Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Book Review- There's Something About You by Yashodhara Lal

Title- There’s Something About You 
Author- Yashodhara Lal

Blurb- This is not your typical boy-meets-girl story. Okay, they do meet, but there are some complications.

Trish is twenty-eight. She’s unemployed, overweight, single and snarky. She knows all that. And if one more person – just one more person – tries to fix her, she might explode. Sahil is thirty-five. He has superpowers. Well, kind of. He seems to think so, anyway. He’s also hot (okay, in a geeky kind of way, but still). And he plays the guitar, helps the underprivileged and talks about his feelings. Aren’t guys like that supposed to exist only in fantasies?

When Trish and Sahil meet, magic happens. Real magic, you know, like fireworks, electricity, that sort of thing. But here’s the problem. Trish doesn’t want anyone in her life. She has enough to deal with – dependent parents, flaky neighbours, bitchy editors, the works. And yet, Sahil is determined to be in her life.

From the bestselling author of Just Married, Please Excuse and Sorting Out Sid, here is another zinger of a book.

Review- I have read Yashodhara Lal’s previous two books and while I enjoyed reading ‘Just Married, Please Excuse’ because of the humor and wit with which it was written, I found ‘Sorting Out Sid’ run-of-the-mill and a dull read. But with her latest release, ‘There’s Something About You’, Yashodhara Lal has brought the zing and sass back in full force.

The story starts with Trish, an almost-thirty something overweight woman, living with her dependent parents in a small boxed sea-view apartment in Mumbai and working as an online content manager for a daily publication. Her egomaniac and chauvinist boss calls her into his office on a Monday morning and lets her know, in a not-so-nice manner, that they have to let her go because she is not “in-sync” with the new and young ideals of the organization. Out-of-work and desperate to get out of her apartment so that she doesn’t have to deal with her nagging mother, Trish meets Sahil who proclaims that he has a special power.

The ever-pragmatic and sarcastic, Trish, believes that she is not ready to be in a relationship. Will Sahil be able to convince Trish otherwise?

‘There’s Something About You’ is the story of Trish, who after leading an inconspicuous life for the first thirty years tries to find her own calling in life. The plot is not really unique but what makes it a fun and enjoyable read is the Q&A column that Trish gets to answer anonymously as Amy.  The sarcasm and wit with which the author writes that section will make you laugh out loud.

I loved Trish’s character and her ability to be kind and sympathetic despite her cynical attitude in life makes her more endearing towards the reader. The twist in the end left me surprised as it was unexpected and slightly out of context. 

A humorous, enjoyable read that is definitely better than the previous two books from the same author, this book charmed and entertained with its simple plot, witty dialogues and interesting characters.

Rating- 4/5

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