Operation Mom

My Plan to Get My Mom a Life...and a Man

Young Adult - Coming of Age
220 Pages
Reviewed on 05/04/2023
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Author Biography

Reenita Malhotra Hora is an award-winning screenwriter, novelist and audio producer.

Her female-driven comedy, 'Operation Mom' is an Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize winner, a Chanticleer International Book Awards Grand Prize winner, a Santa Barbara Screenplay Awards winner. Her YA fantasy screenplay, ‘Shadow Realm’ is a Script2Comic finalist, an LA International Screenplay Awards quarterfinalist, and a selected nominee for the New Media Film Festival.

Reenita has contributed to Bloomberg, Reuters, South China Morning Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNN, Asian Investor, Times of India, Rolling Stone, Economic Times, National Geographic Kids, Cartoon Network Asia, Disney and more. As an on-air news reporter, and producer, she has contributed to Bloomberg, RTHK Radio 3, Monocle Radio and the BBC. She has two active podcasts - Shadow Realm (narrative fantasy fiction) and the True Fiction Project (unscripted to scripted) and she is Chief Storyteller at Chapter by episode, a digital publishing platform for immersive chat fiction stories with diverse themes.

Passionate about the Indian narrative, her stories reflect the South Asian experience. Sign up for her newsletter and learn more about her projects at: http://www.reenita.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Operation Mom: My Plan to Get My Mom a Life...and a Man by Reenita Malhotra Hora is a perfectly accomplished coming-of-age story with a nerve-jangling twist. Ila is a teenager who grows up in Mumbai and her overprotective, almost domineering single mother doesn't allow her to explore life and wants her to meet a guy who is family oriented. Ila plans to change all of that. Enlisting the help of her best friend Deepali, her mom's best friend Maleeka, and Dev, who attracts her interest, Ila sets out to find a man for her mother by setting up profiles on dating apps. What follows is a rollicking ride filled with laughter and fun.

Reenita Malhotra Hora plots cleverly and introduces a first-person narrative voice that draws readers from the very first page. Ila's voice reveals an intricate inner world as the story explores the world of teenagers growing up in Mumbai, virtual dating, and the complex landscape of contemporary dating. The quirkiness in the narrative voice rubbed off on me from the outset and I was so hooked that I kept looking out for Ila's next move. This plot is twisty and features characters that are complex and elaborate. The setting is vividly drawn and the beautiful prose adds a layer to the entertainment that awaits readers on these pages. Operation Mom is a beautiful story that is heartwarming and exciting. The author captures the hearts of readers in this engaging tale that explores the relationship between a daughter and a single mother, highlighting its complexities while being rooted in realism and humanity.