Book Review: Teen Trilogy by Monisha Gumber
Teen Trilogy: Three Graphic Novels in One
Author: Monisha K. Gumber
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
Teen Trilogy is a collection of three books by Monisha Gumber that entail the pathos associated with teenage years. Having read Sick of Being Healthy and Dying to Live, it didn’t come as a surprise that the third book, Dolly Won’t Play, was also as interesting as the other two books. Kudos to the fabulous illustrations and the resonating narrative that has the calibre to hook the readers throughout the reading experience.
The main theme of the stories revolves around self-love and acceptance. Since the characters generally reel under peer pressure and insecurity complex, the plot brings out the truth in the statement that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. The dialogues are witty and quick. Several soliloquies have been used and they form the bridge that connects the readers with the main characters like Tara and Dolly. I liked how, amidst all the humour and sarcasm, the author deftly reroutes the attention to several serious issues that the teenagers of today face. Whether it is a lack of rapport with the parents, the pressure of coping with their parents’ expectations or pretending to be a part of the prevalent cult, each problem is different from another and needs to be addressed at the earliest stage. Hence, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the stories do justice to the purpose of their conception.
Kudos to the author for maintaining the element of genuine sincerity in all the stories; they have been written from the heart for sure. This is worth a try!
Best wishes to the author!
Buying link: Amazon