Being an ardent reader, I easily get bored with the monotonous writers. After Preeti Shenoy (most of the books I read of hers were about extramarital affairs), now it’s the turn of our very own Chetan Bhagat who calls himself (in the novel by a character) as so called ‘Simple English novel writer’ or ‘a torch bearer for an unafraid generation’ – India Today!
Now you might be thinking why I had even read his novel when I had so much against or whatever to say about this author! It was just because I wanted to see why this book was hyped and why are all so eager to read. It was like where ever I go (malls or any book stalls) I found this novel in a huge bundle! It was only after reading I realized that this is just because of his success of other novels and movies.
Let me ask you three simple questions: 1. Have you read the previous books of Chetan? 2. If so, did you like them, or are you a big fan of Chetan? 3. Do you have a fancy for Bollywood movies? If for all these your answer is YES…, then you will love this book, else you can easily ignore.
Let’s come to the review… As the blurb of Half Girlfriend says, the book is all about two people: Riya and Madhav. Riya belongs to the high class community and Madhav, who although is from a royal family, doesn’t have much knowledge about English ‘class’, but wants to join the league. Both Riya and Madhav meet in a college, and just like other stories of Bhagat, they fall in love!
Why I said ‘’monotonous” and asked those questions… This book also has the same theme of ‘college students’ (Is this just because Bhagat wants to draw attention of all young gen?), how they struggle, meet, love, fight, depart…. etc. etc. No doubt, this definitely attracts new gens, but the content also has the older gen sentiment like his previous novel… How? For that you will have to read the novel. I don’t want to break the suspense as Bhagat had requested some time back (though now almost everyone would have read the novel). Half Girlfriend reminds you of all his previous novels: 3 States especially, and few Bollywood movies.
Now why I asked you if you have fancy for Bollywood movies? Two answers for this: 1. This novel is filmi, especially the ending. Of course, there are few things that you can relate to your daily life, but on the whole, its total Bollywood types! 2. You can wait for another Bollywood movie in making (as this was already announced before the release of the book) with this novel/script or whatever!
Go for this book, as I said before, if your answer to the three questions above were “Yes”, and if you can’t wait for the upcoming movie (as the script is already here). All I can say is, Bhagat has become more of Scriptwriter than a Novel writer!