#BOOK5:Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

So here we are at post number 6 with the most trending books of the social media all thanks to Selena Gomez. So why would I pick something that has already been talked about so much? Because I have something different to say on this.

Yes, the book is about Hannah Baker and the reason why she committed suicide. I haven’t seen the show like I know the faces of the actor but I just don’t have the heart to watch another hard cover getting over dramatised only for the viewer ratings and all that crap(THAT DOES NOT MEAN I AM NOT A SELENA FAN!). But that’s not the point of this post. My main point is throughout the book Hannah just acts like a victim,someone who was misunderstood and  didn’t get the help to come out of her hell hole. But that’s an utter lie. Yes,it is. She could have stood up  to Alex or even Justin but she chose to remain silent. In an era where everything is accessible at the click of a button,ragging and bullying and body shaming are no more taboo issues that cannot be talked about.Hannah could have been a bit more stronger. Yes,Alex shouldn’t have created a list or Justin should have had more maturity or even Courtney or Sheri should not have done what they did but it was truly Hannah’s fault. Nobody can make you feel bad until you want to feel bad for yourself.Hannah should have taken the help of someone be it her parents or Clay or even Mr.Porter. Seeking your confidante’s help helps you sail through bad times. Yes, Hannah was abused and her trust was broken multiple times but so are women half her age or double her age who are raped,molested,fat-shamed and eve-teased all around the world. Not everyone hangs themselves. They make themselves stronger and face their demons sometimes alone , sometimes with the help of a best friend.

Jay Asher uses a great way to tell the story of Hannah through her tapes. The pace of the story is perfect though it becomes too much of a Hannah-Clay sob-fest at times. If you are someone who is watching the series or a lover of teenager-related  stories,this one a definite pick for you….

Till next time lovelies,

xoxoxo Chimera

#BOOK4: The Incredible Anita Desai

Today’s author is the Padma Bhushan awardee Ms. Anita Desai. Words fall short for her books. I have read only two of her works: Fire in the Mountain and Fasting,Feasting and both of them are beautiful almost poetic. She uses prose so precisely that you don’t feel like putting the book down. But there is one catch with her books.

They always end very realistically i.e. there are sad endings or even kind-of-happy endings. She never makes her story twist and turn to feed the reader’s fetish for happy endings. No, they are never morbid but they are mostly sad. They are a representation of what happens in real life not fallacies created to comfort our minds. Neither is it John Green nor is J.K. Rowling. It is simply Anita Desai and if you are not someone who can accept sadness or the reality of life in the books you prefer then she is definitely not the one for you. This beautiful author though (I am assuming you might read her book) leaves a happiness in you heart. After reading her books, I felt a little complete as though some distant blackness of my life had been closed. I know this sounds dramatic but it’s the truth. The poignancy and the beauty of it all is that I have accepted and forgiven certain circumstances and people respectively and I don’t hold grudges against them anymore. Yes, I haven’t forgotten what they did to me but it’s just that they don’t matter anymore. I let it go and somewhere it was her books that helped me to do that. I am glad that I am alive and I had the privilege of reading her books and I urge you dear reader to give it try. You might undergo changes in your own way or maybe you may not. Whatever maybe the outcome, the end result would be that you would have read great literature circulating around daily life……..

Till next time lovelies,

xoxoxo

Chimera