What happens when the most popular guy in school falls in love with the most beautiful girl? In a nutshell, that’s the foundation for this book. Rahul is a full of it, somewhat arrogant boy who falls in love with Seema, who also reciprocates his feelings. What happens to their story? Do they have a happy ending?
Well, the suspense is pretty much broken in the first couple of pages itself with a heart-broken Rahul moping in America for his lost love. The story is told in a series of flashbacks, and the story slowly unfolds.
When I was asked to review this book, I was really excited by the premise. Sure, I have read plenty of love stories before, but it’s nice to read one in an Indian setting, without hopefully the sex bits that are all too prevalent in Western school-based love stories.
The book starts out very promising, and soon catches speed. The story however started to flag with the many house-based competitions. Or at least, I felt that way…probably a younger school-going reader might find these sections interesting.
I also didn’t like Rahul – he is so full of it, that I was actually happy when Seema eventually dumps him. Ouch! but again I guess that’s my personal reaction. I seem to loathe most heroes of love stories – actually part of the fun in reading such books 🙂
So, overall I liked the book. Did I love it? Well, no, but I need not love every book I read, do I?
Some areas really need some work though:
- If the author had reduced the usage of bad language, this book might be more palatable to a wider language. I do not like it when terms like arse are scattered throughout the book. This may be how school-going kids speak (I am not a judge), but it is distasteful to replicate that in a book.
- Frequently, there is poetry and song snippets throughout the book that I just skipped through. I think placing them in the front of the chapter and not bang in the middle might help the story proceed more smoothly
There, I have said my two cents. Overall, a decent start by the author Faraaz Kazi.
Many thanks to the author for sending me this book for review.