Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Book Review: It happens for a reason by Preeti Shenoy

About the book:

When Vipasha, Vee to friends, eighteen and single, makes the decision to have her baby, she does more than give up her promising modeling career. She ends up cutting ties with her family and with Ankush, the man she thought she was in love with. Fast-forward sixteen years and she now has two unusual careers - she runs a dog-boarding facility and is a gym instructor. Aryan thinks she is the coolest mom in the world and hopes she will one day find her Prince Charming - exactly what her best friend Suchi has in mind for her. But Vee secretly has a thing for Saurabh, the quirky vet.

Then, out of the blue, Ankush comes back into their life.

But can a decision that was taken at eighteen - more in the throes of lust than love-be the basis of a lifelong relationship? Is there a future for Ankush and Vee? Vee, Aryan and Ankush are in for the ride of their lives. No seat belts, full speed and a very bumpy road ahead.

208 pages
Westland Publisher

My Review: 

The story is pretty clear by the blurb. I have previously enjoyed Preeti Shenoy's Life is What you Make it.   and loved it thoroughly. I however didn't expect much from this plot. The plot delivered what it could. The story picks pace after the dogs of the dog-boarding facility die, thereby bringing a big shock to our protagonist, the enviable single-mother Vee. Saurabh's character has a relatively quick exit, and I kept wondering why the author didn't play with the plot more when obviously she could have made something unpredictable out of it.
As always, the charcters were well-etched and very entertaining with all their eccentricities.
The good part is: the story runs smoothly, the kid, Vee's son is a likable character.
But, I feel when we put together the first and second halves together, they don't complement each other. The entry and exit of the characters seems deliberate and forced rather than natural and seamless.

Overall, I did not attain a liking to the book, but the time reading it wasn't wasted either.

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