Meg is a short story written by Indian author Sudeepta Rao, and it follows the format of a journal. The book is made up of journal entries by 12-year-old Meg as she attends summer camp and goes through her first pre-teen struggles like body image, friendships and boys. However, the story then delves into the LGBT genre, as Meg grows close to a female friend and ultimately begins to question her sexuality.
This was an interesting direction for the story to take, and one that I can completely relate to. I wasn’t as young as 12 when I began to realise my sexuality, but it still happened – so Meg’s thoughts and internal questions made me sympthise with her and will her on to being the person she really is, however hard it may be.
I haven’t read something in the format of a journal for a long time (the last books I think I read that were completely in the journal format were the Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison). It was an easy and enjoyable read, and although it wasn’t something I’d usually go for, it was nice to read something shorter and little different for a change.
I’d recommend it if you’re after a quick read – it only took me less than an hour but I really enjoyed it, and it’s made me think about reading more short stories if I don’t have the time to pick up a whole novel.