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Book Review Raman and Sunny: Middle School Blues

March 5, 2016
Originally reviewed for Authors Talk About It Book Award Contest by Liz Cooper
“From sibling love to sibling rivalry, from bullying to friendship, from lackluster education to expansive and new study methods, Raman and Sunny is a story readers will remember!  Well, worth your time, and a good read for middle schoolers.”
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A story focused on twin boys and their trials and tribulations, Raman and Sunny: Middle School Blues, will touch your heart and open your mind.  Author Fiza Pathan, takes readers along the journey of twin brothers, Raman and Sunny, as their close relationship falls apart during their middle school years.  It is more than just drifting apart though.  Together, Sunny and the “worst enemy” in school, Amanda, begin to bully Raman.  Amanda even throws things such as chalk sticks, candy wrappers and more at Raman during school.  It finally got to a point that Raman lost his temper, and retaliated by burning Sunny’s school books.  Unfortunately, this led to him getting into a heap of trouble.  He was sent to an orphanage for a week, which he was actually excited about.  There he believed he could be an individual and be himself instead of being a twin and bullied at school.  Sure enough, he made friends and did exceptionally well.  After his return to his regular school, Raman recognized that he and his brother needed to reconcile and regain their brotherly connection.
 Pathan created an interesting substory within Raman and Sunny: Middle School Blues as well.  Sunil Sir, a teacher at the boys’ school, wanted the principal to incorporate a new method of teaching that would take the children on a deeper dive into their studies.  However, the other teachers were adamantly against this, and Sunil Sir faced his own bullying and dire consequences due to the manipulation of a few of his fellow staff members.  There was a question throughout as to whether or not Sunil Sir’s teaching methods would be shunned forever.

The message of bullying and opening to new possibilities shined through not just with Raman and Sunny, but with their teacher, Sunil Sir, too.  Therefore, overall, Fiza Pathan did a wonderful job at bringing an important message forth.  On the downside, there is an excessive use of descriptive words though, and the story is fairly slow and unentertaining until about 10% of the way through.  Readers need to get passed the first five or six chapters, then they will begin to discover the beautiful depth within the story.  From sibling love to sibling rivalry, from bullying to friendship, from lackluster education to expansive and new study methods, Raman and Sunny is a story readers will remember!  Well, worth your time, and a good read for middle schoolers.
“Originally reviewed for Authors Talk About It Book Award Contest by Liz Cooper”

Check out the review at:
http://authorstalkaboutit.com/2016-reviews-for-book-award-contest-entrants/

Available for sale in Kindle and Paperback at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Raman-Sunny-Middle-School-Blues-ebook/dp/

One Comment
  1. Great review. Thanks for sharing.

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