rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A big thanks to Flatiron Books for sending me an ARC of this book. The story of Poornima and Savitha is told in a riveting chronicle of their tribulations and trials through their experiences together and apart. The vile treatment they are…