Saturday, February 22, 2014

#60 : Love is Vodka A Shot Ain't Enough by Amit Shankar : A Review

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BOOK TITLE: Love is Vodka A Shot Ain’t Enough

ISBN:  9788192535449

AUTHOR: Amit Shankar

GENRE: Fiction – Chic Lit

NUMBER OF PAGES: 201

FORMAT: Paperback

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

REVIEW BY: Shree Janani  

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: The writer sent us his books for review. We thank him for it.


SUMMARY: If love is all about freedom and honest expression then how can one associate it with loyalty?

Being a love child; Moon, the protagonist is anything but a conventional teen. With a leading TV news anchor as her mother, an aspiring entrepreneur as her boy friend, the word LOVE baffles her. The whole idea of having one partner and love being eternal is beyond her comprehension. 

Life turns upside down when she falls for the CEO, who happens to be her mother's boyfriend too. Destiny further complicates things by blessing her with a big time modelling assignment and she becomes famous and popular overnight.

A war starts waging between her head & heart on a lot of issues exposing her to various forms of love online & offline. 

Will she decipher the true meaning of love? Embark on an exhilarating rendezvous with Moon and discover love like never before.

REVIEW:

This book was initially supposed to be reviewed as a part of the #Womanifesto  campaign that we ran during the December month. Somehow our plans went awry. Finally, I got to review it now.

The protagonist, Moon,is a lanky teenager who is trying to wade through the difficult phase of every girl’s life - teenage. She is love child and yearns for that emotional support like every other child with a single parent who is busy making a career. She ends up falling for a man who is way too old for her. Things go wrong and they part ways. She then moves on to finally find the love of her life.

The summary really intrigued me. The war between the head and heart is always a complex one which can leave any individual thoroughly exhausted. But the writer has portrayed his protagonist to be resilient enough to wade through that battle. There are parts of the story (I can’t elaborate, Avoiding Spoilers!) which are highly emotional and underlines a fact that even a resilient person can get emotional in difficult times.

The characterisation of the protagonist, Moon was good, but I thought it sort of lacked that conviction of a confused teenager trying to figure out life. Moreover, I don’t think teenage is as horrible as the writer portrays in his story. Yes, being a teenage girl isn’t easy but it’s not rocket science either. (Been there done that!)

The story line seemed sensible until the climax. I felt the writer rushed to finish the book off. One thing that absolutely put me off was that whole Lokpal protest scenario. Come on! A model who doesn’t even reads the newspapers to know about it campaigns for it. Seriously, I don’t think anything of that sort happened with the actual Lokpal campaign.

The other thing that I found rather annoying was a fact that the writer made it sound as though men are smack in the center of a female teenager’s life. All Moon (our protagonist) could think about was her boyfriend or some other male friend or that “Oh- I- Am- A-Perfect-Man” CEO. I agree it’s all about boys during that phase of life, but then, it’s the hormones at play. In fact, there is much more than boys to a teenage girl’s life (Again. This is a personal experience).

The cover of the book was beautiful. I loved that pink colour and the stockings picture. The title is perfect well – Seriously for the trouble we women folk land into. one shot of Vodka isn’t enough to drown it all!
The writing was simple and neat.  

Overall, the book was “okay” and left me feeling a bit disappointed.

VERDICT: Neither good nor bad.

RATING: 3 on 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: loner, drifter, coffee lover, great cook, an avid music buff who is inspired by classic rock, blues, metal and jazz. loves to strum his guitar.

EDITIONS AVAILABLE: Paperback & Digital.

PRICE: Rs.108 (Paperback)

BOOK LINKS: http://www.amazon.in/gp/search?keywords=9788192535449&index=books&linkCode=qs&tag=goodreads_in-20
Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse
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