Grown-Up Pose - Book Review

Grown-Up Pose ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Author:  Sonya Lalli
Published in:  March 2020
Buy at:  Amazon


Since I loved Sonya Lalli's first book The Matchmaker's List, I was looking forward to reading her next Grown-up Pose. Thank you Berkley Pub and Netgalley for providing me with the copy of Grown-up Pose in exchange for an honest review.

Anu, in her thirties, is trying to start over. She is separated from her husband. The marriage which was pressurized by her tight-knit family to her then serious boyfriend, Neil, falls apart after she feels that she has no time for herself. She has a daughter with Neil and after separation, Anu wants to do everything that she couldn't do before her marriage to Neil like opening a yoga studio. Is it that easy for a woman to redefine herself who is also a mother?

Being an Indian woman, I can completely relate to Anu's character as a wife and a daughter-in-law. Self-care is always talked about when you're taking care of others and it is not selfish at all. Anu's constant struggle to find a balance between her family life and other life choices is relatable. It has been a while since I read a book on the Indian diaspora and it feels great to read the vocabulary from my first language.

Lalli did a great job in highlighting other issues of drug abuse, finance, separation, divorce, child custody, one-night stands, break-ups, parental, controlling and judgmental. Lalli introduced all those issues in her plot without overwhelming the story and losing the focus. The book is less than 300 pages long and the writing is not complex at all. I loved reading about yoga and different asanas I've grown up doing since my childhood.

If you are looking for a quick women's fiction to read which is diverse, thought-provoking and demonstrates the constant struggle of a woman to be herself while being nagged by family responsibilities, grab this one!