A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers will learn a few facts about the time when Great Britain ruled India and that even today, when India is a democracy, the old royal families still have a prominent and sometimes revered place in society.
Never judge someone's character before you really get to know them.
Positive Role Models
Jaya worries she might be doing more harm than good by going along with the stereotype of what a royal princess should be -- always being the "keeper of the rules." As the novel unfolds, readers see her grow into a young woman who respects her culture and her future role but is determined to forge her own path and her unique identity as a princess.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few enthusiastic, passionate kisses.
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Occasional strong language: "f--k," "damn," a--hole," "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A teen is photographed drinking and some students sneak alcohol into a school dance.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Of Curses and Kisses, by Sandhya Menon (When Dimple Met Rishi , There's Something About Sweetie), features a beautiful Indian princess, a troubled young English nobleman, and a centuries-old curse. When Princess Jaya Rao learns that she and her younger sister, Isha, will be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson (aka Lord Northcliffe), she's determined to take revenge for what his family did to hers in the mid-1800s and for Grey's role in a recent tabloid press attack on her sister. Jaya decides the best revenge will be to make him fall in love with her and then break his heart. Characters share some passionate kisses and there are a few instances of strong language ("f--k," "damn," a--hole," "s--t"). This modern fairy tale will delight fans of Menon's previous novels and captivate those new to her books.
Is It Any Good?
Author Sandhya Menon blends a sweet and engaging opposites-attract romance with thoughtful storylines about friendship, forgiveness, and never being quick to judge. Although the cast of characters in Of Curses and Kisses are rich and privileged teens, Menon focuses on the things they may have in common with most readers (making bad choices in dating, broken friendships, and dealing with parent's expectations) rather than portraying them as stereotypical jet-setting teens.
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