Publication Date:February 16, 2021
Serena Singh is tired of everyone telling her what she should want—and she is ready to prove to her mother, her sister, and the aunties in her community that a woman does not need to be in a romantic relationship to have a happy life.
Serena’s life has a lot of positives. She is smart, confident, and just got a kick-ass new job at a top advertising firm in Washington, D.C. When her younger sister gets married in a big, traditional wedding, Serena knows she does not need a husband or children to make her own dreams come true. But with her mother constantly encouraging her to be more like her sister, Serena cannot understand why her parents refuse to recognize that she and her sister want completely different experiences out of life.
As Serena forms a closer bond with some of the married women in her social circle, her long-held beliefs about the importance of self-reliance are challenged. Her college ex reenters her life and she reexamines why they ever broke up in the first place. She is forced to confront her past in her quest to learn what she truly wants and what it means to really “have it all.”
Serena Singh Flips the Script by Sonya Lalli is an excellent book about a single woman that wants a career over a husband and kids.
Serena knows she never wants to get married or have kids. The book starts with her little sister, Natasha’s wedding. Serena’s mom is always pressuring her to get married and have kids, but Serena is focused on her career. Natasha is Serena’s best friend but after the wedding Natasha keeps having less time to spend with Serena and selfishly only talks about herself whenever they are together. All of Serena’s other friendships have become strained after her friends got married and have kids. Serena decides she needs to make new friends but making friends as an adult isn’t as easy as it used to be. Serana just landed her dream job so is also trying to figure out how to manage. Serena finds an unlikely friend and discovers taking a risk to get close to someone can be worth it.
I loved Serena Singh Flips the Script. Serena is a strong, independent woman. Serena is smart and caring. All her parents want is for her to get married and have kids. Serena never wants to have kids or get married but is focused on her career. I liked watching Serena figure out how to manage her employees and the excitement that came with her dream job. Serena gives all of her employees nicknames after the Spice Girls. I loved all the pop culture references. Serena decides she needs to make more friends and her attempts to make friends were hilarious. Poor Serena gets in situations I could never even think about, but I could not stop laughing reading about them. Serena’s relationship with her family was interesting to read about. Serena had a difficult relationship with her mother but focused on improving that throughout the book. Serena had a strained relationship with her father that she has to confront and decide if she wants to move past what happened years ago. Serena’s sister, Natasha, was her best friend, but Serena reevaluates their relationship and what her expectations are. Serena becomes friends with one of her coworkers, Ainsley. Their developing friendship was one of my favorite parts of the book. Serena also reconnects with an ex which is always entertaining. I really enjoyed how Serena Singh Flips the Script focused on friendship, family, and career over relationships. I also really enjoyed the theme of doing what you want and not worrying what other think.
Thank you Berkley and NetGalley for Serena Singh Flips the Script.
About the Author
Sonya Lalli is a romance and women’s fiction author of Indian heritage. Her books have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Glamour, The Washington Post, CBC, The Toronto Star andmore.Her debut novel The Matchmaker’s List was a Target Diverse Book Club Pick, Cityline Book Club Pick, and Apple Best Book of the Month. Grown-Up Pose (2020) was a Globe and Mail national bestseller and Amazon Best Book of the Month. Her latest novel, Serena Singh Flips the Script, publishes in February 2021.