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Girls Burn Brighter

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....

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ISBN : 9781250074256
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages
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Girls Burn Brighter Reviews

  • Shannon

    I've been waiting for this new release since reading An Unrestored Woman. There was an obvious thoughtfulness in the way Shobha handled the issues that befell many of her characters in An Unrestored Woman - issues that were present for no other reason than because they are women. The challenges the women faced were authentic and the ways they handle them were varied. So when I realized she was writing about resilient women yet again, I was filled with expectations.

    The opening of this story suck
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  • Jessica Woodbury

    This book is about a deep and defining connection between two women. At first I wanted to call it romantic love, but as I did a little googling to figure out if that was really what I was looking for, I came upon the four different types of "love" according to ancient Greeks and realized that what I wanted was actually 3 of them: Eros (romantic), Agape (familial), and Philia (friendship). The relationship between Poornima, named for the moon, and Savitha, named for the sun, is a combination of a ...more

  • Es Summer

    *Spoilers ahead*

    I am disappointed.

    I expected so much more.

    It's always hard to write negative reviews about novels that are hyped and loved by many people.

    But let's give it a try.

    The novel is about two Indian girls, Poornima and Savitha. These girls live in an impoverished environment, but they find strength in each other. When they are together, they forget for a while about their poverty, arranged marriages and difficult lives. Together, these girls burn brighter.

    I remember reading a passage i
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  • Emily May

    “What is love if not a hunger?”


    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 takes us through a lot of tragic events. That being said, I didn't find it emotionally-manipulative. The author's storytelling is definitely evocative, but it is straightforward enough that the horrific events don't feel gratuitous, and the two women at the centre of the story are what burn brightest, ...more

  • Jill

    One advance review of Girls Burn Brighter states, “A searing portrait of what feminism looks like in much of the world.” Indeed, this is one of the greatest strengths of this book—and also points to its one weakness.

    Make no mistake about it, this book is good. Page-turning good. Stay up ‘til midnight good. It’s a book that straddles the line between literary fiction and crowd-pleasing absorption, with the story of two girls—Poornima and Savitha—who are talented weavers and who are living in pove
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  • Jessica *The Lovely Books*

    You know that moment when a books message finally clicks and you’re just left wondering how you’ll ever be the same after hearing it? Yeah, I’m in that boat right now. I knew Girls Burn Brighter would be a five star read even before I read it. The cover just screams read me and remain forever changed. Read it and see how your eyes become wide open. Here I am, an American woman, reading about how women from other countries get treated so terribly. Not that being a woman in today’s world, in Ameri ...more

  • Tori (InToriLex)

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    This 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 that considers their existence a burden.They are both born poor and given few opportunities. In India a girls humanity is measured by her utility. Despite this Poornima and Savitha build their friendship on trust and awe. Their love for each other empowers them to keep going, even when they are physi



    "But what about love?"

    "What is love, Poori?" Savitha said. What is love if not a hunger?


    Though the alternating perspectives both women gave me intimate access into their hearts, this kind of character development is magic. The women in this book experience every kind of cruel and harsh  abuse. Their experiences aren't deserved but it's important that readers understand that this happens all the time. Through prisms of poverty I was led into desperate lives, that so many of us forget exist. This book challenges us to look at what women are able to endure and find the beauty in their journey.



    "What it wanted was to reveal to me that there is no end to guilt, no end to the prices we pay, that we are the forest, and our conscience, our hell, is the forest floor."


    I finished this book in emotional ruin. I learned about India, poverty and friendship in a way that will stay with me for a long time. Savitha and Poornima burn bright with the kind of love and hope that I want to carry in myself. This is a bleak book but the harshness allowed the reader to cut through any self delusion. The only reason this isn't a five star book for me is because everything wasn't quite pulled together in the end,  the way I would have preferred. Nonetheless I am excited to read more from this author and be inspired by what other stories she has to share.



    "What fools we all are. We girls. Afraid of the wrong things, at the wrong times."


    Recommended for Readers:

    -who want to be immersed in another culture

    -enjoy empowering stories about women

    -enjoy heart wrenching contemporaries ...more

  • Jennifer

    The fact that I finished this book four days ago and forgot to update it until now says something about how memorable I found the reading experience. There are really strong aspects to this story, but the characters and themes fall a bit flat (despite my loving the premise), and after the midway point everything gets weaker until things finally putter to a close. But I still think Rao is a writer to keep an eye on. Review for another outlet coming soon.