Tuesday, February 23, 2016

#298 : I don't Wear Sunscreen by Kavipriya Moorthy : Review

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GENRE: Fiction

NUMBER OF PAGES: 101

FORMAT: Digital

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: The writer, Kavipriya sent me a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you :)

REVIEW:
The charm of a highly realistic story is simply unmatched. It is further amplified if it is set in your city and highlights your way of live. This story was just that for me. The blurb reminded me of a similar event that happened in my life. I was a bit apprehensive to actually read the book though I had accepted the review request. Revisiting sour memories knowingly isn’t particularly wise. I buckled up and picked the courage to read the book and I don’t really regret it now.

The story is about a simple middle class girl Laksha who aspires to become an architect. At one point, she has it all – good friends, a nice internship and the joy of witnessing her dream come true. All this collapses with just one experience – an experience she didn’t really sign up for. Would she survive it? Does she bounce back and lead a normal life again.

The story, as I mentioned earlier was very realistic. Often Indian writers end up contradicting themselves when the concept of middle class is involved – they portray things contradicting to the whole idea of middle class. This writer did no such thing thankfully. The part were two friends grow apart is just too realistic. This part of the story reminded me of my own. I expected a whole lot of drama laden with heavy emotions. Thankfully again, the writer kept it all balanced and perfect enough for the story.  The characterization was perfect to dot.

All said, the language was a bit too simple. It seemed more like a transcript of daily conversation. I get that this sort of language is the latest fad of sorts, but for me a book should have that sophisticated language, simple yet sophisticated would work.

MY SAY: An impressive story with realistic characters.

RATING:
PLOT: 4/5
CHARACTERISATION: 3/5
NARRATION: 3/5
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 1/5 (lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 3/5
AUTHOR LINKS: Goodreads 
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads

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