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I don’t wear sunscreen Paperback – 2015
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Laksha’s life seems easy at first. She has the little things that matter – good friends, a loving family, dreams that make her stand out from the group and an enthusiasm to do well in life. That desire makes her excel, and helps her to convince her family to let her pursue further studies in a different city. But there are obstacles thrown in her way which test her mettle.
On first look, the plot seems to indicate the tried and tested route – a character whose life is going smoothly, a twist that brings the problem into her life and a happy ending. Thankfully, the plot has enough smaller plots in it that it is not as direct as that. And I loved the happy ending, which did not go the usual route, and brought a smile as I read it. One thing that I didn’t like was that the plot feels like it rushes through. When a plot is as true to life, I felt that a little detailing might have helped make it better.
The characters in this book felt quite different, in a good way. The main character Laksha has been done justice, I felt, as it needed to be, but the character of the mother is more memorable. She’s strong, trustworthy, adamant, and she has a lot of belief in her daughter. I wanted to read more about her. In contrast, Laksha’s father, while as loving as her mother, is the more worried of the two, which was nice to see. There are very few prominent male characters in this book, I feel. At times, I got confused between two of them, Sai and Prabhu for a reason that another character, Pallavi, stated.
The book is a small one, and does engage me as a reader from the start to the end. And yes, it is a quick read, which I finished in a couple of hours. However, I felt that the editing could have been far better than it is. The casual tone of the dialogues, as told between two friends or teenagers, is a plus point, because when with friends, that would be how we talk, without looking at grammar or tense. However, the same casual tone through the book feels out of place.
Did I enjoy reading the story? Yes. Was I totally wow-ed by it? No. There are aspects of the book that can be fine tuned, and help it to become better.
IDWS is not a regular story of everyday romance, but shows us the human weakness and strengths in the face of adverse events not under one's control. I loved the various twists author has introduced in the plotline.
Laksha and Pallavi's characters has been portrayed well. I felt Laksha's mother and Sai needed some more attention. Rest all the characters get their fair share in the novel.
A few elements, I felt, have been rushed. One was romance between main protagonists and Sai, second the incident which sends everything topsy-turvy. I couldn't get a clear picture what really happened to Laksha and the sequence of events. Last was her mother's backstory and role later in Laksha's life.
I have a major gripe with the editing. It was okay in the beginning and then the quality dwindled as I reached the middle.
All in all the story is well grounded and close to reality. Kudos for a debut effort!
Most women will enjoy this book. It reminds my school life and how I was. The book is smaller in size, but has enough elements to entertain. The mom's character is just lovely. I also liked the conversations between the lovers - It was fresh, romantic, and decent. Very well written. The book is simple enough, I didn't have to check the dictionary at any walk. The ending could have been more elaborate. However, it was crispy and nice. Few dialogues like 'She bat her eyes 6 times to stop the tears' and 'Your password were changed days ago' were cute to read.
Expecting more such works from the author. Doesn't sound like a first time writer as the book has no loop holes.
Beautiful, cute, lovely, and awesome.
The Blurb and the Title of the book caught my attention.Its hardly 100+ pages book. I read it in 2 night reading sessions.The story has mystery, friendship, love, motivational theme,...
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The book had been on the to read list since long. Having known Kavipriya personally not as often as I would want to, I have been an avid reader of her blogs. She has a penchant for writing and it's good to see her follow her passion for writing like the same.
The book is a good work as a debut novella. The storyline is different, chosen and written in a free flowing manner, and has been woven very systematically to keep readers intrigued. Not many authors are able to do the same in the debt work. This is definitely not your literature kinds but a much better and wiser choice for leisure readings than any other such debutante books that aren't so great with the storyline.
A story which revolves around two friends goes a long way with sequence of events which is almost like a thriller.
Overall I must say its a great attempt & it has come out well :)
Sometimes, betrayal comes from the one we trust the most. An interesting story of two friends, Lakshya & Pallavi, binds the readers for the dramatic ups & down all over the script.
Yes, with few wonderful notable quotes & smooth language, one can’t say if it’s Kavi’s debut or tenth. Would be a regular reader to the upcoming as well.
Happy Writing Kavipriya.
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