When Miley Cyrus gets a five book deal to write about her life I always wonder why. I know such a book will appeal to her die-hard fans but there is not really much other point in a series of books that document her life. We see her life every day. The last thing I want to do is go home and read about it, especially when I know it was written by someone who probably just watched her for a few days and asked a couple of questions. I also ask myself, what a 16 year old has to share that is worth reading.
So, with that in mind you would think that I wouldn't care at all about what a 9 year old has to say about her life, but you would be wrong. Rubina Ali has lived more of a life in her 9 years than most people live in a lifetime. I want to hear about her life growing up in the slums of India. I want to read about what life is like for her on a daily basis. I want to feel good when she talks about going to Hollywood and seeing something she had only seen about on television or heard about from people who had seen television.
On July 16, Slumdog Dreaming will be released and in it, Rubina will “tell her story of playing marbles with her friends beside the sewers of Garib Nagar in Mumbai, to dancing along to the Bollywood films she and her family watch on their old television set.”
To me that is much more interesting than why Miley chose a certain color of nail polish or the funny story about how she had to ride to a concert in a two year old limo instead of the new ones she prefers. My only complaint about the Rubina book is that I really think there should be a children's book with it. I think children should realize the whole world is not Nickelodeon and Disney and that everything is not a fairytale. It is one thing for a parent to tell a child there are less fortunate people in the world, and quite another if they are seeing pictures and reading the words of a nine year old who is one of those less fortunate.