Review: Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman

I saw this for my school’s reading competition, and after I finished reading the Dressmaker of Khair Khana I thought this would be the next book to read.


Cover: Eh

Rating: PG

Thumbs Up: 4

Overall: Good

Characters: Good

Plot: Typical

Page Turner: Sure

Series Cont: No

Recommend: Yes

Book Boyfriend: None

My review for Climbing the Stairs:
I give this book 4 stars. I thought it was a little slow, but it was still interesting and showed a glimpse of India’s traditions. This isn’t a biography, but it’s very realistic enough to be one. Climbing the Stairs occurs in India during World War II. India is controlled by Britain like a colony and is very important to the British resources. A young 15 year old girl named Vidya who dreams of going to college. But there’s one problem, in India’s tradition women aren’t supposed to be educated, and they basically get married, stay in their homes, and have many children. She doesn’t like that she is being told to  She is supposed to be promised to a man as his wife, but something happens to her father that changes everything. What happened to her father and how did everything change? Will she be able to get away from marriage for a little while or will she put into a marriage as soon as possible? With the help of some books, a good friend named Raman, and her brother Kitta, she finds more out about herself. The title is a metaphor, so how will she be able to “Climb the Stairs?” Well you should read it and find out yourself!

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