Saturday, 12 December 2015

'When Our Worlds Collide' by Aniesha Brahma: A Book Review

Akriti has led a pretty much sheltered life. Zayn has been shuttled from city to city when he was growing up. She is comfortable watching her life from the sidelines. He wants to feel rooted to a place he can call ‘home’.
They meet each other quite by chance. And both seize the chance to be someone they both need in their lives: for Zayn, it’s a 'Partner-In-Crime'. For Akriti, someone who just knows how to be there for her…
When their worlds collide, it is not what either of them expected it to be. Zayn has a steady girlfriend. And Akriti has a crush on him.
What happens when these two become friends? The biggest adventure of their lives? Or the road to heartbreak? What happens when two completely different people collide? Do they become friends? Or is their friendship doomed from the start?
'When Our Worlds Collide' is the story of two twenty-three-year olds who are finally growing up and finding their feet in the world. A tale of friendship and love, crushes and betrayals, messes and second chances, marriage and divorce… and the elusive happily ever after!

Note: I received a copy of this book via b00k r3vi3w Tours in exchange for an honest review. 

So this is one of those stories about two people meeting by chance, deciding to go on adventures, and then coincidentally falling in love. Honestly speaking, these books or movies are either a hit or a miss - there's no in-between.
Aaaaand unfortunately, When Our Worlds Collide is a miss.

The book starts by introducing us to Zayn and Akriti as teenagers, showcasing their separate lives and the one point of contact they have during school. Fast-forward to a few years later, when Akriti's running her mom's café and Zayn is back in Kolkata with his girlfriend, Nimmi.
Nimmi, who was friends with Akriti for less than a month in school, decides that Akriti should become Zayn's new best friend while he's in town, since he doesn't know anybody else. Not very believable, but... okay.

One constraint the author definitely had was the size of the book. This is a novella, so she had fewer pages and fewer words to work her magic on the reader. But the problem with novellas is that they too often jump from one scene to another without any proper flow or explanation, and this book faces the same issue.

Love stories take a while to develop. Nobody likes reading an insta-love story, after all. But that's what this book is like. Akriti falls for Zayn simply because he's a good poet. And yes, while eloquent language skills are a definite turn-on, she doesn't know enough about him for it to be believable, especially since the two hardly have any scenes together.

That's probably why I liked the subplots (Akriti's parents, revamping the café) more than the romance.
And the ending was a let-down. There was no real closure, no real love story at all. There was just... no point to it.

I'm going to go with 2 stars out of 5 for this one. 
When Our Worlds Collide, being a novella, is unable to build its characters, plot and love story sufficiently, but at least it makes for a quick bedtime read.

Geeks, have you read this book? What do you like best about this genre of books? Is there any one story that's kind of a benchmark for you when it comes to stories about two people on an adventure falling for each other? Me, I guess it'd be Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Not my favourite Bollywood movie, but still a pretty decent one.

Au revoir for now! :)

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