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Tweenache in the Time of Hashtags (Nina the Philosopher) Paperback – 3 Feb 2016
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Judy Balan is the overthinking parent of an overthinking child. Reality overwhelms her at times, which is why she enjoys making stuff up. She loves reading, watching and writing comedy. How to Stop Your Grownup from Making Bad Decisions was her first attempt at writing for non-grownups. She enjoyed it so much she decided to make it a series and call it Nina the Philosopher because tweens who think deserve their own series. For more on Judy and her writing, hop over to judybalan.com or check out Nina's blog ninathephilosopher.com.
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This is the second book in the 'Nina the Philosopher' series (however can be read as a Stand-Alone) and is MUCH better than the first one even though I rated it 5 Stars. This may be the result of Nina growing up... Anyways, This book is actually Nina's blog where she narrates whatever happens in her life while venting out her emotions. This all is written through a 12 YO's (very plausibly/incredibly) mind. This book takes the reader through the amazing 12th year in Nina's life, dictated by her.
The plot is very intriguing and captivates the reader till the very end. The highlights of this year were: 1. A new NERD in the class - Anna 2. Nina gets her first period (Don't worry, the story does NOT revolve around this topic) 3. She has her FIRST CRUSH (Lalalalalala/Hilariously written) 4. Her Dad finally is introduced in the series (Nina's mom is a single parent). All the characters of this book were entertaining and had their own importance.
What I really like about this book is that it is written by Judy Balan. She is AN AMAZING writer and the way presents the emotions of a 12 YO is commendable and also very relate-able. I mean, we all have been through this age and it is not only strange but is fascinating too. Especially, what a creative, yet ordinary 12 YO girl sees in the world is interesting through this story.
Coming to the 2 special features of this series - The Quotes and The Format : this book has been written in such a way that while being humorous and enticing, this book is very very virtuous to its sense. This is only because Nina has been brought up in that way and this is what makes the book a compulsion for any young reader and a parent who wants their kid to read quality and entertaining books. The story is very gripping (is NOT AT ALL dragged anywhere), which can be proved by its page length - It promises 200 pages of a Fun-Packed Read!
CONCLUSION: Just go ahead and buy it. If you are a teenager who wants to read something - READ IT! If you are a parent and want your kid to read something - BUY IT! If you have someone above the age of 12 and you want to gift something to him/her - GIFT IT! If YOU ARE above 12 years of age - READ IT! I want you to read it - no matter what and NO QUESTIONS ASKED!
Interspersed with nuggets of wisdom this book which is in the form of blog writings by Nina the 12 year old is not only interesting, intriguing and engaging as I mentioned earlier but hilarious and thought provoking at the same time. In fact I’d also like to say that the author has done a wonderful job as far as the suspense angle is concerned in the book. One can’t foresee what is coming in the upcoming pages without going through them i.e. there is no room for skipping pages and that itself speaks volumes about the book.
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You'd think that the author, being an Indian, would include some Indian elements in the book but NOOOOO. You see it's shameful to be Indian, atleast that's what I think the author thinks. So instead of eating samosas the characters eat quiche. Instead of eating Indian sweets they eat cupcakes. NOT EVEN THE CLOTHES are Indian.
I am thoroughly disappointed. Is the author trying to ingrain youngsters with the idea that the whole world is what they show in American movies? That there is no pride in being Indian? Or is the author trying to propaganda something? Working with a political agenda to turn kids anti India?
What the hell is the difference between reading this and reading the numerous, much better, international books for kids??
I was interested in this book because it seemed like there was finally a kids book with some diversity but it's not. It's whitewashing. Plain whitewashing. If you're thinking of gifting this book to your kid, slip it.
Go for something else. I'm sure there an immensely better books out there that don't make your child feel awkward of being Indian. I'll not be buying anything from this author of giving anything by this author to any of the kids I know.