Wednesday, January 29, 2020

DNF Review - My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

Title: My So-Called Bollywood Life
Author: Nisha Sharma
Pages: 320
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Release Date: 2nd May 2019

Blurb from Goodreads:

Bollywood film fanatic Winnie has grown up believing the future is written in the stars. Her family's pandit predicted she would find the love of her life before her eighteenth birthday. So when her relationship with Raj collapses, despite him meeting all the criteria, Winnie is lost. This is not how her perfect ending is scripted.

Then fellow film geek Dev challenges Winnie to look beyond her horoscope: is taking the future into her own hands the way to find her happily ever after? To get the perfect ending, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family and, of course, a Bollywood movie star.

A fate-filled debut sure to dazzle fans of Stephanie Perkins, Maureen Johnson and Sandhya Menon.

My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Little Tiger Group and NetGalley*

- DNF @34% -

Bollywood-obsessed Winnie has always know that she would meet her soulmate before her eighteenth birthday - it was predicted by her family's pandit.
Winnie was certain that her soulmate was Raj, her boyfriend, but then the two of them break up and Winnie doesn't know if Raj was her destiny after all.
As Winnie starts spending more time with Dev, a film fanatic, she's unsure if she will have the happy future that was predicted for her.
Will Winnie's destiny be fulfilled?
Will she give up her dream career like her father?

I have never watched a Bollywood film, so I was interested to read a book where the protagonist loves them.
I liked that there were mini reviews for Bollywood films at the beginning of each chapter.
I had mixed feelings about Winnie - there were times when I liked her and times when I found her annoying and a bit over the top.
I liked Winnie's best friend, but found her ex, Raj, really frustrating. 
In what I read not much happened and I feel like the pacing could have been better. What did happen failed to hold my attention and I found myself skim-reading.
From the beginning I struggled with the writing style - the book is written in third person, however, I feel I could have connected with Winnie a lot more if it had been in first person. I also would have liked more description, especially at certain settings as this would have helped to set the scene, and I felt like I was doing all the heavy lifting, so to speak. For example, Winnie drove several times but we were told nothing about her car. I'm capable of imagining a car, but it would have been nice to know something about it. What colour was it? Did her parents buy it for her?
I'm disappointed that I didn't enjoy this more.

Unfortunately, this wasn't for me.

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