I have to say that this book is an unconventional pick for me. I normally don’t read a lot in this genre, outside of the occasional Chetan Bhagat book, which is also rare these days. But I was out of books, and a trip to the bookstore or library meant battling snow, so I settled in with this one.
I was looking for a light, quick read over the weekend, and this book fit the bill. This was also the very first Preeti Shenoy book that I have read, so, went in with no expectations.
But I’ve to say that this book turned out to be a total page-turner. I liked the shifting of perspectives at the beginning of every chapter, and the characters, the life situations, and their decisions felt very real and relatable. In-spite of the alternating narration, the author did not deviate from the plot. And a large part of my enjoyment came from not being able to tell for sure how it would all end (yes, in-spite of the title).
The characters of Aman, Shruti & Anjali were well developed, and the story had a nice flow to it. I really enjoyed Anjali’s articles in Tiara (the magazine for which she writes). Whether she wrote about “How to keep a guy hooked?” or “How to get over the one you cannot have?” she came across as simple, easy going and genuine.
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However, the one thing that bothered me is the abrupt ending. It is a very well developed plot, and it deserved a well thought out end. This is especially true for Shruti’s character who is one of the 3 main protagonists, and the readers are invested in how things turn out for her, and how she and Rishabh get from Point A to Point B. That is all I can say about the disappointing end to keep this review spoiler-free.
It is a story of a love lost, a story about complicated relationships, and moving on in-spite of everything. But above all, it is a story of emotional acceptance.
Overall, for people like me, who attach a lot of importance to how a story concludes, this might not be the best pick. However, if all you are looking for is a light, quick read, and can enjoy a story well told without getting too hung up on the end, this might be worth a shot.
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This book made me think about how people respond to loss and change. Every one has their unique way. I have always found that a little bit of time and space solves most problems. It always works for me. What according to you, works best for you, when you need to move on from a relationship or a friendship that just doesn’t work?
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