Over My Head

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Sang Jumnal jumps into the summer before her senior year with big plans. But she didn’t plan on facing her fear of swimming. Or falling hard for 20-year-old lifeguard Cameron. Or fighting with her dad, who bans her from seeing Cameron. Or discovering a huge secret about disappearing money.

Suddenly Sang’s summer is overflowing with drama, and she's on the brink of love. Will she sink or swim? More

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About Marie Lamba

Marie Lamba (www.marielamba.com) is author of young adult novels, including What I Meant… (Random House), Over My Head, and the new paranormal novel Drawn. Marie's short story "What I Did..." is in the Philadelphia Liars Club anthology Liar Liar (Mendacity Press).

In addition to her fiction, Marie has published in numerous national magazines, and her essay "The View from the Outside" is in the anthology Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing). She lives in Pennsylvania.

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Review by: Madame Diotte on June 16, 2012 : star star star star
A very enjoyable read! Althought it is best suited for teenage girls, it can still appeal to adults. I, for one, read this book in one sitting! I will definitely be looking forward to more from this author!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Michele Minor on Jan. 22, 2012 : star star star star star
This young adult book is about one half Indian’s summer vacation where instead of spending a week at the Jersey Shore they have purchased a membership at the local pool club. Sang’s parents sign her up for swim lessons at the club in order to help her get over her fear of the water. She meets and falls for the lifeguard who helps out with her swim classes where she is one of the oldest students along with her cousin from India who is visiting with her family for the summer. Her younger sister Doodles is trying to raise money in order to help their parents in order to pay for a bone marrow transplant for an elderly relative in the States. This book takes an honest look at the experience of a teenage girl who falls for an older guy that her father doesn’t agree that his daughter should be dating.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: gwen huber on Nov. 01, 2011 : star star star star star
I read Marie Lamba’s “Over My Head” because I enjoyed her previous book “What I Said.” Over My Head shows that real girls from small towns all over America have plenty of adventure and drama.

I particularly liked the multicultural point of view “Over my head” and the empowering message for girls...sometimes the prince will save you, and sometimes you’ll have to save yourself. Marie Lamba wrestles with timeless questions like the nature of love and with hard to face but very current issues like money, family illness, and parents who keep secrets for ‘your own good’.

Over My Head was satisfying and hopeful, funny and very real.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: gwen huber on Nov. 01, 2011 : (no rating)
I read Marie Lamba’s “Over My Head” because I enjoyed her previous book “What I Said.” Over My Head shows that real girls from small towns all over America have plenty of adventure and drama.

I particularly liked the multicultural point of view “Over my head” and the empowering message for girls...sometimes the prince will save you, and sometimes you’ll have to save yourself. Marie Lamba wrestles with timeless questions like the nature of love and with hard to face but very current issues like money, family illness, and parents who keep secrets for ‘your own good’.

Over My Head was satisfying and hopeful, funny and very real.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Margaret (Literary Chanteuse) on Oct. 13, 2011 : star star star star
I loved the whole summer love story here. A young girl starts out with all her hopes of what the summer will bring. She learns about love, life, friends and family and what is truly important along with discovering her own strength. A fantasic young adult book!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Rusty Allen on June 30, 2011 : star star star star
OVER MY HEAD offers a jaunty teen journey, with young adult characters who are diverse, colorful, and well realized. Lamba's heroines are always bright, upstanding young ladies, fighting against feeling like the outsider and hoping for real love. Her YA audience will relate to the protagonist╒s realistic suburban/small-town life and many of her quandaries, including plenty of romantic intrigue. Will it be the college stud for Sang or her old softy of a high-school buddy? Who's real, who's not? Lamba's clean, tight prose is a breeze to read. This one again illustrates the challenges of living in a multicultural family. And though her heroines may sometimes lose faith amidst all the challenges, they always regain it. Read, and see this author finish with a nice twist of ambiguity! [BTW, I know all this because I got to read the prepublication version of the manuscript.]
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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