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Artichoke Hearts is a really wonderful novel about families and grief and love and growing up. I absolutely loved Meera and her quirky, real family, which is loving but not perfect. I loved her relationship with colorful, opinionated, artistic and occasionally deeply insensitive Nana Josie, who is dying of cancer but determined to "die well" - a process which includes painting her own coffin, with Meera's help.
I loved that even though Meera's gradual loss of her grandmother is heartbreaking (and spot-on in terms of the emotional journey), this is not a depressing novel. It's just a beautiful, beautifully emotional novel, with sadness and joy perfectly balanced. Meera is losing her beloved grandmother; she's also falling in love for the first time, with a boy who has his own wounds and courage and heart. She's also finally finding her voice in public after too many years of trying to be invisible for her own protection.
I stayed up too late reading this novel, even though I'm sleep-deprived, because I didn't want to let it go. "Beautiful" really is the best word for it. I can't wait to read the next book about Meera - and any other books that Sita Brahmachari has written.
I bought this book for my daughter. I looked at the first page and there was no stopping me. Two days later, got the Jasmine Skies. Now I am impatiently waiting for the next chapter in Mira's life. Beautiful, interesting and well written books even for a 44 years old. Thank you Ms Brahmachari.
This is a beautiful book full of emotion and is about growing up and the challenges that come with it. It features love, change and death all revolving around relationships within families and friends. It is a very moving book and I would highly recommend it to teenage girls.
I am going into secondary school so this book suited that topic. However I did feel that it didn't have a gripping storyline. I did feel bored of the book at times. It did start to get better in the middle of the book but still didn't have a fabulous ending. I did like how there was two storylines. I do think that anyone should try it and see if they like it!