Book Reviews

She by Reecha Agarwal Goyal

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

The synopsis of this book is cryptic. I went into it not knowing what the book was about. In fact, the synopsis led me to believe this book was fiction, maybe a novella. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was actually a collection of micro tales. Read on to find out what I thought of it.

Goodreads synopsis:

SHE- Screw Silence!

Have you heard the whispers? She woke up different today. She smiles like she is hiding a secret. She holds her head high, like she is wearing an invisible crown. The air Around her is charged with confidence, strength, and courage. Have you heard the whispers? She woke up different today. Yet it feels she has been like this always. Maybe it’s the story that has changed.

Review:

SHE – Screw Silence is a collection of one or two-liners about women empowerment, feminism, and gender equality. It’s a beautiful book in appearance too, with pages of bright pink interspersed within the regular white pages.

The micro tales and one-liners in this novel cover a wide array of women’s issues, especially problems faced by the modern Indian woman. Be it starting a business, arranged marriage, or breaking the glass ceiling, this book talks about it all.

“She didn’t give a shit about owning that glass shoe. She was busy devising a way of breaking that glass ceiling.”

Reading this book, you know that it’s been written from the right place. But I couldn’t help but find most of the poems to be contrived. The poetic content is all well and good, but it’s not very aesthetically pleasing, especially for a book of poems.

“Why kickboxing?”
“I plan to knock out patriarchy one day.”

SHE reads like the diary entries of women not bending to the rules of the patriarchal Indian society. Its heart is in the right place, but the writing could have been a lot better.

Rating: 3 out of 5


~ Shruti

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