November 18, 2015

Book Review: The story: inspiring the youth by Anuj Kumar

The Story- inspiring the youth

Author: Anuj Kumar
Rating: 2.5/5

‘You were given this life because you were strong enough to live it’. ‘The story’ is Atul’s story and throws light on the struggles he has faced or faces and how he chooses perseverance over giving up. Life is ironical. When you least expect, the happiness knocks your door and when you think that all the odds are in your favor, tables are suddenly turned, leaving you helpless and hopeless. This book is an inspirational journey, detailing about the essence of the family relations and the true meaning of success.

Dreaming about success is like having a bee in one’s bonnet and it takes effort and support, together, to reach the apex. The story is not that simple. Atul has a complicated life. But life is not a bed of roses, for temptations can lead you to a wrong path. How does Atul cope with the temptations? Does he achieve what he desires?

To know the answers, grab this book.

 My Opinion
‘He that respects himself is safe from others; he wears a coat of mail that none can pierce’. It is very important in life to stay focused and do nothing by halves. ‘The story’ is a simple story about the journey towards success. The title of the book is short and simple. The cover of the book is mesmerizing and the blurb is perfect. The typesetting and the font type used, is fine.

The narration is lucid and the dialogues are expressive. Even though the chapter numbers have not been included as the part of the book, the naming of the chapters does the trick. The flow of the story is fine. The proofreading is awful, with wrong punctuation and wrong tenses. Time and again one can come across ambiguous sentences which disrupt the flow of reading. Even the blurb has not been edited properly as there are spacing errors. There is a major blunder in the book related to the use of apostrophe- confusion between you’re and your.

However, the plot of the story is relatable and touches the heart. It is true that ‘opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell’ and it is also true that ‘about the only time losing if more fun than winning is when you are fighting temptation’. The story successfully portrays the strained relationship of father-son, bond between brother-sister and the selfless love of the mother.

Overall, good effort by the author. Best Wishes!

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