The Whole Story of Half a Girl

By Veera Hiranandani

What higher compliment than to be in comparison to Judy Blume!--"Each [Blume and Hiranandani] excels in charting the fluctuating pain zones of adolescent id with affectionate humor."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred

After her father loses his activity, Sonia Nadhamuni, part Indian and part Jewish American, unearths herself yanked out of non-public university and thrown into the unexpected international of public schooling. For the 1st time, Sonia's combined historical past makes her classmates ask questions—questions Sonia does not constantly understand how to answer—as she navigates among a bunch of well known women who wish her to attempt out for the cheerleading squad and different scholars who usually are not a part of the "in" crowd.

At a similar time that Sonia is making an attempt to make new buddies, she's facing what it ability to have an out-of-work parent—it's difficult for her kin to regulate to their replaced situations. after which, at some point, Sonia's father is going lacking. Now Sonia wonders if she ever fairly knew him. As she starts off to seem for solutions, she needs to make a decision what relatively concerns and who her precise acquaintances are—and no matter if her halves, regardless of how diversified, could make her a whole.

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Yet on the other hand, if my mom and dad have been the following, my footwear wouldn’t believe so bouncy. Kate leads us throughout a few extra stretches. Then we perform toe-touches. I’ve discovered the best way to do a again handspring right into a toe-touch. Kate confirmed me how and now I’m higher at it than she is. through the halftime holiday within the video game, we’re imagined to do a huge cheer in the midst of the sector with a pyramid, after which i am getting to do a cartwheel again handspring, finishing with a toe-touch whereas each person remains within the pyramid. at any time when I do it in perform everybody watches quietly, like I’m doing anything vital. And it does believe very important, whether it’s just a couple of tips, whether Sam thinks I’m simply operating round in a foolish outfit. the sport starts off and the workforce is going via all of the little cheers at the sidelines. I see Jess out of the nook of my eye and she’s a section out of step with every body. it sort of feels like purely approximately 5 seconds move prior to halftime. once we all run out to the sphere my ankle twists a bit, sufficient to ship a capturing soreness up my leg. The cheer is going easily and that i attempt to forget about the throbbing. The pyramid isn’t an issue simply because I simply stand at the aspect, yet I’m unsure how my ankle goes to address a cartwheel, again handspring, and toe-touch. i may fall on my face in entrance of part the varsity. Kate might imagine she has all of it unsuitable, that I’m no longer exact, that I’m only a klutzy bizarre lady. Kate will get lifted to the head of the pyramid like she’s a feather. Everyone’s legs and arms are powerful and sturdy. Even the soccer gamers beware. I clap out the cheer with each person: we're robust, we have now the may, pass blue and yellow, struggle, struggle, struggle! at the final “fight” I run. In a flash I come to a decision to not care approximately my ankle, or Kate, or Peter Hanson’s get together, or my unhappy dad, or my worried mother, or Sam, or taking the money from mother, or the D I bought on my vocabulary attempt, or no matter if i need to be Jewish or no longer. All I care approximately is the best way i believe while my ft hit the floor after the again handspring. the best way I pop up into the air, my legs so excessive they essentially make a V. The fulfilling sting in my arms after smacking my feet tougher than I ever have. It’s a toe-touch for the a long time. everybody, even Peter Hanson, starts off clapping and whoo-hooing because the entire group runs again to the sidelines. Kate pats me at the again, and to my amazement so do Jess and some different ladies. I can’t believe my ankle anymore. It’s thoroughly numb. i will be able to simply believe the smile that stretches throughout my face so broad, it hurts. ask yourself what mother might take into consideration cheerleading now. bankruptcy nineteen The envelope says Sonia Nadamoony. I carry the cardboard in my hand, remaining and commencing it back to ensure it’s genuine. There are balloons at the entrance with the notice “party” in gold letters. inside of it says: A party for Peter! whilst: Saturday, November 15, three p. m. the place: a hundred twenty five Birch road RSVP: Margaret Hanson, 555-4658 I obtain this invitation 4 days after the sport. I had eventually advised Kate that I wasn’t invited to Peter’s occasion, on account that she requested me back why I wasn’t going.

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