Book Musings: Never Gone by Anusha Subramanian

This book arrived with many postcards, a bookmark and a note from Namrata di. All the way from Mumbai. She had written that the protagonist in the story had reminded her of me, and that the letters in the story spoke to her. It’s no secret that I love writing letters and if you’re one of my favourite people I have written a letter to you at some point during the course of our friendship.

Never Gone is the story of a group of friends in the eleventh standard, and is an Indian Young Adult novel in the truest sense of the term. I loved how all the characters in the story had been fleshed out. It was wonderful to read about them struggling with their very teenage problems. It reminded me rather painfully of the time when I was in high school and everything around me seemed to be two minutes away from falling apart.

At the heart of all these characters is the protagonist, Ananya. She was born to change the world. I loved the letters she had written to everyone in her life, because they echoed words that the characters really needed to hear. I found a lot of myself in Ananya, and I certainly hope I have been able to change a few worlds as well.

I would recommend people who are on the edge of despair to read this book, because oh, come on! What do you have left to live for if you do not have hope?

Never Gone will make you cry, make you laugh and make you wish you had a second chance at being seventeen again!

Thanks a million times over, Namrata di. You brought one of the nicest reads on 2016 into my life.

Book Musings: What Light by Jay Asher

Jay Asher had impressed me before with his novel 13 Reasons Why and because of it, I had been eagerly waiting for What Light. It did not disappoint me at all. I read the book over this weekend and let me tell you, it’s one of best weekends I’ve had in 2016.

Why put my heart into something fate will only tear apart Christmas morning? Is what haunts Sierra who comes down to California every year from Oregon to sell Christmas trees in the lot. She has always lived two lives and she has always been content with that fact.

But this year turns out to be like no other. Clearly her life in California has begun to eclipse the life back home in Oregon. All because she’s met an amazing boy who finally seems worth the effort. Caleb and Sierra’s relationship is riddled with complications and has a very rocky start.

Even though there are plenty of characters in the story, no one seems to outshine the other. I like how the central focus is never shifted from Sierra and Caleb, and how Christmas plays a huge part in their story. As someone who has always loved Christmas, you can tell that I was mighty pleased with the storyline.

I love Christmassy reads and this one is surely one of my favourite stories now. It will be special to me because I read it at a time when I was beginning to feel restless and hopeless. What a wonderful thing it is, when we find in books the words that our hearts and minds long to hear. Some stories can really change how you have been looking at life.

For me, What Light did precisely that. Maybe I wouldn’t like the story had read the story some other time. Maybe if I read it if I was already full of happiness and hope, I’d be dismissive of it. But because I started the book at a time when it had exactly what I needed to hear, I loved it so much. And I’m pretty sure I have a book hangover now. It’ll be a Christmas miracle if I stop talking about it anytime soon.

This is a must-read novel for anyone who wants to lift up their Christmas spirit and wants to believe that miracles can happen.

I need you to believe in us. - Caleb. 
I think these words will stay with me forever. 

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