Sister of the Bollywood Bride by Nandini Bajpai

Hi Everyone! It’s Becky. One of my favorite movies is Bride and Prejudice, and I was reminded of the movie when I read the description of Sister of the Bollywood Bride.  In some ways, this novel lived up to my expectations, and in others, it was lacking. 

Title: Sister of the Bollywood Bride
Author: Nandini Bajpai
Note: I listened to the audiobook.

Summary: Mini is thrilled when she learns her big sister, Vinnie, is getting married. Vinni lives in another state, and Mini vows to give her big sister the best hometown wedding possible. Mini will do whatever it takes to find the perfect venue, caterer, and DJ, and she won’t let herself be distracted by Vir, the cute new boy in town who offers to help her make Vinnie’s big day special. Can Mini give Vinnie the day she deserves without losing her heart to Vir?

Review: Sister of the Bollywood Bride is a fun rom-com but, unfortunately, may have difficulty finding an audience

The book follows Minni as she tries to help her sister, Vinnie, have the perfect wedding. Mini is a force of nature while she tries to find Vinne’s dream venue, caterer, and DJ. Following Mini through her misadventures of wedding planning was fun, and I enjoyed learning about Indian traditions. I hope many Indian-American readers at my library will appreciate seeing their culture’s traditions represented in the book. There may be an issue with the expense of the wedding. Mini’s family writes checks for tens of thousands of dollars as if they are withdrawing a twenty from an ATM. There are some readers that may relate to this kind of spending, but other readers may be put off by the decadence.  

Also, there was an issue with the characters. Mini had the potential to be a great main character, but she didn’t grow enough for me to care about her. I enjoyed Mini’s interactions with Vir, but their relationship never felt fully formed. I would have liked to see them interact more and develop their feels instead of just being told they were falling in love. Plus, throughout the book, characters were introduced with implied connections to Mini’s family, but those connections were never fully explored. I felt as if I spent the entire book waiting for something to happen that never did. 

Sister of a Bollywood Bride is a fun book, and teen readers may enjoy this multicultural novel, but I preferred the wedding hijinks in Morgan Matson’s Save the Date.

Final Rating: 3 out of 5

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