ARC Review

ARC Review: Wake Up, Girl by Niharika Jindal

Naina is back from America, after four years of living on her own. A natural rebel, she has had some fairly life-altering experiences which Mum and Dad would not approve of at all if they get to know. But will her spirit and her stand be enough to fight the forces of parental pressure and heckling aunties baying for her nuptials?

Back in the bosom of her conservative family, Naina cannot even begin to imagine the turn her life is going to take. It’s wedding season, and she must now be married. Because every self-respecting upper-middle-class family in India do that, right? Marriage at the ‘right age’ to the ‘right family’…whether she likes it or not.

Naina’s worst nightmares are about to come true. What hits her within a week of being at home completely changes her world and her life as she embarks on a journey that will define her and provide her an education that only life can.

Ayaan, Rohan, Akshay, Shiven. Who will it be? Will she even have a shot at romance, being with someone she loves, irrespective of his caste, respectability or bank balance? She will have to summon all the chutzpah within to fight for herself. For her notions of love and living.

Will she succeed? Like a chrysalis unfolding, will Naina, too, emerge with her wings unscathed?

Disclaimer: I was provided with a Physical copy of the book by Bloomsbury India in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Wake Up, Girl! By Niharika Jindal, once I started reading, will feel like it is a book written just for the insecure, anxious teenager in me and speaks volumes to the confident I have striven to become today. 

Naina, the protagonist of the book, has just returned from the good ol’ US of A – she represents the dichotomy every female feels in an conservative society – an open minded girl who on one hand wants to have the freedom to make their own choices and at the same time, juggling the expectations of their conservative family.

This book will resonate with any female across all ages in any conservative society; not just the Indian society, where this story’s set – wherein there are “rules” that every “good girl” needs to follow to be “accepted in society’s eyes.  

The book teaches in a hilarious yet relatable way all about how ridiculous stereotypes have become an integral part of our lives, so much so that we do not even register these at a conscious level.  

As for the story itself, its written in a simplistic yet expressive way, with the dose of the typical Indian family drama – in a perfectly entertaining yet exasperating manner; which I appreciated a whole lot more than I thought I would.

While I rarely enjoy drama in my books, suspense yes, drama, nope (personal choice, of course!); here though it was tastefully done, enough so that while I still would prefer no drama in my books, I was not incensed by it anyway.

Wake Up, Girl! is a book that I would recommend to you, especially if you want to know that your experiences are shared by oh so many in the world. 

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .25



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