WRITING STYLE: 3/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5
The backbenchers is a series of three novels – the extra class, the missed call and 3 days of summer. The first book The Backbenchers: The Extra Class is the story of a new girl in school.
Ananya is a resident of Raipur, who shifts to Delhi upon the transfer of her father to the capital city of India.
Though she had her own expectations from the new city, with the majority of them not being on the positive end, school turns out to be a bigger nightmare than what she had initially expected.
She finds herself alone and isolated among the high heeled and make-up clad girls of the Presidency Convent at Barakhamba Road, New Delhi.
The attitude and openness is just too much for her taste.
To make things worse, this is a co-ed school and she, being from an all-girls convent, is not used to the mushiness and the closeness which exists between the boys and girls of her new school.
But before long, in an attempt to mingle among the crowd and gain acceptance among her new mates, she too finds herself changed. Her skirt is now shorter, her shirt is tighter and her hair is glamorously done in the newest fashion.
But outward change is not the only thing which will make her blend in. She still has to come to terms with the cultural shock which affects almost all aspects of her daily life.
So what will she do? Will she be able to blend in culturally and morally? Will she become just another make-up clad high heeled city girl or will she be a woman of substance?
To know this and much more about the life of Ananya, read this cute little novel today.
The best part of the novel is that it is written in a naturally breezy style which makes the transition from one chapter to another really smooth and effortless.
The storyline and the plot are also very simple and enable easy reading.
The characters are the next best thing. This book is nothing without its characters. The sweet and charming Ananya, the cold and bitchy Natasha and all the characters are something to look forward to.
Overall The Backbenchers: The Extra Class is an interesting read about regular high school drama stuff and is worth at least one read. I recommend it to all my readers.