Author: Sonia Bahl
Title: The Spectacular Miss
Genre(s): Romance; Romantic comedy; Contemporary
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Review: The Spectacular Miss is an incredible charming story that follows a young girl through her adventures of wanting to not only fit in with her older brother and his neighborhood gang, but to actually be a boy. From the first chapter, I was captivated by Sonia's ability to create such a witty dialogue that I found myself unable to stop reading. As the story develops, the main character, Nira, finds a trusting and lasting relationship with her older brother's friend, Bir. What looks to be a funny, light, and comedic story develops into something much more meaningful as the characters' journeys continue and they each face various aversive situations. This coming of age novel is written in such a meaningful way that I think a lot of people can relate to. As a child we envision the world as something so different than what will come to be when we are older and the purpose of our paths is to enjoy every moment of it and this was illustrated so well by Sonia. Additionally, the writing was done so well and although very elegant in style it was also very easy to read.
Book Description: "I learned that I am, despite my early years spent as a swaggering boy, at heart just a middle-class, hard-working, risk-averse, un-creative, strait-laced, routine-obsessed
conformist. In case I forgot to mention it, I’m also prudish to the point of being puritanical. But at eight, Nira had only one over-powering wish—to pee standing up like a boy. In fact, to be a boy.
Join Nira as she steps into her brother’s clothes and becomes the self-appointed Al Caponesque gang leader of the neighbourhood boys. Her oddball yet madly loving family shapes her personality, and a poignant relationship with her brother’s best friend shapes her life. She uses uninhibited candour to detail her coming-of-age journey from Calcutta to London, from tomboy to reluctant woman-in-progress . . . always trying to fit in, but always failing. She’s a laugh a minute, and yet she breaks your heart with her subconscious, percussive yearning for the one person who is always too old, too far, too married to be hers."
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