Name: Sunshine Town
Author: Maniissh Aroraa
Genre: Teenage fiction
Publishing date: December 10, 2017
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
NOTE: This is a paid review. I am extremely grateful to Bookpreneur for sending me this book as a review copy. However, this does not at all hinder my honest opinions regarding the book. This is a spoiler-free review. All opinions are solely mine.
This book is a contemporary, teen fiction novel which follows the life of a teenager named Shlok. He is a young boy who aspires to be a doctor but, also to love and get the love of Natasha, her neighborhood friend. Shlok is intelligent but, he doesn’t really channel his intelligence in the best of ways. However, when realisation strikes, he makes it a point to be determined and score well in his pre-university exams. He makes detailed plans and does not get scared by any obstacles on his way. But, will he be able to attain success in everything he does, even after being so determined? You need to read the book to know what exactly happens!
This book is written in first person and it enables us to understand what exactly Shlok goes through everytime he confronts any situation. I like the fact that ‘perseverance’ is given a lot of importance in this book. What Shlok goes through proves that anything can be achieved with a bit of patience and a lot of hard-work!
This book is definitely a great read for people who would like to know more about the emotional turmoils that teenagers go through. However, there are a few things that made me a bit disappointed. Firstly, there are some grammatical errors in the book. The first time I found one, I thought it was some publication error but, when I found a mistake for the third time, I knew they weren’t just publication errors. So definitely, I feel editing should have played a major role in bringing the book forward. Secondly, there were a few instances where I found a bit of generalisation made regarding the behaviour of women and girls. I understand that the book is written from the perspective of a teen boy but still, going through the generalised statements, I did not feel great.
I would recommend this book to people who would like to get their hands on a light read and somebody who would like to get a bit of insight into what young minds go through and how they deal with emotions in different situations. Also, anybody who likes to read books with easy and understandable language can pick this one up!
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