Book Review: Sunshine town by Maniissh Aroraa

Remember, many times in our life, we stand at a crossroads where no path is clear. It is then we must believe in our own capabilities and demonstrate patience.

Author: Maniissh Aroraa
Publishers: Peacock Books
Ratings: 3.5/5

Summary:Vidhya Thakkar- Indian blogger, Mumbai blogger, book blogger, Book blogger Mumbai
Shlok, a lanky teenager, a daydreamer, doesn’t want much from his life. A dream to make his parents happy and affection of a neighbourhood sweetheart, Natasha. Though both are poles apart, their interests bring them close. Together, they experience new emotions. But, just when they are ready to acknowledge their feeling of love for each other, it is too late.The rapids of life set Shlok on an unexpected journey, and he realizes one can’t always be in control of circumstances. Unable to crack an important entrance exam and geographical difficulties affecting his love life, Shlok’s life goes through turbulent times.
All the while, his faith in God ebbs and flows, but like a wave, it ends up breaking on the shore before returning to the sea. He is confronted with a perennial question-am I good enough for anything? Holding a mirror to himself, he is faced with a decision to give up on everything he thought was right for him.  Set in Varanasi, a city in North India, during the late 90s, before the pervasiveness of technology, Sunshine Town is about the aspirations and emotional turmoil of being a teenager. This story deals with the themes of love, career, and personal fulfillment.


Sunshine town is a story of Sholk who wants to fulfill his dad’s dream but destiny has its own plan. A simple, obedient and hardworking boy who don’t get proper guidance for academics. He works hard for medical exams but unable to crack it. Will he find someone who will guide him properly? meanwhile, he falls in love with Natasha, who goes to Singapore for further studies. will this long distance relationship survive? will shlok find his career path?  will he meet Natasha? 

First of all, I liked the title of the book. The cover could have been better. The plot of the story is simple, attractive and smooth with a strong message. every teen should read this book. The pace of the story is also smooth and good. The way the story starts is wonderful. it takes a  grip and is interesting. the flow of the story is wonderful. one can easily connect with the story and become part of shlok’s journey. The author wonderfully depicted importance of planning, faith and spirit of never giving up. The characters of the story are strong and connecting. One can connect with shlok and Natasha’s character, as well as shlok’s parent’s character well. the author has beautifully described each and every bond, be it mother and son, father and son or neighbours. There are lots of lines and quotes which are helpful. I loved each line shlok wrote in his diary. The message of never giving up, having patience is reflected well.  The language used by the author is simple and interesting. With each chapter, it feels like the puzzle is getting solved.

strong plot, crisp narration, smooth flow, simple language, the connecting story makes it a wonderful read.I loved the climax of the book and would love to read the second part of the book.It’s a teenage fiction and I would recommend all the teenagers to read this book.

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*** I received this book from the author in exchange for honest review****

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