Girls Burn Brighter

Girls Burn Brighter Review

A searing, electrifying debut novel set in India and America, about a once-in-a-lifetime friendship between two girls who are driven apart but never stop trying to find one another again.

When Poornima first meets Savitha, she feels something she thought she lost for good when her mother died: hope. Poornima's father hires Savitha to work one of their sari looms, and the two girls are quickly drawn to one another. Savitha is even more impoverished than Poornima, but she is full of passion and energy. She shows Poornima how to find beauty in a bolt of indigo cloth, a bowl of yogurt rice and bananas, the warmth of friendship. Suddenly their Indian village doesn't feel quite so claustrophobic, and Poornima begins to imagine a life beyond the arranged marriage her father is desperate to lock down for her. But when a devastating act of cruelty drives Savitha away, Poornima leaves behind everything she has ever known to find her friend again. Her journey takes her into the darkest corners of India's underworld, on a harrowing cross-continental journey, and eventually to an apartment complex in Seattle. Alternating between the girls’ perspectives as they face relentless obstacles, Girls Burn Brighter introduces two heroines who never lose the hope that burns within them.

In breathtaking prose, Shobha Rao tackles the most urgent issues facing women today: domestic abuse, human trafficking, immigration, and feminism. At once a propulsive page-turner and a heart-wrenching meditation on friendship, Rao's debut novel is a literary tour de force.

Title:Girls Burn Brighter

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  • Emily May

    โ€œWhat is love if not a hunger?โ€ Finishing this book was so bittersweet. I both love and hate the ending.Girls Burn Brighter is a book about two young lives - that of Poornima and Savitha - and it...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    All the fiery stars to Girls Burn Brighter! ๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ Though desperately difficult to wrap my head around the tragic events that happened, this was a book I savored. I was emotiona...

  • paulie

    4.391 stars - - - published 03/06/18 this selection is cardiac conflagration; if these details do not alight yr inner self and its indignation for the unjust treatment of human beings then i wish you ...

  • Diane S ?

    3.5 Poornima and Savitha are two teenage girls living in various degrees of poverty. When Savitha is hired to help with the family livlihood of making saris, they become close friends. So much so that...

  • Rachel

    I really thought I was going to love Girls Burn Brighter. The novel starts out with a short prologue about an old woman being interviewed by a journalist about her garden of trees. In only two pages, ...

  • AnisaAnne

    You can also read my reviews on WP: https://anisabookreviews.wordpress.co...Girls Burn Brighter is a compelling tale of love, friendship, and self-exploration. But mostly survival. It is the heart-wre...

  • Janelle

    Thank you so much Flatiron Books for providing my free copy of GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Roa - all opinions are my own.Let me start by saying that this book will not make you feel good. It is hear...

  • Tori (InToriLex)

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexThis book broke my heart into crumbs and I'm still sweeping pieces of it off the ground. Poornima and Savitha find ways to hold onto each other in a country t...

  • Donna

    This is a fictional story of two young women living in a small village in India, then in the US, who form a powerful friendship. It sustains them and fuels their spirit to survive, even when they are ...

  • Bernadette

    Girls Burn Brighter ripped my heart out, and still wonโ€™t let go. Shobha Raoโ€™s words invaded my brain in this beautifully written story about friendship and love, and manโ€™s inhumanity.Poornima an...