5 Star Giveaway: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Posted May 6, 2012 by Kara in Giveaway / 10 Comments

I wanted to do a fun thing this year, and so far it’s working perfectly. For every book I award a 5 star rating to (I don’t give this out easily), I’m going to do a giveaway for my readers. I already gave away one 5 star book. That was Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. The next one I am doing it for is Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.





Some things you should know before entering this giveaway. It’s a non-fiction book written in a very narrative style. It’s not an easy read. It’s actually quite depressing. Some readers don’t find these types of books entertaining. And I just want to warn you before you enter the giveaway. It’s not the type of book I normally review on Great Imaginations. But I’m always trying to expand my horizons by trying new things. This book was a complete win for me. You can see my review here if you are interested in finding out more about the book.


This giveaway is International. If you are in the US or Canada, I will be shipping from Amazon. If you are international, I will be shipping from The Book Depository. This giveaway is for a hardback, deckle-edged copy of Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. You can read the synopsis and other reviews on Goodreads here. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Contest will end on 5/13/12. a Rafflecopter giveaway

10 responses to “5 Star Giveaway: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

    • Thanks. That wasn’t an easy review to write. It’s a great book. I won an arc of it and decided to read it. I’m really into anything Asia, so whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, as long as it’s setting is Asia, I will probably read it.

  1. Dude, it’s so funny that you should mention this book. I had literally never heard of it before, until yesterday. One of my best friends just read it and was saying how completely amazing it was. I trust her judgment and yours, so I definitely want to read this, probably at the same time as something fluffy and YA so I don’t get too sad.

    • That’s a great idea, Christina. Whenever a book is too depressing, I have another book handy to turn to. I’m not sure if I did that one with this one or not, but I don’t think I did. In any case, it’s a good idea for next tine. It is an amazing book! Best of luck in the giveaway!

  2. This book sounds absolutely heartbreaking but really important to read! Sometimes it takes a figurative “punch to the face” to wake people up to the horrors going on around them. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  3. Behind the Beautiful Forevers is a poignant, inter-woven story of slum-dwellers in a small community immediately outside of Mumbai’s International Airport which is rapidly expanding and as such the dwelling shacks of the inhabitants are threatened to make way for the expansion.

    The author is so very gifted that I thought at times the book was fiction and not investigative reporting. The characters are real, from the garbage pickers, the beggars, the very young thieves, the children who attend school taught not by teachers, but by other older children, to the corrupt officials who prey on all of them. Greed, corruption, bribery all take their toll and in some instances result in suicides of teenagers as well as middle age women. That both the judiciary and hospital personnel ignore the most basic tenets of a civil society made me cringe.

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