Thanks to Blogchatter for this fun and relatable book. Why relatable because even I have an irritable tween at home, I don’t know how he will behave and argue (read: reason me) in next couple of years. They want to make everything complicated, as if the entire world is against them specially mothers. Mothers want them not to eat junk, not to spend too much time on video games and video chats with friends, staying up late and the biggest enemy studying.
Genre: children’s Fiction
Reading Level: Teenagers of course, 13-18yrs
Total Pages: 68
Author: Apeksha Rao
About the Author:
Apeksha Rao is a multi-genre author from Bangalore.
She has authored Along came a Spyder, which is story of a 17 yrs. old girl who has a dream to become a spy. Apeksha has written many short stories based on the same series, The Spyder which are available on her blog
She is a voracious reader and foodie.
Her couple of upcoming projects include horror and detective novel.
Although we have been taught not to judge a book by its cover, as a reviewer I can’t ignore it. Just like food. Before our tongue we eat with eyes. The food needs to look tempting for us to take it in plate. We would not even taste a curry ultimately delicious but disaster in presentation, right.
Coming back to This book’s cover. The book cover is very clear, it helps us understand the plot. 5 people can be seen one grandmother, one teenager, a doctor and a couple. The couple can be considered as parents. So, these are the 5 main characters around whom the story will revolve.
My Take on Story:
Parents generally forget that kids do what they see parents do rather than what parents ask them to do. The story has the same plot. Its story of Joshi family. Samira Joshi, the teenager and trouble maker, is intelligent and strong headed. She has been pursued by her mother to do medicine, but she has other plans for her life. What she has learnt since her childhood is absolutely different, from her mother’s new plans.
Samira is telling her story to a psychiatrist Doc Sen. Where her mother has tricked or forced to go. Her story has lot of family drama, emotions, relatives as well as travel from Goa to Pakistan. Its due to her parent’s profession, she has faced many challenges and even relationship with relatives is gone sour. Her grandmother is a silent observer and talks only when needed, although she doesn’t approve parenting style of her Son and DIL.
Samira excels in krav Maga which is a military self defence fighting system as well as good with technology that she hacks bank account of her society secretary, because is laundering money.
Downside of the novel, due to which I retained one star is that, the end looked abrupt to me. I wanted to know what went wrong when Samira was 5 years old when she was in Pakistan. The epilogue also doesn’t help much. I am sure the author has planned for the continuation of this story in her next novel.
As I am very much interested in knowing whether Samira chooses her path as per her own wish or goes by parents’ decision.
This book is a good read. The language used in the book is easy and casual. All teenagers as well as their parents can relate easily.
You will keep smiling from eye to eye, it will relax you, and I am sure you want to know why are Samira’s parents training her in Krav Maga and what is that she wants to pursue.
You can grab this book on Amazon, its available in Kindle edition The Itsy Bitsy Spyder
I would rate this book 4 star out of 5