December 8, 2023
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Book Reviews Fantasy Horror

Exploring the Depths of Generation Angst: A Nostalgic Journey Through the ’90s 

Author: Kunal Roy

Genre: Young adult / fantasy / horror

Year Published: 2022

Nerdection Rating:

“Nerdection Worth to Read”

Millennials will love this book, as it will remind them of their childhood and everything relating to the ‘90s. Accompanying the book is a soundtrack that will jog your memory of ‘90s grunge to add some nostalgia.

The reading age of this engaging book by author Kunal Roy is 12 to 18, but that doesn’t mean those in their 20s and 30s won’t enjoy it too. It will definitely give the younger generation some insights into the age of millennials and how they grew up in that era.

It’s filled with reflective references and is a story about a young man who’s afraid that he may lose his humanity. We get to follow a narrator at odds with himself and in search for the meaning of life.

Spoiler-free Summary

In Generation Angst, you will meet young Jeremy, a 12-year-old boy suffering from a few issues: hallucinations and other symptoms that go along with sleep deprivation, including a desire not to abide by the rules.

The fear of losing his humanity keeps him disorientated, as many of us were at that age. What makes it worse is that the narrator’s mind plays tricks on him (relatable, right?!). Insomnia and the fear of getting violent take him down a road of self-discovery while looking for the meaning of life and everything in it. 

Will he be able to solve these burdensome issues haunting him before it’s too late?

Will his life fall apart, and will he be stuck in this unknown and unexpected place for the rest of his life?

You need to follow the story of Jeremy yourself to see whether he found answers to the daunting questions plaguing his mind.

Follow the young man on this journey through the angst of the ‘90s. Don’t forget to get into the soundtrack to keep you captivated even more by the story while following Jeremy to the inevitable and dramatic answers.

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My Take Away on Generation Angst

As mentioned before, you must listen to the soundtrack accompanying the book to get the full, immersive experience which you can find here. What is an empirical crisis from the ‘90s without grunge music from that era?

The engaging narrator has a considerable impact on how the story unravels and comes to a conclusion. The story did take an unnecessary detour while getting to the end, but this is a relatively small complaint.

Regardless of the somewhat long-windedness of the storyline, it unfolds in quite an inspiring way. While the story progresses slowly, the end comes unexpectedly with quite an impact, surprising you and leaving you with a feeling of contentment.

The easy-going style of the author immediately immerses you in the story and the life of the main character. You’ll be drawn into feeling connected with Jeremy as he goes through a self-exploring crisis that must be resolved.

The author takes you along with the main character’s fears that occupy his every thought. You will find the story engaging, and the character feels like someone you know. 

I loved how the story slowly develops to the end and gets resolved in a satisfying way. The book is available in three formats for a relaxing, reminiscent reading time. You won’t be able to put the book down once you start, so prepare for a longer reading session.

Generation Angst is ideal for different age groups, not just 12- to 18-year-olds. The book will appeal to most people who were kids and teens in the ‘90s who love to read about the nostalgia of that era.

If you’re a millennial, do yourself a favor and get the book; you might find it a reminder of forgotten times and feelings.

“Generation Angst is A captivating journey through ’90s nostalgia that resonates with millennials, accompanied by a soundtrack that adds to the immersion, making it a must-read for anyone looking to relive the era’s emotions and experiences.”


Teenagers and young adults

About The Author Of Generation Angst

Kunal Roy grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates but currently lives in Gurgaon, India. He has worked in the advertising industry in Dubai which led him to write a poetry book called, ‘Emotions felt to the bone’.

And being a ’90s kid, growing up in the digital age and seeing the advances of the internet, he decided to write a book on how to be creative in our digital world. Kunal is also a voice actor and makes short films and music on his Youtube channel, ‘All things Ambient’. In his spare time, he plays guitar and saxophone and experiments with fresh sounds using guitar pedals. And he’s even got a soundtrack to the book, ‘Emotions felt to the bone’.

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