Title: Beyond School
Author: Chitra Anand
Publisher: Frog Books
Number of Pages: 201
Price [INR] : 125
Genre: Reality Fiction
Beyond School centres upon the weeks leading up to 17-year-old Shail’s final board exams, as his world becomes a pressure-cooker and the weight of preparing for the exams sends him fleeing rebelliously in the other direction.
Along with Shail’s journey from boyhood to manhood, Beyond School vividly weaves between the narratives of four main characters, seamlessly uniting the past and present of Shail, his parents – Urmila and Sushil and his mentor – Gladys, in a story that is honest, funny, heartbreaking and ultimately, incredibly human.
Beyond School is a coming-of-age story of Shail, a grade twelve student who come to grips with the reality of life and undergoes a change in this thoughts and matures as a person.
Teens is a phase of life which can be quite turbulent and is indeed a testing time for not only the teenagers but even for their parents. Beyond School is a reality fiction that brings to light, a lot of issues faced by the teenagers and their parents. It brings to the fore, the concerns viz parental pressure for academic excellence, emphasis on academics vis-a-vis sports, disrespectful or defiant behaviour, disregard for rules and responsibilities, involvement in high risk and reckless activities, poor study behaviour and skills, communication gap between parents and children, among other things. The story also encompasses the elements of teen love affairs, the thrill of speed and gadget dependence too. The author who is an educator has neatly packed all these issues in the story. It is a story which all parents can relate to.
The author being from the field of education and my son who would be a teen soon, compelled me to read this book and to know the world of modern teens through her voice of experience. And Beyond School is definitely an interesting and an enlightening read. My only gripe about this book is its poor sentence structure and incorrect grammar usage throughout the length of the story. This was a big dampener for me.
Beyond School is an honest representation of the challenges faced by the teens and their parents in a global society.
Rating : [usr 2.75 text=”false” size=20]
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August 19, 2014 5:14 pm|
Teenage stories are a way off for me…I simply can’t connect…maybe am growing old. 😛
Anyway, great honest review 🙂
August 26, 2014 10:51 pm|
… and you have a daughter who is very young 😛
August 19, 2014 5:26 pm|
Probably we need a non-fiction book on this topic, too?
August 26, 2014 10:52 pm|
Why dont you write one!!
August 19, 2014 5:39 pm|
My children are grown up now. So this book holds less interest for me.
I did order the previous one, the one based in Air Force. Can’t wait to read that one!
August 26, 2014 10:53 pm|
I can understand!
Wow… that’s cool, hope you enjoy reading Love @ Air Force. Looking forward to your verdict 🙂
August 19, 2014 6:08 pm|
Seems a useful book for parents of teenagers!
August 26, 2014 10:53 pm|
Yes, it is insightful.
August 20, 2014 4:42 am|
Hmm…They dont proofread before publishing? Talk about exam times for the teens! Its like making the frogs, elephants, deer, tigers and penguins climb the tallest of the trees without giving opportunity for what they are really good at!
August 26, 2014 10:56 pm|
Looks like they miss doing just that! reading books with poor grammar and errors is so disappointing. Aah, our eductaion system is such that, it is not based on aptitude and abilities, sadly!
August 20, 2014 5:31 am|
While this sounds like interesting subject matter, the fact that there are grammar mistakes without would put my teeth on edge and keep me from reading the book. Spectacular honest review. ♥
August 26, 2014 10:57 pm|
Yes, I was keen to read a book on teens. But the errors can really put you off!
August 20, 2014 2:32 pm|
Teen story – now that’s new!! I remember reading Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul as a teen – it was an awesome read back then.
August 26, 2014 10:58 pm|
Thanks for sharing about Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, Nisha… will check it out!
August 20, 2014 3:34 pm|
thats sad really… the well meaning concept of an author undone by lacklustre proofreading. I fear it is something that is ailing Indian fiction for awhile now..
August 26, 2014 10:59 pm|
Agree with that. Hope authors and publishers do look into this aspect, seriously too!
August 20, 2014 7:34 pm|
Nice review, Shilpa. I’m sure it would make a good read for parents, if the author does an edit in the next edition.
August 26, 2014 11:00 pm|
Hope so… otherwise it is an interesting and an insightful story!
August 20, 2014 7:37 pm|
Thanks for the nice review.
August 26, 2014 11:00 pm|
Thanks for reading, SG 🙂
August 21, 2014 1:44 pm|
Nice review…Proof reading is something which is very imp but somewhere the publishing industry, the new ones, seem to have lost the plot..
August 26, 2014 11:01 pm|
I wonder why they dont focus on this important aspect of publishing! 😕
August 22, 2014 5:35 pm|
Would love to pick this book.
what is wrong with the proof reading industry? I find many books with grammatical and spelling errors, even reputed newspapers.
August 26, 2014 11:04 pm|
Would love to know your feedback, Asha.
Wonder why proof reading is no longer an important requisite before publishing a book! 😯