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Life is What You Make It by Preeti Shenoy

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I picked this book up thinking it would be one of those typical stories of self-discovery with a generous peppering of romance. However this book turned out to be something totally different.

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

What would you do if destiny twisted the road you took? What if it threw you to a place you did not want to go? Would you fight, would you run or would you accept? Set across two cities in India in the early eighties, Life Is What You Make It is a gripping account of a few significant years of Ankita Sharma’s life.

PLOT IN SHORT

A girl in love, orthodox strict parents who are dead-set against love, a heartbreak and realizations after the heartbreak. And yes, a concluding epilogue which tries to tie up all loose ends. It inspires you to think that life is not all that bad, you can get past the sad stuff if you have belief that you can.

THE GOOD

  • Mental health issues especially bipolar disorder is explained
  • Simple, straight forward story telling

THE BAD

  • A lot of readers might find the protagonist- Ankita to be shallow
  • We don’t get a chance to properly connect with any character
  • Not a gripping story

MY THOUGHTS

Though the start is promising, it is also conflicting. The narration is very simple and direct, as is her style and that’s something I like. There are aspects of love, but it’s not the mainstay of the story. Overall, except for the fact that the book addresses something important, but largely ignored like mental health in India, nothing else stood out for me. Those wanting a quick read or something related to mental health can give this one a try.

MY RATINGS

3/5

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