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It's Showtime, Kavi: Story Details And Review (WITH SPOILERS)

I just finished reading Kavi's full book that tells all about her story! Here's a recap and a review of the story at the end!


The first nine chapters of the sixteen-chapter book told the story that was featured in Kavi's Journal about being inspired by the Wicked show to join the school talent revue and struggling in school. However, despite it being the same story, the plot points were put more into focus, with Kavi's teachers and classmates being featured characters, more explanation into the details of Kavi's school struggles and what made her almost quit the revue, more of Kavi's interest in the performing arts, and more background on Kavi's performance and specifics of Indian cultural elements featured in the story.


Chapters ten through sixteen feature a new story that wasn't in the journal, this time about the school musical "Annie" starting up and Kavi making a deal with her parents to stay organized with school if she can perform in the musical. After Kavi hones in on her musical talents by creating videos for her Dadima's cookie business with a jingle, Kavi auditions for Annie, but an eighth grader named Alaina gets the role and Kavi is regulated to being an orphan. Kavi is disappointed at first, but over time, she learns to be closer to Alaina. However, a blizzard destroys the school's auditorium and the musical crew has to perform in the cafeteria, which lowers the morale of the performers. Eventually, Kavi and her friends find a solution by having a Holi-inspired "Spring Fling" to raise money to get a community college theater to perform the show in, and by convincing the college theater head and raising most of the money necessary, the show is able to go on. At the end of the book, Alaina invites Kavi to a musical theater camp, and Kavi is able to go.


I was so happy when I finished reading this book, to be completely honest. I know, I know, I'm 18 and I'm getting excited over American Girl books, but I was floored by how good it was! I really enjoyed the journal, but I wished that some things were more explained in detail. However, this book delivered on that promise, in addition to providing seven more chapters that weren't even mentioned in the journal! It was worth the wait, with a lot of new insight into Kavi's character that I wished I had back in December when Kavi first released. The plot was very engaging, and it was very interesting to learn about Kavi personally. I also really enjoyed the references to Indian culture, since it made the book and Kavi's life more easily understandable for readers, like me, who aren't Indian. The one thing I would change about this book, however, is for American Girl to not be cowards and give us two books like every other GOTY since Nicki! While some things were more detailed in the first section of the book, there are several page or two mentions in the second that could have been entire chapters. I would love to see more of Kavi's world in the future, so I would have absolutely loved it if this was two books, but I can't really complain. At least we have something that isn't the journal!

I'd rate this a 8.5/10.

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Sep 09, 2023

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KirstenKitFan
KirstenKitFan
Jul 30, 2023

i just finished reading it and i absolutely loved it! kavi is definitely one of my fave gotys now! she probably won't get a second book, but i hope she does. the ending set up a great sequel! ;)

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RuthieFairyFan
RuthieFairyFan
Aug 01, 2023
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But I feel like Kavi has been ignored. We are about to see Lila get released later this autumn, but American Girl has been paying more attention to the collabs than Kavi and the historical characters. It would be nice if Kavi were given more items in her collection after the Wicked costumes.

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Kirstin Gallagher
Kirstin Gallagher
Jul 10, 2023

Is there any mention in the book of ADHD/Kavi not being NT? My daughter really connects with Kavi because they are both musical theater lovers who struggle with organization.

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Admin
Admin
Jul 10, 2023
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No explicit mention, but the same themes from the journal are still mentioned with the same advisors

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RuthieFairyFan
RuthieFairyFan
Jul 10, 2023

I heard the reason American Girl put up these journals is to encourage young girls to keep a journal. I wonder if there will be more items released in Kavi's collection. Maybe those cookies she bakes at the Spring Fling. It would be nice if Kavi were given food items in her collection.

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That's crazy. Girls today don't write in journals anymore. It made since for Nicki and Isabel (back in the 90s all we did was write in journals). Now kids have internet to share their thoughts and opinions on life. It seems strange to give a GOTY 2023 a journal. lol

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RuthieFairyFan
RuthieFairyFan
Jul 10, 2023

If Kavi were given two books, the first book would cover the events in her journal. The second book would dealing with the Annie revue and the Spring Fling with Kavi, Sophie, and Pari making tie-dye shirts and colorful sugar cookies and Alaina. If there were a third book, it would have focused on Kavi's time at musical theater camp.

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