Chick lit, Drama

Sunny by Sukh Ojla

There was something entirely enjoyable about this book. The point of view is not one I am familiar with or at least the few I have had the opportunity to read did not agree with me. This was not the case here. If anything, I would say only the incessant reference to her own physical appearance was the thing that got a little tiring (the number of times could have been fewer). I got that point out of the way in the very beginning to get a better grip on my review.
Sunny is dissatisfied with where she is in her life. She is living with her parents (to save on rent) and working in a job that she does not have a passion for. Being highly empathetic, she lets people’s comfort supersede her own when situations arise. When the book begins, it is an especially tiring time as her closest friend is getting married. This is to be an Indian wedding (one of the best conversations I found was the discussion between this and what it would mean to call it Indian Themed instead)
The author walks a line when it comes to coming close to stereotyping the people in her community by adding enough information regarding daily life (both personal and as a group) to provide an extensive view of what it means to belong to such a community. The narrative did not just pick at a few points and harp on them, which was refreshing and informative.
These varying colours are shown in many of her relationships as well. Each person is not just as they appear at first glance, making some family moments extremely heartfelt. I shed a few tears over a few scenes (quite wholeheartedly).
Sunny is the coming of age story with the growth arc of not just one individual but many of the people and the bonds they share with our protagonist. The writing is smooth, and the author’s personal experiences seem to have influenced the stark reality of some interactions featured here.
I would definitely pick another book by the author and recommend this to others who find the blurb interesting.
I received an ARC thanks to Netgalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

1 thought on “Sunny by Sukh Ojla”

  1. To walk into a modern-day bookstore is a little bit like studying a single photograph out of the infinite number of photographs that could be taken of the world: It offers the reader a frame. —Nicole Krauss

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