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Ashwathy and the Boot of God Originally posted on The Book Chief blog at great book by the amazing Sowmya Rajendran I hereby officially declare that I am in love with herAshwathy is a 14 year old atheist living in a small town called Kuttipuram in Kerala She is bright curious spunky and determined Her simple and supportive Achan father is immensely proud of her and keeps her supplied with English movies her favourite crime thrillers so that she becomes fluent in English He is determined that his smart daughter will be the first postgraduate in the family Ashwathy loves her Achan and is determined to live up to his dreams for herSo its no wonder that God who lives in a photo inside an old discarded boot chooses her to solve a recent case of murder that has been incorrectly classified as 'suicide' by the local police And here we begin to see Sowmya Rajendra's unusual perspective For God is shown as a woman who goes on dates likes to drink toddy and laughs at offerings like a hundred and eight coconuts that would make a lot of chutney wouldn't it? She also corrects Ashwathy's friends' wannabe urban slang 'Amaze' is the new 'awesome' Ashwathy recruits her best friends Geeta and Malavika and her pedantic plump classmate Radhakrishnan RK who has a crush on her to help her solve the case God helps too but not as the omniscient being we imagine her to beshe uses her powers to disguise the young detectives on their investigations or to help them find clues but she doesn't outright solve the case Apparently God was on vacation to visit my cousin in another universe so she missed what really happened the night of the murder Also she cant just read everybody's minds to know who committed the murder as Ashwathy suggests because she doesn't believe in interfering with human lives Led by the proactive and brave Ashwathy the four teens snoop around Kuttipuram interrogating suspects and cross checking facts till they crack the case They also manage to get a written confession being disguised as police officerscourtesy God of course There is also a small sub plot featuring the sleazeball Maths teacher in Ashwathy's school Gopalan Sir who has tried to molest Ashwathy in the past and whom Ashwathy in her cop avataar scares to death and cures of his leering I loved Ashwathy her independence her confidence and her go getter attitude Her friends are perfectly etched too from the trembly yet loyal RK to the uick thinking Malavika and well read Geeta But best of all is God who with her wisdom and witticisms is one amazing person whom even an atheist wouldn't mind befriendingHighly recommended for children aged 12 14 years I cannot tell you what a disappointment this book has been I'm a huge fan of Sowmya Rajendran's writing and views and used to be an avid reader of her blog once upon a time That's why I bought this and another of her books Mayil Will Not Be uiet which I have previously read and enjoyed as a present for my nieceWhat did not work for me was the writing never thought I'd say this about anything Rajendran has written Even for a children's book the language used is overly simplistic and crude with no redeeming ualities of wit or situational humourI'm still going to gift this to my niece perhaps as a 12 year old closer in age to Aswathy the protagonist she will have a different view on it Fourteen year old Ashwathy heads the FBI branch of Kuttipuram Kerala Of course there is no such thing as the FBI branch of Kuttipuram Kerala but Ashwathy Venugopalan always believes in the impossible—life is entertaining that way And things only get impossible in Ashwathy's life when God arrives in a boot and reuests her to investigate the murder of a woman in her town Can Ashwathy the atheist crack her first case with God by her side

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