Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tweenache in the Time of Hashtags - Judy Balan

Rating: 5/5 Book Emojis!

Note: I received this book from the author for an UNBIASED review. Receiving this book doesn't change my true opinion of the book whatsoever. 

This is the second book in the 'Nina the Philosopher' series (however can be read as a Stand-Alone) and is MUCH better than the first one even though I rated it 5 Stars. This may be the result of Nina growing up... Anyways, This book is actually Nina's blog where she narrates whatever happens in her life while venting out her emotions. This all is written through a 12 YO's (very plausibly/incredibly) mind. This book takes the reader through the amazing 12th year in Nina's life, dictated by her.

The plot is very intriguing and captivates the reader till the very end. The highlights of this year were: 1. A new NERD in the class - Anna 2. Nina gets her first period (Don't worry, the story does NOT revolve around this topic) 3. She has her FIRST CRUSH (Lalalalalala/Hilariously written) 4. Her Dad finally is introduced in the series (Nina's mom is a single parent).  All the characters of this book were entertaining and had their own importance.

What I really like about this book is that it is written by Judy Balan. She is AN AMAZING writer and the way presents the emotions of a 12 YO is commendable and also very relate-able. I mean, we all have been through this age and it is not only strange but is fascinating too. Especially, what a creative, yet ordinary 12 YO girl sees in the world is  interesting through this story.

Coming to the 2 special features of this series - The Quotes and The Format : this book has been written in such a way that while being humorous and enticing, this book is very very virtuous to its sense. This is only because Nina has been brought up in that way and this is what makes the book a compulsion for any young reader and a parent who wants their kid to read quality and entertaining books. The story is very gripping (is NOT AT ALL dragged anywhere), which can be proved by its page length - It promises 200 pages of a Fun-Packed Read!

CONCLUSION: Just go ahead and buy it. If you are a teenager who wants to read something - READ IT! If you are a parent and want your kid to read something - BUY IT! If you have someone above the age of 12 and you want to gift something to him/her - GIFT IT! If YOU ARE above 12 years of age - READ IT! I want you to read it - no matter what and NO QUESTIONS ASKED.