Published by Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd., debutant author Nikhil Kushwala’s Six Teen Mistakes is a romantic fiction novel. Kind of a semi-biography, the author tries to take us into his teenage life.
Plot : Well, the statutory warning here, which someone should have given me, is that this is just half a book, the remaining half is not published yet. Yes, the book has only half the story and the author is penning the remaining half for his next novel.
Well, I am not a person who likes unfinished novels. Trilogies like Shiva Trilogy, or seven-part-series like Harry Potter, or single-character-multiple-plots like Hardy Boys are cool, but a story with open ending or worse no ending? Not my cup of tea. Well, this is the story of a boy who meets a girl, falls in love, loses her, comes across some failures, certain light moments, and finally finds a girl who made him realize about love. The first part ends here, and the story would be completed in the author’s next book.
WOW : The noteworthy points are the lovely poems in the story, the absolutely believable storyline, and above all realistic behavior of characters. During none of the scenes, the characters seem to claim empathy or justify themselves. The author has handled it in a smooth non-judgmental approach, and he has done justice to every character.
OOPS: Seems like the author is a big-time Hindi movie buff. Name the most cliche Hindi romance movie, you will find its influence in the book. From Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to Anjaana Anjaani, the book has scenes influenced by typical Bollywood masala romance movies. Also, the story kind of ends in an abrupt fashion, which adds salt to the wound.
My Verdict: A simple story, strengthened by lovely poems, and weakened by Bollywood masala.
Do I recommend? For people who love to read masala-romance-novels or for masala-romance-moviegoers, this book is a good read. For others, you can read it for a youthful, joy read without giving much thoughts.
Rating : 2.5/5
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