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Styling Librarian Book Review Operation Mom AND Book Giveaway!

Operation Mom

Operation Mom – How I got my mother a life… and a man by Reenita Malhotra Hora – YA – Realistic Fiction/Humor – 11th grade and up – What could go wrong when you try to redirect your overly involved mom’s focus? Did you ever think that you could spice up a parent’s romantic life? Here’s one special humorous fiction young adult book set in India that I really enjoyed. Solid, entertaining story all the way through with a variety of twists and turns that kept me laughing. I also enjoyed the natural integration of technology throughout…
I chatted with another recent reader of Operation Mom, my friend Amy, and we agreed on a few things:
1. Reenita is a fantastic, talented dialogue writer. There’s natural flow and maintained throughout Operation Mom (along with wit, sarcasm, and memorable characters!).
2. It was a wonderful challenge as readers to adjust and then feel like we’re actually visiting Mumbai with the word choice that naturally is integrated throughout the text. There were many words we both didn’t know before but could figure out using context to understand what they mean.
3. We loved the ending. Brilliant choices all the way through that led to an ending we both agreed was fantastic.

(If you wonder who this Amy friend is, she’s a lovely illustrator/author working on getting an agent/publisher!  Amy is one of the first friends I made here in Hong Kong and always inspires me… We love talking about books together!)

Now back to Operation Mom:

Author’s Summary: “Published by Harper Collins India, this is the story of a Mumbai teen who embarks on a mission to get her single mother dating again. It is a humorous book that appeals to mothers of daughters, daughters of mothers, anybody who loves humor and all who love Bombay!  When you try to set your mom’s life right, be prepared to have your own turned upside down. Seventeen-year-old Ila Isham has serious problems. There’s the angst of being an Ali Zafar groupie, for one. Then there are the extra layers of fat she owes to her Punjabi roots. Add to this, parents who have separated; an enthusiastic best friend, Deepali, whose idea of variety is dating three guys at the same time; and her mom’s best friend, Aunty Maleeka, whose good intentions and savvy ways throw up more problems than solutions — and Ila’s got her hands quite full.
When her mother flips out over her plans to stalk Ali Zafar, Ila decides she has had enough and sets out to create a few distractions to keep her mom busy. Her life takes an exciting turn when she decides to hunt for the perfect partner for her mother. With a little help from BFF Deepali, Aunty Maleeka and Dev of the inviting chocolate-pool eyes, Ila will have to brave everything from and OKCupid profiles to meeting handlebar-moustache colonels and middle-aged psychos, as she tries to set up the perfect parent trap for her unsuspecting mother.”

Ready to read this? The kindle verion of Operation Mom is out and offers a good opportunity for readers to take a ‘look inside’ at Chapter 1 –

I was recently in the hospital for a surgery and I really enjoyed reading this book, Operation Mom, during my recovery, laughter IS the best medicine… (I met Reenita recently at a few SCBWI events including my first experience in a writing critique group and was gifted this book soon after.) I took/posted this picture right as I checked out of the hospital (doing ok, recovering carefully):


Then Reenita shared the picture and commented: “”Let me clarify one thing…’Operation Mom: How I got my mother a life and a man’ is fiction rather than self-help but hey…writing fiction is the only way I can keep myself from living at the shrink’s office. As Deepali, Ila’s best friend puts it I might be “pathologically immature.” So thanks Debbie- teacher librarian (i.e. in the highest echelons of those who reserve the right to be judgmental about books), so glad to be able to provide comic relief as you recover. #Laughteristhebestmedicine #cliche””

Want to know more about this wonderful author Reenita Malhortra Hora?
First, I’d visit Reenita’s Website for more specific information about how she edits, her writing process, author visit opportunities, and more!:
Here are some links to visit:
Reenita’s Facebook Page:
Reenita’s Twitter:
Reenita’s Instagram:
Reenita Malhotra Hora is a prolific journalist, Hora family concierge and fish taco connoisseur. Native to Mumbai, she is currently based in Hong Kong where she presents Radio Television Hong Kong’s award-winning storytelling show, Asian Threads, on RTHK Radio 3. Reenita is also the author of Forever Young, Inner Beauty and Ayurveda: The Ancient Medicine of India.

Don’t Forget: The kindle verion of Operation Mom is out and offers a good opportunity for readers to take a ‘look inside’ at Chapter 1 –

Press Release:

Would you like to win a copy? One copy of this fantastic, humorous book will be provided and autographed by Reenita Malhotra Hora, please enter below, good luck!

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