Born Confused - Tanuja Desai Hidier

Dimple is American. Or Indian. I guess it all really depends on who you ask. Dimple herself isn't sure; she doesn't feel that she fits in anywhere.

Dimple misses her best friend, Gwyn, who isn't around much since having a boyfriend. And Dimple's parents set up a meeting for her with a suitable boy, which she wants nothing to do with. Turning 17 seems that it has only made life more complicated for Dimple.

I've seen this book on a number of different lists on Goodreads for quite a while now and I've thought that it looked interesting. When I saw there was a giveaway up for it, I decided to enter. I was very happy when I was notified that I won a copy of this from a goodreads giveaway.

I felt I could relate to Dimple in many ways. I had to find myself, to learn about my mixed heritage (Cherokee, Welsh and German) and for years try to fit in a box I thought everyone wanted me to fit into. Although Dimple isn't of a mixed heritage, I found our struggle the same. Trying to find where to fit in. It's definitely hard when you feel you're not enough of something, or even treated that way.

This book really got me to thinking about culture and heritage. Being a mixed Native and not even looking Native at all, I'd had my share of insults. Wannabe, for instance, and no heritage. I've found that Native Americans think that white people have no heritage, which is why they want to connect with Native culture.

Everyone has a heritage, but I think, at least when it comes to America, everyone also loses their heritage, their culture, if they don't try to hang onto it. You come to live in America, you're born here and well, you just do American things. I guess you could say American's own culture, own heritage just kind of takes over. 

We all have a heritage, a culture to go with it, but sometimes it's lost and it can happen to everyone. 

But finding yourself is a journey and this book definitely took me on a journey. I think this book is labeled as chick-lit, but it's much more than that. You won't find stereotypes here or cliches. All that is to be found is honesty; a character that I think many people (female or male) could relate to. 

Despite what her best friend Gwyn thinks, Dimple is not perfect. And while she may have a stable life, I don't think it is completely perfect either. Dimple's parents do care for her, but they do want her to be like them, because I think they figure she will be happy that way. To make it simple, there is a lot of misunderstanding between Dimple and her parents, which I could also relate to.

I liked Dimple; Gwyn too, even if at times I wasn't very happy with her. I understood why Gwyn did the things she did though. She wasn't a bad person, but like Dimple, she was lost too and just trying to find her way, a place to belong.

I can't say that I've ever read a chick-lit book before, but don't let that label put you off. This book is so much more than that. Sure, it has some dramatic parts. Maybe some would call it teen drama, but it's honestly deep and thought-provoking. This book has given me a lot to think about and I know this book will be one that stays with me.

I can't wait to read the sequel and hope it is as good as this one.