Arranged marriages are a very common theme. But, we would presume that it only happens to young women, however, this book proves our knowledge wrong. It talks about a young teenage boy, who champions the right to be Please sign in to write a review. If you have changed your email address then contact us and we will update your details.
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My wedding. A wedding that I hadn't asked for, that I didn't want. To a girl who I didn't know If they had bothered to open their eyes, they would have seen me: seventeen, angry, upset but determined - determined to do my own thing, to choose my own path in life Set partly in the UK and partly in the Punjab region of India, this is a fresh, bitingly perceptive and totally up-to-the-minute look at one young man's fight to free himself from family expectations and to be himself, free to dance to his own tune.
The story is about how Manny plans to get out of an arranged marriage to a girl he has never seen at the age of Bali Rai's first novel for young adults, un arranged marriage , created a huge amount of interest and won many awards, including the Angus Book Award and the Leicester Book of the Year.
It was also shortlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase first novel award. Bali is also the author of the hugely popular Soccer Squad series for younger readers.
Bali was born in Leicester where he still lives, writing full-time and visiting schools to talk about his books. You can visit him at www. Un arranged Marriage. Bali Rai.
This absorbing and engaging first novel dealing with arranged marriages is unusual because it is written from a male point of view. Manny is in his early teens, son of a working-class Punjabi family living in Leicester. His father believes in upholding traditions and tells his son he will be married on his seventeenth birthday to a girl he's never met. Manny's parents disapprove of his black friend, Ady, and would be horrified to know that he has a white girl friend. Manny goes off the rails in his attempts to defy his family's prejudices. They end up taking him to India in what eventually becomes a kidnap, the object being to break him into submission so the family honour is upheld. His uncle Jag, the family black sheep, helps Manny both practically and in opening his mind to the possibilities of tolerance and freedom.
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