A sport you may not know, a story you are going to love.

Summary:

Prithvi Premchand lives in a typical Indian middle-class family. She is chasing her dream of becoming a professional cricket player. India may love the game of cricket, but a woman in a usually male field is criticized and discouraged. She is also judged and harassed for hanging out with boys. Prithvi is hurt by those around her as she tries to navigate daily life, being judged, and overcoming the obstacles to her dream., She doesn’t always deal with it with grace, but with her friends Nakul and Deepanjali by her side, she paves her own way through the cricket world.


Teen Student Reviewer (15):
This book was recommended to me and it has become my favorite book. The events are realistic from parties to cricket to friendship and family relationships. It’s beautifully written and is constantly witty while still showing Prithvi’s situation in sharp clarity. Girls Like To Swing is rich in culture and shows a lot of the true struggles of being a woman of color in a field primarily male. Prithvi is a strong female character whose flaws make her relatable.

Buy this book. You'll want to read it again. I’ve read this book every few years and I still can’t get enough of it. It’s a book I like to give my friends when they ask for book recs because it is such an amazing story!


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This well-written story will immerse you in Indian culture and introduce you to the sport of cricket. Prithvi is a character whom readers will relate to and cheer for.

Content Awareness Factors:

None. It is suitable for readers of all ages.


Type of Book:
This is a young girl's story of perseverance not just in following her passion, but in being herself in a male-dominated world.
Educational Themes:

The theme here is very clear: anyone with enough drive wind motivation will accomplish what they so desperately want if they apply themselves.

Reading Level:
unknown
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
12 and Up
Age of child:
Teen Student Volunteer. Reviewer's Age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. You'll want to re-read it again.

Title Girls Like To Swing
Author Sanjana M Vijayshankar
Publisher The Write Place © 2018
ISBN 9789387282209
Material Digital | E-Book
Cost $4.95
Genres Family, Friendship, Sports, Social Issues, Asia | Asian People
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