Kari by Amruta Patil


Rating: 3 out of 5.

I have been looking forward to reading Kari for a long time now. This weekend, I finally got an opportunity to read it in solace. I have mixed feelings about the book. I saw this book all around the last year. So many people that I follow on booktube and bookstagram have recommended it.

Kari follows a story of a queer girl named Kari. She is living away from her family with some roommates. Along with the daily life, she is often contemplating about her ex-lover Ruth. The storyline is very mixed up. It jumps from one topic to another very frequently. Sometimes it’s hard to follow when this transition occurs. Other times it flows like a breeze. And as a reader, you are engaged in the plot until the next rough transition occurs. It did bother me a little.

I like that the book was by an Indian author, the illustrations the slang was very familiar. At places, it felt very home-like. One such instance is where Kari’s parents visit her home in the new city. And her roommates are acting inappropriately. Kari tries to diffuse the situation with distraction, which is quite obvious in an Indian setting. It was things like this that stood out for me. The illustrations are raw and not very polished, which adds another layer of chaos to the story. Overall, it was a good one-time read. I quenched my curiosity from last year, and left with a good read.

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