BR #126 | School Ties | Sahana Rudra | Bigfoot Publications | ★★★★

Book - School Ties
Author - Sahana Rudra
Publisher - Bigfoot Publications
Rating - ★★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Sahana is a fourteen-year-old. She currently attends Sanskriti school in New Delhi, having earlier been to Bradley Hills Elementary School in Maryland, USA and Auckland High School, Shimla. What she loves the most in the world are her friends, Harry Potter and coffee, roughly in that order. She is an avid reader, and her other favourite books include -but are not limited to-All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. She has written analytical pieces on the prejudices we face in the real world and how books can help deal with them. She has also reported on the Himachal Art Festival in The Asian Age. This book was written when she was twelve years old, soon after a move back from the US after living there for four years. The fascination for writing and storytelling came from a young age when she would sit wide-eyed, and completely still an unusual feat for the extraordinarily energetic toddler- as her mother read stories out to her. Ever since she was young, Sahana has wanted to help change the world for the better. And in doing so, she believes changing minds comes first. She lives with her dog, her sister and her parents in New Delhi.

Book Review: "School Ties" by Suhana Rudra is a contemporary fiction based on teenage school life and the ups and downs associated with it. Ingrid Addison, a high society girl with difficult parents, receives her acceptance letter to the Crissborne Williams School, one of the most exclusive private schools in the United States. However, her excitement is short-lived since she soon realises that the teachers are disrespectful, her peers snooty, and the Principal, Irene Starkey, rules the school like a dictator. Amidst such unexpected experiences, Ingrid meets her partner in crime, James Weatherley, and they embark on typical mischiefs like blackmailing the Principal, sneaking out at night, or getting into car crashes. But this fun-filled life of Ingrid is short-lived and she soon realises that stuff gets worse here and people lose interest often. Amidst such fallacies, Ingrid must decide whether to make a comeback and save her reputation if she cares at all.

Sahana has drawn a remarkable character sketch of Ingrid. Being a teen author herself, one can almost relate to the story as current happenings or reminiscence of one's life. It felt great reading this book as the plot has a lot of cute drama in it. Just when one problem seems to be nearing an end, another pops up and the protagonist is all left alone to solve the mess. The pages open with two wonderful quotes but the font size is really small and eye-straining. Also, the cover picture could be improved to give a more joyful feeling of the ups and downs teens face in friendship. The language is easy to grasp and overall flow of the plot quite appealing. The story definitely has a great moral to it, one that speaks not of becoming famous quickly but of maintaining that position for some time. It is quite an adventurous life that our Ingrid has experienced inside the pages and she would love to share it with anyone willing to walk in her shoes.

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