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#Review: Living with Adi by Zarin Virji

Living with Adi
Author: Zarin Virji
Publisher: Penguinsters

In “Living With Adi”, award-winning author Zarin Virji presents a compelling tale of an extraordinary boy navigating the complexities of school life and social acceptance. Adi Krishnan, a bright student with a remarkable memory and a deep love for reading, struggles to find his place among classmates and teachers who view his unique perspective as odd. This isolation and the bullying that ensues create a poignant backdrop for Adi’s journey toward self-acceptance and respect.

Virji masterfully uses multiple narrators—Adi himself, his family, classmates, and a teacher—to paint a rich and nuanced picture of Adi’s world. This multifaceted storytelling technique allows readers to see the challenges and delights of living with Adi from various angles, providing a deeper understanding of his character and the impact he has on those around him.

The narrative doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of bullying and the quest for acceptance but balances these themes with moments of unexpected humor and delight. Adi’s resilience and unique view of the world turn his journey into an uplifting and often funny experience, showcasing his growth and the gradual change in how others perceive him.

One of the most touching aspects of the story is Adi’s relationship with his father, which adds a layer of emotional depth and highlights the universal quest for parental approval and respect. The author’s portrayal of this dynamic is both sensitive and realistic, making Adi’s struggles and triumphs all the more relatable.

‘Living With Adi” is an extraordinary journey of an ordinary boy that will resonate with readers of all ages. Zarin Virji’s skillful storytelling and the heartwarming depiction of Adi’s challenges and victories make this book a must-read for anyone who has ever felt different or out of place. It’s a testament to the power of empathy, acceptance, and the unexpected joys that come from embracing our uniqueness.

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