Slightly Burnt has been getting more media attention than any of my earlier books. Truth be told, this is mostly because it happens to address issues that are being talked about around the country right now. It’s also thanks to the definite strides young adult literature has been making in India over the years, with publishers and authors stepping out of their comfort zones. (Off topic: The five best YA novels I’ve read in 2014.)
Back to Slightly Burnt, the reviews are mostly positive, though not everyone likes everything. That said, the reviews I value most are those that come from the target audience. A (satisfied) young reader wrote to me today, saying:
The book… shows us something that is thought of as abnormal in a way that is very relatable…. My favourite character is Vikram. This is because his personality is a lot like mine…. I can also relate to Komal, because I also like to cook. So if I think about it, it shows us how to relate to people, no matter what they are.
Professional reviewers are (usually) paid to read and have an opinion on your book, which can end up somewhat messy at times. Which is why I’m flattered, and frankly delighted, to have more or less managed to please most people. Some of the reviews are on personal blogs and again, much appreciate that readers have taken the trouble. Here are some reviews that appeared in the media and in blogs:
- Indian Express
- Hindu (interview)
- The New Indian Express
- My School of Thought
- The Booklegger
- The Life Stories
- Curious Neutrino
- Sunday Guardian
- Pages from My Thoughts
- Plus Minus ‘n’ More (spoilers)
A couple of excerpts have appeared as well:
An interview was published here:
If you have anything to say about Slightly Burnt, drop me a mail or add it to the comments.
5 Replies to “Week #50: Slightly Burnt in the media”
Haven’t yet got my copy of Slightly Burnt, but it’s in my cart for the next batch of books. Sounds intriguing, and what better testimonial than that one from your young fan!
Awaiting your feedback, in that case, with some trepidation! 🙂
Any chance of an ebook at some point? Or international shipping? 🙂
Ebook is supposed to be coming soon. 🙂 But drop me a mail about where you live and I can see if there’s a way of getting you a copy via someone travelling there.