My book review of 'Fight Like a Girl' by Sheena Kamal

Fight Like a Girl

by Sheena Kamal
Recommended age: 14-18
Fight Like a Girl
by Sheena Kamal

Trisha was behind the wheel when her father drunkenly stepped in front of the car. Her mother was in the passenger seat and had snatched the wheel out of Trisha's hands moments before. What is the truth behind what happened? Trisha, traumatised by the tragic events, is still not clear.

Seeking to find answers for herself, and to cope with her distress on that night and the weeks and months leading up to it, Trisha finds an outlet in Muay Thai kickboxing, an unlikely sport for a girl of Indian descent.

She's the Canadian daughter of Trinidadian parents, whose ancestors came over as indentured servants from India, replacing the Africans in the sugar fields after slavery was abolished.

This book was a real surprise to me. It didn't look like something I would find interesting, not knowing much about martial arts, but that proved incidental to the issues about family relationships, abuse and the mystery behind the tragic events. It was a real page-turner and proved very thought-provoking and moving. Recommended!

 

Review date: September 2021
Publication date: 11th January 2022