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Karma Khullar's Mustache: 06/11/18
Karma Khullar's Mustache by Kristi Wientge is about a Sikh girl going through puberty and having to face head on the impossible beauty standards and the rule not to cut ones hair.
On top of that, Karma is in a school district where sixth grade is the first year of middle school. She has a new school, new schedule, new kids, new cliques — all sorts of newness to face. That includes her best friend hanging out with a new, blonde — oh so perfect — friend. It also includes mustache jokes and teasing.
With her liberal mother busy at work and her conservative father taking over the household duties, Karma feels at a loss. She decides to tackle the mustache problem on her own rather than talk to either parent. She knows what Dad's answer will be. She figures Mom is too busy to talk and doesn't want to bother her.
The main problem with this book is that the plot is drawn out through the lack of communication between Karma and her parents. Were it a little tighter, it would have been a funny and memorable tale.