BOOK TITLE: The Guitar Girl
AUTHOR: Aneisha Brahma
GENRE: Fiction – Chic Lit
NUMBER OF PAGES: 238
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
REVIEW BY: Shree Janani
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of B00k r3iv3iws tour.
Rhea, our protagonist is your typical 16 year old high school girl who falls for her brother’s best friend Joy, the Mr.Nerd turned Mr.Hottie. What follows is an account of her life and her attempts to gain his love. She takes the tried and tested method of going anonymous which ends her in quite a soup.
The story is a typical high school romantic drama narrated in the form of notes, diary entries and online chats. The format initially was refreshing but as the plot progressed the format seemed to be the biggest drawback. I felt quite lost and confused.
Characterisation wasn’t extraordinary either, but the writer did good justice to that particular age group of characters. Normally in such high school Chic Lits, writers tend to follow the ‘opposites attract’ rule while framing the character. Our writer decided to have similar characters. That is a risky move but it paid quite well! Writing about a high school girl gives a huge space to manoeuvre as far as plot line is concerned. There could be a 100 ways that a teenage girl could react to a particular situation. The writer choose the best possible reaction thereby leading to a cohesive plot.
The writing was simple and quite refreshing when compared to the heavy literature works that I have been reading of late.
The plot line is a string of events that has been woven perfectly into a story. Though predictable, it kept me hooked. I was able to finish off the book in a couple of hours or so.
In short, this book is a light one time read providing a perfect masala-ish entertainment.
VERDICT: Read if you prefer Indian Drama.
RATING: 3 on 5