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Book Review: The outcast by Sadie Jones

Blurb:ย The Outcast on goodreads

My rating: 2/5

Review:

The story starts of by introducing the main character, Lewis Aldridge, a young boy who is travelling with his mother to go pick up his father who has just returned from war. Yes, the book is set in the period ofย World War II. As the story proceeds, we get to know of the various other characters. Lewis shares a strong bond with his mother who dotes on him. His father is cold towards him and thinks that Lewis’s mother spoils him excessively. Having his father around is something quite new to Lewis and initially, he finds it difficult to cope with changes that his father has brought about at home after his arrival. Everything falls into place eventually. But things upside down after Lewis’s mother’s sudden death.

There are various other characters in the book and the author keeps shifting from one character to other as the story progresses.
To be honest, I found the book to be a drag. There is not much of a plot to it. It gets really depressing at times and you can’t help but feel sorry for Lewis as everything seems to be working against him. The characters are all awful and many of them that had a substantial part in the story (Tamsin, for example) seemed completely unnecessary.
I just can’t think why anyone would want to read such a sad and depressing novel with an equally bad ending.

Disappointment is what I felt after I finished reading this book.

 

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Book Review: Mahashweta by Sudha Murthy

Blurb:ย Mahashweta on Goodreads

My rating: 4/5

Review:

Have you ever finished a book & right after closing it mouthed the words ‘Brilliant’ ? Well, Mahashweta was one such book for me. It made me sit for a while & look at my life in a very positive light.

The story revolves around a young woman named Anupamaย who is portrayed as the perfect woman in this book. A beauty with brains, good-natured, polite, someone who excels in almost everything she does. Just perfect in all aspects. This is her story. Her story of how she falls in love, her marriage, her almost fairytale life that seems to be falling apart right after she discovers a white patch on her feet which later is revealed to be the early signs of leukoderma, her fight against the disease & the society that shuns people with skin diseases, her acceptance of the disease & life’s circumstances in general.

I love how the author has beautifully managed to tell us such a tragic yet inspiring story of self-acceptance and optimism.
I liked how this is not some sob-story of a woman who breaks down & curses God at every obstacle thrown at her.
But maybe, she was too tolerant towards everything? Maybe she could have spoken out more?
That’s the only reason why I am giving this book a rating of less than 5 stars.

It is a really small read as it is just a 156 page book. The language is easy & understandable. There are many references to hindu mythology & plays but it all somehow becomes a part of the story & fits in perfectly. The postscript made my heart swell ๐Ÿ™‚

Final lines for the review: A small book with a beautiful story.

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Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Blurb:ย Fangirl on Goodreads

My rating: 3/5

Review:

Twin sisters who are poles apart. Dysfunctional family. Fan-fiction. Teenage life and College. The story revolves around these themes.

It’s all written from Cath’s (one of the twins) perspective who is obsessed with the main character, Simon snow, of a famous book series based on him. She is shy, nerdy and anti-social unlike her sister, Wren, who is outgoing and friendly.ย She writes fan-fiction related to the book series and is completely involved in the fandom. So much that she doesn’t have time for her actual life and people around her. The following quote from the book sums up Cath’s life perfectly…

Real life was something happening in her peripheral vision.

This book doesn’t have much of a plot to it and it’s an easy read. I was slightly disappointed as my expectations were quite high considering all the hype about it. There are snippetsย from the Simon Snow book series and Cath’s fan-fiction ‘Carry on, Simon‘ all through the story which gets annoying and repetitive and also gets in the way of the plot. I saw myself skipping through these pages as I got more into the book.

I loved the fact that the author kept the hero, Levi, very realistic. He’s not a jock (Thank god for that) and nor is he super muscular or extremely handsome. He is just like any other college boy who has a job at Starbucks and has trouble with his classes. ย I also love the relationship Cath shared with her dad, how she cared for her sister selflessly and her take on their mother abandoning them when they were little.

There is only this much to the book. The story seemed incomplete and in need of some major touch-ups. The ending was the worst part as it just felt wrong. It just seemed unfinished to me. It couldn’t hold my attention and I wasn’t super excited to get back to reading it after intervals.

Yes, it did make me laugh. It did make me smile. But it didn’t want me to ‘not put it down’ at all. If you know what I mean?
This is a good read if you’re looking for something light to read and you don’t want to put too much thought into the plot or characters.
Until next time,
Aย ๐Ÿ’‹

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New day. Same old start.

Some people may find monotony oddly comforting but I find it disturbing.ย Waking up to a brand new day only to do the same old routine is such a waste of life itself. At least that’s what I think. I have never liked being that person who had fixed time slots for every little thing but sadly, I have turned into one.

I get up, get dressed, go to work (a place where I get no appreciation for what I do & no self-satisfaction either), come home & just go to bed.
If I could, I wouldn’t blink twice before I seize the opportunity to break this lethargic routine & get away from it as far as possible.

It has always been my dream to travel all over the world. Solo or with the one I love, It didn’t matter. I just want to travel. I want to live. I want to experience things I never have before. Take risks. Meet new people. Learn about new cultures. I don’t want to reach a certain age & look back at my life with disappointment.
I want to look back & be able to tell myself that I lived.
I lived life like I wanted to and not how I needed toย …

I don’t want society to decide what I am to do with my life. I don’t want anyone else other than me to do that for me.
I don’t know how and when will I be able to fulfill my dreams. Of course, I’ll work towards it rather than just yapping about it on here.

Until then, all I can do is just write my way through it..