Slightly Burnt: Book Review

Jaibala/ November 18, 2014/ Book Reviews, Reviews/ 7 comments

Slightly Burnt by Payal Dhar is a YA novel about teenagers and their problems. At the same time it is not, just a novel and addresses issues that are important and need to be spoken about.

Slightly BUrnt


Paperback, First, 196 pages

Expected publication: December 1st 2014 by Bloomsbury India

ISBN13: 9789384052447

Edition Language: English


PLOT:  Sahil and Komal are best friends, until he tells her something that he should not have. The conversation threatens to ruin their friendship, and put a dent in their relations forever, until Komal decides to accept things for what they are.  All this happens in addition to the problems that regular teenagers have to deal with.

CHARACTERS: Komal and Sahil are any normal teenager in our country today. Vikram and Rashmi are Komal’s brother and her other best friend who get entangled in the whole situation. The people in the book come across as normal everyday people and the youth of the country should indentify with them easily.

WHAT I LIKED: The issues addressed in the book are very important ones, and the manner in which they have been dealt with by the author is remarkable. She has not shied away from the pertinent problems and questions that arise out of all that happens. The language and narration is simple but in no way below par. The Cover of the book is very interesting too.

RATING: The issues tackled in the book and the manner in which they are dealt with is the USP of the book. Also it comes at an age when teens are grappling with a lot of these issues. The fast pace and simple but effective language makes it easy to read. I would recommend this book not only to every teenager but every parent that wants to understand their kid and some of their issues. I rate this book 4 out of 5 starts, for being a breath of fresh air where required.


The book has been given to me for review by Bloomsbury India. No payment was taken, and my opinions are honest and unbiased.


About Jaibala

Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at


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  2. Hi Jaibala, thanks for taking the time to read and review the book. Of course, I’m delighted that you liked it as well. 🙂

    1. Payal, I need to commend you for writing what you chose to write about and executing it so well. 🙂

  3. Sounds like a ‘Coming of Age’ novel 🙂

    1. It is much more than a coming of age novel, it will surprise you and the good kind. 🙂

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