I received Seventeen Takes by Naima Kalra Gupta as a review copy from Rupa Publications and I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book. The book has been divided into two parts and has seventeen ?stories.
Seventeen Takes is a mix of fiction and non-fiction pieces about everything a teenager experiences, ranging from growing up, formulating a self-identity and realizing (or not) who you are. Written by a seventeen-year-old, this is a coming-of-age book but not in a traditional sense. It’s not about heartbreak or enduring friendships or alcohol and partying. It’s about the self, the war that wages within all of us. Figuring out what to do with one’s life, lamenting the loss of innocent childhood, coming to terms with changing beliefs and ideals, developing new ideas are themes that feature prominently in this collection. Simple yet poignant, fiercely individualistic yet easily relatable, Seventeen Takes is a book that will resonate with everyone on the cusp of adulthood.
As the author has mentioned in the introduction, this compilation is a collection of stories and memoirs. A very self centred book, it is about the war that wages within all of us. She has used characters to talk about some aspects of her own journey. Each story contains some element of truth replicating in some ways, her own life. The stories are about a seventeen year old girl who does what she wants to do and has the rest of her life to look forward to.
This book is a mix of fiction and non-fiction and relates to a teenager’s experience. She has also written about Delhi and what it means to her. The second part revolves around social issues.
The author has used simple language to express her opinions and feelings.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.