- Reading level: 13+ years
- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Duckbill Books; First edition (22 April 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 938333181X
- ISBN-13: 978-9383331819
- Package Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Unbroken Paperback – 22 Apr 2017
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Nandhika Nambi is the middle child in a family of three daughters, which gave her the experience in teenage drama necessary to write this book. She lives in in Coimbatore, where she juggles her diverse passions: medicine, music, manuscripts and munching on food.
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Being written in first person from Akriti's point of view, it catches the readers by the throat and gives them little time to react or breathe. You can't decide at the outset whether you want to root for her or whack the living daylights out of her. Unbroken is about Akriti's life as it was after being wheelchair bound.
Rarely does one get to read books about disability that do not stir feeling of pity or sympathy. This one forces you to empathise on a different plane. It makes you see anger as a possible natural response. And it is not just Akriti, it is everyone in her life and how they are coping with seeing her close her world to them. And then there are words like, "I kept looking at all these things and wondering why somebody couldn't do anything about them And I realised.. I am somebody."
I know, I know this isn't a review. I never claimed I can write one. But if YA is your thing (and even if it isn't) just read this.
Akriti lives with her parents, naturally, and one younger brother. He is the complete opposite of her and everything about him is positive! And while he gets along with everyone, she is the one person he cannot get along with because she thinks she sees him for who he really is, a goody two shoes who is pretending to be good and nice. In fact, this is highlighted rather heavily throughout the book. Akriti’s absolute belief that everyone around her is fake and how anything they do is pretence! This establishes her character pretty well, she’s not just a regular angry teenager who hates her parents, she hates everyone! You get the frustration she feels at the things she misses out because of her disability and how that makes her hate anyone who enjoys the activities that she used to enjoy.
WHAT I LIKED : I love how the author doesn’t shy away from making the protagonist despicable. Yes, you want to feel sorry for her and you want to understand but you can’t! Because she is that awful! Of course, then something happens to make her re-evaluate everything but that is at the very end and up until that point she is just awful! In fact, there is absolutely nothing likeable about Akriti and this sort of makes her a different protagonist because the author hasn’t bothered to turn her into a lovely saint. She has shown her as a realistic teenager who blames the whole world for her issues and this time the issues are actually serious.
Speaking of things that are serious, there is no love interest here. You have no idea what a relief it is to read a YA book that doesn’t have a love interest in it. I felt like I could finally stop worrying about cringe worthy moments and awkward insta romances. This was a great decision on the author’s part, had there been romance this would have completely taken away from the story and the lack of it made it so much more relatable. And despite there being no romance, there is a heavy emphasis on other relationships and how they change and how much they go through when one amongst them is suffering.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE : While the story was easy and quick, I felt that it took away from the struggles she might have gone through. Yes, it has been two years since she lost her ability to walk, she needs a wheelchair now and she is used to it. But I felt that there could have been a bit more focus on that. I wish that the author had showed us how she lived rather than told us.
That’s all I didn’t like. Nothing else. That being said this is perfectly suited to a primarily YA audience. While I don’t read a lot of YA I do read some and so was able to enjoy this. If you don’t enjoy any YA this might not work for you since it is written in a light manner. That being said, it is perfectly safe for a younger audience as well. Not very young, just slightly younger.