Blog Tour: That Asian Kid (Review)

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Despite his hard work and brains, Jeevan, is doing badly in his GCSE English literature class. His teacher, Mrs Greaves, dislikes him intensely and Jeevan is convinced that he is the victim of racial prejudice. Can he stand up for what’s right? When he comes upon her in the woods outisde school in a compromising situation with another teacher, Jeevan can’t help but film the scene on his phone. With this secret new ammunition at his fingertips – dare he upload it to social media? 

 

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  ★★★★☆

First of all, I want to thank Savita for letting me join her blog tour even though I’m still on a hiatus! It was a honor to be a part of it as I adored her previous book so much! Savita might have became one of my favourite authors after her newest release, she had convinced me with her brilliant writing and important subjects that she tackles so flawlessly each time.

That Asian Kid focused on racism and talked about the power imbalance between teachers and their students and how that can become a huge issue when the teacher isn’t fair. I think we all know how frustrating it is to feel that a teacher isn’t just in their evaluation because of various reasons that aren’t related to your academic performance. In this instance, Jeevan tries to convince everyone that his teacher is grading him down because she’s racist and while his friends and family are understanding, they all encourage him to ignore it, to try to let it pass until he can switch classes, which frustrates Jeevan to no end because he doesn’t believe injustice should be ignored. He believes injustice should be punished and he also gets material to blackmail his teacher, material that he tries not to think about using until his principal doesn’t do anything about his anonymous note and things get worse and worse. Now the blackmail thing rubbed me all wrong because I was rooting for them to leak a video that showed the racism instead of another one that made the situation more complicated.

There were definitely times when Jeevan’s morality got a bit gray, but it still didn’t diminish what his teacher did. And in my opinion, things ended quite well, you won’t be dissatisfied with the ending! Besides this tale of injustice, you’ll get a wonderful group of friends, a very united family that I absolutely adored reading about and characters that really sound like teenagers and go through dramas that are very age-suitable! Dread and Sandi are Jeevan’s best friends, they are very different from each other which made their dynamics very cool and fascinating. Dread was always rational, pushing Jeevan to make the right choice, while Sandi (even though he was presented as a goody shoes) was more impulsive and let his emotions sometimes cloud his decisions and gave advice to Jeevan according to this trait of his.

I thought it was amazing how school was very important in the plot, we got to see Jeevan studying for his exams, the pressure during that period being discussed, the support he got from his parents and Maji, it was all so refreshing because school never seems to be that important in YA books anymore. It wasn’t just an afterthought. I also loved that we got to see some good teachers represented as well, very caring teachers that would go to great lengths to protect their students!

All in all, the book did a great job at sending the message that you should never stop fighting, you should never accept abuse and discrimination, you should keep talking until you’re heard.

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Savita Kalhan was born in India, but has lived in the UK most of her life. She graduated from Aberystwyth University with a degree in Politics and Philosophy. She was a Batik artist before going to live in the Middle East for several years where she taught English and began to write. Now living in North London, she spends her time writing, playing tennis, and growing vegetables and super-hot chillies on her allotment. Savita runs a very enthusiastic teen reading group at her local library in Finchley, who enjoy reading and talking about books as much as she does. Her debut teen novel, The Long Weekend, was published by Andersen Press, and is a tense thriller about two boys who are abducted after school. It was short-listed for the Fabulous Book Award 2010. Her YA novel The Girl in the Broken Mirror was published by Troika Books in 2018, and her next YA novel, That Asian Kid, was published on 29th August 2019.

If you would like to know more about Savita, you’ll find her on Twitter @savitakalhan, or visit her website – www.savitakalhan.com

 

3 thoughts on “Blog Tour: That Asian Kid (Review)

  1. nen & jen says:

    I love a YA that isn’t shy to address deeper themes. I think what Jeevan experienced in terms of teachers’ biased dislike is something we’ve all faced before at one time or another and is really relatable. I’m keen to give this book a try sometime 😀 Great review!

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