The backbenchers: the extra class is a high-school drama about a school girl who finds the transition from a small town to a big city extremely disconcerting. The book is aimed at teenagers and young adults. Summary of the book: ananya is from raipur, where the pretty and young girl is popular among her friends. However, her life takes an unexpected turn when she is forced to shift to new delhi with her father. Ananya soon realises that raipur is literally and metaphorically a long way off from new delhi. The capital has women with shorter skirts, shorter hair, people with fake and pretentious attitudes, and endless parties. Ananya tries hard to fit in at her posh school in the capital. Her hair and skirt become shorter as she tries to mingle with the hip crowd. Soon she attracts a crowd of admirers, but ananya falls in love with a guy who already has a girlfriend. As she gets enmeshed in a love triangle, ananya desperately tries to retain her values, morals, and integrity. Will she succeed? or will she be lured into becoming a city girl? 'the backbenchers: the extra class draws a portrait of modern-day life in schools in the big city. The characters in the book and the settings are realistic enough to make readers remember their own school days as well as their own coming-of-age story.