20 by Vatsal Surti tells the story of a young aspiring model, she is by no means vapid or airheaded like popular representations of models in media, Surti’s unnamed protagonist is very thoughtful and often muses about life, death, love and many other things in between.
READ FROM 12/07/17 TO 14/07/17
The story is unusually presented and rather than being prose it’s arguable that 20 feels more like poetry or a stream of thoughts. I can understand that some people may be put off by this aspect and deem it to be rather ‘pretentious’ but I thought it was a rather unique and interesting read.
Much of the uncertainty the model expresses is something that many young people go through after leaving the comfort zone of school, I for one still and asking myself what I want from life and maybe someone who’s twice my age is asking the same question. That’s what makes 20 a universal story, it’s about human nature, the questioning and the seeking that makes life so hard sometimes and so raw.
Much of the story also revolves around a relationship the model shares with a hopeful writer, their relationship with each other is at some points sweet and cute and in others, borderline obsessive which I guess is what immature love/infatuation tends to lean towards. Surti writes this relationship very convincingly which feels like it could be an authentic experience (but that may just be me thinking that).
A melancholy soul searching novel that flows like abstract poetry.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley from Hybrid Texts in exchange for an honest review.
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