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Review of Teen Couple Have Fun Outdoors by Aravind Jayan

Sreenath is from a traditional Indian family so when he and his girlfriend are unknowingly filmed having sex and the clip ends up on a porn site, he is forced to navigate the ensuing judgement and messiness. Told from the perspective of his younger brother who finds himself as the middleman between the older family members who are struggling desperately to uphold their tarnished reputation and the younger ones with more modern and forgiving viewpoints, this is a tale of inter-generational conflict and the impact of social media upon shifting Indian values.

Despite the difficult topic this is a genuinely funny novel, written with charm and nuance. Jayan is talented in writing family dynamics and the quirks of everyday people. This is a strong debut novel from a sophisticated new author.

Review by Abi.

Teen Couple Have Fun Outdoors was published on 07/07/22 by Profile Books.

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