Book Review: Dying to Live by Monisha K. Gumber

I just read ‘Dying to Live’ by Monisha K. Gumber and it was a joyous experience. Here is what I thought.

 

BOOK COVER:

I wasn’t very happy with the book cover for the sole reason that I found it too be overwhelming. So much was going on and it became difficult to concentrate on the central purpose of the cover design. That being said, it definitely sticks out as a catchy and interesting cover because of its blast of cover

Cover Rating – 3.5 / 5

 

TITLE JUSTIFICATION:

The title was one of the most interesting things about the novel. It had everything that I was looking for as a reader and something more. Catchy, Interesting and Short. But to add to that, the contrast within the title itself was fascinating. ‘Death’ and ‘Life’ in one sentence. I googled this author and found that this is something she’s done with her other book as well.

Please continue this title trend. It’s amazing.

Title Rating – 5/5

PLOT

The author was able to beautifully capture teenage experiences in a way that made me relive them. It is a stress buster but also comes with so many lessons that one can learn while reading the book. I loved the way the author made the language simple and intriguing at the same time.

This is one forte the author seems to master splendidly. At one point, I was really frightened that the story would take a negative turn and end tragically. However, with great relief, I can say that did not happen. Megha’s character fits beautifully into the plot and thankfully, she lives through.

A special mention to the illustrations! They were wonderful.

Rating – 5 / 5

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

Given that this book is for teenagers and about teenagers, I was pleasantly surprised. This is a one-of-a-kind book I have seen by an Indian author. Overall, a splendid effort.

Final Rating: 5 / 5
Verdict: Recommended for Teens!

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