This book is a sequel to THE BOY WHO LOVED. If you found the first book to be too sad and dark to read, let me warn you that this is no different. It is equally dark but with a silver lining of hope that made this book a slightly more compelling read for me.
STUFF ON THE BACK COVER SAYS
It’s been two years since Raghu left his first love, Brahmi, on the edge of the roof one fateful night. He couldn’t save her; he couldn’t be with her. Having lost everything, Raghu now wants to stay hidden from the world.
However, the annoyingly persistent Advaita finds his elusiveness very attractive. And the more he ignores her, the more she’s drawn to him till she bulldozes her way into an unlikely friendship.
After all, the antidote to heartache is love.
PLOT IN SHORT
It’s been 2 years since Bhrami’s death and Raghu now stays in Dehradun. The story is however completely told from Advaita’s point of view who happens to live in a joint family with her upper caste handicapped dad and lower caste mom, a beautiful elder sister and a gang of horrible orthodox family members who torment them to no end. The entire story revolves around how along with Raghus help the Vaids try and escape their tormentors.
- A lot of social topics like- caste, homosexuality, dowry are highlighted
- The main protagonist-the ever hopeful Advaita is a lot more pleasant to read about than grief stricken Raghu, in the previous book.
- Fast paced
- Nice twist at the ending
- The end was a little filmy
- The English could have been slightly better
This dark book left me feeling sad and on a book diet for quite some time. The first book did the same. The themes touched in this book are very good and nicely presented. It was not something I would expect from a Durjoy Dutta book at all. It was mature fast paced and it had a good message and it also has a part 3 coming hopefully.
I feel this is the author’s finest work. Unless you are in a crappy mood or going through a personal crisis, don’t miss this one.