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    A lovely, emotionally-charged and fast-paced read

    A genuinely touching and sincere story-line. This was Shah's debut novella and, while it certainly fell on the shorter side, I haven't read an honest down-to-earth book like this in ages!. Everything is neat and clean, with the main focus being the struggles of Gavin and his personal fight with all challenges. It's fast-paced and conveys a deeply engrossing story in a few words. There is a good balance between teen lingo and heart-felt words which is a rarity with most high-school stories nowadays. Bullying is a huge issue but it's becoming extremely subtle nowadays and Shah has explained how that's the case using a simple character. Can't wait to see what else is in store with this author.
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    Heartfelt and truly emotional

    Having known the author personally, he has done an impeccable job at highlighting teen issues. Without giving out too much, the protagonist, Gavin, is a perfect depiction of a teen struggling with peer pressure and harnessing a consistent feeling of inadequacy. However, just the fact that he was able to fight against these adversities, it's incredibly inspiring. Perhaps, the story was a bit too short and ended abruptly but it does justice to the novella format. Highly recommended!
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    Insightful & Invigorating

    The Learner's Plight consolidates stark realities of a person attempting to fit in and failing to do so. The feelings and thoughts of protagonist emphatically show how pupils struggle with social issues nowadays. The novella is truly one of a kind, with the ability to make you feel strongly about the topic
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    Great book

    Muhammad Hamza Shah’s debut novel titled The Learner’s Plight is a realistic depiction of the social struggles and internal conflicts faced by many high school students these days. Gavin Hawthorne has just moved from Ireland to the United States and is finding it difficult to fit in at his new high school. Just when things are looking up with the help of a new friend named Linda, she decides to abandon him for the sake of popularity. Lonely and the target of high school bullies, Gavin must persevere through bullying, insecurities, fear and depression with the help of an unexpected ally. The character of Gavin has been very well-written as he is three-dimensional, relatable and shows immense growth throughout the story. Despite being a short read, the message in this book is profound and will resonate with many high school students who are enduring constant difficulties to fit in every day. It also offers the underexplored male perspective on mental health issues and insecurities. Gavin’s vocabulary in the book at times is a little too high to be realistic for a high school student but it does help to convey his emotions beautifully. All in all, this book sheds light on the mental issues teenagers especially immigrants face and ends on a positive and heartening note.

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