Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

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...

Details Girls Burn Brighter

TitleGirls Burn Brighter
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherFlatiron Books
GenreFiction, Cultural, India, Contemporary, Literary Fiction, Feminism, Adult, Novels, Adult Fiction, Womens

Reviews Girls Burn Brighter

  • 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 well when you resume with yr beach reads. the more i became enveloped into girls burn brighter's story the more i felt a hurt, a hurt whose kernal was this ignominious ember containing my ignorance, and to my disgust, most likely my indifference, ind...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    All the fiery stars to Girls Burn Brighter!Though difficult to read at times, this was a book I savored. I was emotionally invested and got lost in it completely. This is why I read. Review to come!
  • 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, it was lovely, touching, and hard-hitting, everything that I hoped the rest of the book was going to be.The story then begins with two girls, Poornima and Savitha, who become fast friends in their adolescence, who work together for Poornima's father,...
  • AnisaAnne
    You can also read my reviews on WP: Burn Brighter is a compelling tale of love, friendship, and self-exploration. But mostly survival. It is the heart-wrenching story of being a girl in India and the possibilities beyond a fate. Her name, Poornima is a constant reminder of what she is not. She is not a source of income, an economic burden to her family. She is not a boy. At sixteen, with the loss of h...
  • Marilyn
    I received a free copy of Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao in a Goodreads give away in exchange for an honest review. In the book, Girls Burn Brighter, the reader is transported to India where two young, poor girls Poornima and Savitha cross paths and form a bond that is tested but becomes stronger as the years continued. They grew up in a culture where girls were looked down upon as inferior to men. Poornima lost her mother when she was quite y...
  • 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 ter...
  • 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 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 emp...
  • Katie
    The first thing you need to know about this book is that it is brutal. The second thing you need to know is that I loved it. Girls Burn Brighter tells the story of Poornima and Savitha who had the misfortune of being born poor and female in Indravalli, India. Even though their lives are hard, Poornima and Savitha find joy in each other. They are two sides of the same coin. The sun and the moon. Best friends. But after one horrible night, everythi...
  • Hadeer
    I'm struggling to decide just how I feel about this book. So, first off, if you're going in completely clueless like me (why do I not read book summaries properly), massive content warning for rape. This book deals with human trafficking, so you can imagine the content here. This is kind of why I was so unsure of what I thought when I finished it, but that's no fault of the book itself - I just don't really like reading books about things like ra...
  • 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...
  • 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 a...
  • Mindi
    I received an ARC of this book in an Instagram giveaway from a fellow Bookstagramer on Instagram and the publisher.And I'm so glad I entered and actually won, because I never would have read this one otherwise.Reading this book now was something I didn't even realize I needed. I enjoy pretty much every type of fiction, with the exception of romance, but I particularly love horror. The Bookstagram community is a fantastic place to find people who ...
  • Basic B's Guide
    Please be mentally and emotionally prepared when going in for this read. Thankfully, friends had warned me of the content of this novel. There are triggers including rape and violence. This is a book that will tear your heart to pieces and leave you picking them up for days after. This is not a feel-good book, although there are still moments of hope even in the darkest of times.I think books like this are important reads. They take us outside of...
  • Janelle
    Review to come
  • 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...
  • Paula W
    How fitting that I finished this book on International Women’s Day 2018!Shobha Rao’s debut novel is a study in what it means to be a woman in many parts of the world. Not every woman, but a good many of them. And so, therefore, all of us. It is about the difference between bonds and bondage. It is about holding on to the good and escaping from the bad. It is about the will, the power, the urge, and the flame that are inside even the weakest o...
  • Elizabeth S
    By some miracle, I won this book in a goodreads giveaway!Frankly, I was not totally clear on the premise of it by the time it arrived at my doorstep and I got around to finishing the books I had lined up to read beforehand. Too much time had passed, and too many other books had taken over my focus.But now that I've read Girls Burn Brighter, I'm even more delighted I won the giveaway than I was when I received the email. Rao's story isn't just an ...
  • Stacey A. Prose and Palate
    For my full review, please head to my blog.
  • Amy Morgan
    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Girls Burn Brighter was a captivating tale of 2 friends who are cruelly ripped apart but continue to spend their lives attempting to be reunited. Poornima and Savitha are unlikely friends but found one another when they were both in need of something that they weren't even aware of. After an unspeakable act Savitha is driven from their village and Poornima is forced into an arranged marriage by...
  • Doug
    I really enjoyed Rao's first collection of short stories and was eagerly awaiting this, her first novel - and in most respects it DIDN'T disappoint. Rao's writing is both clear and lyrical, and her story compelling and harrowing. This book is determinedly NOT for the faint of heart, however, and some of the grotesquerie involved was a bit much for even this unshockable reader. There are a few other stumbles, including a long story told by a very ...
  • Megan C.
    **Full Review is now up on my blog** you so much to my friends at Flatiron Books for sending me this book in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions! This is a hard review. Lovely writing, but a dark and tragic story. Although it's a story bringing attention to a topic that needs to be talked about, MUST be talked about, I felt this story threw me in an emotional ditch without any hope to grab ont...
  • Tammy
    Girls Burning Brighter is a story about the friendship between Poornima and Savitha. This story is brutal and heavy. It is about human trafficking and abuse. It’s is the story of two girls that have been beaten down and endured horrific abuse. I almost passed by this book and I’m so glad that I picked it up. I’ve never read a book with the Indian culture and experienced a bit of culture shock but the writing and characters pulled me in from...
  • Jenny Lee
    I won this via a giveaway on good reads, and I could not be happier! MY HEART!! I did not want to put this book down, I wanted to get to the end and I wanted everything to be okay. I have never read a book where I wanted a happy ending SO BADLY!! This book... this book!! It will drag you down into the darkest parts of the world and how it treats women, and it will remind you how important it is to have hope, and to have strength.
  • Michelle
    This is not your typical friendship story. This is friendship thriving in circumstances that most of us could barely imagine. This book is not for everyone. Ms. Rao holds nothing back to make the harsh realities of the world of slavery and abuse that far too many women face in our world. (I dislike using the sanitized phrase of human trafficking. It's slavery.) If you have triggers, you may safely assume they are in here.This is also incredibly w...
  • Stephanie
    Thanks to Flatiron for sending me an ARC of this book!Poornima and Savitha grow up in an impoverished and rural Indian community. They meet after Poornima's mother dies, when Savitha is hired to work their second loom. They are fast friends with a deep connection, but not long after they find each other they are torn apart by terrible circumstances. Their stories, told in alternating sections, grow even darker.Although beautifully written and dee...
  • Molly Ferguson
    3.75 stars. I gratefully received this book as an advance reading copy from a friend. The novel had a bit of a slow start, but once it got going it was really compelling. The love between Poornima and Savitha really drove the book, but the writing was also gorgeous. It also had a satisfying ending, though slightly unbelievable.