My Rating: 3.5/5
I met Sudeep Nagarkar at the book launch event of ‘She friend-zoned my love’, his latest work of romance fiction. It was a treat to meet the author who not only charms the readers with his books but is also witty in his speech.
Impressed with the author’s skill to put things in a smart and humorous manner, I grabbed a copy of this book and couldn’t wait to dig in. This was going to be my first read penned down by Sudeep Nagarkar.
The story revolves around four college going students, Apurv, Amyra, Sia and Ritvik. Apurv is a fun-loving guy with a handsome personality but has failed miserably in matters of the heart.
Amyra is a beautiful girl with a striking personality. Boys swoon over her and girls want to befriend her. She is mysterious by nature. Apurv is head-over-heels in love with her but Amyra is bound in shackles of mystery which prevents her to consent to his love.
Sia is obese and has to face a backlash from the society for the same. She suffers from an inferiority complex because of her physical appearance. She is a victim of body-shaming and ridicule, due to her over-weight.
Ritvik is a sensible and dependable guy. Apurv, Sia and Ritvik are best friends and Ritvik acts as a pacifier in their relationship.
The story spurns a tale around the ever-changing dynamics of these four people. It addresses their friendship, romance and issues that mean the world to college going students.
The character of Amyra stood out for me among all the four characters. There is an aura of mystery attached to her till the end that has the readers intrigued. It has the right amount of detailing that is required for the story.
As a reader, I felt that the characters of Apurv and Sia needed more reasoning against their actions. They would fight with each other and act in an irritated manner. The reasons for these actions could be explained in more detail.
Sia is a victim of body-shaming and hence has an inferiority complex but when she is asked to fill in the lead role for the college play she willingly accepts! Why didn’t her low self-esteem prick on her confidence then? Situations like these required more detailing and reasoning.
The book is written in a simple language. Considering that the target audience for Sudeep’s books are teenagers or young adults, the simplicity of language is definitely going to lure them.
For the major part, the book is written in a conversational style. The dialogue writing seems very natural and hence is engaging for the readers. Sudeep has also coupled his narration with poetry. Since the poetry is well written, the dialogues+poetry+narration turns out to be a good read.
The best part is that Sudeep has tried to address a couple of issues like body-shaming, the blue whale challenge, Alzheimer’s and how is it to be friend-zoned in love, in this book. The not-so-good part is that because there are multiple subjects, adequate detailing is given to none. The author touches the surface of these subjects, the detailing would have lured the reader’s interest.
The reader shall be taken aback by the surprise element that the book has to offer – its climax. The climax of the story is unexpected and unpredictable. The reason why Amyra friend-zoned Apurv is also different from one’s expectations.
The blurb and the title of the book is not a good fit for this book. The blurb mentions only Apurv and Amyra but Ritvik and Sia are equally important characters in the book. Contrary to the portrayal of a love story, this book offers more than that.
If you are looking for a light, quick and an entertaining read, do pick this up. It will brighten your lazy afternoon.