Born Confused
Tanuja Desai Hidier

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Narrated By: Marguerite Gavin

Duration: 14 hours and 48 minutes

What to expect

Dimple Lala doesn't know what to think. Her parents are from India, and she's spent her whole life resisting their traditions. Then suddenly she gets to high school and everything Indian is trendy. Now things are more complicated than ever. At seventeen, she's still recovering from a year-old break up and her best friend isn't around the way she used to be. To make matters worse, her parents arrange for her to meet a "suitable boy." Of course, it doesn't go well—until Dimple goes to a club and finds him spinning a magical web of words and music. Suddenly the boy is suitable because of his sheer unsuitability, and complications ensue.

This is a funny, thoughtful story about finding yourself, finding your friends, finding love, and finding your culture—sometimes where you least expect it.


Children’s / Teenage fiction: General fiction, Children’s / Teenage general interest: Places and peoples, Children’s / Teenage fiction: General fiction, Children’s / Teenage general interest: Places and peoples

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“Compelling and witty…Gives voice to a new generation of Americans.”

USA Today

“Complicated, chaotic, and absolutely charming.”


“The author poetically captures the essence of her characters and the richness of seemingly insignificant moments. Absorbing and intoxicating, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Narrator Gavin gives a rousing performance. She handles the accents with aplomb—Indian, British, American—individualizing each character…Gavin’s stellar performance is impressive.” 

Kliatt (starred review)

“A breathtaking experience…The exuberant, almost psychedelic linguistic riffs will catch readers up in a breathtaking experience that is beyond virtually anything being published for teens today.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Colorfully recounted by Marguerite Gavin, who reads with the rhythm of ankle bells and sitar in her soul…The quality of Gavin’s voice is most appealing, and her regional accents make the scenes picturesque.”


“This involving story, filled with detail about the protagonist’s life and background, will reward its readers. The family background and richness in cultural information add a new level to the familiar girl-meets-boy story. Teens will be rooting for Dimple and her quest to find her own place in her family and country.”

School Library Journal

“[A] feast for the senses, creating a reading experience that is unusual in YA literature today.”