25—Atlas of Unknowns by Tania James

The author is a Kentucky native and I read a review of the book in the local paper (the Courier Journal). It was a glowing review which said the book was witty and funny and interesting.

The book is about two motherless sisters living in India with their father and grandfather. The oldest, Linno, is an incredible artist and the youngest, Anju, is a brain. Anju wins a scholarship to a prestigious private school in New York City. In her application she included some of Linno's art and won the scholarship on the basis of that art.

Halfway through the year her deception is uncovered and she is expelled. Rather than return home disgraced she runs away from the host home and lives with an indian woman who has befriended her.

I envy people who can pick up a book, read 10 or 20 or 50 pages and then decide they don't want to read anymore of it. I, on the other hand feel obligated to finish a book once I get past the 20th page or so. It took me almost two weeks to finish the book. I kept hoping it would get better.  It was interesting, but not so funny or witty, and it dragged. The characters are well-drawn and believable but the story lacked pizzaz.

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