This is a very good choice for a multicultural novel. The reader gets a good sense of Indian culture. I enjoyed it though I do have to say that one of the drawbacks is the fact that Shalini is such a good girl. I certainly didn't expect her to go hog wild, but it goes without saying that main characters who take risks are a more interesting read than main characters who are obedient, well-behaved young women. It would have been unrealistic for Shalini to turn into a juvenile delinquent, and the changes she makes in herself as she adjusts to her new life in America, are certainly "rebellious" by her culture's standards, but they are not overly rebellious by American standards. So, parts of this novel could have been a little more active, but over all, the conflict Shalini faces between her Indian life and engagement and her new American life with its possibilities for romantic exploration, is an intriguing one.