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The Grand Plan to Fix Everything - Uma Krishnaswami

Posted by Gina Schwartz on April 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

The Grand Plan to fix everything

Eleven-year-old Dini loves everything about movies--especially Bollywood movies. So she would have been really excited about her family's move to India...if they were moving anywhere near Bombay, the center of the Bollywood universe and home to Dini's all-time most favorite favorite star, Dolly Singh. But no. Dini's now stuck in a teeny, tiny village that she can't even find on a map. But small villages can have surprises, and soon Dini is hard at work on a new life's script in which she gets to meet the amazing Dolly. However, real life is often more unpredictable than the movies, and when Dini starts plotting her story things get a little out of control....

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My Take

I was entranced by the cover of this novel so I poached it from my ten year old daughter (after she had read it of course).  The novel is beautiful - lovely and bright with just enough happy and just enough sad.

The writer has very artistically been able to make this novel read just like a Bollywood movie script so you can actually see little Dini thrilling over all of the various parts.  Ther are many absolutely absurd conincidences especilally one involving the mailing of a letter and perhaps just as many possible moments to break out into song - much like a Bollywood Movie.  It seemed rhythmic and sensual but all the while even when the bad happens you are sure that good will prevail and that if you have a grand plan to fix everything - that everything will be allright.

This is the perfect read for a little girt between nine and twelve.  There are even illustrations of some of the more preposterous events

Rating 3.5 Stars

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