We all know that girls love boys who love girls, and then they turn into women who love men who love women. And no matter how much one would like to clutter their life with work or distract themselves with friends or treks or travels, at the end of the day it is the matters of the heart that take control of our deeper senses.
Forget algebra. Love can be the hardest, most complicated thing on earth.
This is a book about growing up, of learning and un-learning, losing and receiving, crying and smiling, but most of all loving.
From the first awkward teenage days to discovering boys to falling in love and getting your heart broken, Juhi Pande tells you the Things Your Mother Never Told You About Love.
Guaranteed to lift the spirit and add a spring in your step, this book tells us everything us girls need to know to get us through the rough seas.
~Synopsis from goodreads
I realized I wasn’t the right audience for this book when I saw the author Juhi Pande is introduced in the bio as a TV VJ/hipster/blogger, but I had never heard about her.
When I accepted this book for review, I did so only because it sounded like it would be interesting and well-written.
It is definitely well-written, and I like Ms.Pande’s effervescent writing style but I can’t say that this book worked for me. You see this book is written for her audience which I think comprises of mid-teens struggling with life/love issues. This is not a book that a grown woman with two kids is going to need to read. She would have (hopefully) learnt these life lessons already.
A teenager would find this book useful I think and would appreciate the casual writing style. The advice in the book is good and possibly more palatable coming from a VJ/cool gal than from a girl’s mother.
I particularly liked this little snippet and thought she brought out a valid point in a very nice way:
When you chase the idea of love while paying little or no heed to where it comes from, then love stands on shaky ground. It gets passed around and has little to do with finding its roots. It is a choice you make and if you’re clear about that choice, know what it comes with.
For me personally the writing was a bit too casual, kind of like a series of blog entries than an actual self-help book/memoir. There are some nice and interesting snippets and some useful worldly wisdom, but some of the topics (like first love and first heartbreak) were a bit too childish for me.
Overall, I found it a mildly useful book for young girls but not a serious enough read for older people.
Huge thanks to Penguin Random House for sending this book in return for an honest review.