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Manyata Makkar
MIRROR, MIRROR by Andaleeb Wajid Duckbill, 2021, 280 pp., 250.00
November 2021, volume 45, No 11

Everyone is a work in progress.’
Go back and read that sentence, again and again. Andaleeb Wajid focuses on teaching us how to love ourselves while dealing with many problems in and around us. Although Mirror, Mirror is a young adult book, anyone can read it. It may seem like a young romance novel, but it is so much more than that. It deals with issues like fat-shaming, adult pregnancy, societal expectations, and first loves.

Most importantly, it raises the issue that most teenagers face, ‘choosing the subjects/stream for their future’ and ‘deciding what they want to do in life.’ Through the characters of Raghu and Ananya, the author beautifully lays down the words, ‘it’s okay not to have a plan.’ ‘Better things are on their way and will come to you in their own time,’ people who can understand this and work towards their goals will be very successful, both in their professional and personal lives. Like Raghu, Ananya decides to take a break after school to figure out what she wants to do in life, and much to her surprise, her parents support her decision; after all, they want what is best for her.

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