Book Review: The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic

Book Review: The Problem with Being Slightly HeroicThe Problem with Being Slightly Heroic by Uma Krishnaswami
on August 13th 2013
Pages: 288
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Dini is back from India—with Bollywood star Dolly in tow! But life in the States isn’t all rose petal milk shakes…Dini and Maddie, very best friends, are back in the same country at the same time! Better still, Dolly Singh, the starriest star in all of Bollywood, is in America too. Dini’s only just returned from India, and already life is shaping up to be as delicious as a rose petal milk shake. Perfect. Then why can’t she untie the knot in her stomach? Because so much can go wrong when a big star like Dolly is in town. All Dini has to do is make sure Dolly has everything she needs, from a rose petal milk shake to her lost passport to…a parade? And an elephant?

Uh-oh… It’s time to think. What Would Dolly Do? If Dini can’t figure it out, Dolly might take matters into her own hands—and that will surely lead to the biggest mess of all!

Uma Krishnaswami has concocted a delicious sequel to her multiple star-reviewed The Grand Plan to Fix Everything, which Kirkus Reviewscalled “a delightful romp.

Dini is excited for Dolly Singh to make her premier in America, but wherever Dolly seems to go, trouble follows. She loses her passport, almost gets trampled by an elephant and everything seems to be a big mess when it comes to opening night. Dini is having her own problems, meeting Maddie's new friend and trying to solve all the problems she can by herself. 

What Dini realizes is that maybe she does need help and a little accidentally heroism to save the day. I loved the over the top characters in this book, really bringing Dolly to life along with rest of the characters. Dini is a sweet girl who wants everything to go perfectly for her friends and family. She's a problem solver who tries her best, but is still sensible about what she can and cannot do. I love all the culture pulled into this novel, it's still set in America, but gives the reader a taste of Indian culture and Bollywood. 

Final Verdict: The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic is a fantastic adventure with great characters that has the perfect combination of realism and humor. 

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3 responses to “Book Review: The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic

  1. jason f

    What would Dolly do.  What a great review.  Looks like fun, but also brings out what "outsiders" from our country worry about when coming over.

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