- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Private Limited; First edition (1 June 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9382473912
- ISBN-13: 978-9382473916
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,46,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Once Upon A Crush: 1 Paperback – 1 Jun 2014
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About the Author
Kiran Manral has worked with some of the leading media houses in India as a features writer and journalist. Her debut novel, The Reluctant Detective, was published in 2012. She lives with her family in Mumbai and puts her current job definition down as school gate mom.
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Manral interjects her story with bon mots at the most unexpected times and that aspect of her writing is what I enjoyed the most in this book as well at her first book, The Reluctant Detective.
The plot is a recycled one… But don’t let that deter you from reading this book as the author narrates the story in a refreshingly straightforward manner and infused with doses of wit and humour. There are lots of drama and confusion going on in Rayna’s life that makes it a colourful story for us readers. But the best part is that Rayna herself is your girl next door whose life resembles yours. There’s no over the top situations or larger than life people involved and so it is easier to relate to… After all, for a certain period we all have had a crush in the forefront of our lives. But does Rayna end up with Devan or with Sid?? Read this book to find out.
A special mention for the font, which is very easy on the eye.
My humble request to the writer is that while we know she writes romantic, funny stories very well, it'll be great if she took a big risk with her next book and gave us something drastic.
Rayna De is the main protagonist of 'Once Upon a Crush'. She's independent, about to turn 30 and has not love life. Her parents are after her to get married.
She has a crush on Deven Ahuja - Rayna compares him to Edward Cullen and Mr Darcy. Oh, and he has cheekbones comparable to Benedict Cumberbatch.
The stage is thus set for the emotions and the insecurities of being attracted, of getting to know someone. The hesitation of not asking a question frankly, and then looking for answers in gestures and random statements.
And especially our minds making mountains out of every molehill of gesture, statement and even silence.
The choice of not marrying, yet the insecurities of being alone.
I was hooked when I read Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings mentioned in the same sentence. Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, Fifty Shades of Grey, Phantom, When Harry Met Sally, Twilight Saga, and many more make this book a reader's delight. Even the Queen of sarcasm and outspokenness, Aunty Acid finds a place.
The way the author plays with words is fascinating.
The book is great for easy reading with lots of humour thrown in.
There is not a moment of boredom reading this book. The story may not throw up any great surprises, but the words are strikingly expressive.
Most of all, there is a never a dull moment in the story, except the few instances when the eloquent writer in her takes over and she goes overboard in describing a certain point, like for example describing Rayna's relationship with 'Pixie' and her feelings for 'Devan Ahuja'.
But honestly, after a long time, I have come across a book which kept me restless till I completed it. The book really ends in the last two pages, rather than many contemporary books whose conclusion one is able to understand beforehand.
Highly recommended over those Chetan Bhagat books, if you want your teenage daughter to start reading present Indian writers. Especially for the use of language and the way she has built the plot.
Kiran, now I expect you to write a Pulitzer or Booker prize kind of book! It is long awaiting!
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