This was another Chicklit book or as it is referred by author as Young Adult genre. I had read “Piece of Cake” by the same author and then went back to read this one. “A Girl Like Me”, is the story of girl who is transported from US to India and how she is trying to adjust to the new surroundings and handling the issues of her own growing up. She is trying to come to terms with the loss of her father. Her childhood friend is now a cool hot guy and some of her past is coming back to haunt her again.
The book is written from the perspective of this young girl and how she sees the world around her. It is about her romantic crushes, her social responsibility and her family life with her mother. I liked the way teenage girl’s life is described in this book. At the same time, I also felt that the life described is probably from Swati Kaushal’s own experiences and hence a bit old. The life of teenagers has undergone a huge amount of change in last few years.
I did not find this book as engaging as “Piece of Cake” but the perspective was very interesting. It was also interesting to see the age-old conflict of young-adult fantastical world and moral values that come back to haunt them. The book shows that last moral straw was still existing some time back but probably now it is breaking completely. I still keep on looking for more of such books from young authors and trying to understand the sensibilities of this generation. Very amazing and refreshing at the same time.