Five Fortunes by Barbara Venkataraman / #Review @BarbaraVenkat

When five fourteen-year-old girls get their fortunes from an arcade machine just for kicks, it turns their world upside-down and their close-knit group of friends starts to fall apart.

Misunderstandings abound as allegiances shift and outsiders start to come between them. The fortunes seem to be self-fulfilling prophecies – whether the girls believe in them or not.

Do our beliefs color our perception of the world? Do we ever see ourselves the way others see us, and why is change so hard?




Fortune tellers… I find this very intriguing. On the one hand I would love to go to a fortune teller because I am curious about what they would tell me. On the other hand, it scares me too. I am afraid that you start living differently and start looking for those predictions in every aspect of your life, driving you crazy along the way. I have very mixed feelings and my moto has become when you are not convinced or certain about something, leave it be. 🙂

This is to a certain level what happens here too. You start overthinking and you think you see the meaning of that sentence in every aspect of your life even if you claim you don’t believe in it. After a while though, you realise that maybe you were wrog and the little slip of paper holds a lot of truth on it.

I guess to right way to deal with those predictions is: don’t take them to literally. Words can have more than one meaning or they can be eye openers …

A very enjoyable story for girls, but also for their parents, because parents sometimes forget they were young too once… 5 stars

Thank you


About the author

Award-winning author Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection.

She is the author of the Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery series, as well as: Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person; The Fight for Magicallus; If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place; Quirky Essays for Quirky People; and the Flash Fiction Shorts series.

She has won the Indie Book of the Day award twice, the Book of the Day Award, a gold medal for memoir in the Readers’ Favorite Competition, was a finalist in the Kindle Book Awards twice, and won first place in the Amateur Detective category of the Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Mystery Writing Competition.

Her popular Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery Series includes: Death by Didgeridoo, The Case of the Killer Divorce, Peril in the Park, Engaged in Danger, Jeopardy in July, and Malice in Miami.

Her recent non-fiction: Accidental Activist: Justice for the Groveland Four, a memoir she co-authored with her son about lessons he learned while working to exonerate four men falsely accused of a terrible crime in the Jim Crow South.


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