I had first come across the author during the period that is covered by one of her essays: she chose to shut down her Twitter account after receiving a flood of awful tweets and posts threatening all sorts of violence and harassment. Since this book is a collection of essays I thought I'd skip it (don't care for the genre) but after seeing how some people reacted to an interview she gave I decided that the author should have some support.
The book is a collection of essays ranging on a wide variety of topics: racism, the harassment she received, a friend who was (is?) an alcoholic, sexual assault, the struggles of growing up Canadian with Indian (and immigrant) parents, etc. Some of the essays are very poignant: the one regarding sexual assault was short (it's also not graphic as it appears she was *very* lucky but her anecdotes and discussion about rape and rape culture showed how easily that might not have been the case) but I thought it was the "best" (it was hard to read but it absolutely got the point across). I actually somewhat wished it was longer and that she had expanded upon her thoughts and the analogy of being watched and hunted.
And some essays are too long and need better editing. Sometimes there are some really great sections and lines but while I thought I'd the ones about her upbringing and interacting with her parents best (as I can somewhat understand her POV), I found those were too long. Sometimes it was interesting (how she and her brother turned down the offers from their parents to arrange their marriages) and sometimes she does come across as whiny.
One frustrating essay that also needed something more was the one about the alcoholic friend. He disappears at the end of the essay and we don't know what happened to him. After spending the focus of the writing mostly on his struggle Koul turns it back on herself and how she considers getting in touch. I respect that she may not know or wanted to respect his privacy but it just seemed like an incomplete piece or a piece that needed better editing to be make less about the friend and more about what Koul learned.
Overall it wasn't as dreadful as other essay collections but I do understand why a lot of people found her whiny or that the text needed better editing or that they couldn't get it or into the book. I suppose if you follow her or read a lot of her writing it might be a good pick up to try but I'd recommend the library and skim.