- Reading level: 16+ years
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Rupa Publications India (18 October 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9788129148384
- ISBN-13: 978-8129148384
- ASIN: 8129148382
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 18.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Lot Like Love… A Li’l Like Chocolate Paperback – 8 Aug 2017
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Sumrit Shahi wrote his first novel Just Friends at the age of seventeen which became a bestseller, followed by another successful novel, Never Kiss Your Best Friend. Sumrit is also a screenplay writer and has written six youth-based shows, including Sadda Haq—My Life and My Choice on Channel V India which won the youth show (fiction) category at Zee Gold Awards; Million Dollar Girl—From Banaras to Paris on Channel V; India Boyz on Big Magic entertainment; Twist Waala Love and Secret Diaries on Channel V; and BIG F on MTV. He also has Ek Veer Ki Ardaas...Veera on Star Plus to his credit. In 2015, he was selected by Hindustan Times in the list of top 30 under-30 young achievers in the country, heralding him as the ‘writing rock star of the young’. Sumrit is based in Chandigarh but travels to Pune and Mumbai often.
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The story revolves around Arnika, who is attractive and diligent. She joins Shadab’s school and on the very first days gets a chance to meet plucky and amorous, Shadab. They say infatuation is a drug and our two protagonists get addicted to it. The story moves forward owing to several dialogues (rather one-word dialogues) and with literally no twists or turns and ends up in a clichéd climax.
Shadab’s suave or affable personality doesn’t strike the right chord and his chemistry with Arnika lacks the strength. There is no doubt that the narration is simple and understandable, but the use of too many contractions and colloquial language acts as a turn-off.
It comes as a disappointment when a nationally acclaimed writer pens down something as frivolous as this piece of literature. With almost nothing to ponder upon and absence of freshly brewed content, this story is a setback. Nevertheless, Rupa doesn’t fail to impress with fine-tooth comb editing.
Apparently, it is the need of the hour for all the aspiring authors to think out of the box and write on something other than college romance before the genre becomes redundant. They should realize that writing a book is an art and not compulsion. How bluntly they mention in acknowledgement that they are grateful to the readers for making them rich! Is this what all it takes to inscribe your thoughts on a piece of paper?
Overall, the narration type is definitely not my cup of tea but it may be liked by new readers or by those who are on the lookout for short- light romance.
Shadab, the handsome rich brat spots the ambitious, no-nonsense lass, Arnika, in the school principal's room. There is an instant connection between them due to their common interests. Shadab is attracted to her striking personality and feels butterflies fluttering in his stomach.
His one liners to woo Arnika are deflected by her razor sharp tongue. Even though she is prone to his tactics, she could not shield herself from the Cupid's arrow.
Shadab realises that Arnika is not like the other girls he had dated in the past and truly feels for her. He proposes to her going down on one knee and she reciprocates his feelings.
All is well in their paradise, until they had to relocate to opposite corners of the world to fulfill their dreams. The time zones are not in their favour, their conversations are curt and cracks emerge in their relationship. Will their love stand the test of time? What does destiny have in store for them?
I really liked the title and cover of the book. The title is catchy and will arouse the curiosity of the readers about the story. The cover infuses a romantic vibe.
The beginning portion of the book was rushed. The humour kind of fell flat, but did manage to tickle the funny bone to some extent. Chocolate which was the main highlight in the title was utilised well in the plot. The love story of the couple was not riding in a fantasy land but grounded in the reality.
The characterisation of the leads is done in a subtle way, their layers unfolding at the right time but the supporting characters felt like cardboard cut outs. The book is slightly let down by inconsistent pacing.
The story picks up in the second half of the book where distance comes in the way of their relationship. Special mention goes to the scene where Arnika writes Shadab's name on the flight window with her breath. It was one of the most emotional scenes in the book. The author has aptly described the changes in Arnika and Shadab's personalities in the course of time.
Even though with all its flaws, the book is a light hearted read. It can provide you much needed company during long distance journeys.
Authors, these days have fixed formula and format to write romantic novels which could be enjoyed by casual readers but definitely not by avid readers like me.
So there is a girl and a boy. They fall for each other. There is romance, boozing around and other stuff. Then comes a twist. And climax could be happy or sad or mixed.
A Lot like Love...a li'l like chocolate has been also written on the similar line. It's a no-brainer book could be read for casual read but definitely not recommended for avid readers.
The story is simple and has been written in simple English making it easily understandable. The story is fast paced but the characterisation left a lot to be desired. The story has all the elements, romance, arguments, use of technology and friendship. Each chapter has a line giving away what is to follow. The end could have been made better.
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