[REVIEW] ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers’ by: Katherine Boo

This nonfiction book is written as though it is fiction; but all the characters are real. The book follows different families and people in Annawadi, a slum in Mumbai, as they attempt to better themselves. When Abdul and his family are accused of a horrible crime, highlighting the constant corruption that plagues the poor.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars


I read this book as apart of my AP curriculum, so I’ve spent two months reading/analyzing it. Katherine reveals an interesting story that is very eye opening. Her work isn’t hard to read, but various parts are very descriptive and I had to re read them a few times to understand it. The novel jumps back and forth between various characters, but the cool part is that everything in the book is based on real events and real people, which makes the stories that much more intriguing. I would give this book 3.5/5 stars; I enjoyed it, but non fiction isn’t my favorite genre. I enjoyed that it was told in a way that read like a fiction book, and that made the book easier to read. The characters were all flawed, but Boo wrote them in a way that their actions were understandable based on their situations and circumstances. 



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