Monday, August 1, 2016

#391 : Secretly Yours by Vikrant Khanna : Review

GENRE: Fiction


FORMAT: Paperback

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone       

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of Writers Melon review program in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

“Secretly Yours” is a story of seventeen year old boy Sahil who leads the ‘normal’ life of a teenager in the quaint hills of Shimla. He lost his parents in a young age and is being raised by his uncle and grandmother. He loves music and doesn’t really have close friends until Anya comes along. Anya, has her own bag of secrets. The story is about her secrets and what follows when Sahil learns of it.

This story was one mixed pot for me. It’s been a good ten days since I finished reading the book, yet I was torn between liking it and hating it. After a lot of deliberation here is what I concluded,

  1. The writing was simple and fluidic, but was marred with excessive usage of clich├ęs. For example, the protagonist can be in love with the female lead but still use the choicest of expletives when thinking about her.

  2. The characterization lacked finesse. Sahil’s grandmother is portrayed as a woman who hates yet loves Sahil, but she hardly is there for him. In sense, the story simply revolves just around teenagers who aren’t under adult supervision even when there is an adult present in the story. Anaya’s character was the only character which was actually developed and had prefect dimensions to it. Sahil’s character was typical and plain. The writer seemed to be a bit lost when it came to emotions. For Example, Shail and Anaya call each other “boyfriend” and “girlfriend”. That is nothing short of superficial. In stark contrast, there was this scene when Anaya visits her parents. I could feel her agony there.

  3. The plot wasn’t exactly airtight nevertheless was fast paced with twists at the right place. However, these twists had eerie similarities to the story of Twilight. The writer incorporated serious social issues like rape and suicide, but dealt with them with kid gloves. I felt like the writer needed something to justify the conflicts and motives of his supernatural characters, so he brought in these social issues. To me, the shock value of the inhumane acts mentioned was lost due to this light treatment.

  4. Editing could have been a bit tighter. The climax was predictable.

MY SAY: Not good. Not bad.
RATING: 2.5/5


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