Blog Tour: Book Review: Jazz in Love by Neesha Meminger

Jasbir, otherwise known as Jazz, has always been a stellar student and obedient, albeit wise-cracking, daughter. Everything has gone along just fine–she has good friends in the “genius” program she’s been in since kindergarten, her teachers and principal adore her, and her parents dote on her. But now, in her junior year of high school, her mother hears that Jazz was seen hugging a boy on the street, and goes ballistic. Mom immediately implements the Guided Dating Plan, which includes setting up blind dates with “suitable,” pre-screened Indian candidates. There’s only one problem: the new boy at school, the very UNsuitable hottie, is the one who gets Jazz’s blood boiling. When Jazz makes a few out-of-the-ordinary decisions, everything explodes, and she realizes she’ll need a lot more than her genius education to get out of the huge mess she’s created. Can Jazz find a way to follow her own heart, and still stay in the good graces of her parents?

Thanks to the Teen Book Scene for allowing me to be part of this tour. Stop by their site to find all the tour stops for Jazz in Love.

Reminder to myself – write up book reviews right after finishing a book, not a month later when it’s time to post it as part of a tour.  It’s much easier when the book is fresh in my mind!

I enjoyed reading Jazz in Love.  This well written book had me caring about the characters and wanting them to find resolution and happiness.  A great mix of culture, humor, and romance made for an easy to read book.

The cultural pressures Jazz felt were portrayed very realistically.  I’m fairly conservative and found myself able to relate to both Jazz and her parents.  I understood Jazz’s desire to follow her heart and fit in. I could also see her parent’s logic behind their ultra strict views and desire to remain true to their heritage.  There was no middle ground to meet on for Jazz or her parents which lead to conflict.  I think this would be a good book for ultra strict parents to read to try to understand the feelings and pressures of living with strict rules.

I enjoyed the supporting characters in this book nearly as much as the main ones. 

As seems to be the case with nearly every YA book I’ve read recently there was some language.  Also a character who comes out which I freely admit is not my favorite subject to read about.   This book works as a stand alone but could very easily have a sequel.

Content: Some language

Rating: 4 Stars

Source: Book Tour via The Teen Book Scene